Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2015

Hey, blogspot readers, SPRING is here and it's time to hit the streets ...roam around town and see a show (or few) as the weather and music scene heats up for a great summer of shows/events happening in Chicago and elsewhere...

All shows listed for April are 21+ unless noted otherwise.

Have fun!

April 1:
Double Door – Check out live performances by Jollys with Sex Snobs (from OKC), Post Animal and Basement Family.
8p / $5 adv / $7 dos

Smart Bar – [synthetic] with Boy Alberto and Lolly Gagger with B-Side (Unofficial Clean Bandit After Party)
10p / FREE

April 2:
Arcada Theatre – Rock out with Randy Bachman when he performs the music of BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) and The Guess Who!

Hideout – Check out the live performances by Van Allen Belt with Moritat and KO

Reggie’s Music Joint – It’s Katrina of Katrina & The Waves “Walin’ On Sunshine” fame who will be rockin’ this venue along with The Handcuffs and The Injured Parties.
7:30p / $10

April 3:
Double Door – Kick off your weekend by rockin’ with Mighty Fox, Soft Speaker, Common Shiner (catch this band before they leave the scene) and Hidden Hospitals.
$7 adv / $10 dos

Door No.3 – It’s Absolutely Not performing live with A Giant Dog (Austin, TX), Le Tour and Rat Hammer
FREE / 9p

Empty Bottle – Moon opens for Lieutenant and Yukon Blonde
9p / $15

The Endzone Bar & Grill (Aurora, IL) – It’s Ruptura, Sinister Fate and Vicious Attack rockin’ this stage.
9p / $6

April 4:
Reggie’s Rock Club – It’s a Record Fair that will feature the world’s only traveling record show with collectors of all ages.
11a – 4p / $3 / AA

The Diabetes Empowerment Center (Division and California) – Muevete! Move for Life season kick-off with raffles, refreshments, entertainments and physical activity for all ages.
12p / AA / FREE

David Yow will host the premiere of Records Collecting Dust – a documentary film about the music and records that changed our lives featuring sound bites from Jelio Biafra, Keith Morris, Nick Oliveri and more. A “Q & A” will follow the showing.
6:30p / AA / Donation for entry

Double Door – Attend the Adopt-A-Bulls …a PAWS Chicago Bull Breed Adoption Event featuring Danielle Colby of History Channel’s “American  Pickers” to raise awareness and save the lives of more than a dozen Bully Breed dogs.
12p / FREE

Double Door – The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby presents its annual Spaghetti Wrestling with DJ Vader and DJ All the Way Kay.
8p / $10 adv / $15 dos / $20 VIP

Durty Nellie’s – Get sauced, blogspot readers, with Hot Sauce Committee when they bring “Boy Band Night” to you …from NYSNC to Boys II Men, Justin Timberlake and more.

Underground Lounge – It’s pre-Easter rockin’ fun with Johnny Automatic, Butchered, The Winderness (Denver, CO) and Seasonal Men’s Wear at this Chicago Punk Show.

Bungalow Joe’s (Hanover Park, IL) – Badge brings all of its Cream-ness to the stage at this venue.

Elbo Room – Rock with Along The Parallel, Daylight Dawns and How To Fight Gods

April 5:
Thalia Hall – Hey, kids, check out this Easter Egg Hunt …prizes will be from Thalia Hall, Dusek’s Punch House, Knee Deep Vintage and more
12p / AA / FREE

April 6:
Piazza Di Porta Magglore Roma (Rome, Italy) – celebrate Pasqueta ComTram Tracks (Easter Monday with Tram Tracks)

Empty Bottle – Rock with Crown Larks Mines Record Release featuring Secret Means of Escape and Columba Fasciata

GRANDBAR – Get your fill of Libations with The Devilocks (Misfits tribute band), Goth Paul and Peter Propaganda

April 7:
Elbo Room – Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Sean Burns is releasing his 4 th album “Rocket Ships and Lemon Trees” and will appear at this venue with Kristopher Ulrich

Door No.3 – It’s going to be a HOT FABITAT birthday celebration with sets by resident DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms with special guest (and birthday boy) Nevin Hersch (Berlin Nightclub) and drag performances by Lucy Stoole and Curlene Ribbon.
9p / FREE

Martyrs’ – Honey & the 45s will be opening for a funky Austin, TX band – Tbird & The Beaks! SouthSide has been told to warn you – bring your dancing shoes to this hot show.

