Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rubblebucket NEW Release Survival Sounds is Out & Fall Tour Dates

Rubblebucket's NEW Survival Sounds is officially out and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. These guys have long been favorites of ours here at ChiIL Live Shows. We've shot pit photos of them in action at North Coast Music Fest, Lincoln Hall, Double Door and more. Did you just catch them last week at Chicago's Boulevard Fest? They're coming back soon. Spend a rockin' Halloween night with them at Metro. Tickets on sale 8/29!

Stream: NY Times / Spotify

Rubblebucket can't wait to play the new tunes for you on their massive tour that starts next week!

Fall Tour - All dates & Tix here: 

8/26: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT)
8/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (intimate release show – couple tickets left!)
9/6: Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest
9/10: Providence, RI @ Fete *
9/11: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *
9/12: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre *
9/13: Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
9/14: Albany, NY @ The Hollow *
9/16: Fairfield, CT @ Stage One *
9/18: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
9/19: Washington, DC @ U Street *
9/20: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre *
9/21: Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre *
9/24: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
9/25: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
9/26: Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Fest
9/27: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
9/28: Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
9/30: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street *
10/1: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House *
10/3: Denver, CO @ Bluebird *
10/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room *
10/6: Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
10/7: Bozeman, MT @ The Zebra *
10/8: Missoula, MT @ The Badlander *
10/10: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey #
10/11: Vancouver, CAN @ Media Club %
10/12: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir #
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #
10/17: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah #
10/18: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah #
10/20: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room &
10/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad &
10/23: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/24: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs
10/25: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada &
10/27: Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar &
10/28: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House &
10/29: Nashville, TN @ High Watt
10/31: Chicago, IL @ Metro & (Tix on Sale 8.29)
11/1: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater &
11/6: Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #
11/7: Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #
11/9: Boston, MA @ Paradise #

* Body Language supports
# Royal Canoe supports
% co-headline with Royal Canoe
& Landlady supports

Monday, August 25, 2014

Budweiser MADE IN AMERICA Fest Will Rock Both Coasts Simultaneously! #MadeInAmericaFest

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar:

Disclosure: It's our pleasure here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows to partner up with Budweiser Made In America Fest and Markerly. We have been compensated for sharing this info with our readers.

Be able to say YOU were there for the first ever Budweiser Made In America Fests in LA or the 3rd in Philly. This year Budweiser Made in America festival is the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts. It's going to be epic!

**Los Angeles**

Labor Day Weekend

August 30th & 31st

Grand Park, Downtown LA

This is the inaugural year of the Budweiser Made in America festival in Los Angeles. The festival benefits the United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Budweiser Made in America festival is the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts


Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Juanes, Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Gareth Emery, R3HAB, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, Borgore, DVBBS, 12th Planet, YG, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dog, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, Scavenger Hunt, A Tribe Called Red

Cause Village Vendors

Shawn Carter Foundation, United Way, Headcount, Budweiser Veterans, Tyler Robinson Foundation (Imagine Dragons charity), Dogs without Border, Hire LA, Food Forward, United States Green Building Council, LIFT Los Angeles, Skid Row Housing, LA Street Car, LA Street Gallery

*Click here to purchase 2 day tickets or single day Aug 30 or Aug 31st tickets for LA.*


Labor Day weekend

August 30th & 31st

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Budweiser Made in America festival returns to Philadelphia for the third consecutive year. Festival benefits the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County

Budweiser Made in America festival is the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts


Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiesto, The National, Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, City and Colour, Grimes, AWOLNATION, R3HAB, Gareth Emery, De La Soul, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Mayer Hawthorne, Kongos, 3LAU, The Neighborhood, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Destructo, Bleachers, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Will Sparks, Young & Sick, Vacationer, Cut Snake, Kaneholler

Cause Village Vendors

Shawn Carter Foundation, United Way, Headcount/NAACP, Budweiser Veterans, Donda House (Kanye West’s charity), St. Jude Hospital (Kings of Leon supported charity), Partners in Health (The National), World Childhood Foundation (Tiesto), Philly Paws, Drive Change, Born this Way Foundation, Why Hunger, Mural Arts

*Click here to purchase 2 day tickets or single day Aug 30th or Aug 31st tickets for Philly.*

Disclosure: Once again, it's our pleasure here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows to partner up with Budweiser Made In America Fest and Markerly. We have been compensated for sharing this info with our readers.

