Monday, June 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows/Events

Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide wants to inform you on a couple of shows/events happening soon around town in which she recommends checking out...
On July 8 at Elbo Room, lyricist and urban activist T-Zank will be performing live on stage along with 3 other acts - Chi-Songwriter, D-Webb and Roy French on the heels of releasing his second album "Evolve".
“...Change is the only thing that is certain. Without a continual commitment to growth and evolution, we can easily get trapped in thought patterns that prevent us from really living the lives we are meant to live...” says T-Zank.
The project, Evolution, sheds light on this idea and is meant to inspire listeners to wake up and make a commitment to evolve into characters they need to be in order to achieve what they dream of inside their hearts. Evolution is an idea that many listeners will be able to deeply relate with considering that we have dreams that we hold on to deeply. What is the difference between the dreamers and those who really make things happen in this world? Evolution. Those who commit to evolving into the people they need to be in order to achieve their dreams are the ones who actually achieve and live them out.
21+ / $7 / 8:30p 
Celebrate Clark Street, July 19 & 20
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Chicago, IL – June 12, 2014. Acclaimed by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic lineup of world music, Celebrate Clark Street celebrates its ninth consecutive year with a culturally rich menu of live music, ethnic food, arts and crafts, circus acts, people place, art lot and fun for the kids, Saturday, July 19 (1PM to 11PM CST) and Sunday, July 20 (1PM to 10PM CST) in Rogers Park.

Curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts, Celebrate Clark Street has grown from a community celebration into one of Chicago’s most renowned street festivals, attracting over 30,000 people annually. The festival presents world music and dance acts from around the globe, as well as cutting edge local bands on two stages.

This year Celebrate Clark Street welcomes Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Ceci Bastida, Kosta Kostov’s Moussaka Bass, Rafi eL, Cumbia Machin, Funkadesi,
Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble, Mambo Express, Los Vicios de Papa, Five Star Brass, Sangre Michoacana and more.

Celebrate Clark Street will be located on Clark Street between Morse Ave and Estes Ave and a $5 per person ($10 per family) donation is requested. Proceeds help fund programs such as the beautification of commercial corridors and the Glenwood Sunday Market in Rogers Park.
Great American Lobster Fest Pairs Fresh Lobster With Cutting Edge Music
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Chicago, IL – June 19, 2014. The New England Seafood Company, The Foxhole Chicago, Green Curtain Events and Navy Pier /SMG have partnered to launch The Great American Lobster Fest, Chicago’s first outdoor lobster and weekend music festival.

Scheduled to take place Saturday, August 16 (10AM-1AM CST) and Sunday, August 17 (10AM-10PM CST) at Navy Pier, The Great American Lobster Fest will coincide with Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show and pair fresh live lobster, flown in daily from Boston by The New England Seafood Company, with over 25 live bands performing on two stages, fireworks on Saturday night, and a unique shopping experience.

The musical line-up will include original indie acts Local H, Nine Days, Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers, Netherfriends, White Mystery, Paper Thick Walls, Band Called Catch, Bailiff, Santah, and Akasha alongside tribute acts Think Floyd Laser Light Show, Kiss Army, Trippin’ Billies, Evenflow and Our Name is Jonas.

The festival grounds will be located at the East End Plaza and in the Grand Ballroom of Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue. A Chicago landmark since 1916, Navy Pier has evolved from a freight passenger ship docking facility to the #1 tourist attraction in the Midwest, drawing more than eight million visitors annually. Navy Pier currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibit facilities, making it a tourist and visitor hub. Advance ticket prices for the The Great American Lobster Fest range from $10 (general admission) to $25 (includes lobster pre-order), with “day of” and late advance tickets priced between $15 and $35. The Great American Lobster Fest is open to all ages and will commence rain or shine.
Until next time, support your local scene,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

27 Jun 14

This blog is now under the control of Eva Trixx...

Villains of the world, UNITE!

Time has come for you to evolve or die...
This is your Villains Official of Information, Eva Trixx, stepping in once again to update you on the happenings of our villainous leader, Mr. Agitator, and his band of cohorts - Fallon Flynn, Vex, Nightshade, and Pulse also known as V Is For Villains. Tonight, there was a special reason to celebrate, villains, as other villains spanning from dark corners and underbellies of secret lairs of unknown converge at the loft of Chicago's Fizz Bar and Grill. The original mistress of the keyboards - Veronica Jade - returned for a one-night only appearance performing with the Villains. Ah, you certainly are correct in thinking what a hot Villains performance that would be. Plus there were other villainous appearances by mysterious carnivale troupe Candy Town and the rootin' tootin' cow folks of Colonel Gunn's Wild West Music Show rockin' the stage with an extra DJ set by the Lord of all things of Swing music, Vourteque. Whew was definitely a hot time in the ole town tonight, villainous readers. Yet it was even hotter and steamier inside than outside! SO hot and steamy inside this venue that Mr. Agitator almost performed the full monty during the Villains headlining performance of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"! Off went the top hat, waistcoat, shirt, suspenders, boots, socks ...and (drum roll) - his paints! Yes, if you weren't there, Mr. Agitator wears ...well, Eva shall not disclose that part. However she will say he does have a yummy arse! Villainous followers were tossing dollars on stage for our fearless leader to continue stripping. Sadly, he did put his pants back on. *frowns* In other Villains news, the newest member of the Mr. Agitator's gang looked mighty dapper in his villainous attire and mask. He truly looks the part now as if he belongs with V Is For Villains for life. And it was nice having mistress Veronica Jade back in the lineup ...dual keyboards (with drum programming) made for an exciting show to which the Eva felt the floor moving and shaking ...literally. Villains who missed this very important gathering shall be dealt with the swiftest of Villains justice by Mr. Agitator. In the meantime, make your penitence by visiting V Is For Villains at