April 9 – 23:
AMC River East 21 Theatres – 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival

April 10:
Auditorium Theatre – Spend “An Evening With The Roosevelts” starring Lorretta Swift and Ed Asner.

Fulton Street Collective (Fulton and Damen) – Guess what …”You’re A Piece of Work”! Simply show up with your work at 6p and then choose where your work will hang …network and socialize while enjoying live music, drinks and appetizers.
You must rsvp by April 8 at
Space is awarder – first come, first hang!

Double Door – Sweetwater Sessions will feature live performances by Old Shoe, The Way Down Wanderers, and Bones Jugs N Harmony
8p / FREE with rsvp on

Door No.3 – It’s Soft Leather featuring DJ CJ National, Teen Witch Fan Club, Deathface and House of Szechuan.
10p / FREE

Wire (Berwyn, IL) – It’s Pink Floyd night with In The Flesh “the premier Pink Floyd tribute” band.

Underground Lounge – Armored Assault shares the stage with Act of Destruction, Crusade and Born Under Burden
8p / $7

Windy City Inn (2257 W. Irving Park) – This duo promises it will be “The Best F*cking Night of Your Life” featuring 3 live sets by Berto and The Lizard.

Martyrs’ – Rock out with The Future Laureates, Ay Oh, Jarryd Scott Steimer and Kiernan McMullan
8p / $10 adv / $12 dos

Liar’s Club – This Chicago Punk Show will feature The Tromatons, Get Up & Go!, The Timmys and 80 Proof Preacher

Cobra Lounge – It’s Feed Me To Monsters sharing the stage with Blackbox and Guardrail.

Dutch Inn West (Elgin, IL) – it’s High Priests along with Boxsledder, The Pastaways and Nine Eyed Lion rockin this stage.
8p / $5

The Mid – Rain Man makes his Chicago debut performance with a special guest.

Q Bar (Darien, IL) – Check out Frank Viele as he performs live with Allen, Mack, Myers and Moore.

Debonair Social Club – It’s Killwave, The Walking Shadows and Goodnight Criminals performing live on stage here.
8p show / 18+ / $10

Art Institute of Chicago - Attend this museum's  Aft Dark series featuring the exhibit "Ireland:Crossroads of Art & Design, 1640-1840" in the Modern Wing (enter at 159 East Monroe St) ...enjoy live DJ performances, complimentary appetizers and cash bar ...celebratory pint of Guinness and see the winning design of the Threadless "Shatter Rupture Break" challenge.
$30 GA / $20 members / $15 evening members
9p - midnight

April 11 & 12:
Rock Bar Theatre (San Jose, CA) – It’s Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear Fest Evil Carnival …this event will feature an authentic freak show, games and hearse car show (including Kirk’s ’36 Ford and crypt) as well as vendors all weekend long. Plus gore and metal guest panels and band signings featuring special appearances by Corey Taylor, Slash, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr, Ron Chaney and many more
GA tickets are still available

April 11:
Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall - It’s the 13 th Annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights.
8a – 10a Early admission ($25 with readmission allowed all day long)
10a Regular admission $7 (or $5 with a Records Fair flyer or ad)

Concord Music Hall – Get groovy with Papadosio featuring Alex Grey and Allyson Grey.
18+ / doors 8p

Double Door – Riotfest showcase will feature Show You Suck with Gut Rot and 100 Trill performing live at a rare ALL-AGES show inside this venue!
6p / $7 adv / $10 dos / AA

Milk Pail Banquets (East Dundee, IL) – Attend The  John Emerson Memorial and Benefit show featuring The Smoking Popes, The Mons, Rapids, The Turdles, The Bigger Empty, and Oil Can Boys.
6p / AA / 21+ to drink (with ID) / $20 donation

Tonic Room – The New Switcheroo (try saying that band fast five times) will be celebrating the release of their debut LP “Heartless Sky”

The Abbey Pub – It’s Covenant with The Labrynth and DJ Scary Lady Sarah at this venue.
7:30p / 17+ / $16 adv / $20 dos

The Burlington Bar – Rock  out with Control, The Idle Rich and Miles!