Friday, August 15, 2014


On giant lampshades, clotheslines, chains and picture frames, Aloft's contemporary circus show, "The Dinner of Our Discontent" veers from heartbreaking to hilarious at the drop of a plate. 

Directed and conceptualized by Shayna Swanson, "Dinner" follows five estranged sisters as they return to the home they grew up in after their parents' sudden deaths. Through world­ class acrobatics and circus acts, childhood emotions and resentments take center stage as they encounter the same issues that plagued them while growing up: the twins still dress (and walk, and eat) alike, the second sister vies for the affection of the oldest, and they all walk heartlessly over the meek youngest sister. And then there's the grief stricken butler who has lived in the house longer than any of the girls, thanklessly raised them and waited on them every day, now faced with having to leave the only family he ever knew while trying to keep the peace. Their deceased parents watch the madness, perched precariously in two picture frames on the back wall, eyes following the action, tormented by their sudden separation and longing for their family to be whole again.

Premiered in 2009, this is a restaging of the original, with an entirely new cast of stunning circus artists. The original acts, high in the air and skittering across the floor, have been reworked to highlight the experience and incredible talents of these performers.

If you were one of the few lucky enough to see the show in its first incarnation, you'll be amazed at the growth of this contemporary circus company over the last 5 years. Aloft's Artistic Director, Shayna Swanson, once part of the cast, steps off the stage to direct the action from the outside, working to heighten the chaos and emotion that the artists bring forth.

Featuring dramatic moments, comic surprises and superb physicality, Dinner of Our Discontent reveals over 75 minutes the central truth about family: it will catch you when you fall, but make you jump through hoops for approval.

About Aloft Circus Arts:
Aloft is a Chicago­based physical performance company dedicated to telling original stories through world­class circus arts. Aloft combines visual art, urban space, physical movement, modern dance, and aerial performance to build a cohesive emotional tale. In productions meant for theaters, the street, or the open sky, Aloft Circus Arts is changing the limits of what’s physically possible in storytelling.

Founded ten years ago by Artistic Director Shayna Swanson, Aloft is at the forefront of the contemporary circus movement in the USA.. Hosts of the first­ever Contemporary Circus Festival in North America just last January, Aloft Circus Arts is putting Chicago in the world’s spotlight with ground­breaking shows and the best circus performers working today. Swanson, once part of the cast, steps offstage to direct the action, heightening the chaos and emotion. This is the first time that Aloft has presented a full­length, narrative show in a Chicago based theater.

Animal ­free and accessible for all audiences, Aloft Circus Arts is at the forefront of what modern circus is growing into, pushing the limits and leaving old ideas of “circus” in the dust.

For more information and photos, check us out on Facebook at AloftCircusArts or on our website

Tuesday, August 12, 2014




Last night at the Witching Hour, Ryan Adams and Elvira conspired to unveil the spooktastic video for “Gimme Something Good,” the already overwhelmingly acclaimed lead single from the self-produced Ryan Adams (out September 9 on PAX-AM/Blue Note). Those brave enough to view the Michael Reich-directed clip in the light of day can now do so here AMONG THE LIVING. 

