Friday, January 30, 2015

February 2015

Ah ...there's love in the air, blogspot readers, as well as Mardi Gras fun ...Super Bowl Sunday and so much more rockin' the month of February!

Whether you have a special date or not, there's no excuse for not missing some of these live music shows happening around town (or elsewhere).

As always, most shows listed are 21+ (ID is required to drink) unless noted otherwise...

Every Monday during this month at Elbo Room, check out their Haute & Ready Food Truck event from 6:30p to 9:00p where local food vendors will be selling sandwiches, salads and more outside this popular Lakeview venue!

February 1:
Elbo Room – Spend your Super Bowl Sunday at this Lakeview bar/venue as well as enter in it’s Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cook Off contest!
Winner of the cook off will receive a 2 year passes to Elbo Room and a $50 bar tab.
FREE admission / $20 bar package

GMan Tavern (3740 N. Clark) – Get some Guilty Pleasures (A La Carte) featuring music by Brittany!
9p / No Cover

February 4:
Berlin Night Club – Check out Chicago’s indie band Homer Marrs & The Excellent Adventure when the band debuts the video for their newest single, “It’s Amazing” featuring Gia Gunn (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) and local queens Lucy Stoole, Sofia Saffire, Tippi Marie Peppermint and Valley Dolls.
No Cover

February 5:
SPACE (Evanston, IL) – It will be New Orleans Suspects performing live here!
$17 - $32 / 8p

Red Line Tap – Check out Cancerslug, Sleeze and Will of Man rockin’ the stage here
$7 adv / $10 dos
Beat Kitchen – Rock wilh Calabrese, The Horrids, The C-Sides and The Audio Dead at this Roscoe Village venue.

February 6:
Hideout – Chicago’s very own singer/songwriter Pearls Mahone will be celebrating the release of her solo debut album “Echoes from the Prairie”.
Jump The Shark (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – Attend Art Fuzz: Session 1 Release Party …join Pocket of Lollipops and friends as they celebrate their compilation CD release with live performances by the bands such as Milk Spot, Grey 8s, Wasteland and of course Pocket of Lollipops and others featured in the CD.

Reggie’s Music Joint – One Season will be performing live with their new bassist Scot Tooredman …and maybe new songs too with The Lucky Dutch and The Dirty Creeps.

Lincoln Hall - Come say "farewell" to an awesome band Ariada as they head to LA (as in California) during their "Farewell to Chicago" performance.
$10 adv / $12 dos

February 7:
Double Door – it’s Bickhamstock 7! This event will feature Little Boy Jr, Coyote Riot, Twiga, American Grizzly and many more.
7p doors / $10 GA / $20 VIP  Miles Over Mountains and special guest Fareed Hague.
18+ / $15 adv / $20 dos

Cole’s Bar – It’s Panoramic and True with Bad Bad Meow and Emily Jane Powers performing live here!
FREE show / 10p

Reggie’s Music Joint – Eat pancakes and drink while viewing art at this fun event, Pancakes & Booze Art Show …featuring over 75 emerging artists, ALL the pancakes you can eat, art battles and more!

Uncommon Ground (Devon location) – It’s an evening intimate live music performances by David Hawkins, Christina Trulio and whitewolfsonicprincess.
$5 / for reservations – 773 465 9801

February 8:
Slippery Slope - Enjoy an outdoor cinema ...yes, even in winter underneath shelter from the winter's bitter cold and snow, watch Repo Man with your date or bring a group of friends ...don't forget the picnic basket, blankets, pillows etc for your night at the movies. Booze will be available and stay afterwards from some booty bouncing music by the resident DJs.

February 10:
Elbo Room – Get your poetry on at The Wormwood Collective Poetry Night …a night of open mic spoken word with some of Chicago’s most dedicated poets featuring DJ sets
by Peter Propaganda.
Sign in at 7p (sign in before 7:30p to participate in the first round)
No Cover

Double Door – The Trap House Showcase will feature Zebo, Howie Doin and MindGamez
$10 / 10p

Moe’s Tavern – Rock with Spence featuring Razorwire Halo and A War Within.