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Eva highly recommends checking Mr. Agitator's other villainouscohorts at their next performances, villainous blogspot readers, known as Candy Town and Colonel Gunn's Wild West Music Show. Candy Town ( is one act that will not only mesmerize with their painted shadowy white faces and pantomime-like movements but the music take you back to the days of vaudeville and circus sideshows. This troupe of characters lean heavily on the melodramatic side of its music yet there will be moments when you'll feel an upbeat swing within its sound that makes you want to twirl or do the shapoopie while each song tells a story. Songs like "Green Man", "Emmy" (so haunting under the pale moon lights), and "Channel Zero" had a way of being more than just having front man/vaudeville barker Shawn and his lovely co-singers (Maggie and Kristen) standing on stage in front of their microphones. No, villainous blogspot readers. They move to the music beat with their precise choreographed dance and hand movements to expressively convey the lyrical tale to the audience. In a way, you're indeed getting  more than a performance with Candy Town. It's vaudevillian theatre music show wrapped in one 45 minute set however tonight due to the late start of the entire show was fairly short (no fault of all the bands performing). Still, Eva had a fun time with this band especially with the bit of comedic humor in between. She wonders if they collected enough money for that swim team. To find more information about Candy Town, visit this carnival troupe of musicians at their reverbnation site or Facebook page.

Moving along towards the saloon area of town, Colonel Gunn's and his cow folks of Wild West Music Show rocked the stage with delightful performance of classic ditties from 60s and 70s ...and some modern adult contemporary too, villainous blogspot readers. They may cover these memorable songs that you love to sing along (when no one's watching) but they add a spin villainous like spin to them. For instance, the lovely Miss Dallas Darling superbly wowed the crowd with her two lead numbers Ike and Tina's version of "Proud Mary" (first taking it slow before popping that blast of soul/R&B/rock sound) and Aretha Franklin's "Respect" with a dynamic tour de force of her voice rockin' the microphone. She didn't only just sing the lyrics. She pumped emotional life into each and every word. Oh, Eva cannot forget lil Missy Mayhem singing duet with the Colonel on the classic Johnny and June Carter Cash tune "Jackson" putting a little sass in her vocals this time ...and she has to, folks, because she was singing for two. Let's also not forget the Professor Francis Fellows shaking his arse while on stage performing that Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme 3 Steps" while the ever dapper Colonel enthusiastically wowed the ladies (and gents) with his rousing rendition of Chicago's very own Ides of March "Vehicle". He truly had Eva swooning during this fine song performance. However it wasn't just the Colonel and cow gang singing ...nope, he had everyone singing along too. Whether it was The Monkees' tune "Daydream Believer" or "Hooked On A Feeling", this lively troupe of colorful characters had everyone kicking up their heels and/or doing that fancy two-step dance step thing. For more information on the next hoedown at Colonel Gunn's Wild West Music Show, visit

You may have your blog back now, SouthSide ~ Eva Trixx

Until next time, support your local scene,

Friday, June 27, 2014

26 Jun 14 - Thrillist's Culinary Safari

Hey, blogspot readers, who's daring to take a safari adventure with SouthSide tonight? And you won't need a plane ticket or your passport. Tonight, SouthSide's attending a private event in the West Town neighborhood for a culinary fete in which she'll get to hold (yes, hold) an alligator  and touch a snake as well as sample cooked alligator and goat meat. The popular restaurant/bar Frontier was host for the latest Thrillist event - Culinary Safari (sponsored by Cayman Jack) where lucky attendees who rsvp'd drank bottles of Cayman Jack's Handcrafted Margaritas and dined on delicious food throughout the affair.


Tonight's culinary dish for SouthSide included some Caesar Salad, spicy cornbread, and a 5 cheese Mac-n-Cheese with some roasted pig, wild salmon and (drum roll) alligator meat. Yes, blogspot readers, this reviewer was daring enough to try a few pieces of alligator meat ...and she had to say it did taste like chicken (to her) liking the spicy heat it came with. She didn't try the goat but heard it was very delicious. Also, she sampled some Cayman Jack's Handcrafted Margarita during this event.

Throughout the event, attendees were encouraged to hold and/or pet the wild life as well as take pictures with the alligator and snake. Well, this reviewer only does one reptile a night. So she took a photo with the alligator and petted the snake. There was a blow dart game (not easy as it sounds, blogspot readers) and a couple of mixed-style dancers to entertain us during the evening hours. At one point, one of the dancers did a flip over several people. This reviewer spent a better part of the event hanging out with a professional football (soccer) player, his girlfriend and their guests before having to go home.

It was a fun evening at this safari within a city, blogspot readers...

Until next time, support your local scene,

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Photo Gallery - Elbo Room 24 Jun 14

Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide had such a fun time snapping photos again, she would like to share with you the ones that didn't get shown with the review.


 Volcano Weather


The Fustics

 The Great Socio


Until next time, support your local scene,