Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Papa G's DJ set
Tonight, this reviewer kicked off her long weekend roaming around town with a pit stop at Taste of Randolph to survey the sights, sounds and smells of this annual food and music festival located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop. Taste of Randolph features some of the best street food from local restaurants like bellyQ, Alhambra Palace, City Winery, Wishbone and more as well as local vendors and live music by such bands Clap Your Hands Say Yeah from Philadelphia, PA (http://www.cyhsy.com), Minus The Bear, The Revivalists (from New Orleans, LA), Many Moons (http://www.manymoonschicago.bandcamp.com), The Heard, The Giving Tree Band, The O’My’s, Ryan Powers and many more rockin’ two stages at opposite ends of the fest area. Plus new this year, there’s a DJ/Dance stage hosted by the party people of The Mid (located at mid-way point of the fest area) which will feature DJ sets by DJ RC, Zebo, Papa G, My Boy Elroy. The Taste of Randolph is 3 days of fun for all (kids included ...there’s face painting and family-oriented activities) and it’s dog-friendly too, blogspot readers. SouthSide spent part of her evening snapping photos and enjoying the awesome smell of food cooking outdoors. The fest runs from noon to 10p on Saturday and Sunday ...$10 suggested donation (but they will accept a couple of books too).
|The Real Jane Martin|
After spending some time at Taste of Randolph, blogspot readers, it was time to head to Elbo Room to say a fond farewell and “thanks for the rockin’ memories” to her good friends – Allen and Mark of The Real Jane Martin. This reviewer was with them since the beginning (back in 2008 when they performed at MOB Fest) and she felt it was fitting that she attends their final show at the place where it all began for them at Elbo Room. The upstairs lounge was crowded with family, friends and longtime fans as the duo of folk/rock performed their favorites and rarely heard songs spanning nearly a decade under band name The Real Jane Martin. And as a treat, they also performed a few cover renditions like Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” (but sung from a male pov) and very powerful yet moving rendition of The Beatles’ “Something” which almost had this reviewer swelling with tearful emotions. It may have been a sad occasion to see this duo split up (for now), blogspot reader, however it was also a celebration of a longtime friendship as well as sendoff for Mark who will be studying at New University for his MFA in lyric and play writing.
It was an honor and privilege for SouthSide to have rocked the Elbo Room with this duo for six years ...fun times covering their shows and music. For more information about The Real Jane Martin, you can visit http://www.realjane.com.
Until next time, support your local scene,