Showing posts with label circus punk marching band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label circus punk marching band. Show all posts

Monday, June 16, 2014

PHOTO RECAP: March Fourth LIVE at Lincoln Hall Chicago 6/10/14 #OriginalPhotos

Hey March Fourth--You've played my little sister's March 4th birthday party in Portland for years. Thanks for hitting Chicago on my 14th wedding anniversary. You rock! Can't think of a better way to celebrate.

Once you catch these guys LIVE, you'll be addicted! We've been seeing them & shooting stills/videos at their shows for years, and we're super stoked they were not only playing our anniversary, but double headlining with another of our favs, Liquid Soul! Also, they moved to bigger digs at Lincoln Hall, so the stilt walkers weren't hunched over on the ceiling like they've been at Martyrs.

For now, here's ChiIL Live Shows' full set of photos in the slide show below. We've embedded our favorites under that. Check them out! We'll have our original video clips from the 6/10 show up shortly too.

I first heard about March Fourth from my sister who lives in Portland, OR, where they hail from. They play a lot out there, but their big trademark bash is always a March 4th show, where they let anyone in for free who was born that day, (like my sister). She played me some of their YouTube clips and I was hooked. Since then we've caught them every time their tour bus rolls in to Chicago.

**CLICK HERE for loads of our past March Fourth coverage including original HD video show footage & stills & current 2014 tour dates.**

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

March Fourth Montage LIVE at Martyrs Chicago 6-2012 AND Current 2014 Tour Dates #OriginalVideo #LIVEShowFootage #HDVideo

March Fourth Montage LIVE at Martyrs Chicago 6-2012.  ChiIL Live Shows went back in the archives to bring you nearly a half hour of never before seen footage from March Fourth LIVE in a small club in Chicago. Check out their hula hooping, circus pole act held by a stilt walker, and much more. This circus, punk, gypsy, brass, funky, freaky band defies easy description and they are too much fun to see live.  Footage by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for ChiIL Live Shows.

On Tour NOW:
Spring 2014

*Tue. Jun 10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall  (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)

Wed. Jun 11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Center  (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Thu. Jun 12 Davenport, IA River Music Experience  (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Fri. June 13 St. Louis, MO 2720 Cherokee  (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Sat. Jun 14 Kansas City, MO Boulevardia (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Sun. Jun 15 Columbia, MO The Blue Note  (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Thu. Jun 26 Durango, CO Animas Theater  (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Fri. Jun 27 Louisville, CO Louisville Street Fair (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Sat. June 28 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Arts Festival (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)
Sun. June 29 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Arts Festival (JOIN/SHARE on Facebook)

Monday, June 9, 2014

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs Circus Pole & Stilts Act #OriginalVideo

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs Circus Pole & Stilts Act Nov 3 2012. Shot by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara for ChiIL Live Shows.

Check out this wild duo on stilts and circus pole HELD by the stilt walker! We adore Portland's March Fourth and catch them every chance we get. We'll be shooting their show this Tuesday at Lincoln Hall with another favorite of ours, Liquid Soul!

Click here for the full show details.

Here's the basics:
Tues 6/10 at Lincoln Hall
8:00 PM   21+  $14.00

TOMORROW: Liquid Soul and March Fourth at Lincoln Hall (21+) #HighlyRecommended

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar Tues 6/10 at Lincoln Hall
8:00 PM   21+  $14.00

ChiIL Live Shows will be there shooting stills. It's our 14th wedding anniversary and we're way beyond jazzed to get to spend it with two of the most fun bands to see LIVE. We can't wait!  Highly recommended.

Here's some crazy cool partner acro on STILTS that we shot when March Fourth played Martyrs last year!  Check it out. Then go see them LIVE already.

Click the links below for loads of our past original photos, videos and coverage on BOTH bands.

A kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy mere “mortal” bands cannot compete with, Aside from their marching band themed costumes, and multi member drum and brass corp, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though this group of about 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). The show will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe and through the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers. They’ve headlined too many major festivals to name, multiple times, as well as playing prestigious venues from The Kennedy Center to a cultural exchange tour of China.

(We've been huge Mars Williams fans since back in the Psychedelic Furs days.   Here's Mars in orbit at Chicago Folk and Roots Fest 2011 with Soul Sonic Sirkus.)

Liquid Soul, the Grammy-nominated combo that has built its reputation on a compelling mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk and hard-bop, makes its Telarc debut with the release of One-Two Punch.