“Gimme Something Good” will make its network TV debut tomorrow night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, giving the audience in the studio and at home a taste of what’s been getting the media riled up like so:

“scorches with Stonesian bravado and a fist-pump-worthy chorus" – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Must List

“If 'Gimme Something Good' – the lead single, is any indication, the album will contain more of the blues-tinged, post–college rock that earned him fans in the first place.” — ROLLING STONE

"This thing is a total knockout. Give it a listen.” — STEREOGUM
"a gritty guitar-driven jam perfect for cranking on the stereo while summertime cruising up Main Street.” — TIME

Continuing the return to the stage that has already included a triumphant headline appearance at the Newport Folk Festival and last week’s sold out shows in Boulder and Aspen, Ryan and band have added a new leg of November dates to their current tour. The new dates are on sale to the publicFriday, August 15 at 10am local time with artist pre-sales opening Thursday, August 14 at 10am local time (with the exception of Cleveland, which on sale 11am local time).

See below for currently confirmed dates and stay tuned to for on-sale details and further updates.

New Dates in BOLD
09/08/14 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club *
10/01/14 — Santa Barbara, CA — Arlington Theater
10/03/14 - San Francisco, CA - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/05/14 — Portland, OR — Arlene Schnitzer Hall
10/06/14 — Seattle, WA — Paramount Ballroom
10/07/14 — Vancouver, BC — Orpheum Theater
10/09/14 — Edmonton, AB — Francis Winspear Theater
10/10/14 — Calgary, AB — Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/12/14 — Winnipeg, AB — Burton Cummings Theater
10/13/14 — Minneapolis, MN — Northrop at the University of Minnesota
10/14/14 — Milwaukee, WI — Riverside Theater
10/16/14 — Chicago, IL — Chicago Theater
10/18/14 — Ames, IA — Stephens Auditorium @ Iowa State Center ***
10/19/14 — St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
10/20/14 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater
11/06/14 — Indianapolis, IN — Murat Theater *
11/08/14 — Columbus, OH — Palace Theater *
11/09/14 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore *
11/11/14 — Cleveland, OH — State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare **
11/18/14 —Boston, MA — Wang Theatre *
11/19/14 — Philadelphia (Upper Darby), PA — Tower Theatre *

On sale Friday, August 15 at 10am local time 
** On sale Friday, August 15 at 11am local time
*** On sale Friday, August 22nd

Friday, August 1, 2014


Hey Chi, IL... chiIL out this weekend with ChiIL Live Shows (adult) and ChiIL Mama (family friendly). We'll be covering the best of the fest! 

We were at the first Lollapalooza EVER and we've been covering every day of the last 10 years Lolla & Kidza have called Chicago home! But don't let us tell you what to do and see. Get out there and explore for yourselves. We'll have photo recaps and features after the fact, but for now, here are some links from our friends at BMI, to help you find some new favs. This is one of our favorite annual showcases at Lolla and a sweet break from the huge headliner crowds.

BMI at Lolla 2014
Broadcast Music, Inc. is proud to present the performers on its 2014 Lollapalooza stage. Running August 1, 2 and 3 at Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field in Chicago, Ill., BMI’s stage will kick off performances at 12:00 p.m. each day, setting the pace at the behemoth music festival.

They'll be giving away tank tops all three days of the festival. Follow @bmi and #BMILolla for details. First 25 to show us your #selfie! Tweet ur #Lolla selfie from the BMI stage during @Highly_Suspect (8/1, 12PM) for a chance to win excl. #BMILolla tank!


Betty Who, Wallpaper, Johnnyswim, Bebe Rexha and
Vic Mensa among BMI bands & singer-songwriters assembling in Chicago 
for a riveting three-day lineup of performances 

WHO: Lollapalooza and Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, representing over 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 8.5 million works.

WHAT: BMI is proud to present the performers on its 2014 Lollapalooza stage, a bucolic respite from the Chicago heat, where festival-goers can enjoy the soulful sounds, acoustic balladry and pop-rock rhapsodies from a variety of singer-songwriting acts.

WHY:  BMI’s partnership with C3’s Lollapalooza is designed to offer more prime showcasing opportunities to its songwriters, a distinct priority of the organization.

