Friday, August 29, 2014

September 2014

Hey. blogspot readers, who says summer ends after Labor Day?! Not SouthSide! There's plenty left to see and do around Chicago as well as elsewhere during the month of September ...including the annual Riot Fest and Carnival!

This reviewer highly recommends checking out what's rockin' the local scene ...but remember unless otherwise noted, all event/shows listed are 21+.


Sept. 1:
GRANDBAR – it’s the Labor Day BBQ featuring live performances by The Palmer Squares, Mood Swingz, Joey Fattz, STL GLD, KNS The Engineer, Sickly Brett and Will Is Chillin’.
$5 / 8p

Sept. 2:
Reggie’s Rock Club – rock out with Stitched Up, City of The Week, Phosphene and Lever here.
17+ / $10 adv / $12 dos

Double Door - Afterwerq presents Old Skool Dance Cardio Workout ...benefiting Imerman Angels.
6p / $25

Sept 3:
Door No. 3 - it's Rocks Off DJs
FREE / 9p

Sept. 4:
Smartbar – Guilty Pleasures with special guest Eddie Riot! featuring resident DJs Boy Alberto, Meekat, Lolly Gagger and Madame Envy
FREE / 10p

Beauty Bar Chicago – attend Hallo: a Benefit Dance Party ...a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. DJ sets by Arturo of Panic! and DJ ScaryLady Sarah of NOCTURNA/SHIMMER

Township - it’s Pink Guys along with The Pleasure Centers and Control rockin’ this stage.
$5 adv / $7 dos / 9p

House of Blues (Chicago) – rock with up-n-coming local band Magatha Trysty when they make their debut here.

Reggie’s Music Joint – rock with The Monsters, Dead On TV, Tea Tsunami and Wad here.
$15 adv / $20 dos / 7:30p

Reggie’s Rock Club – rock with Mandatory Abortions, Mobile Deathcamp, Ignescent and Habit of Force.
17+ / 21+ to Drink / $8

LiveWire Lounge – it’s Everything Goes Cold with Crash Faster and Programmable Animal.
$10 / 8p

Door No.3 - check out The Hip Hop Monthly #8 featuring Shadow Master MC with DJ 3rd Rail and Pseudo Slang
$5 / FREE with rsvp on

Sept. 5:
Whiskey Trust Tavern & Distillery – it’s another monthly edition of Mannequin by Sissy Spastik featuring mannequins coming to life by JoJo Baby, Ruby Dee Anita Borshen and Evah Envy at 11p with DJ Adam Black spinning
$5 / 9p doors

Mayne Stage – CAU presents Scraps of Brass along with Luna Blu, Hannah Frank Group (EP release) and Liz Chidester Meanwhile at Act One Pub, it’s Jeff Brown and the New Black rockin’ the stage (NO COVER / AA)
7:30p / $10adv / $12 dos

Harte’s Saloon (Evergreen Park, IL) – it’s Digeometric rockin’ the venue!

Cairo (West Chicago, IL) – rock with Sinister Fate, Metamorphis and Black Cat Manor here.
$8 / 9p

Liar’s Club – Brickwall Vultures, Shift, The Hand-Onz and The Coldies will be rockin’ out here.

27 Live (Evanston, IL) – Charming Axe will be the featured headliner with Julia Klee opening.
Door No. 3 - check out the opaque project x teen witch fan club x feeltrip records show Soft Leather #8 ...a pansexual dress to sweat event featuring DJs Deathface, Teen Witch, House Szechuan and 100 lb Deadlift with FREE giveaways.
FREE / 10p

Red Line Tap - check out The Tonellis, Gooey and Blue Shag rockin' this Rogers Park venue.
For tickets, visit

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (Hollywood, FL) - attend this event where art and music will collide as the musicians make the art and the artists will make the music featuring Kevin Arrow, Eddy and Greg Alvarez, Bleedingpalm, Brian Butler and more with performances by Snakehole and Bank of Christ.
For more information and tickets, visit
Sept. 6:
Lincoln Hall – attend this show featuring soul singer Caleb Hawley who will be in Chicago performing tracks off his current release “Side 1” with Bambi Raptor, Kelroy and MG Bailey.

