Friday, February 27, 2015

March 2015

March ….this month usually roars in like lion and ends like a lamb. However, in Chicago, it’s really hard to predict what kind of weather we’ll have day to day. From unseasonable low temps, deep freeze and snow, it doesn’t stop local music scene from rockin’ the stage near and far, blogspot readers, even if spring arrives a little later than usual.

SouthSide highly recommends checking out the following events/shows rockin’ this month …unless noted otherwise are listed as 21+.

Ongoing until May 3:
Chopin Theater - check out The Hammer Trinity, an epic fantasy trilogy of young Casper Kent as he recovers the lost Hammer and takes the crown while defending it against pirates, dragons and crownless factions!
For tickets, visit

March 1:
Door No.3 – Door No.3 and Housebroken presents Sunday School Lessons: Preaching to the soul of Chicago through house music featuring Reverend Gene Farris and his Deacons Mathis Rousseau and Jame$ Dean. It’s a weekly event during the month of March.
9p / FREE before 10p / $10 after 10p

Slippery Slope - there may be snow on the ground and it's bitterly cold but enjoy an outdoor (protected and warm from the harsh winter weather) movie at this Logan Square venue ..."The Burbs" will be showing.
FREE ...bring a date and picnic basket - Slippery Slope will provide the drinks and fun.

Phyllis' Musical Inn - it's the American Troubadour showcase featuring Cally Raduenzel, Andrew D. Huber and Jason Benefield

March 2:
GRANDBAR - White Mystery with Perfume and Gnar Wave Rangers featuring DJs Eddie Gobbo and Patrick Tsotsos!

March 3:
Act One Pub (Mayne Stage) - join Chicago Acoustic Underground's monthly series "Singing For Your Supper" songwriter showcase featuring Don Pedigo!
AA / FREE / 8p

Reggie's Rock Club - Two Columbia College classes, the Reggis Practicum class (CCC Reggies Takeover) and AEMMP Records, the student-run label, will come together to put on a concert before AEMMP Records' students and musicians head out on their adventure to Austin, TX for SXSW 2015! Artists from both the Rock and Hip Hop sections of the label will be performing include AyOH, Zaramela, The Lucky Dutch, Kalo (formerly known as Sidewalk Kal) Cae Jones, and more with special quest - Thelonious Martin!
Free with Columbia ID / $5 for public

March 4:
Double Door – check out Ultimate Painting!
$10 adv / $15 dos

Smart Bar Chicago – DAPHNE: A Woman’s Movement in Dance Music welcomes [synthetic] featuring special guest DJ Scary Lady Sarah along with regulars Boy Alberto and Eeks Laroo.
10p / FREE

Underground Wonder Bar – it’s an extra special whitewolfsonicprincess performance featuring a bit of acoustic and electric music.

March 5:
Hideout – Chicago’s very own singer-songwriter Laura Joy will be celebrating the release of her sophomoric EP Between Our Worlds. SouthSide highly recommends checking out the video Takes a While on her YouTube page.

Dutch Inn West (Elgin, IL) – rock out with this lineup featuring The Queers, Rapids, and SouthSide’s friend The Usuals. Due to the limitation of space within this venue, it’s first come first served rock-n-roll, blogspot readers. So get there early.

Underground Wonder Bar – Lauren Wolf will be headlining CAUDog Records Showcase & More performance in the “Roots Room” of this venue with Jeff Brown, Matthew Morgan, Anita Chase and more with special guest John Til!

Quenchers - Empire State Express will the sharing the stage with Conrad Richards, Kali Anderson and the Pickups (WI), and Gar Clemens
8p doors

March 6:
Thalia Hall – 93XRT welcomes North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne presenting N.M.O.
6:30p (doors) / Tickets are $26 / $36 / $400

March 7:
PBS-WYCC – view Linda Marie Smith’s Mearra Selkie from the Sea that was filmed and performed live at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center recently.
For more information, visit

Bottom Lounge – hey, rock fans come out and give SouthSide’s friends The Future Laureates an awesome send-off before they head to SXSW 2015 at this rockin’ party featuring her other friends – Molehill, Vintage Blue and Steve Stone.