Pioneers of the acid-jazz movement during their early days in the Chicago club scene of the mid-1990s, Liquid Soul has evolved over the past dozen years into a musical compendium of sounds and styles that starts with jazz and embraces hip-hop, R&B, dance, funk, techno, world, spoken-word and much more. 

Led by innovative saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the eight-piece collective has conquered nearly every corner of the U.S. and is looking to turn up the juice in Europe and other parts of the world via their Telarc debut.

2014 US Tour Dates 

Fri. Jun 6 Omaha, NE Omaha Summer Arts Fest  

Sat. Jun 7 Wichita, KS Wichita River Fest  

Sun. Jun 8 Madison, WI Marquette Fest  

*Tue. Jun 10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall  
with Liquid Soul

Wed. Jun 11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Center  
with The Brass Messengers

Thu. June 12 Davenport, IA River Music Experience
with The Winter Blues All-Stars

Fri. June 13 St. Louis, MO 2720 Cherokee
with Hellzapoppin

Sat. Jun 14 Kansas City, MO Boulevardia   

Sun. Jun 15 Columbia, MO The Blue Note   

Thu. June 26 Durango, CO Animas City Theater 

Fri. June 27 Louisville, CO Steinbaugh Pavilion  

Sat. June 28 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Arts Festival 

Sun.  June 29 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Arts Festival 

Fri. July 4 San Rafael, CA Marin County Fair 

Sat. July 5 Reno, NV Cargo  
with Diego's Umbrella

Wed. July 9 Seattle, WA Westlake Park   

Wed. July 9 Bellingham, WA Downtown Sounds  

Fri. July 11 Veneta, OR Oregon Country Fair   

Fri. July 18 Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Big Room   

Sat. July 19 Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sun. July 20 San Diego, CA Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Tue. July 22 Vail, CO Bud Light Hot Summer Nights

Wed. July 23 Glenwood Springs, CO Summer of Music

Thu. July 24 Frisco, CO Concerts in the Park

Fri. July 25 Denver, CO Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sat. July 26 Ames, IA DG's Tap House
with Dead Larry

Sun. July 27 Chicago, IL Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Tue. July 29 Hamden, CT Spaceland Ballroom

Wed. July 30 Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live at the Queen
with Zach Deputy

Thu. July 31 New York, NY Watermark
with Philly Bloco + Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution

Fri. Aug 1 Portland, ME Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sat. Aug 2 Philadelphia, PA  Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sun. Aug 3 Mills River, NC  Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Fri. Aug 8 Nevada City, CA Miner's Foundry Cultural Center

Sat. Aug 9 Ashland, OR Ashland Armory
with SambaDa

Fri. Sept 12 Walla Walla, WA Gesa Power House Theater

Sat. Sept 13 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater

Mon. Sept 15 Portland, OR Mondays on the Mall

Here's the latest Via March Fourth:

My, what a busy summer!
MarchFourth is on a mission to visit each and every one of you this year it seems (more info about the US fall tour coming soon). Seriously. It will take a lot of scrolling to get to the bottom of this show list! From San Diego, California to Portland, Maine to Tampa, Florida, and from the mountains of Telluride, CO (8700 ft) to the streets of New Orleans, LA (0 ft) and everywhere in between, there's a pretty good chance we're headed your way (except maybe the southwest, since we just returned from there). Let's hope the A/C in the bus is fixed for good this time, because this summer is going to be HOT!!!

For a little taste of life on the road with M4, I suggest you check out stilter/stunter Phill's blogHe's kind of new to M4, joining after stilt veteran Sid Simpatico retired last summer due to a knee injury. Phill's been writing these great tour recap posts on Facebook for a while, but now he's taken to the blogosphere. I'm sure there will be much to write about this summer, so keep an eye there to follow our adventures! Here's a video from our birthday show this year of Phill and the gang doing stilt acro to "Surfunk" (a newish song by Taylor Aglipay). 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

INCOMING: March Fourth at Martyr's THIS Friday (21+) Highly Recommended!

ChiIL Live Shows on our radar this week.
They're baaaaack.  March Fourth is one of our all time favs, and not just because these kick ass Portland performers put on a rockin' birthday bash every year for my little sis who lives in Portland and was born on 3/4.  We're immersed in the circus arts world and love what March Fourth does.   
One of these days they'll play outdoors in Chi-town so they can break out their full blown fire show and we can bring underagers ((hint hint)).   My own 9 & 12 year olds who perform with CircEsteem LOVE March Fourth on line and I'm sure they'd be even more blown away live.
For now, we'll be there, but do note, their Martyr's gigs are 21+.   Come early.   Chicago's own Polkaholics who also rock are the openers!!

