Tuesday, September 30, 2014

26 Sept 14 - Miggs with Terry McDermott

Hey, blogspot readers, it's another hot time rockin' around town with SouthSide! Yet, the goal of her night wasn't to review but finally enjoy music. So it was off to Lakeview's popular nightspot, Elbo Room, to rock with her touring friend - Miggs who brought along a special guest Terry McDermott (http://www.terrymacmusic.com) to perform one unique performance. It wasn't just Terry acoustically opening for the band. No, it was a combination of both Terry and Miggs (either with a few band members and/or the entire band) together on stage.

What a music combination it was, blogspot readers! This reviewer enjoyed the intense emotions being pumped through the microphone by Terry while (at first) John Luzzi (guitarist/vocalist of Miggs) accompanied him during songs like "Black Hole" and "Join or Die". She found herself feeling the heartfelt words popping to life especially while performing a cover of Foreigner's top ballad "I Wanna Know What Love Is", Yet it wasn't all seriousness and deep emotions with this duo, blogspot readers. There was some lighthearted comedic moments too and flicking of Miggs guitar picks into the audience. Gradually adding Don Miggs and other members into the mix, subsequently went from Terry McDermott opening performance to a Terry and Miggs set until finally Miggs took over the stage rockin' to the song "Pretty". This particular song moved not only the band but audience as well into the energizing, upbeat rhythmic tempo thus kicking off the performance with an explosive bang! Not to worry, Terry would be rejoining Miggs again.

Now with Miggs (http://www.miggsmusic.com) fully energized and ready to rock out stage with selections off their current release Walls Come Down, blogspot readers. Besides the lively rhythms or the harmonic vocal melodies, you just might hear words of encouragement and/or inspiration within the song's lyrics. For example, check out "Be Good To Yourself" - piece of advice Don gives to his young sons ..."Passing Through" where he advises you to '...take the thorn out of your side ...take the stone out of your shoe ...you're only passing through...' whatever has you bogged down in trouble or despair ..."Home" where the heartfelt emotions come to light as he misses his sons and wife which also features a verse from The Righteous Brother's "Unchained Melodies". It was such a powerful moment, blogspot readers, as Don poured out the emotions through the words while the band passionately backed him with the music. Oh yeah, Miggs know how to add a little funk to their rock sound too especially when performing "The Drifter". What made the evening truly special their fans, blogspot readers, was when they did a medley of songs from George Michael's "Faith" to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" as well as Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall part 2" and the two different versions of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley and Seal before topping it off with a very enthusiastic version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta of Love" in between "Let  The Games Begin" and title track - "Walls Come Down". To really end this dual performance on a high note, Terry joined the band for a rousing encore number, Beatles' Helter Skelter ...a rarely heard as well as performed song but with Miggs' explosive rock sound and Terry on the mic, it was certainly a treat, blogspot readers.

SouthSide highly recommends checking out Miggs with Terry McDermott while both are currently touring together. Two hot hours of a music performance not to be missed this fall, blogspot readers!

Enjoy the photos snapped from the show at Chicago's Elbo Room...



Until next time, support your local scene,

Monday, September 29, 2014

October 2014

Spook-tacular things are bound to happen around town (and elsewhere) this month, blogspot readers. Ghostly ghouls and goblins ...witches and wizards are headed this way to spice up your trick-o-treating plans on Oct. 31st. Even the fashionably dressed creatures of the night and zombies will be making an appearance at one or more events occurring in October. 
SouthSide highly recommends checking out the festivals and haunted houses...
Please note most shows/events (especially the Halloween events) are 21+ unless stated otherwise.

