Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Camp Music Fest 2013 Photo Filled Friday Recap #SCamp #SCamp13 #SummerCampFest

The slideshow above features our full set of shots from Friday including the good, the bad and the ugly.   We're sharing them all, just this once, before we break it down by bands, best of, and themes.   That way if you and your friends crossed my path or you're a band fanatic and just can't get enough, you'll get to see ALL the shots.   

We're back from ChiILin' in Chillicothe, with a ton of wet n muddy camping gear we are unsuccessfully attempting to dry in the back yard between ongoing rain showers.   We're also back with loads of great show shots, band video interviews, and fun memories.   It wasn't all sole sucking muck!

Highlights of the Thursday night pre party were: 

a fast fiddlin', folk rockin' set by Cornmeal, with the inimitable Allie Kral.   SCamp was her last weekend with the band.   Look for her in the coming months playing out with a number of bands including Hot Buttered Rum.   You can follow her fiddle playing sparks across America this summer with her new Reverb Nation Page here.    

We've shot Allie a zillion times over the years.   Check out some of our past stills right here. 

For lots more just put Cornmeal or Van Ghost in the side searchbar at ChiIL Live Shows or ChiIL Mama.  I had a chance to talk with her after her pickin' set Sunday and I later gave a mini video interview about Allie that will air on the SCamp site in the near future.   Basically I thanked Allie for not being a Barbie and for being a great role model for girls out there--proving you can be yourself, let your talent shine through and make it in the boys' world of the music industry without being a 90lb blond in mini skirts.   She's a pure joy to see in action and sparks fly when she plays.

The second highlight was a mindblowingly excellent set by Chi-town's own, Digital Tape Machine.   I'm generally not crazy about house music or techno, but these guys can PLAY.   3 words that changed my mind... they.  play.  INSTRUMENTS.   They really got the crowd going and I would go see them live again in a second.  A day later their set was all anyone wanted to rave about in the press room and throughout the SCamp grounds.  Sure they have the requisite mac laptop, but these guys play actual instruments too, for a compelling combo.   Highly recommended.   Wanna check out their sound.   

5 tracks from their Summer Camp 2012 Set and lots more are FREE on their site.   Click here.

Digital Tape Machine is a Chicago-based band featuring Kris Myers, Joel Cummins, Joe Hettinga, Bryan Doherty, David Arredondo, Marcus Rezak, and Dan Rucinski. The digital, yet analog force behind Digital Tape Machine produces a very modern, electronic sound. Often compared to video game music, elements of electronic dance, tech house, dance house, deep house, post-industrial, drum ‘n bass and hip-hop are all woven into a live show. This edgy, danceable music has been met by enthusiastic crowds who are thirsty for more. The band is rapidly gaining momentum from late night festival sets and sold out shows.

All photos are copyrighted by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for and   Please contact us for permission to repost unless you're just doing a quickie FB, Pinterest or Twitter share and then reposting is fine as long as you give us photo credit.   Enjoy!

Ian Neville (guitar) of Dumpstaphunk

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:  Dumpstaphunk rocked The Starshine Stage in a late night set, after a brush with death and a sleeping driver on cruise control on their way to SCamp!   Check out our video interview soon for all the details.

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:   The Wailers on The Sunshine Stage

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:  Interviewing Victor Wooten, Artist at Large, and hearing him play with long time fav Keller Williams with his new configuration... More Than a Little.   As if that wasn't cool enough, they played my "theme song"-- Once in a Lifetime, Talking Heads!!   Happy happy joy joy.

Joe Hettinga (Digital Tape Machine), Joel Cummins (Umphrey's McGhee), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk)

SCamp is intimate workshops in "the church" where you can get up close & personal with the pros and hear some stellar mashups like this power trio improvising on keyboards!!   *Annual Keyboard Workshop led by Joel Cummins (center)

SCamp is Eco-Friendly

SCamp is Family Friendly

SCamp is Freaky Fun

SCamp is 4 Days of Nearly Non Stop Music 

SCamp is Camping With Old Friends That I Only Get To See Annually at Summer Camp.

SCamp is Weird Coinkidinks, Like Driving 3 Hours Away To Discover I'm Camping Next To A Neighbor Who Lives Blocks Away and Rents From Long Time Friends of Mine!!

SCamp is good people, characters, and creative costumes!