Februrary 11:
Door No.3 – It’s “No Pants Romance” FABITAT featuring DJ sets by Adam El and Ldy Prblms with performances by Lucy Stoole, Curlene Ribbon, Mister Junior Don Pardonne and more.
FREE show / 9p

Thalia Hall – Check out Asaf Avidan and local Quinn Tsan sharing the stage here.

February 12
Red Line Tap – Rock with Karma To Burn, Sierra, Sun God Ra, Hypnochron and DJ Bashert.
$7 adv / $10 dos

February 13:
Beverly Arts Center – Check out 10,000 Maniacs when this legendary band performs live
Tickets - $36 ($33 for BAC members) GA / $50 ($47 BAC members) VIP (VIP ticket includes pre-show cocktail party)

Double Door – Check out The My Tys with Markit 8, The Central Standard and Steady Echo performing live here.
$10 GA / $20 VIP

Reggie’s Rock Club – Hey, bring the kids to see Leather Corduroy’s with D.R.A.M.!
AA / 7p doors / $10 adv / $15 dos

27 Live (Evanston, IL) - It's the Black Heart Fetish Ball hosted by Lady Lupe and this time she's taking NO prisoners at this event featuring live performances by Amazing Heeby Jeebies, The Black Laces and The Remember Knots with bondage art exhibition by Kate Tillman and DJ Propaganda sets.

Cubby Bear - It will be two awesome bands rockin' this stage - RATM & Tool! It just might get very intense so you have been warned, blogspot readers!

February 14:
Prop Thtr (3502 – 04 N. Elston) – Get romantic with Sid Yiddish …or simply spontaneously combust with him at Rhinofest …either way it should be a fun time with Denmark’s  famous “native son” as  he spouts themes of love, death, depression and more.
$15 (or pay-what-you-want) / BYOB

Double Door – Check out Basel & The Supernaturals sharing the stage with Bone Lang, Big City Hustle and Willy Dynomite.
$7 adv /$10 dos

Door No.3 – Akasha presents: Simmer Down Sound with live performances by Akasha and family
FREE / 10p

Mike and Denises Aurora (Aurora, IL) – Spend a romantic evening with WHO’s Who tribute band and Badge (Cream tribute band with that special someone.
The EndZone Bar & Grill – Take your sweetheart out and rock with Aircobra, Thunder Driver, Convoy and Dissention here.

LiveWire Lounge – It’s PriMary: The Cure Live Tribute show with The Unknown Pleasure (Joy Division tribute) and The Better Boobie Bureau performing some tantalizing burlesque too . The official after party will be at Late Bar

Arcada Theater (St. Charles, IL) – Relive fond memories with Loverboy and The Romantics with that special someone in your life.

Thalia Hall – Don’t have a sweetie or date for Valentine’s night? Then, check out Windy City Social Club’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party featuring a hosted bar by Goose Island (from  8p – 9p) and a gift bag from The Pleasure Chest for the first 200 people at the door!

Quencher's - Yes, Punk does do Valentine's at this popular night spot, blogspot readers, featuring live performances by The Demerits, Silver Abuse and Modern Advances.
10p show / $7 

Empty Bottle – Romance will be in the air when The Mary Onettes, Alex Calder and DJ Peroxide perform live here.

Ditka's (Arlington Heights, IL) - Spell L-O-V-E with Chicago's premiere Jazz crooner Jesse Charbonier and his Trio ...SouthSide advises you make your reservations now at 847-496-3800.

