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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

PLAY LOCALLY: ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar Tonight Through Friday

There's plenty of music and theatre openings this week around Chi-town.   Fall is the perfect season to get out and see shows.   Here are our top picks this week.

TONIGHT Tuesday, 10/9 

Adam Ashbach (music 21+/ $5-$8/Double Door)

After a period of relative quiet, Adam Ashbach (ex-band leader of Lollapalooza vets Musical Outfits) will make his return to the Chicago stage with a show at Double Door on Oct. 9 (supporting local garage poppers Jonny Rumble)

Check out all the details here at Double Door's main site.

Check out Adam's FB page here. 

After living in Brooklyn for a short time to pursue the artist’s dream, Adam Ashbach came home to Chicago in 2008 and recorded the well-received EP Puzzle Pieces at CRC and Studio Ballistico.

After playing only a few shows in support of the EP, Ashbach then took time off to reflect on life and everything other than music. But once again the music bug has bit and brought him back to familiar territory. He fell right back into Tim Sandusky's Studio Ballistico to collaborate on new music with all new musicians save for Jason Angelilli (his bass player and friend from grade school), who has become a stalwart writing companion.

Joining Adam and Jason in the studio, and rounding out the live show, is Neal O'Hara, Reid Muchow and Taras Horalewskyj. These talented musicians can be found playing out in multiple bands on any given night in Chicago. Their contagious desire has rubbed off on Ashbach. Eager to release his newest EP, Too Much Left To Write, Adam brought years of experience and what he likes to call "getting old" to the studio. For this go around, Adam is happy to be playing music for the joy leaving behind the drama of old bands and he is reveling in what is happening right now.

Wednesday, 10/10

Black Watch (theatre) at Broadway Armory.  National Theatre of Scotland in conjunction with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Nick Waterhouse (R & B music) at Lincoln Hall

ChiIL Live Shows will be there shooting stills.   This should be one sweet show you won't want to miss.  21+

Wednesday, October 10 2012
9:00 PM | 21+

  • Bio
    Nick Waterhouse is the New Breed – An R&B fanatic who combines an uncanny old-school sensibility with a charged, contemporary style. At just 25, He joins the ranks of a growing cabale of similar acts and producers of recent times – Mark Ronson, Mayer Hawthorne, the Daptone Crew et al – that are all moving forward into the past, yet all quite different. For Waterhouse, his muse is the over-modulated sound of vintage R&B, and his take on such a time-honored tradition evokes the back-alley thrill of New Orleans, Detroit and Memphis in their heyday. He combines an astute attention to detail with an honest desire to match the emotional impact of the music that inspires him.
    When asked to pinpoint the sound or style he strives for, Nick Waterhouse simply shrugs and responds, “American music. And I know that’s pretty general, but it is what it is. I have spent so much of my life immersed in this stuff, because I wanted to figure it out, [yet] all I figured out was that there was no plan.” In other words, whatever musical style Nick may choose to espouse, it’s not done because someone else did it, but done for the same reason someone else did it. “To me, [the music I play] is not a ‘type’ of music,” he emphasizes; “it IS music. The records I listen to ARE music. A record is a moment in time, and something recorded in 1955 is the same as something recorded in 2010.” Growing up in the Southern California, Waterhouse eschewed his surroundings and found emotional authenticity in the vintage wax of Ray Charles, Roy Head, Little Willie John and the whole panoply of American music, where feel so often trumps technique. After the sold out release of his own self-produced 45, the raunchy ‘Some Place’, and a string of exciting shows with his live group The Tarots, Nick went to work on his forthcoming full-length for Innovative Leisure – continuing an undeniably raw and rhythmic take on American music.
    His approach to production – entirely vintage analog equipment, open-reel tape machines, lacquer cutting machines, and even hand letter-pressed labels – has left a few fans wondering where and when he comes from; Long-lost deadstock Rhythm & Blues artifact? White or Black? New or old? It’s a fitting recall to the days of early Rock & Roll, when rhythms crossed the tracks and no-one was quite sure WHAT or WHO this music was. As LA Record bears witness, “You’ve gotta be one kind of maniac to produce like this, and a whole other kind to shout like this, and an even more frightening kind to make the first two maniacs work together. Nick pulling this all off simultaneously means preternatural powers in play”
    Career Highlights
    Current Tours
    Tue 10/09/12
    Allah-Las, Richie Wohlfeil
    Wed 10/10/12
    Allah-Las, DJ Misa
    Thu 10/11/12
    Allah-Las, Mike 2600
    Sun 10/14/12
    Allah-Las, Gred Vandy
    Mon 10/15/12
    Allah-Las, DJ Yogoman
    Tue 10/16/12
    Allah-Las, Jonny Grayston (of the East Van Soul Club)
    Wed 10/17/12
    Allah-Las, DJ Beyonda
    Sat 10/20/12
    San Francisco
    Allah-Las, DJ Primo
    Sun 10/21/12
    Los Angeles
    Allah-Las, Aquarium Drunkard/Light In The Attic
    Fri 11/02/12

    Mon 11/05/12
    Santa Fe Brewing Company
    Santa Fe

    Wed 11/07/12
    San Diego

Thursday 10/11

The Luck of Eden Hall at The Burlington
only $5 suggested donation

Rocket Miner | The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen, Denmark) | The Luck of Eden Hall

doors 9pm
Click here for The Burlington's main site
The Burlington is at Fullerton and Kimball in Logan Square


  • ChiIL Live Shows will be there for opening night and we'll have a full review up shortly.