Various dates in October:
Get It On presents Chicago Mini Music Festivals at various venue locations around town ... It’s a slate of roving mini festivals aimed to spotlight specific genres thus aiding bands to build a local scene with other like-minded bands. Each event will featuring several bands of the same genre for example on Oct. 2 at LiveWire Lounge where it’s Chicago Indie/Alternative Fest featuring bands The Local Void, Void The Light, The Janitor & The Bum and Hedgehog & The Fox. The end goal of this festival is to bring Chicago bands to other cities to play mini-festivals that within their music. For more information, visit http://www.getitonpresents.com.
Oct. 1 – 5: VIA festival celebrates it’s first year in Chicago with five (5) days of music, visuals, and new media art featuring Mykki Blanco, Blue Hawaii (live performance and DJ set) Cakes Da Killa, Princess Nokia, Jimmy Whispers, Teen Witch and many, many more
Oct. 1:
Concord Music Hall – La Roux’s North American tour rolls to Chicago with Midnight Magic. For tickets, visit http://www.concordmusichall.com.
AA / 7p / $25
LiveWire Lounge – it’s the Devil’s Playground: No Halos, Just Horns with David Bates spinning metal, rock, industrial and local featuring burlesque by Cherries Jubulie, Jezzibel, Lady India DeMinuit and Lady Lenux.
Double Door – it’s Hank & Cupcakes with Ghosthouse performing live on stage.
$8 / 8p show
Elbo Room – singer/songwriter Nathan Angelo will be performing live here.
Your laptop/mobile/tablet – singer/songwriter Josh Damingo’s CD release party goes worldwide via http://www.concertwindow.com ($10 fee) if you’re unable to attend his House of Blues show.
Oct. 2:
Riviera Theatre – Robert Plant returns to Chicago with his band The Sensational Space Shifters and The Last Internationale.
Emporium Arcade Bar (North Milwaukee Ave location) – check out Terrible Spaceship sharing the stage with Bumpus and Dragon Fly.
Smart Bar – it’s [synthetic] featuring your regular [synthetic] DJs Boy Alberto, Eeks Laroo, B-Side, Circuitry and Lolly Gagger.
FREE / 10p
Oct. 3:
Cigars & Stripes (6715 Ogden Ave, Berwyn, IL) – ring in Roctober with the following bands Some Velvet Evening and The Butterfields.
Elbo Room – rock out with Digeometric with Joe Marcinek Band, J-Livii & The Party.
$10 / 8:30p doors
The Mid – Mayhem welcomes the Swedish duo Icona Pop (DJ set)
Double Door – On The Grind Management presents Midwest Hype, Saba, Cloud 0, Kiney, The Palmer Squares, and Da$htones with DJ Caleeb
$10 / 8:30p show
Door No. 3 – Beyond Luck presents Interstellar Beats featuring Radiius and DJ Moppy with special guests TBA and live painting.
FREE / 10p
Revolution Brewery – celebrate Oktoberfest with craft beer while rockin with this fun band, Cooler By The Lake.
Red Line Tap – check out Mike Hard sharing the stage with Amateur Side Action.
$5 adv / $7 dos
Brauerhouse (Lombard, IL) – get licked while rockin’ with Top Shelf Lickers and College Transfer Student.
Oct. 4:
Concord Music Hall – attend Matisyahu’s “Built To Serve” Fall tour. For tickets, visit http://www.concordmusichall.com.
17+ / 8p
Bovine Sex Club (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – it’s a double record release show featuring The Rabid Whole’s “Problems” and Cyanotic’s “Worse Case Scenario”.
Cubby Bear – Shoeshine Boy presents Distant Brothers with David Costa, Steady Echo, One Season and The Dave Tamkin Duo.
$7 adv / $10 dos
Door No. 3 – attend Soft Leather ...a pansexual dress to sweat event featuring DJs Deathface, Teen Witch, House Szechuan and 100 LB Deadlift.
FREE / 10p
MT Barrels (Schaumburg, IL) – rock the night with Model Stranger and Arma here
Bordel Chicago (upstairs at 1721 W. Division) – rock at Cole DeGenova’s “Hollywood Girl” video release party featuring Adam Ness, Ami Saraiya, DJ Ryan Gac with special guests.
FREE / 9:30p show
Bobby McGee’s (Chicago Ridge, IL) – Monk 9  will be sharing the stage with Chris Medina (from American Idol)
Oct. 5:
115 Bourbon Street – attend the Bob, Vee & Jeremy Memorial concert featuring A.D.D., Daylight Dawns, Sunset Empire, No One, Flathead Fillups and more.
AA / $20 donation at the door / 5p
Smartbar – Queen! welcomes an official GusGus after party with Michael Serafini, Garrett David and special guests Hunk of Man (GusGus vs T-World) DJ set.