 SCamp is daily doses of Umphrey's McGhee

SCamp is carnival rides, colored lights, spinning hoops--poi balls-- and glo sticks lighting up the night with a riot of color.

Check back with ChiIL Live Shows & our fam friendly site, ChiIL Mama, like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often over the coming weeks and you can relive SCamp13 in all it's fun in the sun & wet n wild glory.   We have loads of photos, video band interviews and more!

ACT OUT CIRCUS: THIS WEEKEND ONLY! A Misguided Fairy Tale The Spring Youth Circus at The Actor's Gymnasium


Image by Joseph Taylor

A Misguided Fairy Tale
The Spring Youth Circus 
Once upon a time, in a mystical land of circus, fables, pumpkins, and tea parties, lived a group of exciting if not slightly misguided storybook creatures.

Come join us for the Spring Youth Circus Training Program performance. This Spring's nine-week, Youth Circus program culminates in a fully-produced, collaborative, original show featuring some of your favorite fairytale creatures.

A Misguided Fairy Tale is created by the same artistic team that brought you Troupe this past fall (Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Cole Simon and Kara Karstedt). With this limited run, tickets will go quickly - so get yours today!

 Tickets are available ONLINE only. Once online sales are closed, 1.5 hours prior to the show start time, the on-location box office will be open. For group reservations and general questions, call 847-328-2795.

If online sales are sold out, a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.  

One Weekend Only! 
June 1 & 2, 2013
Saturday 4:30 & 7:30 PM 
Sunday 3:00 PM
$15 for adult tickets!
$12.50 for children, students and seniors!  


Follow A Misguided Fairy Tale on Twitter at #agyouthcircus 



Closing out its 25th Anniversary Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Big Lake Big City, written byKeith Huff and directed by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer.  Tickets are now on sale for the production, running June 19 – August 11, 2013 atLookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  The Press Opening is Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Detective Bass can’t catch a break: his boss is a hard-ass, his partner’s a knucklehead, his wife’s a cheat, and now he has to chase down a perp who has a screwdriver in his head.  An eclectic set of shady characters—crooked coroners, a TV-personality doctor, a femme fatale, and one extraordinarily valuable sculpture—run roughshod through a hilarious maze of double-crosses and double-identities.  2011 Writers Guild Award-winner Keith Huff lampoons the Windy City with a menacing smirk and tongue in cheek in this gritty modern noir directed by David Schwimmer.

"Big Lake Big City is the perfect way to wrap up a 25th Anniversary Season that has highlighted the wide range of styles and work that Lookingglass consistently brings to the Chicago stage," says Artistic Director Andrew White.  “It's great to have one of our founding Ensemble members, David Schwimmer, back in the director's chair to help celebrate this milestone year, and both he and Keith are so damn funny and so damn smart, this show is sure to be an hilarious, dark, and brilliant ride."

The cast of Big Lake Big City includes Ensemble Members Thomas J. Cox (Divot and others), Anthony Fleming III (Moss and others) and Philip R. Smith (Bass);  Kareem Bandealy (Peter and others), Katherine Cunningham (Ally), Danny Goldring (Getz), Beth Lacke (Susan), Eddie Martinez(Stewart), J. Salome Martinez (Trent and others) and Wendy Mateo (Maria).

The creative team for Big Lake Big City includes Ensemble Member Sibyl Wickersheimer (Scenic), Ana Kuzmanic (Costumes), Artistic Associate Christine A. Binder (Lighting), Artistic Associate Rick Sims (Sound/Composition), Maria DeFabo (Props).  Narda E. Alcorn is the Production Stage Manager and Tess Golden is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Production Sponsors for Big Lake Big City are Richard A. Ditton and United Airlines.

About Big Lake Big City artists

DAVID SCHWIMMER (Director/Ensemble Member) is a co-founder of Lookingglass, where he has acted in and directed several productions including Trust, Our Town, West, The Master and Margarita, The Jungle, Eye of the Beholder, The Odyssey, The Idiot, Of One Blood, and his and Ensemble member Joy Gregory’s adaptation of Studs Terkel’s book Race.  He starred in the premieres of D Girl and Turnaround in Los Angeles, Glimmer Brothers in Williamstown,Some Girls in London, the revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway and, most recently, Detroit at Playwrights Horizons.  Notable television and film credits include The Iceman, Nothing But The Truth, Madagascar I, II & III, Duane Hopwood, Big Nothing, “Band of Brothers,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Six Days Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer and the hit comedy series “Friends,” for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.  His film and television directing includes Trust, Run Fat Boy Run, Since You’ve Been Gone and the HBO series “Little Britain USA.” He is on the Board of Directors of the Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, California.

