Showing posts with label Brilliant Corners. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brilliant Corners. Show all posts

Monday, October 1, 2012

Act Out: Save The Date--Gentleman's Rule 11-13th to 25th Only

Gentleman's Rule

We dig the exciting, new, tent performance space--Riverfront Theater.   Original home to Broadway in Chicago's Peter Pan, it's now slated to become a permanent performance space.   So far, we've recently seen La Soiree and Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement.   Both shows put the tent space to great use.     Check out some of our Brilliant Corners shots here.   We have lots more to come including live show shots of John Cale, Zola Jesus and El Circo Cheapo!    Check out our La Soiree review here.


Limited engagement runs
November 13-25, 2012

Riverfront Theater, Chicago’s newest entertainment destination presents the new Chicago-based a cappella group Gentleman’s Rule—produced by Dan Ponce, creator of Straight No Chaser, and Charlie Blum, executive producer of Under The Streetlamp.  Performances run November 13 – 25, 2012 at Riverfront Theater, located at 650 W. Chicago Avenue, just east of Halsted Street.  

Tickets, $39-$69, for the two-week, limited engagement of Gentleman’s Rule on sale NOW at the Riverfront Theater box office, 650 W. Chicago Ave,; and through Ticketmaster, or 888.556.9484.

The men of Gentleman’s Rule have been working hard in the studio and on stage to prepare for the launch of their debut album, which will be released during the Riverfront Theater run.  Their album will include music made popular by David Guetta, Bob Marley, Nelly, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, B.o.B., Gavin DeGraw, Wild Cherry, One Republic, Peter Gabriel, Jake Owen, The Script, Outkast, plus 2 original songs.   Prior to headlining in Chicago, Gentleman’s Rule will tour with Under the Streetlamp--the hit vocal group and former cast of Jersey Boys.
The members of Gentleman’s Rule are: TJ Breen (Tenor 2); Corey Frye (Tenor 1), Drew Kipfer (Bass), Will Lockhart (Baritone), Brent Mann (Tenor 2), Luke Mechling (Bass), Andrew Morstein (Tenor 1), Holland Nightenhelser (Tenor 2), Jasper Smith (Baritone) and Jesse Townes (Tenor 1).  The group’s vocal arrangements are written and produced by Dan Ponce and Deke Sharon.

“Their energy is contagious and their talent is world-class,” says Ponce. “The run at Riverfront Theater is the perfect way to debut this incredible group of voices—and introduce the first album, which is scheduled for release on November 13.  Fans of all ages can expect an unforgettable show featuring amazing soloists backed up by breath-taking harmony.  I am counting the days until opening night.”

The performance schedule for Gentleman’s Rule is:
Tuesday, November 13                          7:30pm
Wednesday, November 14                      7:30pm
Thursday, November 15                         7:30pm
Friday, November 16                              8:00pm
Saturday, November 17                          5:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18                            3:00pm and 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 20                           7:30pm
Wednesday, November 21                       2:00pm
          Thursday, November 22                         Thanksgiving, no show 
          Friday, November 23                             2:00pm and 8:00pm
          Saturday, November 24                         5:00pm and 8:00pm
                    Sundays, November 25                          3:00pm and 7:00pm.

Parking is located on Chicago Avenue, next door to venue with direct access to show.  Additional parking is located at 811 N. Larabee and 950 N. Kingsbury.

Charlie Blum (Producer) is a show business veteran who holds many titles in the music industry: manager, promoter and current president/CEO of the Star Plaza Theatre, one of America’s premier concert facilities. Throughout his distinguished career he has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. Charlie also manages the new hit vocal group Under The Streetlamp and as executive producer, launched their top-rated television special on PBS stations coast-to-coast.

Dan Ponce (Producer) is known to a cappella fans around the world as the founder, first music director, and former member of the hit band Straight No Chaser. He composed and arranged many of SNC’s most popular songs. Dan has spent the last year writing new repertoire for Gentleman’s Rule.  Dan is also well known in the Chicago media market. He is a reporter/anchor for WGN-TV and a talk show host on WLS Radio (890).