Oct. 6:
Emporium Arcade Bar (North Milwaukee location) - check out Ariada along with Bike Theif and Greg Jackson Combs rockin' the stage at this arcade/bar/venue.
Oct. 8:
Mayne Stage – CAU presents The Robert Hynes Band sharing the stage with David Hawkins and Teresa Storch.
Oct. 9:
Mojoe’s (Joliet, IL) – check out the Hard Dance Nation recording artist Darksiderz rockin’ the stage with Combichrist, William Control and Davey Suicide.
Oct. 10:
Quenchers – it’s Typesetter’s “Wildcard” record release show!
Door No. 3 – it’s FABITAT featuring DJ sets by Adam El and Ldy Prblms with drag performances by Lucy Stoole and the Saffire House.
FREE / 9p
Concord Music Hall -  get your wobble on when Big Freedia returns to Chicago. For tickets, visit http://www.clubtix.com.
Oct. 11:
LiveWire Lounge – rock out with Moon and Polarizer
Rockwetz Bar Meets Grill (Orland Park, IL) – Digeometric will be performing 2 sets here.
Copernicus Center – rock with Piersi and Maggie D Live
Jerry’s (1938 W. Division) – it’s Villains Company rockin’ the stage as part of Chicago’s Alternarock Fest with Time & The New Romans, Management Material and Modiviccan.
Roxy Bar (Overland Park, KS) – it’s the 3 rd annual Z Day Kansas City featuring live performances by Arya, Eleven After, The Perfect Pursuit, Nova, Waiting On Amy with sexy zombiefied entertainment from Sinful Sideshow ...plus zombie-themed contests!
AA / $8p (with a minor $5 surcharge) / 6p
***Bring two (2) canned goods for The Walk For Hunger and get $3 off at the door***
Double Door – attend this month’s Simmer Down Sound: Inna Fine Style.
NO COVER / 10p
Concord Music Hall – check out Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash performing live on stage. For tickets, visit http://www.clubtix.com.

Double Door - it's Gorgon City rockin' the stage along with Henry Krinkle. For tickets, visit http://www.clubtix.com.
Oct. 12:
Friendly Tap (Berwyn, IL) – check out  this Aussie group Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes when they perform selections from Lachlan’s latest release “Black Coffee” as part of their US tour.
Thalia Hall – celebrate Dusek’s & Punch House One Year anniversary ...a building-wide Customer Appreciation shindig featuring LA punk band No Age.

LiveWire Lounge - it's A Feast for Clowns featuring those lovable sideshow characters Jellyboy The Clown, Titano the strongman, Fibi Jane Changes, Sanjula Vamana and many more at this Avondale bar.
9:30p / $7

Oct 13:
Grandbar - check out Elisium sharing the stage with Abyssal and Derek of Counterfeit I at this venue.
FREE / 8p doors
Oct. 14:
Elbo Room – get your poetry on at this month’s edition of Wormwood Collective featuring a night of open mic spoken word in action by some of Chicago’s dedicated poets.
NO COVER / sign-in at 7p
Brick & Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco, CA) – check out Magicks sharing the stage with Mammoth Life (headliner), Kitten Grenade and DJ Neil Martinson aka SMILE.
$7 adv / $10 dos / 9p show

Beat Kitchen - get your sweat on when Workout Music opens for Wallpaper! For tickets, visit http://www.beatkitchen.com.
Oct. 15:
Double Door – attend The Holy Ghost tour featuring live performances by Marc Ford (formerly of The Black Crowes), Elija Ford and The Lucky Dutch.
$10 / 8p show
Thalia Hall (1801 S. Allport)– check out this unique show featuring Chicago Made bands/musicians The O’My’s, Psalm One, Alex Wiley and Paper Thick Walls performing a variety music genres from hip hop/rap to alternative at this Fall showcase
FREE / 18+ / 8p
Red Line Tap – it’s Hellion featuring Ann Boleyn, Hessler, Sable Bedlam and 4 Without performing live on stage here.
$10 adv / $13 dos

evilOlive - Rouge! Chicago's Premiere Electro Swing celebrates Vourteque's birthday featuring special guests Shotglass Sally, Sanjula Vamana, Claria Bell, Seth Nayes and Lady Lenux.
No cover / No dress code / 9p
Oct. 16:
Pfeiffer Hall (North Central College, Naperville, IL) – Ian Anderson returns to the Chicago area performing selections off his new album “Homo Eracticus”
$75 - $95 / 630-637-show (7469) for tickets