KEITH HUFF (Playwright) brings the world premiere of his latest play to Lookingglass.  Recent theater productions include The Detective’s Wife (Writer’s Theater), A Steady Rain featuring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman (Broadway), and Pursued By Happiness and The Bird and Mr. Banks (Road Theater).  A Steady Rain continues to be produced across the US and around the world, most recently in France (Paris & national tour), Argentina (Buenos Aires & national tour), Chile, Mexico City, Australia, Spain (Barcelona & Catalan tour), and Canada.  It is currently running in Budapest, Prague, Athens, Cyprus, and Uruguay, and new productions are scheduled to open in Brazil, Venezuela, Tokyo, Colombia, Madrid, and London in 2013-2014.  In television, Keith was Writer/Co-Producer for AMC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning series “Mad Men,” for which he won a 2011 Writers Guild Award (Best Drama Series), Writer/Producer for the David Fincher/NetFlix series “House of Cards,” featuring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and is currently Writer/Consulting Producer for the new Ron Moore/SyFy series, “Helix.”  He has written original pilots for HBO, Steven Spielberg/DreamWorks, AMC, and is currently developing projects with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Jason Lee’s Staircase Films, Lorenzo DiBonaventura Pictures/ABC, and Elice Island Entertainment/STARZ. 

KAREEM BANDEALY (Peter and others) has appeared previously at Lookingglass in Peter Pan (A Play), The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Chicago credits include Rock ‘N’ Roll, Gas For Less, King Lear (Goodman Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II, Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Illusion (Court Theatre), Hamlet, The Caretaker, Heartbreak House (Writers’ Theatre), Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre), The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo), It’s a Wonderful Life, Oklahoma! (American Theater Company, ensemble member), Our Enemies, Back of the Throat, 10 Acrobats (Silk Road Rising, associate artist), and Wedding Play (About Face). Regional credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers, The Tempest (Illinois Shakespeare), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Notre Dame Shakespeare), Stuff Happens, Julius Caesar (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical), and four seasons at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Film credits include The Merry Gentleman (Michael Keaton, director). In 2011, he received a 3Arts Artist Award.

THOMAS J. COX (Divot and others/Ensemble Member) is a founding ensemble member of Lookingglass, with whom he has done more than thirty productions, including The Odyssey, The Jungle, West, The Master and Margarita, Algren in For Keeps and a Single Day, Quilp in Old Curiosity Shop, Great Fire and Cascabel most recently. He has been seen at Victory Gardens, Court, Steppenwolf, Goodman, and, most recently, Northlight Theatre, where he appeared in Outgoing Tide with John Mahoney and Rondi Reed which also traveled to the Galway Arts Festival. At the Weston Playhouse Theatre in Vermont, he was the Director of the Young Company, for which he directed two musicals, and has appeared in productions ranging from Tartuffe and Pirates of Penzance to Chicago and Urinetown. He serves as the Master Teacher for Lookingglass’ Education and Community Programs, and he has been adjunct faculty at Northwestern and UIC. Love to CDF and JMFC.

KATHERINE CUNNINGHAM (Ally) is performing for her first time on the Lookingglass stage. Other Chicago credits include Honest (Steppenwolf Theatre),The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Picnic (Writers’ Theatre), WOW! (Child’s Play Touring Theatre, and several seasons of The Rocky Horror Show. Film and television credits include “Chicago Fire” and “The Playboy Club” (NBC), “Underemployed” (MTV), “Shameless” (Showtime), “The Mob Doctor” (FOX), “Detroit 1-8-7” (ABC) and the upcoming film Johnson.

