Showing posts with label Beat Kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beat Kitchen. Show all posts

Thursday, November 8, 2018

INCOMING: The Skatalites and More at Chicago's Beat Kitchen Friday, November 9th, 2018

Chi,IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

This Friday I'll be ChiILin' at Chi, IL's Beat Kitchen, covering The Skatalites for ChiIL Live Shows. Their Chicago show is officially sold out, so check back soon for our recap.


The Skatalites are Jamaica's premier ska band since 1964 who backed artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day. Their infectious brand of bluesy,jazzy ska spread like wildfire around the island and spawned the entire genres of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, two-tone, and 3rd wave ska. The tiny island of Jamaica has probably had more effect on music globally than any other country or place in the world, and The Skatalites were the pioneers of the music that originally caused this. 

The original lineup lasted only 14 months but recorded thousands of tunes, some of which are still being discovered in the archives today. Although the group broke up in 1965, the members remained active in the evolution of Jamaican popular music as it increased in popularity. After hearing about the resurgence of interest in their music they reunited in 1983 to perform at Jamaica's famed Sunsplash festival. Subsequently in 1986 they migrated to the USA and began performing and touring all over the world as they continue to do now after 52 years in the music business. 

Despite changes in personnel over the years, the band has continued to stay viable in the market, recording and performing at some of the world's largest festivals and has been nominated twice for The Grammys. Their most recent recording "Platinum Ska" features some tracks with Lloyd Knibb , the original drummer who passed away in 2011 and was widely regarded as the creator of the ska beat as well as the "onedrop" rhythm that is the foundation of most reggae music. Also on some tracks is original alto sax man Lester Sterling who is still active but no longer touring regularly with the band. Original vocalist Doreen Shaffer contributes a vocal track on this cd and continues leading the band on it's path as it continues it's great legacy bringing joy to fans, old and new, all over the world. 


Click the image to view legendary members

Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Tony DaCosta, Rupert Dillon , Don Drummond, Joseph " Lord Tanamo" Gordon, Jerome "Jah Jerry" Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat Roy "Jackie" Mittoo, John " Dizzy Johnny" Moore, Jackie Opel, Doreen Shaffer, Lester Sterling.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

FEST ALERT: 9th Annual Wicker Park Green Music Fest 6/10 & 11

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 10 & 11, 2017

Dozens of eco-friendly vendors include Beat Kitchen, Smoke Daddy, Greenheart Shop, Rebuilding Exchange and Chicago Bicycle Ambassadors

Craft beer from presenting sponsor Lagunitas Brewing Company

JD McPherson, Lucero and July Talk headline weekend music stages

This weekend ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows will be ChiILin' at the ninth annual Green Music Fest. Besides great tunes, this eco-friendly fest cuts the clutter with a reusable stainless-steel cup for a $10 donation. They also feature an adopt-a-tree program and ladybug release among other family friendly green activities. The fest is easy to access from the blue line "L" and features plenty of bike parking. Check it out!

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Subterranean are thrilled to announce the final lineup of vendors and sponsors for Chicago’s award-winning Green Music Fest. Vendors include local restaurants Beat Kitchen and Smoke Daddy in addition to eco-friendly retailers such as Greenheart Shop and Green Diaper Babies. Previously announced headliners for Chicago’s award-winning Green Music Fest are R&B rocker JD McPherson, alt-country rock group Lucero and Canadian alternative rock band July Talk.

Green Music Fest takes place June 10 and 11, 2017, from 12-10 p.m. daily in the heart of Wicker Park on Damen Ave. between Schiller St. and North Ave. A $10 donation at admission awards attendees the “Refill Don’t Landfill” reusable stainless-steel cup to enjoy at the festival. Attendees are encouraged to arrive on foot or bicycle to minimize their environmental impact. For more information and programming updates, visit

Now in its ninth consecutive year, Green Music Fest embraces environmentally-conscious and green technologies like its pedal-powered stage, where attendees pedal stationary bicycles to power amps, guitars, spotlights and more. Bright Beat returns to lead the festival’s eco education and sustainability programming. Bartlett Tree Experts will present a live release of 100,000 ladybugs into the local ecosphere, and again sponsor the festival’s adopt-a-tree program for attendees.

In addition to live music stages and a variety of Lagunitas brews, Green Music Fest showcases innovative green vendors and products, along with the return of Pet Fest & Kids Fest areas where kids with and without paws can enjoy demonstrations, crafts, games and more. This year’s vendors include: 360 Active Recovery, Alive Rescue and Redstone Meadery, Anokhi Green, Artenimai, Atomic Ion Bands, Awareness Coalition, Baizaar, Bart's Bees, Beat Kitchen, Bodhi Tree Mehndi, Canine Crews, Carhartt, Cevapcici, Chicago 350, Chicago Bicycle Ambassadors, Chicago Public Library, Chicatolia, Christi Ahee Ceramics, ChiroOne, Dark Matter Coffee, Doggy Style, Drawn With Fire, Earth Creations, Factory Farming, Firecakes Donuts, Galaxy Pink LLC, Getaround, Green Diaper Babies, Greenheart Shop, Integrative Pet Care/Premier Veterinary Group, Jamie Handbags, Joanna G Jewelry, Kevita, Liberation Press, Lincoln Apparel, Lymelite Studio, Maria's Sweaters, Mediterranean Express, Mistura Timepieces, Neglected Renderings, North & Hudson, OurMusicMyBody, Physician's Immediate Care, Powers Handcrafted Jewelry, Rebuilding Exchange, Rip It Energy (Nation Beverage Corp), Smile For Humanity, Smoke Daddy, SolidVirtuality LLC, Sorry, Steaz, Tom's Shoes, TW Wholesale, Zero Motorcycles of Countryside.