Red Line Tap - it's Gringo Star rockin' the stage with The Voluptuals and The Sharrows!
$7 adv / $10 dos / 9p
Oct. 17 – 19:
Elwood, IL – it’s the Fall Farm Fest featuring 3 fun days of music, art and camping set to the theme of “Alice In Wonderland” with live performances by Tamagowa and Oldine (from France), Mountain Animation (NY) and Betty, Betty Blackfoot (Floriida) and many more.
$15 adv / $20 at gate
Art vendors are needed (no vendor’s fee required ...just buy a ticket) but be confirmed by Oct. 5.
Oct. 17:
Debonair Social Club – check out Heavyfest featuring Speedfreak with Armored Assault and Jack Rabbit
18+ / 8p / $10
2040 (in Pilsen neighborhood) – rock out with Los Eskeletos, Cenobites, The Pervert Preachers and Ritalino D
BYOB / AA / 8:30p / $5
Donna Jo Campground (Kouts, IN) – it’s the 7th Annual Camp Doom ...camping with metalheads!
Double Door – it’s Dopapod with special guests The Coop!
$13 adv / $15 dos / 9p show
Riviera Theatre – it’s Chromeo returning to Chicago with Wave Racer.
18+ / 8p / $30
Elbo Room – it’s Leeloo Dallas (Multipass) rockin’ the stage with Coyote Ghost, The Idiots and Barking Cat.
The Throne Room – it’s The Aaron Williams Band rockin’ the stage along with Jeff Brown & The New Black and Elle Casazza.
8p doors

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co (Milwaukee, WI) - Kyle Feerick's "The Sky, It Moves" release party featuring special guest Myles Coyne on stage.

Jerry's - check out One Season sharing the stage with The Oarsman and Rusty Gates at this Wicker Park venue.
Oct. 18:
Township – check out Dead On TV’s “Creeper” record release show with Crude Humor, Happy 99, and Off Color.
AA / 6p / $8
Oct. 19:
Door No. 3 – check out The Open Door Jam Session: Jazz night with The Larry Brown Band and special guest.
$7 / 9p show
Oct. 21:
Double Door – rock with Eddie & The Hot Rods, Dime Runner, and Modern Day Rippers.
$12 adv / $15 dos / 8p show
Oct. 22 & 23:
Sidetrack – it’s the Night of 100 Drag Queens 2014 featuring this year’s theme “Animal Queendom” at this benefit for Equality IL.
VIP show at 7p $20 adv / $25 dos
GA @ 8p / $15 adv & dos
Oct. 23:
Concord Music Hall – it’s Method Man and Redman rockin’ the stage with B Real (of Cypress Hill). Berner and Mick Jenkins. For tickets, visit clubtix.com.
18+ / 9p
Riviera Theatre – check out SBTRKT’s “Wonder Where We Land” tour. For tickets, visit reactpresents.com
18+ / 8:30p / $20 adv / $30 dos
Double Door – check out Big Paraid with Great Ocean Waters, The Wild Finish, The Nothing Company and Frey Geoffroux.
$8 (or $5 with rsvp on do312.com) / 8p show
Debonair Social Club – rock out this venue with Little Missiles.

Township - check out North By North along with The Travel Suitcase, Republic of Lights and Aktar Aktar performing on stage here.
18+ / $5 adv / $8 dos
Oct. 24 & 25:
Grand Hall (London, UK) – it’s the World Burlesque Games featuring 36 finalists in 6 competing categories performing in front of an estimated crowd of 1500+ spectators. Get tickets now before it’s sold out at http://www.worldburlesquegames.com.
Oct. 24:
Concord Music Hall – check out You’re Dead performing on stage with Thundercat. For tickets, visit http://www.clubtix.com.
18+ / 8p

Double Door - attend the Electro Reggae Jam featuring Fada Dougou along with Akasha (band), Rad Brian, Kinky P and many more.
$8 (early bird special) / $10 GA adv / $15 dos / $20 VIP
Oct. 25:
Riviera Theatre – Hot Topic presents Black Veil Brides with Drama Club, Falling In Reverse and Set It Off
AA / 7p / $25
Subterranean – beware ...and don’t get Captured By Robots when this band and it’s human J-Bot performs here along with I Love Rich, The Luck of Eden Hall, and Beast Warrior.
Oct. 26:
Double Door – it’s The Color of Noise screening with Q & A with director Eric Robel.
7p doors / screening at 8p / $10
LiveWire Lounge – check out Faces of the Bog with Serial Hawk, Pale Horseman and The Hyss rockin’ the stage.
Oct. 27:
Reggie’s Music Joint – the father-son duo Rick (founding member of Dropkick Murphys) and Stephen Barton aka Continental will be playing selections off their current release “Millionaires”.