ANTHONY FLEMING III (Moss and others/Ensemble Member) makes his first appearance since becoming a Lookingglass ensemble member.  This past spring he performed in Clybourne Park with Arizona Theater Company and had great runs in both Tucson and Phoenix. In Chicago, he last was seen playing “Booster” in August Wilson’s Jitney at Court Theater.  His most recent work on the Lookingglass boards was as “Joe Louis” in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting.  Other select Lookingglass credits include Fedra, Icarus, The Arabian Nights, 1984, Race, and 445 performances of Lookingglass Alice. Select local and regional credits include The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf, Court Theater, Victory Gardens, Piven Theater, Chicago Theater Company, Milwaukee Rep, The Arden in Philly, The McCarter in Jersey, The Alliance in Atlanta, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and The New Victory in New York. Select television credits include “Prison Break” (seasons 1 and 2) and “The Beast.”  Next, Anthony will be traveling to Sardinia, Italy in the fall to work on an independent film.

DANNY GOLDRING (Getz) is equally at home in front of the camera and on stage. Film credits include the Beverly Ridge Pictures mob thriller Chicago Overcoat, the role of “Grumpy” in The Dark Knight, The Fugitive, The Earl, The Babe, Above the Law, Bean: The Movie, A Perfect Manhattan, and the upcoming films Dig Two Graves, and Fools.  He originated the title role in Brett Neveu’s comedy noir The Earl, which enjoyed a long run, an encore engagement, and rave reviews at A Red Orchid Theatre. On stage earlier this season in Pine Box Theatre’s World Premiere of 25 Saints. Other theatre credits include Lyric Opera’s Porgy and Bess, David Mamet’s Reunion and Dark Pony, and Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful (Goodman Theatre Productions), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Inherit the Wind, A Solider’s Play, King of Coons, and “Clark Gable” in Frankly My Dear... A Fable about Gable. TV Includes “Boss” (Starz) as Ryan Kavanaugh (recurring), the Emmy-Nominated TNT Movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, HBO FilmsNormal and Always Outnumbered, “Six Feet Under,” “Star Trek Voyager/Deep Space Nine/Enterprise,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” and “Crime Story,” as well as frequent episodes of the radio series “Twilight Zone.” Danny is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and AGMA.

BETH LACKE (Susan) is working with Lookingglass for the first time. Her previous Chicago credits include “Annette” in God of Carnage at the Goodman, “Ashley” in Man From Nebraska at Steppenwolf, as well as “Hennie Berger” in Awake and Sing and “Caroline Cushing” in Frost/Nixon with TimeLine Theatre Company. She won a Best Supporting Actress Jeff Citation for her work as “Miss Nebraska” with Collaboraction Theatre Company in The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild. Her work in television and film is varied with appearances on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Malibu Country,” “Hawthorne,” “Two Broke Girls” as well as series regular characters on “Happy Hour” for Fox and “Work It” for ABC. Her most recent film, Open Tables, will be released later this year. She is graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University.

EDDIE MARTINEZ (Stewart) was born and raised in Chicago, attended Columbia College Chicago as a Theater Major. Chicago credits include: Cascabel,Maitre D’ (Lookingglass Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street, Pinky (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Sins of Sor Juana, Don Pedro (Teatro Vista) andStylin’ and Racial Profilin’ (The Second City). His film credits include The Dilemma, The Break Up, The Weatherman, Nothing Like the Holidays, Let’s Go to Prison, and Elsewhere. TV credits include “Boss” and “Chicago Fire,” as well as various on camera and voice over commercials.

J. SALOME MARTINEZ (Trent and others) is making his Lookingglass Theatre Company debut. Some of his theater credits include How Long Will I Cry?(Steppenwolf Theatre); After (Profiles Theatre); As You Like It, Man of La Mancha, The Seagull (Constans Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Hippodrome State Theatre). Television and film credits include “Law & Order,” “Castle,” “Generation Kill” (HBO, Emmy Award), “New York, I Love You” and the Oscar Award-nominated film The Messenger. He received his BA in theatre from Barat College and his MFA in acting from the University of Florida.

WENDY MATEO (Maria) is making her debut with Lookingglass Theatre. She can be recognized from making a fool of herself throughout the city of Chicago, performing improv and sketch comedy.  She is part of Dominizuelan, the sketch comedy duo who were named “the future of Latino comedy” by Latina Magazine. Wendy has been a featured performer in the TBS Just for Laughs Festival with both her solo comedy work and Dominizuelan.