Harte's Saloon (Evergreen Park, IL) - check out this live performance by The Hot Jupiters!

April 12:
Jesse's Tavern (Chicago Ridge, IL) - It's Sunday Funday at this venue with Tom Leach & Friends featuring a Bloody Mary Bar with Kickstart and Craft Beer Tasting.

April 13:
Door No.3 – Enjoy an evening of Bebop Jazz during this Thelonious Monday with DJ RB Green
7p / FREE

April 14:
Elbo Room – Celebrate Wormwood Collective’s 4 years of Poetry and Absinthe …here’s to more years of spoken word and performance art, blogspot readers!

April 15:
Double Door – Ghetto Youths International presents “Set Up Shop Volume 2” Tour featuring live performances by Cham, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa, Black Am I and Simmer Down DJs
7p / 18+

April 16 – 19:
Various locations – Chicago International Movies & Music Festival featuring 99+ films, and 99+ bands within 4 days!
For tickets, visit

Various locations – Lake FX Summit + Expo …a free 4-day event with networking opportunities, music and film showcases and much more.

April 16:
Old Town School of Folk Music – It’s “bring a book, take a book” Book Swap. The 1 st 100 swappers will get a Chicago Reader book tote …please NO dirty, musty, or torn books …NO legal, technical, encyclopedias, religious etc books
6p to 9p

Elbo Room – Free Spirited Inc presents “Free Beginnings” featuring live performances by The Omni Rose, Mike Zabrin and more
7p show / $10

April 17:
H.O.M..E. Bar (Arlington Heights, IL) – Model Stranger will open for Local H

Underground Lounge – Rock out with Of Wolves, Faces of the Bog, Huntsmen and Snow Burial
9p / $5 adv / $7 dos

Cobra Lounge – Try handling this hot lineup if you can – Silver Abuse, Hotlips Messiah, Vortis and Cathy Santonies

The Green Room (The Abbey Pub) – Check out Matt Wilke’s Ghost, Andrew Robert Palmer and A Dozen Places performing here live.

Aragon Ballroom – GRIZ “Say It Loud” world tour featuring sets by Exmaq and Artifakts will be stopping here.

Reggie's Music Joint - Pale Green Stars bring their "The Things We Don't Talk About" tour 2015 and its brand of super high throttle punkadelic pandemonium ...and more to Chicago.

April 18:
Record Store Day …support your local record store …find great one-day only deals and in-store concerts!

The Ancona School (4770 S. Dorchester) – Attend the 3 rd Annual Diversity Symposium – Dimensions in Multicultural Education: Gender Identity & Expression, a symposium examining what can be learned by intentionally creating a diverse and inclusive learning community working for social change. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brandon Hill, PhD, Executive Director Ci3, University of Chicago with Jane Merrill (Center on Halsted) and more.
$30 GA / $20 educators/students

Reggie’s Music Joint – Rock with Lucky Boys Confusion, Swizzle Tree, Mason’s Case, Bury Me In Lights, Unwed and Aly Jados
8p / 17+

Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center – Life In Color “The World’s Largest Pain Party” will feature Bingo Players, DVBBS and 3LAU
7p / 17+

Metro – Be fashionably seen while dancing til dawn at NOCTURNA …this Gothic spring event will feature the lovely mistress spinning EDM and more, DJ Scary Lady Sarah.
11p / 18+ / $10

Underground Lounge – Cancersmash …celebrate Erik Oldman’s birthday and the return of Sons of Ra to the stage while supporting a great cause. ALL proceeds will go to support the Cancersmash Walk N Roll Team (walking/rolling on Saturday April 25) to be donated to American Cancer Society.

