Showing posts with label contests. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contests. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

@North Coast Music Festival-Additional After Parties Announced #NCMF

Sure, it's hard to think ahead with Lolla looming this weekend.   But Chi-Town's North Coast Music Fest is coming up fast on the heels of Lollapalooza and we don't want you to miss a thing.   ChiIL Live Shows gave away free tickets the past two years and ran photo filled North Coast coverage and band video interviews.   We shot all 3 days last year and got some great stuff.  Check back like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often to see what we have in store for 2012.

If you've been following along, ChiIL Live Shows has kept you up to date on all the lineup announcements, ticket releases, and now the after parties.   Don't miss out when they sell out!   Get your tickets today.

The Third Annual
"Summer's Last Stand"
*** Official After Parties Announced ***
*** Hotel Partners Announced ***
*** Toast of the Coast presented by Dos Equis ***
*** Art Institute Contest ***
*** Coastie Character Contest ***
*** Ticket Prices to Increase Soon***
North Coast Music Festival is thrilled to announce most of our official after parties, featuring some of the biggest names on the festival! These after parties are only available for those who have already purchased tickets to the festival for a limited time, so make sure to get your tickets now from!
Friday, August 31, 2012
  • Girl Talk w/ Zion IDJ Intel @ Congress Theater - Tix
  • Axwell w/ Zebo @ The Mid - Tix
  • Midnight Conspiracy w/ NiT GriT @ House of Blues - Tix
  • Chance the RapperNeakMakerRTC and more @ Cobra Lounge - Tix
  • plus more TBA!
Saturday, Sepember 1, 2012
  • STS9 w/ Future Rock @ House of Blues - Tix
  • Alesso @ The Mid - Tix
  • Dan Deacon w/ LA Jesus @ Cobra Lounge - Tix
  • plus more TBA!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
  • Umphrey’s McGee @ Congress Theater - Tix
  • Steve Angello @ The Mid - Tix
  • GRiZMatik (Gramatik + GRiZ) w/ The M MachinePaul Basic @ House of Blues - Tix
  • Claude VonStroke & Maya Jane Coles w/ Justin Martin @ Transit - Tix
  • Rapture DJ Set w/ Kid ColorGun Love @ Cobra Lounge - Tix
  • Rebirth Brass Band & Dumpstaphunk @ Bottom Lounge - Tix

Hotel Partners Announced

North Coast Music Festival is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and theCrowne Plaza Chicago Metro! The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is located just east of the festival, down Lake Street, in beautiful downtown Chicago. As a partner of North Coast for three years, this is the experience for rock stars. Click here for more information. The Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro is located at Halsted and Madison, just blocks away from the festival. Get more information here. Both hotels have complimentary wi-fi, and offer discounted rates to all North Coast Music Festival attendees!

Contest and Ticket Update

The Toast of the Coast Contest presented by Dos Equis, is in full effect! Head to for more information!
The Art Institute North Coast Challenge is still running for students in Illinois and Wisconsin! Head here to enter and to get more information.
Ticket prices are set to increase soon, get your tickets while you still can!

Tickets are available now at!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dying Fetus Reign Supreme Album Out Tomorrow-Streaming Link, Contest & Tour Dates

DYING FETUS' new album Reign Supreme will receive its long awaited release tomorrow June 19th via Relapse Records. Today Metal Sucks is hosting an exclusive full album stream of Reign Supreme. Check out the entire record HERE  and be sure to order your copy HERE.

Reign Supreme should find its place in any avid fan of technical/brutal death metal fan's collection
-Metal Injection-

The originators of deathcore are clearly here to stay.
-Stereo Killer-

ChiIL Live Shows was set to do a video interview with Dying Fetus, when they played Reggies' in Chicago last week, but a 9 year with the stomach flu put a wrench in the works at the final hour.   Things were pretty sick around here, and not in the good way.....We'll make it up to you next time you swing through Chi-Town.   We do have a sweet video interview and live show shots with their openers, Revocation, from their Ultra Lounge & Bottom Lounge gigs a few months back.

Reign Supreme features nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works.  Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of DYING FETUS as we have come to know.

The band recently completed work on a video for the song "From Womb to Waste". The video features 12 camera angles from a recent live show at Maryland Deathfest held at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The video was filmed and directed by Scott Hansen (Animals as Leaders, A Day to Remember).   Check it out.

Alternative Press Magazine is hosting an exclusive giveaway of a DYING FETUS ESP LTD guitar. The grand prize also includes a deluxe copy of Reign Supreme and a DYING FETUS t-shirt. Two additional winners will be chosen to receive a copy of Reign Supreme. To enter the contest, visit the giveaway page HERE.