LiveWire Lounge – Mojo In The Evening and presents March Into Metal Madness featuring live performances by SouthSide’s friend Armored Assault along with Scars of Armageddon, Depremacy and Warmouth.

Fizz Bar & Grill – rock with Blind William Tell, Double Feature and SouthSide’s friend Control.
$5 adv / $7 dos

Red Line Tap – it’s a rockin’ night featuring The Mound builders, The Pale Horsemen, Sacred Monster and Knife of Simpson.
$7 adv / $10 dos

Royal Skate Apparel (Lansing, IL) – attend The Black Death Metal Society’s event featuring Naughty-Delicious-Creepy Fun of Frights with Sinister Fate, Delicious Bitch, Radio Creeps and Fun of Frights.
AA / 7p / $5
There will be a concession stand selling beverages, candy and snacks.

Throne Room – there will a haunting symphonic sounds rockin’ the stage by The Walking Shadows, All Changes Apply and The Citizens.

Elbo Room - rock out with Bumpus Hounds with guests Death & Memphis, Highball and The Mudville Sounds.
$5 adv / $10 dos

March 8:
Concord Music Hall – it’s Travis Scott and Young Thug Rodeo Tour!
Get your tickets now before it sells out.

March 9:
Liar’s Club – hey rock/ska fans check out this lineup featuring Still Alive, D.C.’s Kill Lincoln, Butchered and While Knight Satellite.

March 10:
Elbo Room - calling all poets and spoken word artists ...attend the next Wormwood Collective Spoken Word series here at this Lakeview venue with some of Chicago most dedicated poets rockin' the open mic.
8p (doors and sign up) / FREE

March 11:
Door No.3 – FABITAT featuring DJ sets by Adam El and Ldy Prblms with drag performances by Lucy Stoole, Curlene Ribbon and Jean Waters ...also a special live performance by SouthSide's buds, Private Instigators!
FREE / 9p

Uncommon Ground (Clark St location) – check out SouthSide’s friend Jesse W. Johnson performing solo which will feature some songs off his new album Primal Scream along with The Tinder Box (Sioux Falls, SD) on the bill.
It’s reservations are recommended. 773 – 929 – 3680

The Abbey Pub – Y-Not and Last Rites present – The Real McKenzies rockin’ the stage live with SouthSide’s friend – RedRebel Country!
$17 - $20

Schuba’s Tavern – Mr. Russia is back, blogspot readers, and they have a new video “Bang Bang Romance” off the band’s upcoming single Bang Bang Romance/Princess Harming
8p / FREE

Mojoe’s (Joliet, IL) – it’s John 5 with With Our Arms To The Sky and Sinister Fate.
AA show / 21+ to drink

March 12 - 21:
The Pentagon Theater (located in the Flat Iron Arts Building) - Cube Ensemble presents ...Faces of Eurydice, a retelling of the myth of Orpheus through the point of view of Eurydice, his legendary lover.
For tickets, visit

March 12:
Location tba – The Hamalieghs, an indie folk duo from Nashville, TN will be performing at a secret location (those who buy tickets will be told where before the show) in support of their album Pretty Picture, Dirty Bush.

March 13 - April 14:
Den Theatre (1313 N. Milwaukee) - Tympanic Theater Company presents ...Today We Escape, plays inspired by Ok Computer
$20 (Fridays to Sundays)  / $10 Industry performance on Wed March 25 at 7:30p

March 13 & 14:
New Orleans, LA - it's BUKU and art project featuring live performances by Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, TV on the Radio, STS9, Big Freedia, Flosstradamus, Gramatik, Die Antwoord and many, many more.
For tickets, visit

March 13:
Double Door – HELMET’s “Betty “ 20 th  Anniversary show (playing the entire album from start to finish).
8:30p (doors) / $20 adv / $40 VIP / $25 dos

Penny Road Pub (Barrington Hills, IL) – rock with the thunderin’ sound of Thunder Driver sharing the stage with two other awesome bands to be announced.

Red Line Tap – rock with Wussy and SouthSide’s friend Aktar Aktar at this venue.
$7 adv / $10 dos / 8p (doors)

Debonair Social Club – SouthSide’s friend HEMI will be sharing the stage with HYPNOCHRON and Sun God Ra.
18+ / $10

Jerry's - Get It On presents ...Chicago Americana Fest featuring live performances by B. Forrest, The Lost Brigade and Medicine Bear & the Herbal Remedies!