Exit - After your long evening of Valentine's romps, head to this venue for Citizens ...past, present and future wave featuring DJs Frankie Vega, Luis Segura , Flowzilla , Akira Smith.
2nd Floor / FREE

February 16:
Door No.3 – It’s an evening of Behop Jazz and Cold Fried Chicken …Thelonious Monday with DJ RB Green with cocktails by guest bartenders Gavin and Thomas (of Honey Butter Fried Chicken).
FREE show / 6p

February 17: Mardi Gras
Elbo Room - It's Bark and Bingo! Bring your best pal and play bingo ...$5 suggested donation (gets you 5 cards to play bingo)

February 18:
Door No.3 – It’s another edition of Rouge! Chicago’s Premiere Night of Electroswing with DJs Vourteque and Mr. Automatic with resident performer Lady Lenux celebrating Mercredi Gras.
FREE / 9p

Red Line Tap – Check out Anvil with Lord Dying, Sun Lord, Wrath and DJ Bashert performing live here.
$15 adv / $18 dos

February 20:
Churchill’s Pub (Miami, FL) – Check out this hot lineup featuring Montage, Gulf Shore and Ghost Foot (both from Louisiana) and Pocket of Lollipops rockin’ the stage along with Free Pizza and The Unknowns.

Double Door – Attend DRE DAY 2015 presented by Ground Lift Media and and Burlesque North America …featuring Lowdown Brass Band (with special guest MCs tba), a Nate Dogg tribute by J. Arthur (of WHOevers with Rich Jones and special performance by Altered Tapes.
$10 early bird pre-sale / $12 adv / $15 dos

Old Mt Happy – Cenobites along with Van Morphine, Crude Humor, Bruised and Gnar Wave Ranger with Aggro Control

The Original Mother's - Check out Episode II - Saved By The Belvedere featuring special guests JuiceBox and My So-Called Band

February 21:
Red Line Tap – It’s Trouble with special guests Cold Bearded Killers and Enforcer rockin’ the stage here.
$12 adv / $15 dos

Empty Bottle – This venue will be hosting its Farmer’s Market featuring a great line-up of vendors selling cold-weather-hardy vegetables, honey, tea, yarn, and more! Bar will be open (those under 21 must be accompanied) ID is required to drink.
12p – 5 / FREE

February 26:
Door No.3 – It’s Deep Turnt with Studio Casual (Stripped & Chewed) and special guest Savile (Argot / Smart Bar) performing here.
9p / FREE show

Double Door – It’s THROWBACK THURSDAY featuring members of Software Giant, The Kick Back Down As I Go as Faith No More, Eric Chial Group (of The Bon Mots) as The Byrds, The Lucky Dutch as Led Zeppelin and Geoff Dolce Group as The Pixies.
$8 / 7:30p

Lincoln Hall – Red Bull presents Cam’Ron with Show You Suck and SD performing live here

February 27:
Double Door – Check out Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts rockin’ this venue’s stage.
$25 GA / $150 VIP
VIP Meet n Greet package includes 1 (one) GA ticket, personal photo op with Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts, a pre-signed Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts poster and a Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts Meet n Greet laminate

The Mutiny – Get your punk on with Modern Day Rippers, Ghost Sector, Butchered and tba …FREE pizza (while supplies last)!

Liar’s Club – Get your “robble robble” on at Punk Rocks Night! Featuring The Hamburglars , Vortis and 13 Monsters

Mayne Stage - CAU present World Music Showcase featuring Alfonso Ponticelli with Nino Arobelidze, Goran Ivanoic Trio and Sandra Antongiorgi

February 28:
The Wayfarer (Costa Mesa, CA) – Robert Jon and The Wreck will be celebrating their latest CD “Glory Bound” at this festive party featuring Big Monsta and Sir Madam.
$8 adv / $10 dos

The Mutiny - Punk Night at this venue featuring Solution Unsatisfactory, Psycho Fight, Muggsy Bogues, and Beat The Smart Kids.
No Cover

Empty Bottle - Check out this FREE  outdoor winter block party, Music Frozen Dancing Party 2015 featuring live performances by Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, Oozing Wound and Ne-hi!
Gates open at 1p / FREE / All Ages

Until next time, support your local scene,

Where In The World Is...


Well, she hasn't left the building yet, blogspot readers.

SouthSide is momentarily taking a small break from covering Chicago's vibrant music scene. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean she's tossing out the famous pen and pad forever. No, blogspot readers, she merely taking time out to complete her book - Silence In Nothing. She has been writing it on and off for nearly 8 years and she felt it was time to finish it.