2017 sponsors include: 360 Active Recovery, Absolut Vodka, Alive Rescue, Altos Tequila, Backpack Wine, Carhartt, ChiroOne, GetAround, Green Sheep, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kevita, Launitas Brewing Company, RedStone Meade, RipIt Energy Drink, Staez Iced Tea, Tom’s Shoes. Organizations supporting with in-kind sponsorships include: Bartlett Tree Experts, Chainlinks, Dark Matter Coffee, WXRT.

About the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce serves as a cornerstone of the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial districts, advancing the financial goals of neighborhood businesses through the creation of a dynamic economic climate, increasing the neighborhood's visibility and viability, and encouraging profitable relationships within the community. The Chamber administers the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area (SSA) #33, guided by a Commission of SSA stakeholders who serve on active committees. For more information, please visit

About Subterranean
The iconic Wicker Park live music venue, Subterranean, brings the very best of local and national talent. Focusing on the direct message of serving up a diverse catalogue of genres, this three-story venue has aided the masses from Chicago to the surrounding areas in the very same location throughout two decades. Subterranean has been curating festivals, bringing the music to the streets of Wicker Park, for over a decade. For more information and an events calendar visit

About Bright Beat
Bright Beat is a project management and sustainability consultancy that provides leadership in the development and management of environmental and social sustainability programs. From assessment and strategy to implementation and promotion, Bright Beat partners (and the planet) reap the benefits of improved efficiency and conservation, while educating and engaging the public. Since 2010, Bright Beat programs have led to the donation, repurposing, recycling and composting of over 1,500 tons of material that would’ve otherwise been destined for the landfill. Since 2012, Bright Beat has spearheaded Green Music Fest’s sustainability programming. Learn more at

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Yakuza and Beak LIVE at Beat Kitchen's 25th Anniversary Party 10/19/15

Here's a full version slide show of our LIVE show shots, a short video recap and some of our favorite shots below. 



Like what you hear? Check out their respective sites here for upcoming gigs, purchasing info and more. Chicago's metal scene is insane. 

Beat Kitchen

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

INCOMING: Dunn Dunn Fest #2 THIS Weekend

Harmonica Dunn’s Dunn Dunn Fest 
is Back THIS Weekend!

You might be done done with Winter madness, but a bit of Dunn Dunn Fest will have you grinnin' again.  We've marked ChiIL Live Shows' must sees below.

DUNN DUNN FEST – 2014 - “3 Nights. 4 Venues. Celebrating American Music”
Dunn Dunn Fest 2013 was such a great success, that they're back at it again this year.
Over 700 people attended the inaugural Dunn Dunn Fest! 
A limited amount of 3-Day passes are now on sale for only $30! Save $20 and gain access to all 4 shows.

MOON TAXI will headline Dunn Dunn Fest 2014 on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at Subterranean.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at Tonic Room w/ TRISTEN, CHICAGO FARMER, and RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON
**ChiIL Picks List:  Friday, February 21st, 2014 at The Hideout w/ *MARTIN VAN RUIN, THE WHISKEY GENTRY, & MICHELE MCGUIRE

**ChiIL Picks List:  Friday, February 21st, 2014 at Beat Kitchen w/ the SOIL & the SUN*GREAT DIVIDE and SAFE HAVEN

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at Subterranean w/ MOON TAXI, DANIEL ELLSWORTH & THE GREAT LAKES and SANTAH | GET TICKETS 

Interested in volunteering with Dunn Dunn Fest?

Click here for the full fest site.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

INCOMING: The Damn Choir at Beat Kitchen (21+) #indie folk

Before heading to Brooklyn to to record with Bryce Goggin (The Ramones, Akron Family, Antony and the Johnsons), The Damn Choir will support The Western and Model Stranger at Beat Kitchen on Friday, March 29th.

Chicago indie folk band The Damn Choir have a busy few months ahead.

The Damn Choir, which features former members of Catfish Haven and Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, will share a bill with The Western and Model Stranger at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont in Chicago, on Friday, March 29 and will be joined by beloved guitarist "Otis the Bearded Angel."

House Call Entertainment, Inc. Presents!!
The Western
/ Model Stranger / The Damn Choir / Bullet Called Life
Friday, Mar 29, 2013 9:00 PM CDT (8:30 PM Doors)
Beat Kitchen
, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

The band has been demoing new material in Chicago (to follow up 2012's critically acclaimed You're My Secret Called Fire) and are planning on recording with producer/engineer Bryce Goggin this spring in Brooklyn.