The Endzone Bar & Grill (Aurora, IL) - rock out this Friday 13th and Bday celebration with live performances by Nocturnal Uprising (debut show!), ShiftWrekk, Leper, JILT and Radio Creeps!

March 14:
Uncommond Ground (Clark ST location) – it’s a fantastic lineup featuring SouthSide’s friends Nate Z (of Jack Rabbit) and Andy Metz (of Hero Monster Zero/8090) sharing the stage.
Reservations for this special show are encouraged. 773 – 929 -3680

Quenchers Saloon – rock out with The Holy Alimonies with SouthSide’s friend Wally Dogger, Uncle Larry and Villa Coola.
10p show time / $7

Elbo Room - celebramos El Dia de Santo Patrick's en Espanol con Sin Anetesia (celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Spanish with Sin Anetesia)!

NiteCap - LYNCH will be celebrating St. Paddy's Day with Veilside and Saence (from St. Louis, MO) ..."Teanga an anama is ea an ceol" - Gaelic for "Music is the language of the soul"

Alley 64-Palatine (Palatine, IL) - check out the AC/DC tribute band "TNT" with SouthSide's favorite Cream tribute band "Badge".

March 16:
Door No.3 – it’s an evening of Bebop Jazz from 7p to 11p on Thelonious Monday with DJ RB Green featuring craft cocktails by Gavin and Thomas of Honey Butter Fried Chicken.
FREE / 7p (doors)

The Empty Bottle - check out Touched By Ghoul rockin' the stage along with As Hell and SouthSide's fried Bully in the Hallway.
FREE / 9p

March 17:
St. Patrick’s Day – there’s a party rockin’ this Irish town somewhere all day and night.

Bottom Lounge - Hollywood Undead with From Ashes To New
AA / 6:30show

March 18:
Door No.3 – Door No.3 and Dead 2 Me Records presents Rouge! Chicago’s premiere night of Electro swing featuring your dapper DJs Vourteque and Mr. Automatic …resident performer Lady Lenux will tantalize the stage with her dance.

March 19:
Red Line Tap – rock out with Mobile Deathcamp Armored Assault and Wrath at this Rogers Park venue.
$7 adv / $10 dos

March 20 & 21:
Hyatt Regency Chicago – it’s the 2nd annual LGBT Equality Institute …this very informative event brings together IL’s LGBT community and allies, advocates, civic leaders and groups to discuss issues such as transgender equality, safe schools, homelessness, health care access and more.

March 20:
Double Door – Shoeshine Boy presents Train Co sharing the stage with Mason’s Case, Murley and North by North.
7:30p (doors) / $10 adv / $12 dos

The Frame Shop (3520 S. Morgan #Unit-LD) – SouthSide’s friend Allen Vandever gets framed …see this one of a kind Chicago artist and his serious works of art on display at this event.
“…the difference between a good frame makes a work of art is like the difference between a BMW and a Honda…”

Nite Cap – it’s The 2015 Indie Music of Horror …a two day music festival and after parties featuring performances by Metamorphis, Sinister Fate and more to be announced for Friday and Saturday.

Beat Kitchen – rock with BIG Something and Digeometric at this Roscoe Village venue.
8:30p (doors) / $10 adv / $10 dos

Original Mother's - Saved By The Belvedere ...Episode III! featuring performances by JuiceBox and Rory Tyer Band!

Hard Rock Cafe - Joe Taylor and His Full Band will be rockin' the stage with special guests - Frank Lucas on piano, T.D. Clark on electric guitar, Tony Mac on rhythm guitar, Barry Klieber on bass, and Tony Mellon on drums.
11p doors

March 21:
Wire (Berwyn, IL) – check out Kofi Baker and Friends performance featuring Rich Dahl and DD Dierking (of 6DOS / Badge) and Jack Mazzengas Space Time Trio.

Hideout –  a trio of SouthSide’s friends will be sharing the stage – Model Stranger, We Killed The Lion and Rocket Cathedral along with Outer Vibe during this Record Release Extravaganza show.
$10 adv / $12 dos

Underground Lounge – it’s A Cause For PAWS night 1 …come out for a rock show while supporting our furry friends (benefiting various “no kill” shelters around Chicagoland) featuring performances by Trials, Scientist, Testimony and Escapist.