Shakespeare Lower Level (Kalamazoo, MI) – it’s Digeometric with Skymatic, Jake Walker and Trodden Embers rockin’ the stage here.

Red Line Tap – punk comes to Rogers Park featuring The Members (UK), Voice of Addiction and Death and Memphis!

Martyrs’ – it’s Kings In Waiting with special guests Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub and Trees performing here.
$10 / 8p

Cobra Lounge – attend the Ladies & Tramps Charity Dating Auction ...featuring some of Chicago’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes – Crooners, Mud Queens, Biker Babes et al in support of 3 great causes (Animals Asia International, Harmony House Chicago and One Tail At A Time) with live music by The Bama Lamas, Bad Bad Meow and Tracer Bullet.
$10 adv / $12 dos / all sexual orientations welcome

Debonair Social Club – check out One Season with Revolt Coda and Ocean Days performing live here.

Exit - check out Return to Paradise wave/80s classics with Mingo Cerda, Eddie Riot, Mr. Bobby, Akira Smith and Mark Matras.
10p / NO cover

Sept. 7:
The Down & Over Pub (Milwaukee, WI) – get your punk on here with The Members (UK punk), Modern Day Rippers (Chicago punk), Indonesian Junk (Milwaukee, WI), and Liar’s Trial (Milwaukee Western punk).
$8 / 9p

Township – check out Perdition along with Top Shelf Lickers, Ness and Forfeit performing here.
18+ / 21+ to drink / 8p / $8

Sept. 8:
Red Line Tap – it’s Open Mic Mondays featuring Micki Broeker and Grizzly Sweets as hosts!
Sign up at 8p / show begins at 9p

Reggie's (Rock Club and Music Joint) - celebrate 7 years of rockin' the Southside at this anniversary bash featuring live music at both venues by Ken Mode, Mr. Blotto, The Atlas Moth, Sammy Llana, Burdened, Handler and more. FREE buffet 5p - 7p
17+ (at Rock Club) / 21+ (at Music Joint) / $7 cover for both shows

Sept 9:
Elbo Room - Spout poetry at WORMWOOD and then stay for Wire-Tripped afterwards ...the place to hear the best in Electro/EDM/industrial and synthpop with your leaders Circuitry and Peter Propaganda.
NO cover for both events.

Sept 10 - Oct 9:
Steppenwolf Garage Theatre - check out The Midnight City ...a play written by Tony Fitzpatrick with Stan Klein. Please note there will be no performances on Sunday Sept. 14.
Tickets $25

Sept. 10:
Red Line Tap – The Cadaver Dogs along with In The Whale, Knife of Simpson and I Love Rich will be performing here.
$5 adv / $7 dos

Door No.3 - it's the Second Season Starter of FABITAT: Homecumming featuring live set by The K.I.D. with DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms spinning and drag performances by Lucy Stoole and The Saffire House.
FREE / 9p

Livewire Lounge - The Spiritual Bat returns to perform live bringing its "Inside The Mosaic Tour 2014" to Chicago with Strap On Halo, Solemn Meant Walks and another band to be announced.

Sept 11 - 14:
Kennekuk County Park (Danville, IL) - check out the Phases of the Moon Festival featuring Widespread Panic (2 shows), String Cheese Incident, Kung Fu, The Revivalists, The Steepwater Band, Moon Hooch, Cornmeal (2 shows), The California Honeydrops (2 shows) and many more.
For more information and tickets, visit

Sept. 11:
Tonic Room – rock with Zombie Manana, Skymatic and Trees

Smartbar – [synthetic] presents Hustler 2.0 ...The Male Review with special guests Redux DJ set, VoxBox and Chris Kellner as guest host.
FREE / 10p

Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI) – The Brothers Comatose will be bringing their inflatable alligators, chopsticks and more to this venue.

Underground Wonder Bar – celebrate with Room 11 Live! at their anniversary show with special guest Pastor Funkpleez & The Pulpit Players.