WHEN: August 1, 2, and 3; 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. everyday

WHERE: Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field in Chicago, IL

EXPECTED:  21 diverse acts reflecting Lollapalooza’s wide-ranging approach in offering festival-goers performances that are unique and remarkable.

Friday, August 1

Highly Suspect: 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Of Verona: 1:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Dugas: 2:10 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Johnnyswim: 3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bebe Rexha: 4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Cash Cash: 5:40 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Royal Blood: 6:50 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 2

Rocky Business: 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Charlie Hirsch: 1:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Desert Noises: 2:10 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

The Last Internationale: 3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wallpaper: 4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

JoyWave: 5:40 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Vic Mensa: 6:50 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 3

Plastic Visions: 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Space Capone: 1:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Fly Golden Eagle: 2:10 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Crass Mammoth: 3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cardiknox: 4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Betty Who: 5:40 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Bronze Radio Return: 6:50 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

About BMI
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ACT OUT: Three Oaks Theater Festival Presents Seanachai Theatre's Hughie

The second season of the Three Oaks Theater Festival wraps up this weekend with Seanachai Theatre’s Hughie, featuring Bard Armacost. 

Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows, we adore Three Oaks, MI. It's close enough to Chicago for a weekend getaway or summer home and yet it's worlds away from the traffic jams, heat, and hustle of city summers. Just because you escape the less savory elements of the city, that doesn't mean you have to leave culture and great theatre behind. Some of Chicago's best performers, and many favorites of ours are escaping to Three Oaks too! Check it out!

By Eugene O’Neill
Presented by Seanachaí Theatre Company
Directed by Kevin Fox
Featuring Brad Armacost
Friday, August 1, 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)
Saturday, August 2, 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT)
Performed at Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside, MI
Ticket prices: $25
Ages: 16+

Check out the fun trailer, featuring local residents of Harbor Country:

Eugene O’Neill’s classic two-character play is set in the lobby of a hotel early one morning in the late 1920s. Its characters are the hotel's gray and withdrawn night clerk, and "Erie" Smith, a penny-ante gambler who has spent most of his last 15 years at the hotel between periods of drunkenness. His most recent bender was prompted by the death of the title character, who was the night clerk's predecessor. Erie babbles through tales of his life's imaginary successes, as well as his panicky optimism for the future. The night clerk can only listen to this study in fraudulent glibness, which is touching, revealing and a telling measure of what is behind this man's delusions. O'Neill renders a palpable journey into Erie's soul that both invites and compels us to join Erie in supportive community along his path of mourning to ultimate redemption.

About the season
Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans, and Marc Grapey proudly present the second season of Three Oaks Theater Festival, a summer theater festival that brings limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional productions to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan.  This expanded season is being performed in creative venues throughout Harbor Country, including the Acorn Theater, Vickers Theatre, and the historic Lakeside Inn.  Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented with major support by The Pokagon Fund.

The 2014 Three Oaks Theater Festival presented the family-friendly Blair Thomas & Co.’s A Piano with Three Tales; Dennis Watkins’ The Magic Parlour; a staged reading of TimeLine Theatre’s The Normal Heart; David Lutken in Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie; Jackalope Theatre’s Exit Strategy; and will produce the upcoming Seanachaí Theatre Company’s Hughie.

About Three Oaks
Three Oaks, Michigan, located about 70 miles from Chicago, has approximately 1,600 residents.  Despite its size, the quaint Village is remarkably well-developed in the arts with a live performance venue, art house movie theater and galleries featuring the work of established and emerging artists.  Chamberlain Path, located steps from the main street, has been turned into a sculpture garden featuring monumental sculptures by local and national artists.  The town also hosts two annual art festivals; the Art Attack weekend and Art in the Park.  Meanwhile, Dewey Cannon Park is home to Music in the Park, a free concert series held every Saturday during the summer.  Perhaps most indicative of the town’s quirky, artistic spirit, Three Oaks is one of the few villages in the country with the official position of Village Poet Laureate.

Information and tickets are available at or call 866-811-4111.

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