Lizards Liquid Lounge - r/chicago community showcase featuring live performances by aboveandbelow, Arc Impulse Bad Bad Meow, One Season, Pink Monkey, The Roarer and Sure Fire Groove.
7p / $5 donation

April 19:
Double Door – Fly America presents – Mark Battles and Derek Luh performing live on stage!
7p / AA / $15

April 20:
Rock out with The Ivorys, Repeat Repeat, Sleepy Kitty and The Van Goghs
7:30p / $8 / $5 with rsvp on

April 21:
SouthSide turns another year along with Rob Smith (The Cure) Iggy Pop, Queen Elizabeth …it’s her real birthday!

Red Line Tap – Check out Top Shelf Lickers as this local band rocks the stage during IPO (International Pop Overthrow) along with The Fox & The Hounds, Homer Marrs, The Excellent Adventure, No Love For Linus, Mike Vanderbilt and The Suburban Garage Sound

April 22:
Door No.3 – it’s another edition of FABITAT with resident DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms with drag performances by Lucy Stoole and Curlene Ribbon
9p / FREE

Double Door – it’s another Sweetwater Session featuring live performances by cLOUD 9, Zaramela, Midwest Hype and Blaise B
8p / FREE with rsvp on

April 23:
Celebrate Throwback Thursday with Honest Colin as Green Day (performing Dookie Album), Bicycle Tricycle as Tommy James and The Shondells, The Midnight Special as Steely Dan and Guns & Ammunition as The Ramones!
8p / $8 / FREE with rsvp on / $18 VIP

April 24:
Double Door – Get your Electro Reggae Jam 03 on, mon …featuring Down Sound, DJ Ringo, Kinky P with special guests Fada Dougou, Zion Iyahbinghi, Brazil and live dancers …hosted by Cosmos Ray and MC Zulu.
9p / $8 with rsvp on / $15 door / FREE before 10p!

The Mid – Alison Wonderland makes her debut at this hip club in celebration of the debut album and world tour.

SPACE (Evanston, IL) – Joseph LeMay will be performing songs off his debut album “Seventeen Acres” while opening for Sean Watkins

April 25:
House of Blues (Chicago) – It’s Spandau Ballet’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” tour!

Reggie’s Rock Club – Get groovy with Passafire featuring Indigosun and Stranger
8p / 17+

Beat Kitchen – El Famous will be rockin’ and celebrating their album release along with Daylight Dawns, Eighty Six Happiness, The Streets and Sky Machine!

Subterranean – Dallas, TX band Dead Flowers bring their national tour here for some rock and fun!

The Mid – Celebrate Green Velvet’s Birthday with special guests Hannah Wants.

April 26:
Bada Brew (Crest Hill, IL) – Get your rock on when seeing Sworn Enemy with Wretched, Dark Sermon and Hammer Fight!

Door No.3 – It’s Sunday School Sessions …preaching to the soul of Chicago through house music with resident DJs Mathis Rousseau and Natural Selection.
10p / FREE

April 29:
Schuba’s – Rock out with Razorhouse along with The Great Crusades and Steve Stone

Door No.3 – ROUGE! Chicago’s Premier Night of Electro Swing with DJs Vourteque and Mr. Automatic and resident performer Lady Lennox.
9p / FREE

Red Line Tap – Check out Bang Tango performing live with Chronic Edge, Teeze and Kevin Lee & The Links
$7 adv / $10 dos

April 30:
The Second City: Up Comedy Club (230 W. North Av) – Chicago Dance Institute and World Wide Orphans are hosting an inaugural benefit featuring Improv All-Stars with cocktails, reception and comedic performances.

Sulzer Public Library – Spend an evening of enjoying classical guitar and more featuring performances by Ben McMunn, Adam Hendricks, Anne Waller, Brandon Acker, Joel Spears and Brian Torosian.

6p / FREE / AA

Until next time, support your local scene,

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