DYING FETUS are currently on tour supporting Reign Supreme. Currently they are taking part in the "18 Nights of Blood Tour" with label mates REVOCATION and Six Feet Under. Immediately following those tour dates the band will head to back to Europe for a headlining run as well as additional festival dates including the "With Full Force" festival in Roitzschjora, Germany, "Sevilla Rock Festival" in Sevilla, Spain and the "Getaway Rock Fest" in Gävle, Sweden.

In More DYING FETUS tour news the band has just confirmed the dates for "The Womb to Waste" headlining European tour. The tour will kick off September 14th in Lindau, Germany and runs through October 14th in Aarschot, Belgium. Support on the tour will come from label mates REVOCATION, Job For a Cowboy and Cerebral Bore. A complete list of dates can be found below.

For updates on DYING FETUS visit their Facebook page.

DYING FETUS on Tour With REVOCATION and Six Feet Under

6/20: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/21: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
6/22: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
6/24: West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
6/26: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
6/27: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
6/29: Roitzschjora, Germany @ With Full Force*
7/1: Badalona, Spain @ Estraperlo Club
7/2: Madrid, Spain @ Ritmo Y Compas 
7/3: Almería, Spain @ Sala Jala Jala 
7/4: Sevilla, Spain @ Sevilla Rock*
7/6: Gävle, Sweden @ Getaway Rock Fest*   
"The Womb to Waste" European Tour
9/14: Lindau, Germany @ Club Vaudeville
9/15: Genève, Switzerland @ L'Usine
9/16: Brighton, UK @ Concorde2
9/17: Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
9/18: Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
9/19: Reading, UK @ Sub89
9/20: Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
9/21: Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
9/22: Dublin, Ireland @ The Pint
9/23: London, UK @ Underworld
9/24: Paris, France @ Divan Du Monde
9/25: Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornroosje
9/26: Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
9/27: Malmö, Sweden @ KB
9/28: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
9/29: Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
10/1: Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
10/3: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
10/4: Berlin, Germany @ C-Club
10/5: Würzburg, Germany @ Posthalle, Hell Inside Fest
10/6: Jena, Germany @ F-Haus
10/7: Prague, Czech Republic @ Hoodoo club
10/8: München, Germany @ Backstage
10/9: Wien, Austria @ Arena
10/10: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Gala Hala / Kino Siska
10/11: Legnano (Milano), Italy @ Land Of Live Club
10/12: Aarau, Switzerland @ Kiff
10/13: Essen, Germany @ Turock
10/14: Aarschot, Belgium @ De Klinker
*Denotes Festival Appearance

Monday, April 23, 2012

Talk Like Shakespeare Day TODAY-Great Contests And More #Theatre Review

Happy 448th Birthday to the bard! 

Today (Monday, April 23rd) is annual talk like Shakespeare day.
Talk Like Shakespeare Day,
an occasion for citizens from Chicago and across the globe to celebrate
Shakespeare's 448th birthday by bringing the spoken words of
Shakespeare into their daily lives. The holiday, which originated in
Chicago in 2009, became a worldwide sensation garnering extensive
national and international media coverage and more than one million hits
Celebrate by seeing Being Shakespeare:
ChiIL Live Shows had a chance to catch opening night of Simon Callow's show, and we recommend it.  Callow's strong stage presence among minimalist sets enhances the infamous words of the bard, interspersed with his life history.   Although much of the historical data he includes on Shakespeare's life is speculation, it's fascinating nonetheless to put the plays within a time frame of his life and outside influences.   

Tales of child deaths that plagued his birth family, and later
the death of his own son, Hamnet, at age 11, lend a human air and compelling back story.   As the parent of an 11 year old son, that particularly struck a chord with me.   Since we've been doing a long form exploration on how theatre people, musicians and other creatives balance their work and parenting, and how the two worlds collide and influence each other, this was an interesting angle.
   Simon Callow is a talented tale teller and a joy to spend an evening with.   The British film and stage actor is know for his roles in Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Postcards from the Edge, A Room With a View and Amadeus.