Grandbar - it's an early Halloween show featuring Devilocks as Misfits and First Jason!
FREE / 8p doors
Oct. 31 & Nov 1:
Aragon Ballroom – it’s the 6 th annual Freaky Deaky show featuring live performances by Flux Pavilion (on Fri) and G-Eazy, Kennedy Jones and Nervo (on Sat) with Kill The Noise, Tchami and Pegboard Nerds. For tickets, visit http://www.clubtix.com.
18+ / 8p
Murphy’s Pub (Rockford, IL) – it’s a Halloween Banger ...two nights of Halloween fun, tricks, treats and madness featuring a haunted tent, costume contests, 3 stages of EDM music.
Oct. 31:
UIC Pavilion – it’s the I AM Hardwell World Tour 2014 with supporting act Dannic. For tickets, visit http://www.iamhardwell.com.
NiteCap – it’s Halloween Havoc featuring Pound of Flesh sharing the stage with Sinister Fate, Psychopathic Daze, Dissona and burlesque by Jezzibel, Lenux, Antibiotix and Lady India.
$7 / screaming begins at 9p
Elbo Room – trick-o-treat at the venue’s annual Halloween bash featuring Bands On Bands theme with Ramones (Bambi Raptor) headlining the lineup that also includes Green Day (A Friend Called Fire), ZZ Top (Model Stranger), Elton John (Bullet Called Life) and Queen (Polarizer).
$10 / 8p
Brauerhouse (Lombard, IL) – it’s spooky night of Silent Horror featuring Goolsby From Blitzkid, The Fold as 90s Punk-o-Rama bands, The Blitzketins as The Riverdales. For tickets, visit http://www.brauerhouse.com.
18+ / $8 adv / $10 dos / 9p
The Mutiny – ghoulish things are rockin’ this Bucktown venue when Will of Man becomes The Misfits, Bottle Kids are Bouncing Souls, Butchered rocks as Against Me, and The Cheap Dates turn into Golden Oldies.
Double Door – after trick-o-treating, attend the 18 th annual Halloween Bash featuring live performances by David Bowie (Rebel Rebel), Kinks (AM Taxi), The Police (The Noise FM), Oasis (Blackbox) and Guns-n-Roses (Hessler).
$10 GA / $20 VIP / 8p show

Metro - lots of spooky as well as fashionably dressed to be seen people will want to attend the Annual NOCTURNA All Hallow's Eve Ball ...this year on Halloween! From midnight to dawn, dance to your favorite dark music spun by DJ Scary Lady Sarah where she'll have some trick and treats for all who attend.
18+ / $15 (in costume) / $18 (non-costume)
Until next time, support your local scene,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

26 Sept 14 - Social Media Week: Day 5

 Hey, blogspot readers, it's another beautiful day in Chicago ...a few clouds in the skies - here and there ...no big deal. Yep, it was one of those rare autumn days in this city that it was SO nice enough to have lunch outdoors for a change underneath the famous Picasso statute at Daley Plaza. However, there's a problem. Problem is choosing what to have for lunch because it's a food truck rally! As part of Social Media Week Chicago activities, workers from the surrounding office buildings as well as tourists had the daunting task of picking from which of the several trucks they were going to eat.
And believe SouthSide, blogspot readers, the choices were NOT easy!
On one hand, you could try lobster on a bun ...or get addictive on the Beavers' coffee and donuts ...perhaps a gourmet burger with fries is to your liking prepared by Windy City Patty Wagon. Or better yet, every Chicagoan's favorite - PIZZA by Chicago Boss Pizza or Giordano's (try making a decision between those two trucks, blogspot readers). If not pizza, then how about some Japanese food from Yum Dum ...or cheese-related food from Cheesie's Pub and Grub truck - which had THE longest line during Riot Fest weekend.

Yes, blogspot readers, SO many choices during such little time for these downtown office workers on their lunch hour. Luckily, SouthSide arrived earlier to scope out which trucks to eat before the swarming lunch crowd descended upon Daley Plaza around noon time. Besides the food trucks, there were a few of the pedicabs on the plaza square showcasing the new city licensing and alternative taxi services. Plus there was also some lively entertainment since it was the 18th annual Austrian-American Day celebration. This lunchtime event included the raising of the Austrian flag followed by some lively Austrian-Viennese music.

What a fun way to end a long week of Social Media Week session/events that took place around town, blogspot readers.

Enjoy the photos...




 Raising the Austrian flag at the Daley Plaza
Proclaiming Austrian-American Day in Chicago


Until next time, support your local scene,