Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May 2014

It's time to head outdoors and enjoy a show!

Spring is totally in full swing, blogspot readers! And now that the weather is a little nicer, bands (from near and far) are scheduling shows, events and more for you to attend ...especially here locally. SouthSide highly recommends checking a show or two or more during the month.

Please be aware that all shows listed on this calendar are 21+ unless noted otherwise.

Ongoing until May 11:
Aguijon Theater – see Las Penas Saben Nadar (Sorrows Know How To Swim)
For more information, visit

May 1 – 4:
Various locations – attend the 6 th annual CIMM (Chicago International Movies and Music) Festival featuring over 70 films, 50+ live music performances and 99+ ever over a course of 4days.
For more information and tickets, visit

May 1:
Union Park – wear your red and black clothes to the Red and Black Brigade prepared to march to Daley Plaza.

Chicago Haymarket Memorial – It’s the MayDay March To Stop Deportation
UE Hall (37 S. Ashland) – attend the IWW Concert Fundraiser and rock out with 6 radical bands spanning from rock and punk to ska and hip-hop.
AA / 21+ drink / $7 / 10p

Concord Music Hall – Silver Wrapper and CIMMfest presents Yo La Tengo with Phil Cohran.
18+ / for tickets

Double Door – CIMMfest presents Wreckmeister Harmonies performing a live score to Hsxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) along with Verma and Dark Fog
$10 adv / $12 dos

Cubby Bear – spend your Thursday night at Summer Camp Pre-party featuring a live performance by Old Shoe with special guest Miles Over Mountains.
$8 adv / $10 dos

Rosy’s Roadhouse (DeKalb, IL) – celebrate Rosy’s 1 year anniversary at this bash featuring Dance Floor Junkies.

Q4 (1000 N. Milwaukee) – attend the Mayday Freedom Fest featuring Rebel Diaz with a poetry set by Reyes and DJs O-Zone, Ricky Dubs and Slot A.
$7 / 10p

One Eyed Jack’s (Fairborn, OH) – Digeometric along with Funky Junk will be performing as part of May Daze Festival
$50 adv / $65 dos

Smartbar (Metro location) – [Synthetic] happens with Boy Alberto, EEks Laroo, B-Side, Circuitry, lollly gagger and Jennatellya
NO COVER / 10p til late

Subterranean – CIMMfest presents Tall Walker, Mighty Fox and North By North live on stage
$12 / FREE (with CIMMfest pass)

May 2:
Alhambra Palace – RE:VISION featuring Alex Grey, Michal Menert, Eskimo, Paul Basic, Late Night Radio and more
18+ / $30 / $100 VIP dinner package available

Cobra Lounge – rock with Encrust, Jungle Riot, Armored Assualt and Vukari during Finnegan’s Bday Bash

Double Door – Closed Sessions Live at CIMMfest will feature documentary screenings and performances by BIU & Exile, Show You Suck, Alex Wiley, DJ RTC, DJ Rude One, DJ Manny Muscles and special guests
$15 adv / $18 dos / 9p

Northeastern Illinois University (3901 W. BryMawr) – attend Nest Fest, an art, music and social justice festival featuring over 30 artists and social activities as well as live music performances by DJ Dishwasha, Basel & the Supernaturals, Brother Ali and Rebel Diaz and 6 of Chicago’s tastiest food trucks.
$25 (for NEIU students)
This event happens rain or shine / NO bags allowed / blankets permitted

The Burlington Bar – Chicago Singles Club presents Panda Riot, Sexy Fights and Maritat rockin’ the stage as part of CSC showcase and CIMMfest.

Subterranean – party with Archie Powell & The Exports at their “Back In Black” release show along with Soft Speaker, Pet Lions and Hot Broadcast.
17+ / $10 adv / $12 dos

Fizz Bar and Grill – Machinegun Mojo returns to the stage after a 2 year absence featuring Dennis Caragello, Earth Program and One of the Girls
$8 / 9p

Livewire – rock with The Demertis, Lisa Lightnin Band, Drunk Daddy and Hong Kong Danger Duo.