Red Line Tap – it’s Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds with The Heeby Jeebies and DJ Bashert rockin’ this venue.
$15 adv / $18 dos / 8p

Martyrs’ – Monophonics and Bumpus will be rockin’ the stage here.
$12 adv / $15 / 9p

Aragon Ballroom - it's Rise Against rockin' this iconic venue with Lawrence Arms, Touche Amore and RadKey.
AA / 5p
For tickets, visit

Sept. 12 – 14:
Humboldt Park (Chicago, IL) – it’s Riot Fest’s 10th anniversary featuring live performances by Taking Back Sunday, Jane’s Addiction, The Cure, Metric, and many, many more!

Sept. 12:
Underground Lounge – Mobcore Chicago presents end.user + N.L.i.c._Sonic Terrro along with Sirr Vixx, Common Dominator and DJ Oracle (M.I.A. DNB) and tooth_eye.

Elbo Room – speak and rock like a pirate with Pirates!!! featuring Vultures Are Lovebirds and Flight Plan.

Tonic Room – SoundPrism Productions invites you to rock with The Long Haul (featuring Marcus Rezak and Red Rose here.

Sept. 13:
Even Flow (Geneva, IL) – it’s Pink Floyd night with In The Flesh!
8p doors

Tonic Room – it’s Brothers Star Race with special guests rockin’ the stage here.

Metro – Chicago’s The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club will be celebrating their release of “Veva, Hold On!”

FEAR City Haunted House (Morton Grove, IL) - it's haunted house season at FEAR City's first event - BLACKOUT ...roam the city streets amongst the cast of characters haunting them. Then attend the "After Dark Zombie Party" with V Is For Villains (8:30p to 10:30p)
$14 / 8p / AA
For more information and tickets, visit

Sept. 13:
Brando's Speakeasy (343 S. Dearborn) - attend Swing De Ville happening every Saturday night at this Loop nightclub featuring resident DJ Factory Settings with special guest DJs every week. Opening night it's Vourteque ...on Sept. 20 it's Pete Augusta and Chrissy Gunnz and then on Sept. 27 it's Mr. Automatic.
$5 or rsvp at

Sept. 14:
Red Line Tap – it’s Twista with Sweet Diezel Jenkins and Eddie Franks performing here.
For tickets, visit

Sept. 15:
The Burlington Bar – check out Kerosene Stars along with Vehicles and Jesse W. Johnson performing on stage.

Sept. 17:
LiveWire Lounge – it’s The Devil’s Playground featuring host David Bates (of Sinister Fate) spinning your favorite metal, rock, industrial local music with burlesque by Misfit Dolls.

Sept. 18:
Elbo Room – Get It On presents The Chicago Alternarock Fest featuring live performance by Gold Fires, Beautiful Drifter, Hi Ho, Bernie & The Wolf and more.

GRANDBAR – check out Social 66, Sinister Fate and another band to be announced.

Lincoln Tap Room - The Cracked Actors (David Bowie Tribute band) and The Hamburglars will be rockin' your ears here.

Sept. 19 & 20:
Reggie’s Rock Club – get a double dose of Snarky Puppy when they perform both nights.
$30 adv / $35 dos

Sept. 19:
The Enterprise (Camden, NW3, London, UK) – rock out with SouthSide’s UK friends FEUD here!
18+ / 8p / £6

Sept. 20:
Metro – be fashionably seen at NOCTURNA featuring the lovely Mistress spinning your favorite post-punk. shoegaze, industrial, goth (current and classic) and more DJ Scary Lady Sarah. There will be giveaways (including a “swag bag” by The Alley Chicago), vendors and more.
18+ / 21+ to drink / $10 / 11:30p

The Beacon Club (Forest Park, IL) – attend Baconstock 2014 ...a celebration of meat and music!

Red Line Tap – it’s Blowfly along with Baby Brutha and The Untold Dirty rockin’ the stage here.
$15 adv / $18 dos

Elbo Room – come celebrate 25 years of presenting local and up-n-coming bands/artists at this Lakeview venue featuring Hero Jr, Tiger Night, 27 Star Project and PM Boys.

Sept 21:
The Grand Ballroom (6351 S. Cottage Grove Av) - Earth, Wind & Fire fans should attend this event featuring co-founder/legendary singer Sherry Scott as she covers the hits and more.