PHILIP R. SMITH (Bass/Producing Artistic Director/Ensemble Member) most recently appeared as Wrede Sartorius in The March at Steppenwolf Theatre and Ethan in Ethan Frome at Lookingglass.  Other Lookingglass credits include Will in Trust, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, Ivan in The Brothers Karamazov, Tinker Bosch in The Wooden Breeks and Creon in Hillbilly Antigone. Other recent credits include Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbirdand Rev. Parris in The Crucible both at Steppenwolf and Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Baltimore’s Center Stage. Other regional credits include work at the McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, the Arden Theatre, BAM (NYC), and The Actors Gang (LA). TV and film credits include “Boss,” “Friends,” “Prison Break,” “Chicago Hope,” “Early Edition,” Kissing a Fool, Since You’ve Been Gone, High Fidelity, The Express and The Dilemma.  As Producing Artistic Director, oversight includes Lookingglass casting and serving as a primary artistic liaison to the Development, Special Events, Marketing and Production departments.

About Lookingglass Theatre Company
Inventive.  Collaborative.  Transformative.  Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, was founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern University students.  2011-2012 marks the company’s 25th anniversary season. Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. Lookingglass has staged 58 world premieres at 23 venues across Chicago, and garnered 52 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations.

Work premiered at Lookingglass has been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Princeton, Hartford, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and St. Louis.  Lookingglass original scripts have been produced across the United States.

The Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago's landmark Water Tower Water Works opened in June 2003.  In addition to developing and presenting ensemble work, Lookingglass Education and Community programs encourage creativity, teamwork and confidence with thousands of community members each year.

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues to expand its artistic, financial and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Andrew White, Executive Director Rachel Kraft, Producing Artistic Director Philip R. Smith, Artistic Director of New Work Heidi Stillman, a 24-member artistic ensemble, 13 artistic associates, 11 production affiliates, an administrative staff and a dedicated board of directors led by Chairman Richard Ditton of Incredible Technologies and President Joe Brady of Jones Lang LaSalle. For more information, visit

Big Lake Big City/FACTS

Title:                Big Lake Big City
Written by:       Keith Huff
Directed by:      Ensemble Member David Schwimmer

Ensemble Member Thomas J. Cox (Divot and others)
Ensemble Member Anthony Fleming III (Moss and others)
Ensemble Member Philip R. Smith (Bass)
Kareem Bandealy (Peter and others)
Katherine Cunningham (Ally)
Danny Goldring (Getz)
Beth Lacke (Susan)
Eddie Martinez (Stewart)
J. Salome Martinez (Trent and others)
Wendy Mateo (Maria)

Dates:             Previews:                     June 19, 2013 – June 28, 2013
                        Press opening:             Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
                        Regular run:                 June 30 – August 11, 2013
Tuesdays:                    7:30 p.m. (July 2, 16, 30 only)
Wednesdays:               7:30 p.m.
Thursdays:                  3:00 p.m. (July 11, 25 and August 8 only) and 7:30 p.m.
Fridays:                       7:30 p.m.
Saturdays:                   3:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.
Sundays:                      3:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic
Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  
Prices:    Previews are $28 - $38
Regular Run is $36 - $70

Target Saturday Matinees offer a limited number of buy one, get one free tickets which are available to all 3:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. This program is made possible with the generous support of Target, working with Lookingglass to make the arts accessible to all.
A limited number of student tickets are available the day of the show for $20 with valid student ID.
Groups of 10 or more patrons save up to 20%. Call the box office for details.

Box Office:       Buy online at
or by phone at (312) 337-0665
The Lookingglass box office is located at Water Tower Water Works,
821 N. Michigan Ave.

Lookingglass Theatre is located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile shopping district inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  Discounted parking is available for Lookingglass patrons at both the nearby John Hancock Center and Olympia Centre Self Park (161 E. Chicago Ave.).

Thursday, May 23, 2013

ACT OUT: Reverb at RedTwist Review #review

Red Twist strikes again with a twisted little music world masterpiece that melds genius and insanity, consensual S & M, abuse, and near homicide in an intense live theatre experience that will reverberate around your brain long after the final curtain call.  This compelling exploration of complicated family relationships and coping mechanisms is not without horror and humor.  And the multifaceted, brilliantly troubled characters ring true.  Highly recommended.   Do note this is a mature audiences show and may also be a trigger for those who are sensitive or have experienced past abuse.