the What-Where-When on this show:
  • Artist: MarchFourth Marching Band
  • Date: Friday, April 5th 2013
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • City: Chicago, IL
  • Venue: Martyrs
  • Address: 3855 N Lincoln Ave
  • Country: US
  • Admission: $15
  • Age restrictions: No Minors
  • Notes: M4 plays at 10:45 pm.
Happy Spring!
Yesterday as we were loading up the tour bus for another trip across the USA, the sun was shining in our hometown of Portland. Daffodils were blooming, the cherry blossoms were out, but I guess we've got a hankering for a bit more winter because we're heading east to the Rockies, then out to the Great Lakes and finishing up this trip on the east coast. This is the first tour of our new year (which starts on March 4th of course!) and we are so excited to present some new tunes, new routines and even a new band member or two! You'll never know quite what you're going to get since every show is different, but it's a guaranteed good time. Do us a favor and take a moment to spread the word to any friends and family about our shows, particularly in Madison, WI and Ames, IA and Lincoln, NE and Philadelphia, PA. It helps a lot, thanks!

Huge armfuls of gratitude to everyone for all the birthday wishes over the past few weeks. We've really been feeling the love from our fans all these years, and especially in March as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first show. Wow, ten years! It's been so fun to look back over the years and see where this project has been. It was especially great to have so many of the M4 alumni back on stage for an encore song at our birthday show! If you want to take a peek back, check out this fun slideshow of M4 pics through the years, as seen through the lense of one of our Seattle fans. Our very own Kevin Balmer of Diggable Monkey did this 10-year retrospective mini-short film for Portland Monthly's feature in March. 

Check out all our spring tour dates below and we'll see you on the road. Don't fret if you don't see your town on this route...we've got another 150 or so days on the road this year and there's a pretty good chance our paths will cross again soon! As always, you can check our online calendar for the latest info since our summer tour is starting to take shape!

2013 remaining spring tour dates

Thu., April 4 Madison, WI Majestic Theater     

Fri., April 5 Chicago, IL Martyrs   

Sat., April 6 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze  

Sun. April 7 Ames, IA DG's Tap House

Tue., April 9 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre  

Wed., April 10 Harrisburg, PA Abbey Bar  

Thu-Fri., April 11-12 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl   

Sat., April 13 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage 

Sun. April 14  Philadelphia, PA The Blockley   


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Portland P's:
*If we lived just a little closer we'd be all over this!

Imagine your child playing alongside MarchFourth! Well, now they can!  The Joy Now Arts Project is a circus, music and performance program for youth 4-18 taught by members of MarchFourth. Registration is now open for our teen performance progam, summer camp and NEW circus classes for kids 4-12! Fnd out more at,AAAAPLpuSqE~,a1DdoZJH5WSvEcpNW3Kuw2e4b_HTUI38
Watch the Oregonian's recent video article on Joy Now

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Portland Circus Punks, March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs 11-3-12 #HDvideo #showshots

March Fourth (triple stilt walker partner acro!!) LIVE at Martyrs 
Chicago 11-3-12
HD Video by ChiIL Live Shows

November 3rd, it was our great pleasure to check out Portland's Punk Circus Brass....March Fourth back in Chi-town again.   When their big bus pulls into town, a party's sure to break out!   This time was no exception.  

Local boys, Whysowhite, got the crowd warmed up, and March Fourth took it to the next level.   Our favorite freaks got everyone shakin' their booties, screwing their lightbulbs, and having a raucous good time.   

Check back with ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.   We'll have loads more mind blowing March Fourth/Martyrs live show clips and a review of their latest album, Magnificent Beast!

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs, Whysowhite opens, Chicago 11-3-12

Friday, November 2, 2012

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs, Chicago #photofeature

March Fourth LIVE at Martyrs 6/8/12 by ChiIL Live Shows 

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

Sure you THOUGHT this Saturday was November 3rd, but it's really March Fourth.  

Portland's rockin' circus punk marching band will be back at Martyrs again THIS Saturday night.  

Highly recommended!    We adore these guys and their lively, high energy show.   Must see.

the What-Where-When on this show:
  • Artist: MarchFourth Marching Band
  • Tour: “Magnificent Beast” Tour 2012
  • Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2012
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • City: Chicago, IL
  • Venue: Martyrs
  • Address: 3855 N Lincoln Ave
  • Country: US
  • Admission: $15
  • Age restrictions: No Minors
  • Notes: Doors at 7:00 pm. Whysowhite opens the show at 9:00 pm.
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Check back with ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often!   We'll have loads of live March Fourth HD video footage and more fun stills edited and up soon! 

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