Phyllis' Musical Inn - it's a Trashy Rock n Roll night featuring the following bands rockin' the stage Celtic Bikini, Some Velvet Evening, and The Butterfields.

Reggie's Rock Club - check out this lineup rockin' the stage here The Slackers, On Your Marx, LVDP Sound System and DJ Chuck Wren.
18+ / $15 adv / $18 dos / 8p doors

March 22:
Double Door – it’s Japan Night within the heart of Wicker Park featuring performances by TsuShiMaMiRe, Quorum, The Fin Zarigani$, Bo-Peep and Samurai Dynamites.
7:30p (doors) / $10 adv / $15 dos / $20 VIP

Schubas Tavern – check out this rising band Moon sharing the stage along with The Living Statues and Pool Holograph as part of Schubas 100% off Bands series.
FREE show

March 25:
Empty Bottle - check out Filter Free Rodeo rockin' this stage along with Jollys, The Rashita Joneses, The Gnar Wave Rangers.

March 26 - 29:
Frontier Ranch (20 miles east of Columbus, OH) - it's Hoopla in the Hills! An art and music festival campout featuring live performances by Papadosio, The Werks, EOTO (& friends set each night), Zoogma, Ott., Ghost Owl, Any Colour (a Pink Floyd tribute band) and many, many more.
For tickets, visit

March 26:
Steppenwolf Theater – there will be a special performance of this unique yet modern twist to the play Marie Antoinette sponsored by Equality Illinois featuring a pre-show reception of French inspired macaroons and champagne at 6p. Tickets are limited and is expected to sellout.

The Abbey Pub – feel the vibrations with Seabound along with Architect and SouthSide’s friend Peter Propaganda!
$15 adv / $22 dos

Mojoe's (Joliet, IL) - it's Doyle (featuring the legendary ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein with Mushroomhead and DOPE rockin' the stage.

March 27:
Underground Lounge – A Cause For PAWS night 2 …the lineup will feature live performances by Alder Kings, Skull Fogger, Magatha Trysty and Polarizer.

Penny Road Pub (Barrington Hills, IL) – it’s No Clear Way with Kips rockin the stage.
6p (doors) / $8

Debonair Social Club - it's Chicago HeavyFest featuring live performances by TanZen, The Audio Dead and Sun God Ra
18+ / 21+ to drink with ID / $10

Fizz Bar & Grill - check out this band currently on tour (from Northampton, MA) And The Kids in support of their new album "Turn to Each Other" featuring the notable track No Countries, a song expressing the struggles of having band members in different countries and the difficulties it brings yet it holds an even stronger meaning after a recent turn of events for the band.

March 28: Concord Music Hall - Simon Posford presents the new SHPONGLETRON 3.1 with special guest Phuturempimitive and visuals by Zebbler
18+ / doors 8p
For tickets, visit

March 29:
Red Line Tap - spend a fun Sunday afternoon with SouthSide's friends whitewolfsonicprincess when they perform a rare early show also featuring The Revelettes, stand-up comedy by Elizabeth Gomez, The Darkroom Men (Pat Uber-Critic McDonald and Nick Allen) and Gunnelpumpers!

Until next time, support your local scene,

50 Shades Of Grey

Actually the title of this movie (as well as the book series) should say:

Fifty Shades of Misconceptions

SouthSide saw this movie (against my will and better judgment – long story), blogspot readers, days before its theatrical release. Now that the initial hype has greatly subsided, she felt it was time to post her thoughts about Fifty Shades of Grey.


"Gawd ...what a beepin' awful movie ...horrible acting ...NO sexual tension and or edginess anywhere ...the main characters acted as if they were forced to touch each other throughout this crap of a movie ...definitely next year's Razzie's worst picture..." ~ actual SouthSide quote after when the credits were rolling ...truth be told - the audience booed the credits at this particular screening.