October 12th - November 10th , 2012

Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS

By examining and bringing together (in a dream-like way) the narratives of the assassinations and attempted assassinations of the US presidents during our national history, Composer Stephen Sondheim weaves together the pain that lies just beneath the surface of American consciousness – the pain of alienation, regret, and failure to achieve the “American Dream”. But in the end, who is responsible for that failure? Ourselves? Our Parents? Our Society? Our President?

And yet, in all this darkness there lies just the glimmer of hope. Each of these individuals, pushed by themselves and unseen forces to commit desperate and despicable acts, contain within them a certain sense of innocence. Buried deep in these stories is an overwhelming heart – yes, Assassins is a love story, oddly enough. A story about men and women so desperate to be heard and validated, so desperate to find love that they would do anything to get it – in a way, to achieve their manifest destiny. What’s more American than that?

Mixing dark humor with unforgettable musical numbers, and strong showcase roles for our talented cast of character actors, this show will be a wonderful way to get in the mood for the 2012 election season, no matter what your politics are!

For questions and box office issues, please contact:
(312) 212-3470 
Running time: Approximately 90 minutes 

Tickets - $45  

Local reggae crew Akasha will be supporting Hawaii’s The Green @ Bottom Lounge on Friday, Oct. 12. (17+)

Click here for all the Akasha details on Bottom Lounge's home page.

Click here for Akasha's Main Site

Friday, June 8, 2012

Play Locally-Events Round Up Friday Through Sunday

 Moe-Summer Camp Music Festival

My kids are still in school mode till
the middle of next week, so we're wrapping up final projects, photographing the end of the year picnic, school
film fest--90 Second Newbery Fest,  moving up to 4th grade luncheon, and making final teacher thank you cards & gifts.

But weather's summertime and the livin' is easy.....unless you live in Chicago and there are too many great happenings to choose from!!    Here are a few of ChiIL Mama's favs for this week:


click the above link for CHICAGO BLUES
 A Celebration of Blues
Past and Present 

The 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival , the world’s largest FREE
blues fest, will be held in Grant Park on
June 8-10 (Fri-Sun).
The Fest’s theme will be “A Celebration of Blues Past and
Present” and will feature tributes to blues legends we have lost last
year, including Pinetop Perkins, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin,
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Mojo Buford. There will also be a number of
city sponsored blues music events outside of Grant Park before and
during the festival.

This fam friendly, multicultural (check out Swedish traditional maypole dances), music and art filled bash is one of our favorites we've been frequenting for years.   Check it out.
Midsommarfest is Andersonville's annual summer street festival, now
entering its 47th year. Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark
Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids'
entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell
their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge
bands keep the party going.

We are very excited to announce that this year’s 47th annual Midsommarfest street festival will kick off on Friday evening, June 8th with a special performance by 16 Candles!
This opening night celebration will take place on Clark Street between
Balmoral and Catalpa Avenues beginning at 5:00 pm, and will also feature
food from some of your favorite local restaurants and of course cold
beer and sangria.

Printer's Row Lit Fest

Book geek fun for the whole family.   We love this fest and try to swing by every year.    Loads of author book signings, a fun kids area, music and more....

It's a date....a command....a rockin' Portland band!

March Fourth & Jonas Friddle at Martyr's Friday 6/8

We've been promoting this one, but today's the day.   Click the link above for full show details, March Fourth video and more.   Come early to see Chi-Town favs Jonas Friddle at 9:30.   Can't wait to shoot tonight.   March Fourth goes on around 11pm. 

Act Out-Local Theatre:  

Rock of Ages Opening

This week we had the great pleasure of checkin' out opening night of Broadway in Chicago's Rock of Ages in the intimate Broadway Playhouse space at Watertower Place.   The kids adored it!   Best swag.....lighter shaped flashlights for audience participation on the arena rock ballads without the burnt fingers!   Check out our prior coverage here. We'll have a new review up in the very near future.

Just Opened:   We're also hoping to duck by Lookingglass to review Eastland (playing through 7/29) and Steppenwolf in the very near future.