Sept. 24:
Door No. 3 - it's FABITAT's Endless Summer Beach Bum Blowout! with live set by Swimsuit Addition featuring DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms and drag performances by Lucy Stoole and The Saffire House.
FREE / 9p

Sept. 26 – 28:
Seattle, WA – Join SouthSide’s friend Thee Bluebeard the Pirate and many others at Steamposium (steampunk convention) hosted at Bell Harbor on Pier 66.

Urbana/Champaign, IL - it's The Pygmalion Festival featuring live music by Chvrches, American Football, Panda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, Tycho and many more with featured literature by Audrey Petty, Peter Orner, Richard Siken, Jon Percy and many more.
For more information and tickets, visit

Sept. 26:
Kenny’s Westside Pub (West Peoria, IL) – check out Digeometric with Business As Usual performing here.

Elbo Room – Miggs return to Chicago and this time they brought along friend Terry McDermott.

LiveWire Lounge – it’s 2014 Chicago Music of Horror Day 1 ...the official after hours of the Chicago Horror Film Fest featuring First Jason with Royal, Mandatory Abortions and Rue The Day
$6 / screams at 10p

Sept. 27:
Montrose Beach – help support and cheer on the runners at this 5K Colon Cancer Coalition Race

The Scene KC Rock Bar (Kansas City, MO) – it’s Dark From Day One returning to KC along with Arya, Restraint. Breaking Even, Red Velvet Crush and 5:40

Listening Room (Crystal Lake, IL) – Pink Floyd fans will want to be here to see In The Flesh (The Midwest’s #1 Pink Floyd tribute band) when they present a unique and intimate evening of Pink’s all-time classics.

LiveWire Lounge – 2014 Chicago Music of Horror Day 2 featuring Sinister Fate, Psycho Sister, Hot Dang and Airacobra.
$6 / 10p

Double Door - CumbiaSazo! Dance Party featuring B-Side Players, Riobamba DJ (NYC), with guest DJs Sonorama, Newlife, Puerko Pitzotl, Afroqbana and residents SoundCulture and Itzi Nallah.
$10 with rsvp on / $20 / 8p doors

Red Line Tap - check out The Vibrators, Depravos De La Mour, Modern Day Rippers, The Polymer Twins with DJ Bashert here.
$8 adv / $10 dos

Cubby Bear - it's Saved By The Belvedere rockin' the stage with special guests Draft Week, Mike Flood & Co, Michael Riser and Bluefish Fellows.

Sept . 30:
Concord Music Hall – Denmark native Mo returns to Chicago in support of her debut album “No Mythologies To Follow”
AA / 5:30p
For tickets, visit

Until next time, support your local scene,

24 Aug 14 Photo gallery

Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide had so many photos taken at the recent Back To School Family Picnic in Rogers Park that she wanted to share with you...









Until next time, support your local scene,

Thursday, August 28, 2014

24 Aug 13

It's a family affair, blogspot readers, at this recent community outing at the lakefront on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon. SouthSide was cordially invited to by Alderman Joseph Moore to help celebrate the upcoming school year with many of the other residents and families at the annual Back To School Family Picnic held at Loyola Park. And what a community event this was, blogspot readers! There was food, entertainment, (free) dental screenings, hair styling and manicures, face painting and so much more to see and do while socializing with your neighbors. Yet it was more than being about obtaining free school supplies was about motivating as well as inspiring kids to do their best when school begins again. It was also about helping parents to be advocates for their children in and out of the classroom get them more involved with their respective schools all year long.

The event opened with a few remarks by Jesse White (top left photo) who told the crowd about the success he's had with his tumbling team before long-time resident of the 49th Ward and County Clerk David Orr (top right photo) spoke. Then IL State Senator Heather Steans (top photo on right) encouraged the kids to "...stay in school and work hard..." After thanking the crowd for attending, Alderman Moore (bottom photo on right) officially began the family event, blogspot readers. When SouthSide later spoke with IL State Senator Steans,  she also added that this event "...keeps growing every year..." with a new addition to this year's picnic - dental screenings by Bright Smiles & Bright Future. She even told this reviewer that when Alderman Moore started the Back To School Family Picnic only 100 people attended and they were only rained out once estimating approximately 1,000 were in attendance today despite the steamy temperatures. That she credits "...someone [from above] smiling on us..." After acting on her suggestion, SouthSide then spoke with organizer of this community event, Wayne Frazier (left side photo), for his comments about the day. He told her "'s one of the largest events of the year ...and it keeps growing..." The purpose of the Back To School Family Picnic is to "...encourage parents and kids to stay in school..." by trying to give them as much as support for a successful first day. The organizers of this event understand that many parents are on a tight budget and don't have the necessary money for school supplies. So this event tries to help with pens, pencils, paper, etc for that first day, blogspot readers.