Lizard’s Liquid Lounge – attend this venue’s First Friday Acoustic Jam

Debonair Social Club – check out Pearls & Bones with Hot Dang! and Feed Me To Monsters
AA / $8 adv / $10 dos / 8p

Underground Lounge – rock with Losing September, Ockams Razor, False Hope Fades and Goalie
$7 / 8p doors

Mercury Lounge (NYC, NY) – check out Sky White Tiger opening for Elizabeth Rose (Sydney, Australia).
$10 / 8p

Cubby Bear – get totally sauced with The Hot Sauce Committee during their Dos De Mayo 90’s Dance Party featuring Gooroos
$5 adv / $8 dos / 10p

Phyllis’ Musical Inn – JD3 will be performing live here
FREE / cash bar only

Metro – check out The Future Laureates, The Vintage Blue, The Ivorys and Mike Golden & Friends rockin’ the stage here.
18+ / $15 dos / $44 VIP (includes 2 nd floor seating and 2 drinks)

NiteCap – rock to your favorite Pink Floyd tunes with In The Flesh (Chicago’s ultimate Pink Floyd experience)

May 3:
Elbo Room – rock with Board of Governors, Jolly Korea, Hitsleep and White Shadow.
$10 / 8:30p

Metro – Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be performing a live score of Dario Argento’s Suspiria

Ravenswood United Church of Christ – it’s the 25 th Annual Chicago’s Biggest Liar Contest! It will be a sin missing this opportunity to witness 10 of the city’s most skilled storytellers unleashing their tallest of tales, biggest of fibs and outrageous of all lies in a battle royale of BS for the legendary Hogwash Cup.
For more tickets and information, visit

Door No. 3 (Double Door) – Akasha presents Simmer Down Sound
11p / FREE

Montrose Harbor – go fly a kite at the Kid’s and Kites Festival
FREE / 10a
Free paper kites (while supplies last)

Abbey Pub – Red Rebel County will be rockin’ your favorite Dropkick Murphy’s and Flagging Molly drinking tunes here.

Sammy’s Pizza (Kankakee, IL) – rock with Digeometric and Todd Hazelrigg here.
FREE show

Gasthaus (Elgin, IL) – it will be Shiftwreck, Metamorphis and 4 Without featuring Sinister Fate rockin’ this stage.

Bada Brew – Eek, it’s Horror Brew 2014 with First Jason featuring THE original Jason Vorhees (from Friday the 13 th) Ari Lehman who will meet and greet fans as well as have a tasting of his hot sauce. Also featured in the lineup – Spirit of Revolt, Deadman’s Hand, Central Disorder, Threatening The Ordeal, Through Ashes and Leucistic
18+ to enter / 21+ to drink (with ID) / $10 adv / $12 dos

May 4:
Elbo Room – check out French band Garciaphone sharing the stage with Lalo Cura, Mic Control and Sadie & The Stark

Mayne Stage – Equality Illinois is having their Spring Transgender Community Social here.
$10 (suggested donation) / 3p

May 5:
Dolphin – celebrate Cinco de Mayo when Digital presents Angel Alanis direct from Tressor Club (Berlin, Germany) along with Mitty Evans, Don Mega and more.

Cobra Lounge – Cinco De Mayo rocks with Gigan, Pale Horseman, Air Raid and Purge

May 6:
Act One Pub – it’s another edition of the “Singing For Your Supper” Showcase: songwriters and more with Hannah Frank, Christopher Bock, Monica Grace and a few special guests.
No Cover / AA

Prodigal Gastropub (Milwaukee, WI) – check out Prodigal’s Tuesday Night Live Music Series featuring original music every week this summer from 8 – 10p.

Junior’s – check out The Motor League sharing the stage with Speedfreak and Shift.
$5 / 8p doors

Cobra Lounge - NSP presents John Moreland, Brandon Bocian and The Native Sons, Jason Douglass Swearingen and The Westward Spirit rockin the stage.
8p / $5

May 7:
Door No. 3 (Double Door) – glow and shine at Shimmer with DJs Scary Lady Sarah and Philly Peroxide.
FREE / 10p

Underground Lounge – The Motor League will be rockin this venue too along with Stepfather Gets Mohawk and The Dirty Creeps
$7 / 8p doors

May 8:
Elbo Room – it’s two parties in one featuring A Birdsong Valentine reunion show and Brian’s Bachelor Party! ABV is re-uniting for one special before Brian “Bender” Vecchione’s enters life as a married man.

City Winery Chicago – check out the fiery rock vocalist Danielia Cotton along with The Lauren Wolf Band and Simpleton & The City Folk. SouthSide recommends listening to the song “Save Me” from Danielia’s recent WXPN World CafĂ© live performance.
$15 - $22

Reggie’s – check out Umbra & The Vulcan Siege along with The Luck of Eden Hall, Curio and King Cloud.
17+ / $10 adv / $12 dos

Reggie's Music Joint - YEEHAW, Colonel Gunn's Wild West Music Show take over this saloon featuring The Dirty Bourbon Show
7:30p / $8

May 9:
Concord Music Hall – Baths will bring their North American Spring Tour 2014 with special guests Young Fathers and P. Morris here

Motor Alley (Kenosha, WI) – welcome Thunder Driver rockin the stage with The Krank Daddies and Tombstone Ugly.