Click here for advanced tickets.

Click here for ChiIL Live Shows past coverage including live show shots of The Damn Choir. 

Check out The Damn Choir's main site here.

If you read our fam friendly sister site, ChiIL Mama, we mention Beat Kitchen just about every week.   We're press sponsor for Beat Kitchen's Concerts for Kids Series, an acclaimed weekly showcase of kindie (kids' indie) bands in many genres.   We shoot live show video and stills there frequently, and give away free tickets to every kids' concert.   If you have rock tots, little folk, or punk kin from birth to 10, check it out.   We have a ton of ticket giveaways and rockin' original content.   

Sunday, December 2, 2012

CHI, IL Live Shows on Our Radar Today & Down for the Count


We'll be there this afternoon and have a full review for you up shortly.  For more info click here for Black Ensemble Theater's Main Site.

The Other Cinderella

Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center,
4450 N. Clark Street, Chicago

November 29 – January 13, 2012 

Schedule:                     Wed & Thurs:               7:30 p.m.
                                    Friday:                         8:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday:                     3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday:                       3:00 p.m.
Location:                     Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street.
                                    Valet parking is available.

Ticket prices:  $55 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday matinees; and $65 on Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sunday matinees. A 10% discount is available for students, seniors, and groups.  Preview tickets are $45.00

Box Office:                   

Buy online at or call (773) 769-4451

CHI, IL Live Shows on Our Radar Today:   Boogers at Beat Kitchen--noon

Boogers CD release show at Beat Kitchen's Concerts for Kids (**Starting tomorrow-check in with ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows for our ChiILPicks Holidaze 12 Days of Giveaways--where you can fill your gift list with hundreds of dollars worth of great gift picks for FREE.   We'll be including the brand new Boogers CD and a bunch of kindie favs, video games, books, toys, classes and more!) 

Down for the Count:

It's cold & flu season, ya know.   Apologies to our readers, but sometimes the Mama hat has to come before the ChiIL hat.   Click the links below for our past coverage.   We still gave you the heads up, but had to cancel our in person coverage of the following:

Monday, September 24, 2012

CHI, IL LIVE SHOWS ON OUR RADAR: Brick + Mortar at Beat Kitchen

"These guys will hit you like a delightful ton of bricks" - NYLON Magazine

"Exuberant... diligently rowdy" -Earmilk

"Their live show is an interactive frenzy and it seems like the buzz on this band is so strong that in my weathered opinion, a monster deal with a major label seems to be right around the corner." -The Aquarian

BRICK + MORTAR Announce Fall US Tour 
With Austin's Quiet Company

Photo credit: Dan Feeny
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"We are not for the faint of heart. I call us an experience 'cause that's what a BRICK + MORTAR show is." Clearly Brick + Mortar's Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) is not one to shy away from making a statement. But this should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the unconventional Asbury Park, NJ-based indie rock duo whose brash, gritty, whip-smart sound foregoes guitar in favor of bass, drums, and electronic samples and a live show that's been described as an "interactive frenzy". Now the band is preparing to take their experience on the road as they embark on a fall US tour with Austin's Quiet Company (tour dates below).

"Shows played and inspiration gained are the best part of touring," muses Asraf. He continues, "At Brick + Mortar shows the audience is part of the band. That's what makes playing each show uniquely exciting and inspiring. Brick + Mortar shows are a party. We will give you 100% every time because we truly love what we do. Hopefully you give us 100% back. " The tour sees the band heading West and then returning to traverse the Northeast from mid-October to early November.
Video: Brick + Mortar Fall Tour 2012 w/ Quiet Company
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Asraf and bandmate John Tacon(drums, electronic samples, vocals) formed Brick + Mortar in 2010 to immediate critical buzz that's now rapidly approaching fever pitch, no doubt buoyed along by the excellent video for their song "Bangs" which premiered on this summer. The song's bass hits like a massive punch to the face and the narrative of the ultra-violent accompanying video, inspired by the life of Asraf's father, is likely one of the more brutal stories you've ever bore witness to. "This video opened the door for us to be more than a band. People seem to wait for that song to sing their hearts out at shows," explains Asraf of the impact the single has had on the band. "Bangs" was released on Mad Dragon Records as part of Motion City Soundtrack's Making Moves series, where the band featured their personal favorite rising artists in special 7" releases.

Aside from touring Brick + Mortar will also be busy with several other projects this fall, including putting out a fully animated music video created by artist Richie Brown and focusing on writing for their debut full length. "The goal is to make our album an audio/visual experience. I feel like the songs I am working with are my best yet. We are ready to make a full-length record," says Asraf, obviously energized about future possibilities. And well he should be, for a band that has generated this much attention without even releasing a full length, this tour is the perfect opportunity to get the intense, captivating Brick + Mortar experience yourself.

10/21 - Rochester, NY @ Dubland Underground
10/23 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
10/24 - Akron, OH @ Musica 
10/25 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/26 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/28 - St. Louis, MO @ Ciceros
10/30 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
10/31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose (Upstairs)
11/01 - Washington, DC @ Backstage @ Black Cat
11/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
11/03 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
11/04 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East

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