What a lot of misconceptions in which Hollywood over glorifies as well as glamorizes in what they (including the author of this poorly scripted …badly written mess of a book series) perceive the BDSM life and concept is and consists of. How does SouthSide know this? Basically, because she's a switch – meaning she exhibits both dominant and submissive personalities within this lifestyle.

However what pissed her off about this movie was how it assumes everyone who’s into BDSM was abused at one or another in their life. She doesn’t claim to speak for the entire community …only for herself so she would like to set the record straight. She was never abused. She simply enjoys a little spice and pain with her sexual life in which SouthSide finds there’s pleasure in pain and pain in pleasure. What we do is not abuse (as what the many so-called psychological “experts” will tell you). To vanilla (those not into BDSM) eyes, it is in which was erroneously displayed by the “punk kid playing dominant who gets off abusing women” Christian Grey character (Note: she always thought the male character role should have been a little older). Yes, there is “control” but solely depending the couple’s BDSM dynamic and needs please ignore what you saw on the movie screen. She cannot image her Daddy storming to her mother's place in anger shouting "You are mine!" unless he wants to get his butt kicked by her. Actually, getting spanked …whipped …caned  (it's just a tiny part of what goes on behind closed doors) et al is consensual between two adults where they play under safe and sane conditions. 

Keywords – consensual …safe and sane – please try to remember that.

Oh another thing – there’s no “official” contract to sign as it was poorly portrayed in this movie. Again, the keyword “consensual” comes to mind. Some of us like SouthSide are “collared” and “owned” by the one we lovingly and affectionately call “Sir”, “Daddy”, “Master” etc. It’s neither controlling or abusive …we do have a wonderful public/private life within the BDSM realm. It can be loving …protective …and fun not being “normal” and everyone else in the bedroom …to experiment new things – you know to spice it up between the sheets. As she mentioned before, she doesn’t speak for or represent the entire community – only herself since each dynamic differs from the other. However, she will tell you one more thing - get the facts first and avoid the Hollywood misconceptions.

Again, skip this movie as well as the book series. If you’re curious, read The Story of O or the works by Marquis de Sade. Better yet, if you truly want to feel sexual tension in an office setting, rent The Secretary. Trust SouthSide, this classic James Spader with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jeremy Davies movie is WAY better that Fifty Shades of Whatever hands down.

Until next time, support your local scene,

Friday, February 6, 2015


Hey, blogspot readers, get your tickets NOW for this event rockin' the scene on Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14 at Thalia Hall...


Check out the line up that will be appearing - Noveller (Friday), Mind Over Mirrors (Friday), The Pop Group (Friday), Atlas Sound (Saturday), Vision Fortune (Saturday), Gateway Drugs (Saturday) and many, many more.

Two-day or single day passes are on sale now!

For the entire lineup and tickets, visit

Until next time, support your local scene,

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Very Special Message To...

 Emily Eavis

From: Mann Friday

SouthSide's friend -Mann Friday is aiming for that one last hurrah as a group and are trying to grab your attention for a slot at this year's Glastonbury with their new single Say Yeah. This band has headlined shows at Shepherds Bush Empire, The Forum and recently at the Islington Academy in London. 

However instead of SouthSide trying to convince you, she'll let the band state their case with the following appeal and video:

To coin a phrase like Alternative Afro-Folk-Rock is pretty difficult – and quite a mouthful, but it seems Mann Friday might have done so.

Hailing from South Africa, Italy and ...wait for it ...Zimbabwe(!), and bound together by a decade on the London rock scene, Mann Friday have forged a triumphant alloy of Brit grit and African optimism.

The self-propelled rockers boast a litany of achievements including five studio albums, near sell-out performances at premiere venues such as The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Forum and Islington Academy – all supported savagely by an army of loyalist fanns.

One scalp they haven’t taken though, is a lifelong dream to play at the hallowed Glastonbury Festival. Their new single Say Yeah!, out January 15th 2015 is a stirring call to action and the accompanying video an explosive appeal to you, the Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis, to book the band at this year’s festival.

Say Yeah! is the perfect combination of rock and folk that is full of energy.  It’s a blinder, combining percussion and guitar riffs into a richly layered mid-tempo melody that features a folk friendly drumbeat and rock undertones. The key is the vocal line, and not just melodically…

C’mon, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.

Twitter – @mannfriday

Until next time, support your local scene