Firestone Live (Orlando, FL) – rock with Traverser, Born from Ashes, (N)ception, Murderfly, Everyday I and Mekanism.

Joe’s Bar – The Swon Brothers will be performing here, Chicago!

May 10:
Metro – The Foreign Exchange will be bringing their “Love In Flying Colors” tour to Chicago.

Cairo Bar (West Chicago, IL) – check out Seven Soul sharing the stage with Mr. Blotto and TBA

Mojoe’s (Joliet, IL) – rock out with Programmable Animal when they open for Powerman 5000 also featuring Red Novella, 9 Electric and Deadnation.
$15 / 7p showtime

Brauerhouse (Lombard, IL) - check out Hemi rockin' the stage along with Downfall of Society, Driven Under and Voodoo Head Music Project
18+ / 8p / $5

May 11:
Happy Mother’s Day!

May 12:
Reggie’s Rock Club – Truck Fighters will be bringing “Tour of the Universe” show to Chicago along with Marmora and Taken By The Sun
17+ / $12 adv / $15 dos

Double Door – rock with Against The Grain, Black Actress and El Segundo.
$8 / 8p

Empty Bottle – it’s Split 7” Release Show with When Clouds Attack and Magicks.
FREE / 9p

Burlington Bar - it's Aurelio Voltaire, Ego Likeness, Rachel's Surrender with DJ Scary Lady Sarah performing here.

May 13:
Ricobene's (252 W 26th ST) - attend this fundraiser for Cousin Vinnie Hickey. It's a night of comedy and laughter in support for Bridgeport's very own Cousin Vinnie who's battling Leukemia. Join comics like Derek Bennett, Thomas Bottoms, Laura Hugg and more at this event.
$10 suggested donation

May 14:
Mayne Stage & Act One Pub – CAU takes over both venues to feature top notch original music by Sister Speak (San Diego, CA), Barrett’s Hidden Agenda and The Aldermanics (at Mayne Stage) and Brooke Barlett and James Weigel (at Act One Pub).
$5 with an email to

Door No. 3 (Double Door) – attend FABITAT featuring DJ Adam El (of 16 Candles/Berlin) and DJ Loly Prblms

Cobra Lounge – Leather Strip returns to Chicago with local Cyanotic and Sean Payne doing a live set of your favorite Cyanotic songs as well as debuting new stuff.
FREE / 9p

May 15 – 17:
Empty Bottle – it’s Hozac BlackOut Fest featuring The Boys (UK), The Dictators (NYC), Counter Intuits, Shocked Minds, Nones, The Man and many many more.
3-Day passes are sold out / limited individual tickets left

May 15:
Double Door – it’s an early show featuring Comasoft celebrating the release of “Ropes On Fire” along with Parallels, Deanna Devore, Kinky Love (with Xoe Wise) and DJ sets by Ghosthouse.
$10 / 7:30p

Liar’s Club – Voice Of Addiction returns home from tour performing with Bass Line Drums (Austin, TX), NiteCap and Living Struggle.

The Frequency (Madison, WI) – local band Jack Rabbit will be rockin’ the stage here

The Burlington Bar – check out Potty Mouth, Fleabite, Forgotten Species and Blizzard Babies rockin’ the stage here.

May 16 – 18:
Riverfront Mayfest featuring sixteencandles band, The Hot Sauce Committee, My Name Is Jonas, Casey Donahew Band and many more. After parties will be at Joe’s On Weed St.

May 16:
Red Line Tap – it’s Channel 3 with 80 Proof Preacher rockin the stage.
$7 adv / $10 dos

Subterranean – attend Owl’s release show featuring Weekend Nachos.
17+ / $17 adv / $20 dos

Cubby Bear - check out Veins of Zenith performing on stage along with Firago, A Friend Called Fire and Jimi Falls

Brauerhouse (Lombard, IL) - get licked by Top Shelf Lickers along with Agents of Change and Tijuana Jai Alai

NiteCap - this is your second chance to hear the live version of Ovrevolt's "Water" album

May 17:
Embassy Suites Hotel (511 N. Columbus Dr) – LGBT Equality Institute will be holding a day long conference here.
For more information, visit

Metro – missed out attending Convergence 20 Chicago, then don’t miss NOCTURNA where the fashionable Goths, Industrials, Punks, etc dance until dawn with DJ Scary Lady Sarah
18+ / 11p / $10

Livewire Lounge - Divineingwitch Productions presents Stone Magnum, Ancient Dreams, Coven 13 and Deep Space Pilots featuring Mark Weiner of Earthen Grave performing here.