Here's the closing/opening scoop from League of Chicago Theatres show openings 

*on our go see list

*reviews coming soon at ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows

show openings
Almost an Evening - Circle Theatre

*The Circus Princess - Chicago Folks Operetta

Dancing Queen - Riverfront Theater

Exit, Pursued by a Bear - Theatre Seven of Chicago

*Go Go Power Rangers: A Mighty Morphin Burlesque - Gorilla Tango Theatre

*Gotham City - DCA Theater-We'll be there for opening night tonight and have a full review for you shortly

*Hank Williams: Lost Highway - Filament Theatre Ensemble

Immediate Family - Goodman Theatre

*Next Up: The Glass Menagerie - Steppenwolf Garage Theatre

*Next Up: Life and Limb - Steppenwolf Garage Theatre

*Next Up: South of Settling - Steppenwolf Garage Theatre

*Rock of Ages - Broadway Playhouse

*Sketchbook: Reincarnate - Collaboraction

show closings:
Camelot - Light Opera Works

Elephant's Graveyard - Red Tape Theatre

Hostage Song - Signal Ensemble Theatre

Hostage Song at Signal Ensemble Theatre
Kin - Griffin Theatre

The March - Steppenwolf Theatre

Peter Pan's Shadow: Part 2 Everland - Dream Theatre

Pride and Prejudice - Lifeline Theatre

tick, tick...BOOM! - Porchlight Music Theatre

*Timon of Athens - Chicago Shakespeare Theater-highly recommended!   The acting is phenomenal and cuts to the quick.   Timon of Athens is a searing, soul and body baring look at what is truly important, how money changes things, and how to truly see who your friends are.   The sets are astounding--transforming from sleek and minimalist to a breathtakingly realistic seascape.   This is a must see!    Closing 6/10.

The Whole World Is Watching - Dog and Pony Theatre Company

Special ticket offer
Luna Negra Dance Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., is offering discounted $22 tickets to Luna Nueva on Jun 7-10, 2012. This festival of three new works by Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater (LNDT) is choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, LNDT artistic director; Mónica Cervantes Rodriguez, LNDT dancer and choreographer; and guest artist Diana Szeinblum. Offer limited two per customer. Purchase tickets by calling the MCA Box Office, 312.397.4010 and use the promo code LOCT.


Bike-In Movie Theater: Talking Heads: Chronology

Classic concert film Talking Heads: Chronology screens tonight at 8:30pm outdoors at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, as part of its Bike-In Movie Theater programmed by The Logan Square International Film Series. Free. 21+

 *Thanks to Gaper's Block for the film heads up.    How can ya beat Talking Heads, Hideout, Bikes and Movies.....all in the same place?!   Where's that like button?

Chic-A-Go-Go 800th Taping:
Wanna BE the show instead of just SEE the show?   We adore Chic-A-Go-Go. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012
12:00 PM to

Chicago Access Corporation

322 S Green St # 100, Chicago, IL


CHIC-A-GO-GO #800 TAPING JUNE 9th Noon-3pm
WE ARE TAPING OUR 800th EPISODE!!! Can you believe it! We have super
special guests, the return of the Fantasy Dance, and some genuinely
special AWESOME surprises (that will shock and amaze you)!

50 year Chicago nightclub veteran MR. LEE performing his ultra-rare 45 “Love and Happiness!”
Amazing Chicago outsider/insider genius WILLIS EARL BEAL!
15-year old wunderkind KATE DIAZ!
San Diego electro-kooks HOT NERDS!
And some super surprises!!!

The taping takes place at the Chicago Access Network Studios, located
at 322 S. Green St. (one block west of Halsted, half block north of Van
There is free and metered street parking and some low cost lots in
the neighborhood, but we are also very accessible by public
transportation, as the Halsted bus stops near us and the Blue Line’s
UIC-Halsted stop is only a block and half from the studio.

Dress casual or wear a costume, it's up to you! No invitations or
reservations needed, everyone is welcome, bring your friends! Bring
kids! Bring your friends’ kids!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Play Locally-April Highlights: Theatre Openings, Music and #Giveaways

It's an eventful, event filled April in Chi-Town. 

Scroll All The Way Down For A Month Full of Adult & Family Friendly Highlights Below Including 21+ punk & metal shows, Ticket Give Aways, original video interviews, live kids' show footage, Beat Kitchen Concerts for Kids, Bloodiest vinyl release, C2E2, CIMMfest 2012, Human Nature The Motown Show, 20 FREE copies of Just Kids book by Patti Smith, Prong, recommended bands at Cobra
Lounge & Empty Bottle, Reggies, Schubas, & Sub-T, Theatre openings, CD releases, and more:


Sunday 4/15   Beat Kitchen's Concerts for Kids features The Boogers (Ramones style punk for the punk kin) at noon.   ChiIL Mama's stoked to sponsor the series aimed at birth through 10 year olds with parents.   Infants are free.   Everyone else is just $6!   Win 4 free tickets right here, to see The Boogers.   We pick new winners weekly and have 4 free tickets to all kids' shows at Beat Kitchen and many other venues throughout Chicago.   Then check out ChiIL Mama's YouTube Channel for loads of live Boogers show footage and our exclusive video interview with the band.

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