Don't worry, she'll return (soon) to cover what's happening in and around Chicago might even she see her (hiding in the shadows somewhere) covering a show and or snapping photos...

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR, blogspot readers!

SouthSide hopes you had a rockin' fun 2014 supporting local musicians as well as those who toured where you live. She did ...over 140+ shows, events and more were covered by this local scene queen. And boy, are her feet super tired!

Are you ready for 2015? Well, SouthSide is! Music festivals, concerts, interviews and so much more will be happening all over again beginning with the following events listed for the month of January.She highly recommends kicking off your 2015 by checking out what's happening in Chicago and Chicagoland area as well as places near you.

Just a reminder - all shows listed are 21+ unless noted otherwise.
Calendar will be updated with more Jan shows.
Have fun!

Jan 2 – 4:
Embassy Suites (East Peoria, IL) – Anime-Zap featuring an appearance by V Is For Villains

Jan 2:
Touche Chicago - Riot Productions presents Ink'd and Punk'd at this popular bar where you can show your ink'd skin to win prizes and dance to music spun by SouthSide's friend DJ Germ T Ripper of Modern Day Rippers/Riot Bear Productions

Jan 3:
Mike & Denise's Aurora (Aurora, IL) - rock with SouthSide's friend 6DOS (Six Degrees of Separation) and Convoy

Jan 7:
Bada Brew (Crest Hill, IL) - SouthSide's friend A.D.D. will be rockin' out this venue with Another Lost Year

Jan 9 - Feb 21:
various venues - it's the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival ...from Concord Music Hall to SPACE (Evanston, IL) as well as City Winery, House of Blues, Thalia Hall and Aragon Ballroom, this festival will feature live performances by The String Cheese Incident, Steve Earle, Lucero and Robert Randolph & The Family Band a special birthday performance by Eddy "Chief" Clearwater who will be celebrating his 80th at SPACE on Jan 9.
For more information and tickets, visit

Jan 9:
Red Line Tap - rock your Friday night with Skull Fist, Elm Street, Night Demon and Knife of Simpson with DJ set by Erik
$7adv / $10dos

LiveWire Lounge - Chicago Heavy Fest will feature live performances by Wedodgemissiles, Sacred Monster, 12 Gauge Confession, Radio Creeps, Speedfreak and Messiah Witch

Martyrs' - SouthSide's friend The Future Laureates will be opening for Assembly of Dust.

Jan 10:
Lincoln Hall - get "MAD" with SouthSide's friend Honey & 14's when they headline this lineup featuring performances by Jordan Eglehardt, Redfield and Leonum.

Jan 11:
Double Door - check out SouthSide's friend Jack Rabbit featured in this lineup with Blackmarket Democracy and The Exalted Armada

Martyrs' - check out Dale Watson sharing the stage with special guest Rosie Flores.
$15 / 8p show

Swedish American Museum - SouthSide encourages you to listen to folk melodies combined with pop and jazz music inspired by the deep forest of the Swedish province Dalama performed by Saff Stockholm with Lena Bjarskog.
For more information and tickets, visit

Jan 13:
Elbo Room - get your poetry on at Wormwood Collective Poetry Night's a night of open mic spoken word action with DJ sets by Peter Propaganda.
No cover / 7p sign up begins

Martyrs' - SouthSide highly suggests attending this show featuring Estonia's Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut performance with Chicago's very own Quinn Tsan opening.

Jan 14 - 18:
Crested Butte, CO - it's the 2015 Mountain High Music Festival feature live performances by Robert Earl Keen, Lee Bruce, Rodney Clawson, Niccole Gaylon, Sonia Leigh and more.
For more information and tickets, visit

Jan 15:
Liar's Club - if you like Joy Division and Siouxsie and The Banshees, this reviewer recommends checking out her friend I Lost Control (Joy Division) sharing the stage with Dream House (Siouxsie and The Banshees).

Jan 16:
Liar's Club - it's Black 4, Guerilla, Attalta, Side-Action rockin' this venue.