It was more than about getting free school supplies to start the year off on a good step, blogspot readers. It was also about looking stylish too. There was a tent where parents and children stood in line for free hair cuts and styles and for the young ladies - manicures and polished nails. Meanwhile from a short distance away, you could get face painting and/or temporary tattoos. From the City Clerk Susana Mendoza's office, parents could sign up and obtain Kids ID ...or grab a few books or receive vital information from Cook County Clerk of  the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown's table. Also in this general area, there was booth dedicated to Desiree Lomax ( and Kathyleen Brooks(  of Legal Shield (bottom left photo). This legal service is designed to protect you and your family with affordable consultations and legal services that include personal documentation review, will preparation, traffic violations, and/or uncontested divorce, separation and child support and so much more. It also identity theft plans and help for small businesses too, blogspot readers. For more general information about LegalShield, visit the main site at  Colgate and Bright Smiles/Bright Future (top left photo) had a van set up for free dental screenings for all the kids in attendance.
This afternoon's entertainment was provided by one of seven from the Jesse White Tumbling team and dance selections from the Joe Hall Dancers, blogspot readers. The Jesse White Tumbling Team has been a local attraction for over 54 years since its creation back in 1959 ...which is designed to "...provide a positive alternative for inner-city kids..." In order to be a member of this team that consists of over 325 male and female members, you have to say "no" and stay away from gangs, alcohol, drugs, and stay in school maintaining at least a "C" average.  If the team member falls below the "C" average, there's tutoring assistance and/or he/she must show they're in a tutoring program. The teams perform nearly 1,500 performances each year from sporting events to community, business, charity functions as well as travel all over the world including places like Tokyo, Japan and Zagreb, Croatia. And today this particular team, blogspot readers, demonstrated some amazingly fantastical feats of acrobatic tumbling that sometimes took the tumbler very high into the air. This is no exaggeration either. They flipped over each other ...over banners ...bounced off a mini spring to elevate their flips even higher which always delights crowds wherever they go, blogspot readers.  For more information, visit The purpose of Joe Hall Dance Center is to "...bring dancing to all people..." and it features classes from ballet, tap to theatre dance and more for students of all ages starting at 2 years old. Their presentation began with a solo by Melissa Johnson before a duet did a mix of modern and ballet to "Summertime" with closing solo to "Grandma Hands". For more information about dances classes, visit The dancing didn't end there, blogspot readers. It was also time for the residents of the 49th Ward to show off their dance moves to the DJ selections, They were wobblin', slidin'  and more in front of the stage in between the calling out raffle prizes.

During her time at the Back To School Family Picnic, blogspot readers, SouthSide had a chance to meet some of the residents who live within this diverse neighborhood for their thoughts about today's event. Coyt Riddle (side top photo) told this reviewer that he was enjoying it "...tremendously with the whole family..." with his daughter, son, future daughter-in-law and grandkids while also stating that it was real nice "...peaceful and enjoyable for all kids..." Meanwhile, mom Latricia said she enjoyed it as well with her friends and that her son was excited about starting Pre-K this year. The Hurn family (side bottom photo) also told SouthSide the same thing before Dad showed off a few of his flipping moves. Believe it or not, blogspot readers, the line for picnic lunch was continuously growing despite showing no signs of if ever shortening either! And you may not believe this either, but Alderman Moore (under an umbrella) stood there and shook every person's hand until it was over. As you can see, he's very dedicated to his 49th Ward residents ...standing there amidst the steamy temps to greet and pass out free museum passes (one per family) to all who attended this community event.

SouthSide would like to thank Alderman Joseph Moore and his staff for the invite. She had a fun time hanging out with them by the lakefront...

Until next time, support your local scene,