By Leslye Headland
Directed by Jonathan Berry

Opens Saturday, May 18, at 3pm

Redtwist announces the Chicago premiere of Reverb, a darkly comic, brutal dissection of the deadly force of wrath in the playwright’s cycle of the Seven Deadly Sins

Featuring Redtwist company member, and two-time Jeff Award-winner, Peter Oyloe

Jeff-Award winning director, Jonathan Berry, directs the Chicago premiere of Reverb, story of a rising young musician and his girlfriend/muse as they try to clear the decks of their own dysfunctional pasts, while the reverberations keep these soulmates locked in a vicious maze of loving tenderness and mortal combat.
Brittany Burch (Lydia), Chris Chmelik (Shane), Ashley Neal (Ivy), Peter Oyloe (Dorian), Nick Vidal (Hank), Mary Williamson (June)

Jonathan Berry (Director), Will Crouse (Assistant Director), Allison Queen (Stage Manager), Olivia Baker (Assistant Stage Manager), Elizabeth Penrose (Assistant Stage Manager), Sarah Burnham (Production Manager), Frank Sjodin (Tech Director), Joe Schermoly (Set Designer), Brandon Wardell (Lighting Designer), Christopher Kriz (Sound Designer), Peter Oyloe and Christopher Kriz (Original Music), Emily McConnell (Costume Designer), Jeff Shields (Prop Designer), Ryan Bourque (Fight Designer), Mary Reynard (Vocal Coach), Kevin McDonald (Dramaturg), Garvin Jellison (Master Electrician), Alan Weusthoff (Set Assistant), Peter Oyloe (Graphic Designer), Jan Ellen Graves (Marketing), Charles Bonilla (Box Office Manager), E. Malcolm Martinez (Box Office Associate), Johnny Garcia (Associate Producer), Michael Colucci & Jan Ellen Graves (Producers)
Opens: Sat, May 18, 3pm
Runs: Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm
Note: no evening performance on Sat, May 18 and no performance on Sun, May 19
Closes: Sun, June 23
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission
Previews: $15; Wed, Thu, Fri, May 15, 16, 17, at 7:30pm
Tickets: Thursdays, $25; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $30 (seniors & students $5 off)

Call: 773-728-7529  

The cast is stellar and the material is gold.   We were particularly enamored with the performances of Dorian & June.   

Check out our prior Reverb coverage here.

CAST in order of appearance
Dorian ....................................................................*Peter Oyloe
June ................................................................Mary Williamson
Hank...........................................................................Nick Vidal
Shane...................................................................Chris Chmelik
Lydia ....................................................................Brittany Burch
Ivy............................................................................ Ashley Neal
(Shane alternate after 6/23 ............................................ Robert Vignisson) *Redtwist company member

PLACE: Echo Park, a neighborhood in Los Angeles TIME: Today
Reverb is performed without intermission. The total running time is approximately 90 minutes.
Reverb received its World Premiere by the IAMA Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA in 2009.

Reverb is produced by special arrangement with the Playwright and Creative Artists Agency and Caliber Media Co.

By Leslye Headland
Directed by Jonathan Berry

Redtwist announces the Chicago premiere of Reverb, a darkly comic, brutal dissection of the deadly force of wrath in the playwright’s cycle of the Seven Deadly Sins

Featuring Redtwist company member, and two-time Jeff Award-winner, Peter Oyloe

Jeff-Award winning director, Jonathan Berry, directs the Chicago premiere of Reverb, story of a rising young musician and his girlfriend/muse as they try to clear the decks of their own dysfunctional pasts, while the reverberations keep these soulmates locked in a vicious maze of loving tenderness and mortal combat.

Brittany Burch (Lydia), Chris Chmelik (Shane), Ashley Neal (Ivy), Peter Oyloe (Dorian), Nick Vidal (Hank), Mary Williamson (June)

Jonathan Berry (Director), Will Crouse (Assistant Director), Allison Queen (Stage Manager), Olivia Baker (Assistant Stage Manager), Elizabeth Penrose (Assistant Stage Manager), Sarah Burnham (Production Manager), Frank Sjodin (Tech Director), Joe Schermoly (Set Designer), Brandon Wardell (Lighting Designer), Christopher Kriz (Sound Designer), Peter Oyloe and Christopher Kriz (Original Music), Emily McConnell (Costume Designer), Jeff Shields (Prop Designer), Ryan Bourque (Fight Designer), Mary Reynard (Vocal Coach), Kevin McDonald (Dramaturg), Garvin Jellison (Master Electrician), Alan Weusthoff (Set Assistant), Peter Oyloe (Graphic Designer), Jan Ellen Graves (Marketing), Charles Bonilla (Box Office Manager), E. Malcolm Martinez (Box Office Associate), Johnny Garcia (Associate Producer), Michael Colucci & Jan Ellen Graves (Producers)