The Outpost (Kent, OH) - check out The Paramedic as they kick off their 2015 tour with special guest Nevada Rose ...other tour dates include Jan 19 at Buffalo, NY, Jan 22 at Hamden, CT and Jan 24 at CoCo 66 (Brooklyn, NY).
For more information and tickets, visit

Jan 17:
Dutch West Inn (Elgin, IL) - rock with The Bungdoons, Biscaynies, Stolen Airplance and Flamingo Nosebleed at this show!

Martyrs' - check out SouthSide's the mind-blowing, psychedelia music by her friend MOON with Save The Clocktower and Blindspot

City Winery - rock with The Duhks with special guest - The Accidentals
$22 reserved / $25 premiere / $28 VIP / 8p show

Concord Music Hall - check out Lucero with The Sadies at this Logan Square venue as part of the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival.

Hard Rock Cafe - check out SouthSide's friend Steve Stone sharing the stage with Sol Shine. Can find tickets at

Jan 18:
Ravinia - it's Jazz in January Residency and Concert with Matt Wilson and Midwest Young Artists!

Reggie's Rock Club - SouthSide's friend Sons of Serenity will need your support as they fight to the finish in this battle of the bands competition show!
$10 / 3p

Jan 19:
Grandbar - check out the Doppelganger Sideshow if you dare ...this event will feature an evening with Adam Arcana of  Doppelganger Circus Sideshow and his sexy, sideshow, burlesque, dangerous entertainment with cheap refreshment, music (DJ sets by Peter Propaganda) and fun.
No Cover

Door No.3 - check out this event featuring an evening of Jazz and Bebop cleverly titled Thelonious Monday with craft cocktails created by guest bartenders Gavin and Thomas of Honey Butter Fried Chicken.
FREE / 6p

Jan 20:
Fulton Market Kitchen - it's the Jacket Show Rescue or Destroy event where YOU the art lover attempts to spare the life (or two) of these one of a kind artist painted jackets (approx 30) from the chopping block ...own something original as well as wearable!

Jan 21:
Smart Bar - [synthetic] turns 6 featuring specials guests Michael Serafini, Eternal and SHMOO spinning with DJs Boy Alberto, Eeks Laroo, B-Side, Circuity, Lolly Gagger and Madame Envy
FREE / 10p

Jan 23:
Metro - SouthSide's friends Hero Monster Zero and 8090 are ready and set to conquer this Wrigleyville venue along with Cardinal Harbor, Jackpot Donnie, The Sweeps and Rory Sullivan
18+ / $8adv / $15dos

Liar's Club - rock with Destroy Everything, Bill Ura Dick, Liquor Beats Winter and just added to the bill SouthSide's friend - Mandatory Abortions.

Jan 24:
Elbo Room - SouthSide's friend Nate Z will be hosting an acoustic show featuring Joshua Yost Haddard on drum.

Jerry's - it's Alternarock Fest featuring Dirty Goals with These Guys These Guys, Cans On String and JD3 rockin' the stage.

Nite Cap - SouthSide highly recommends checking out this lineup featuring Rat Salad (Black Sabbath ..the Ozzy Era tribute band) with her friend Badge (Cream tribute band) - Cream and Ozzy together!

Red Line Tap - check out Curio along with The Yawpers, Robert Rolfe Fedderson and DJ Bashert rockin' this Rogers Park venue.
$5 adv / $7 dos

Jan 25:
Reggie's - check out CHI-Rock series featuring live performances by TanZen, PlanetRAWK (from Atlanta, GA), Sun God and Bad Remedy (Lucas, OH)

Jan 30:
Double Door - Door No.3 and Ground Lift Media presents this one of a kind event - Soul Train Celebration on Milwaukee ...featuring Roller Boogie Funk Disco Soul music by DJ Trew, Larry Miller and E. Brown.
Soul Train Line forms at 8p inside Double Door while Dance Party hits the floor inside Door No.3 at 9.
FREE show

Until next time, support your local scene,