Mike's Luv 'N' Music (Summit, IL) - check out The Fuckers' album release show with Step Right Up, Dead On TV, Alejandro & The Alcoholics and The Audio Dead
AA / 8p / $5

May 19:
Double Door – check out Perfect Kiss, Spaces of Disappearance, mtv ghosts and Deer Emerson performing live here.
$5 / 8p showtime

Fizz Bar and Grill – PJ’s My Cousin Too will be making their Fizz debut.

Dolphin - Digital presents David Harness

May 20:
Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill - Craft Beer goes punk featuring The Hamburglars robblin' with The Phenoms and Et Tu Brute

Another Hole In The Wall (Steger, IL) - rock with Gemini Syndrome along with Eyes Set To Kill and Exotype

May 21:
Fizz Bar and Grill – Rouge! Electro swing will be happening with Lord Vourteque and Mr Automatic spinning your favorite swing and Jazz tunes remixed in that funky electro sound along with special guest Dutty Moonshine (UK) and special performer – Lady India ...resident stage performer Lady Lenux will be on stage too.

May 22 – 26:
San Antonio Recreation Area (Bradley, CA) – Lightning In The Bottle Festival

May 22:
Lincoln Tap Room - The Hamburglars are robbin' here with Modern Advances

May 23:
Cubby Bear – it’s Calm Like A Bomb (Rage Against The Machine tribute) along with 3’s and 7’s (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alice In Chains tribute band will be rockin’ the stage here.
$8 adv / $10 dos

Uncommon Ground (Clark St location) – Model Stranger will be performing acoustically with Greg Combs.
AA / $10

Scoot Inn (Austin, TX) - check out Collin Herring's "Some Knives" album release show featuring Christian Lee Hutson, Bonnie Whitmore and Mother Mercy & The Black Dirt
$5 adv / $7 dos

May 24:
Double Door – it’s the Soul Summit FREE Dance Party!
FREE ($10 VIP tickets available)

Goose Island Wrigleyville – check out Hero Monster Zero featuring Rito, Hard Kiss and The Bare Hambones.
$8 adv / $10 dos / 8p

Debonair Social Club – it’s Control rockin’ the stage with Tomorrow The Moon and More Gorgeous
$5 / 7p doors

Ebo Room – get energized with The Energy Commission along with Underdogs from Outerspace.
$10 / 8:30p

Hideout - it's Tesla Rossa featuring North By North, Holy Motors and Republic of Lights rockin' the stage here

May 25:
Jackhammer Night Club (6406 N. Clark) – Riot Bear Productions plans to throw the rowdiest ...raunchiest party during Bear Pride /IML weekend which will featuring live performances by Brickwall Vultures and Bearhug (St. Louis, MO).

Concord Music Hall – rap artist Future is bringing his”Honest” tour to town featuring Rico Love and Que.

May 26:
Dolphin – Digital presents The Memorial Day Beatdown featuring Paul Johnson, Ricky Sinz, Vinnie Accardo, Mark Matras and Knex.

May 28:
Door No. 3 (Double Door) – attend FABITAT featuring DJ Adam El (of 16 Candles/Berlin) and Loly Prblms
FREE / 9p

May 29:
Beat Kitchen – attend this benefit concert supporting New Leash On Life that will feature a live performance by The Damn Choir with Hemmingbirds.
17+ / $15 adv / $20 dos – ALL proceeds benefit NLOL.

Elbo Room – check out Peasantry along with The Gold Rush, Electro Mehteran and Muggsy Bogues.
$9 / 8:30p

May 30:
Reggie’s Rock Club – practice your German while rockin’ to Hanzel Und Gretyl along with Sinister Fate, Withering Soul and Beyond De-th.
17+ / $12 adv / $15 dos / 9p

ToucheChicago - Riot Bear Productions presents  Bear Pride World Wide V ...a night of punk rock with DJ Germ

Underground Lounge - NSP presents Stitched Up Heart, Blindfold The Devil and In The Aisles

May 31:
Elbo Room – after a long absence from the stage, Bambi Raptor returns with a few new surprises featuring Jesse R.S., BEEFUS, Comaboys, and The Bannermen.
$10 / 8:30p

Sopranos Restaurant and Lounge (Griffith, IN) – rock with Air Raid, Armored Assault, Testimony and TBA

Red Line Tap - rock with Juicehead, The Fisticuffs, This Obsession and The Studs

The Back Bar (Janesville, WI) – go see Someday I Could Kill with Fatal Agenda, Sinister Fate and Metamorphis rockin’ the stage.
$7 / 9p showtime

Penny Road Pub – rock out with Skull Fogger, Seet, Levian, Victims and Seconds To Serenity.
AA / $10 / 6p doors

Q Bar & Grill (Darien, IL) - Floyd fans do not want to miss Chicago's premiere Pink Floyd experience featuring In The Flesh when they perform here.

Until next time, support your local scene,

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