Runs: Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm
Closes: Sun, June 23
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission
Previews: $15; Wed, Thu, Fri, May 15, 16, 17, at 7:30pm
Tickets: Thursdays, $25; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $30 (seniors & students $5 off)

Call: 773-728-7529  

Cherub -- Bands on ChiIL Live Shows' Radar @summercampfest #SCamp13

“Doses and Mimosas”

How do you plan to party at SCamp13?!   Nashville’s own electro-pop duo Cherub will be playing at this year’s Summer Camp Festival on Friday, May 24! 

The duo, who have been described as a mix of The Neighborhood and Foster The People, had a viral hit with the track “Doses and Mimosas,” which hit #1 on Hype Machine! Their latest release, 100 Bottles, brings a fresher, slightly slicker and decidedly more electro feel to their risqué brand of pop.   

Cherub have created a live experience replete with hefty doses of honesty, originality, sex, drugs and lots of love – on a quest to throw sexy dance parties for crowds across the globe.

Praise for Cherub:

“Cherub is hands down THE hottest music coming out of Nashville… One part sexy R&B, one part fat dance beats, Cherub’s music takes you to the sickest parties you’ve ever been to. (Predictions for 2013: Nashville Breakout Bands)” – KCRW Music Blog

“… somewhere between Prince and MGMT…Cherub has a sweaty dance party to start somewhere, and it will happen with or without you. (12 Tennessee Bands You Should Listen To Now)” – Paste Magazine

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rosco Bandana -- Bands on ChiIL Live Shows' Radar @summercampfest #SCamp13

Rosco Bandana Premieres "Woe Is Me" Video With CMT

Bandanas and outdoor music fests like Summer Camp Music Festival (or SCamp to those in the know) go hand in hand, but you'll never think of bandanas quite the same way after you get an ear full of Roscoe Bandana.   ChiILin' in Chillicothe this weekend?   These guys are on ChiIL Live Shows' must see list.   Check 'em out.

Remaining Tour Dates

05.23 - Founder's Brewing Company - Grand Rapids, MI
05.24 - Summer Camp - Chillicothe, IL
05.25 - Summer Camp - Chillicothe, IL
05.26 - Summer Camp - Chillicothe, IL

06.01 - Howlin' Wolf - The Den - New Orleans, LA
06.08 - Riverbend Festival - Chattanooga, TN
06.09 - Unplugged In The Park - Atlanta, GA
06.13 - Hill Country Live - Washington, DC
06.14 - SummerSounds - Greensburg, PA
06.15 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
06.20 - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall - Asheville, NC
06.21 - Border Dash - Bristol, VA
06.22 - U.S. National Whitewater Center - Charlotte, NC
06.27 - 17th Annual Gulley Park Summer Series - Fayetteville, AR
06.28 - Levitt Shell Memphis - Memphis, TN
07.04 - Fun Fourth Festival - Greensboro, NC
07.06 - Rockin The Docks - Lenoir City, TN
07.12 - Kessler Air Force Base - Biloxi, MS
07.13 - Woodstock Summer Concert Series - Woodstock, GA
07.24 - Café 939 - Boston, MA
07.25 - Madison Beach Hotel - Madison, CT
07.27 - RondeauFest - Long Lake, NY
07.28 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
08.04 - Music Under The Stars - El Paso, TX
08.10 - Black Dog Wine & Music Festival - Floyd, VA
08.22  - Seven - Siloam Springs, OK
08.23  - Seven - Siloam Springs, OK
10.03 - Live After Five - Greenwood, SC
10.05 - Champion Square - New Orleans, LA*
10.06 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion - Woodlands, TX *
10.08 - Verizon Wireless Amiptheatre @ Encore Park - Atlanta, GA*
10.09 - Humphrey Coliseum - Starkville, MS*
* With fun.