The Riverfront Theater is Chicago’s newest destination for music, theater, dance, spectacles and more. Audiences were first introduced to the venue last summer, during the successful 16-week run of Peter Pan, and again this summer with the critically acclaimed La Soiree.  All performances take place in the 22,000 square-foot, temperature-controlled tented theatre situated by the scenic Chicago River. Alongside the performance venue is River’s Edge, a pavilion tent and promenade area overlooking the Chicago River, where patrons can enjoy refreshments while taking in the view from this urban garden oasis.

The Riverfront Theater is located at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Streets, easily accessible for those driving in or via public transportation.  Additional programming will be announced soon.   

Friday, September 21, 2012

Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement is HERE

ChiIL Live Shows Shots--El Circo Cheapo--Brilliant Corners 2011

Check out Brilliant Corners main site here for advanced 2012 tickets and more info.

"Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements" happens this weekend, September 21-23 at the new Riverfront Theater at 650 W. Chicago.   Mike "Pitchfork" Reed's Brilliant baby is in it's 3rd year and a less ambitious set up this time around.   Still, 2012 makes up for quality what it lacks over 2011's quantity.

John Cale
Zola Jesus
Late Comedy Show (FREE), 10 p.m.
Seaton Smith
Drew Michael
Megan Gailey
Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee

El Circo Cheapo
Conor Oberst
Van Dyke Parks
Late Comedy Show (FREE) , 10 p.m.
Jon H. Benjamin
James Fritz
The Puerbaugh Sisters
Hosted by Brian Babylon

Bobby Womack
Helado Negro

Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements
returns with its third fall showcase.

This event is being held at the new Riverfront Theater (650 W. Chicago) September 21-23.
With a vaudevillian approach, Brilliant Corners unites stylistically disparate forms of entertainment under one tent. This year’s incarnation packs the days with late-afternoon circus, evening musical performances, and late-night comedy revues.


Each evening, Brilliant Corners showcases original musical voices from across genres, featuring performances by legendary and ground-breaking artists. See the full schedule.

Late Night Comedy

Late nights after the music, the Brilliant Corners stage will be handed over to comedians. This portion of the event is FREE. See details aboutFriday and Saturday’s shows.

Matinee Circus

Saturday afternoon El Circo Cheapo, Chicago’s very own collection of world-class circus performers, presents innovative circus performances. Read more.

We're particularly stoked to see Dizzy Lizzy and 

Brian P. Daley--our kids aerial arts and juggling teachers at CircEsteem.

Monday, September 17, 2012

El Circo Cheapo at Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements 9/22

Check out our past, photo filled coverage of Brilliant Corners 2011 right here.   Click here our full original review/feature.

We've been active in the circus arts community for the past few years as our kids are on CircEsteem's pre-team and are learning aerial arts, Chinese Pole, clowning, juggling, unicycle, and more.    We've reviewed numerous circus shows for ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows are avid supporters of as much local Chi-town circus as possible.   El Circo Cheapo are some of our favs.   Quite a few of our kids' teachers are involved.     

Then get out this weekend and see them live, in the big tent.  Riverfront Theater--one of our favorite theater spaces in the city--is the now to be permanent tent of Peter Pan and La Soiree Cabaret fame.   

El Circo Cheapo at Brilliant Corners!

This Saturday only!
Come check us out in the big tent!
Saturday, Sept 22, 5-6
We love performing in tents, and you love when you get to sit in a chair for only $10! That's right...chair seats for $10! Wooo hooo!

Come check out some of the best acts of El Circo Cheapo Cabaret (and Crockett's very last show with us anywhere...sob!), all hosted by the very hilarious Adam Burke! Yes, THAT Adam Burke!

There's really not a lot more to say about it. It's going to be totally awesome, totally fun, and totally early in the day, so set your alarm clocks for 1PM, get some brunch, and head to the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement to see some "intents" circus. HA HA HA...get it?

Riverfront Theater is at Chicago Ave and the River. Big white tent. Can't miss it.

Tickets here. Now.
"The ability to let go and be enthralled by a Brilliant moment of entertainment or spectacle is at the heart of human experience. At every Corner of the globe, people come together to enjoy the most Popular and more obscure forms of human Amusements."

Don't miss the Putterbaugh Sisters, doing alate night comedy set at the Festival, Friday night!

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