*Tonight only, celebrated British actor Simon Callow's one-man show, Being Shakespeare will play a special Monday performance at the Broadway Playhouse, preceded by a birthday party for the Bard in the theater's lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

ChiIL Mama's favorite words invented by Shakespeare: 

arouse amazement
barefaced bandit besmirch bloodstained blanket bump buzzer
cold blooded critic
dauntless dawn deafening discontent dishearten drugged dwindle

equivocal elbow exposure excitement  
epileptic eyeball
flawed frugal fixture
gnarled grovel gloomy gossip
hurried hobnob
impede impartial invulnerable
laughable lonely luggage label lackluster
madcap marketable metamorphize mimic monumental moonbeam mountaineer
obscene obsequious ode Olympian outbreak
panders premeditated puking
remorseless radiance rant
savagery scuffle swagger
tranquil torture 
unreal undress
Sure, some kids today (and adults, too, for that matter) think of Shakespearean language as stuffy, high brow and inaccessible, but nothing can be further from the truth.   It's not all thees and thous and M'Lord.  He wrote for the masses and in addition to his timeless archetypal characters, loads of word he made up are in common use today, like PUKING.   There's nothing snooty about puking.  

According to, The English language owes a great debt to Shakespeare. He invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original.  

Below is a list of a few of the words Shakespeare coined, hyperlinked to the play and scene from which it comes. When the word appears in multiple plays, the link will take you to the play in which it first appears.  

Incorporate these down to earth words for Talk Like Shakespeare Day, then click the links to see the source:

academe accusedaddictionadvertisingamazement
arouse assassinationbackingbanditbedroom
beached besmirchbirthplaceblanketbloodstained
skim milksubmergesummitswaggertorture

 This graph can be found at

Other Chi-Town Talk Like Shakespeare Contests and specials: 
Shakespeare is being celebrated around the world this week, from Chicago
to London to Armenia, in recognition of the man who engineered more
than 154 sonnets, 37 plays, 1,700 original words and innumerable
On April 23 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London will launch
its Globe to Globe Festival, part of London's Cultural Olympiad,
beginning a two month international event presenting all 37 plays from
Shakespeare's canon in 37 different languages (including Chicago
Shakespeare's Othello: The Remix, The Q Brothers' hip-hop adaptation of Othello, opening in London May 5).

Talk Like Shakespeare Day has even sparked a
movement, originating in Armenia, lobbying for the inclusion of
"Shakespearean" alongside "Pirate" and "Upside Down" as an official
language option on Facebook. 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 2008 recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, will be talking like Shakespeare throughout the upcoming birthday week. On the morning of April 23, Chicago Shakespeare's production of The Taming of the Shrew will be performed for Chicago Public School students at Sawyer Elementary School on the City's south side

At Chicago Shakespeare's home on Navy Pier, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Tony-award winning actor Ian McDiarmid begin preview performances of Timon of Athens, while the cast of Othello: The Remix prepares for the world premiere of its new work in London the following week.    ChiIL Live Shows will be there to review opening night of Timon of Athens as well.
Photo courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. "William
Shakespeare" (portrayed by David Wilhelm) celebrates his 448th Birthday
on Monday, April 23, 2012 in Chicago, as part of "Talk Like Shakespeare
Day" by taking in some of Chicago's best-known landmarks including the
Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier.

Among the many visitors to Navy Pier, the Midwest's most visited
tourist destination, on April 23 will be William Shakespeare himself.
Those who talk like Shakespeare to "the Bard" will receive free rides on
Navy Pier's iconic Ferris Wheel from 10 a.m. to noon.
Shakespeare will
dine at Harry Caray's Tavern on Navy Pier, where a special
Shakespeare-inspired menu will be available from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Diners who talk like Shakespeare at Harry Caray's Tavern will be entered
into a raffle to win a $100 Harry Caray's Gift Certificate, four Pier
Park Passes, free Navy Pier parking and four Tickets to Chicago
Shakespeare Theater's summer musical Disney's Beauty and the Beast
is the virtual home base for revelers. The site features activities for
celebrating Talk Like Shakespeare Day at school, at the office and at
home as well as videos of famous Chicagoans talking like Shakespeare. It
also contains information about a video contest for internet comedians
inspired by the Bard's words (deadline for submissions is Thursday,
April 19 at noon) and tips on how to talk like Shakespeare such as:
  • Instead of you, say thou. Instead of y'all, say thee.
  • Rhymed couplets are all the rage.
  • Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
  • Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back'd toads.
  • When in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).
  • To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.
  • When wooing a lady: try comparing her to a summer's day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!"
For more information visit

"William Shakespeare" (portrayed by David Wilhelm) celebrates his 448th
Birthday on Monday, April 23, 2012 in Chicago, as part of "Talk Like
Shakespeare Day" by taking in some of Chicago's best-known landmarks
including Cloud Gate in Millennium Park and the bull
statue at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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