Rosco Bandana is thrilled to premiere the new video for "Woe Is Me" across multiple Country Music Television platforms including CMT EDGE, on-air at CMT PURE, online and more. Directed by John Deeb and produced by Deeb studios, "Woe Is Me" is the newest video release from Rosco Bandana's debut LP Time To Begin out now on Hard Rock Records. Head over to now to watch the premiere of "Woe Is Me" and help vote Rosco Bandana into CMT PURE’s 12-Pack Countdown and don't miss "Woe Is Me" on air this Thursday 5/9 on CMT PURE during the 11am, 5pm, and 3am hours (all times Eastern).

The Mississippi septet Rosco Bandana are the product of teenage rebellion and its consequences; of lost love, false starts and, above all, lasting friendship. They're what happens when a group of kids take a chance on a long shot and – against all odds – it pays off.  There's also a Blur cover thrown in for good measure.

The group began – spiritually, if not specifically – when principle songwriter Jason Sanford, at that time acting in open and active defiance to his strict Christian upbringing, wandered into a tobacco store in a Gulfport mall to buy smokes and struck up a conversation with the kid working behind the counter. "He was like this real cool, hip, indie sorta character," Sanford explains, "and he ended up turning me on to people like Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine, Neutral Milk Hotel. That's kind of how it all started." His parents were wary of encouraging their son's budding interest. "They wanted to keep me in this tiny bubble," Sanford explains.

Sanford would stay up late at night, teaching himself how to play the guitar his father had given him. He certainly had plenty to write about. Just a few months earlier, Sanford's relationship with Emily Sholes had come to an end, and the heartbreak of that separation powered most of his early songs. At the same time, a childhood friend of Sanford's, Barry Pribyl Jr., had just moved back to Mississippi from Michigan, and his mother suggested he get in touch with his old friend soon after their return.
"At the time, I was into metal," Pribyl says. "So I went to this open mic night, and Jason was playing this honky-tonk stuff. I remember thinking, 'What the hell is this?'"

But the best friendships are built on compromise and the more Pribyl and Sanford started playing together, the more a specific sound started to emerge – one that blended a ragged bar-rock attitude of bands like Uncle Tupelo with a few mild nods toward the iconoclastic end of contemporary country, like Jamey Johnson. Their core in place, Pribyl and Sanford soon began looking to expand their lineup. "Jason started an open mic night at a wine bar," Pribyl said. "From there, we'd invite 10 or 15 people to come with us out to this abandoned house and we'd just jam. We sort of hand-picked the band from there." 

In the kind of romantic twist all great rock stories require, one of them was Jason's old flame Emily Sholes. Another was Jennifer Flint, whose fiery vocals serve as a scorching counterbalance to Sanford's down-home croon. "I first met Jason in 2006," says Flint. "He was in one of his first bands, and I honestly just fell in love with the way he wrote." Local attention inspired the band to enroll in a Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by Hard Rock, which they handily won, and they soon flew out to Los Angeles to work on their debut with acclaimed producer Greg Collins (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt) at The Nook Studio.

The results are spellbinding. They turn Blur's "Tender" into a rousing, gospel-informed hymn, and work similar magic on their own compositions: "Time to Begin," the first song Sanford, Pribyl and Flint wrote together, hip-swivels like something off Exile on Main Street; the trembling, minor-key vocal melody of "El Luna" recalls both Elliott Smith and Abbey Road-era Beatles and "Woe is Me" is a rollicking country stomp in the vein of Steve Earle. "I was trying to write a real Depression Era-style country song," Sanford explains, "and so I tried to put myself in the mindset of what people back then were going through." Though it began as an attempt to channel the loose rootsiness of Old Crow Medicine Show, the result is a barnburner – a big, raucous number with a booming backbeat and deep-fried electric guitar. Whether loud and rowdy or quiet and contemplative, Rosco Bandana balance both extremes perfectly.

"It might sound cliché," Pribyl says, "but we're just these humble, good ol', down-to-earth Mississippi people. And when we play live, you can just see in our faces the joy of music."

"I want people to feel like they know us," says Flint. "I want them to feel like they can relate."

"I hope people get something honest out of our music," says Sanford. "I hope they're able to feel something, and to empathize with it when they hear the lyrics." He pauses, becoming momentarily philosophical. "You know, life and death is in the power of the tongue. And I want to put out music that's going to heal people."

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