Archive for August, 2008

Theresa Carter, NBC5 Street Team

Spike Rebel‘s name may sound threatening, but his music is inviting – especially to the ladies. He played at last week’s Sushi, Sake & Soul and as I watched a room full of women dressed to the nines swoon over his crooning I thought “man, I have got to feature this cat.”

Glenn Murray of 220 communications (and fellow Street Team-er!)invited me to emcee the event so I was able to talk to Spike before introducing him. He’s been playing since he was a child, encouraged by his father. His main influence to become a musician, however, was Kiss. Their flamboyant costumes, and the fact that they could get paid to rock out, captured his imagination. Like his name, though, that’s a bit misleading. You’re more likely to be reminded of Prince or Lenny Kravitz, two of his other influences, than Gene Simmons.

Spike grew up in Chicago but like many musicians headed out west to LA. That was “too plastic,” so he crossed the country to New York. His experience there introduced him to music from several different cultures and he tries to infuse that in his music. Thinking that something “didn’t feel right,” Spike’s back in Chicago and you can see him every Wednesday at Checkerboard Lounge (5201 S Harper Ct, 773-684-1472.

Take a listen to the ballad “Thousand Ways,” and ladies, try not to swoon.

Spike Rebel – Thousand Ways

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

They had to wedge me outta there.

Cookies, cake, champagne, burgers, wine, crabcakes, and cheese as far as the eye can see…

I already knew that Morton’s can cook a steak. Now I definitely know that Morton’s knows how to throw a party!

Videography: Michelle Molina

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

After being in this city for two months, it was getting to be that time… Haircut time.

It can be scary letting someone new cut my locks so I did my research and found a place with great online reviews. Natural Elements Salon. The building is pretty. The staff is pretty and I left pretty happy about my new do’.

PS: My stylist’s name is Alexis and I think she rocks!
PSS: Thank you for filming Roya!

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Cara Carriveau, NBC5 Street Team

I love my husband more than words can say. Seeing him happy makes me so happy. Without a doubt his favorite rocker is Eddie Vedder and his favorite sport to watch is hockey – specifically, the Detroit Red Wings. As he would say to anyone who questions his loyalty to the Wings…two words: Stanley Cup. Lot’s of ‘em. So what a thrill it was to be with him last night as he got to experience them both together.

Pearl Jam is an amazing band to see live and I’m happy to say we’ve had the pleasure many, many times. Part of the appeal is not only the band but also the fans – everyone seems to be instant friends at every show which is pretty cool. We saw Vedder with The Who and on another occasion with Robert Plant (my all time favorite rocker) at the House of Blues – wow, those were spectacular shows. We were pleasantly surprised to see Vedder walk out onstage during a Springsteen concert at The United Center a few years ago (absolutely the highlight of that show even though he sang my least favorite Springsteen tune, “My Hometown”). But this was a rare Eddie Vedder solo tour and we were ecstatic to be at the closing night in Chicago.

We made it to our seats in the Auditorium Theatre about 10 minutes before Eddie Vedder hit the stage, just in time to see Chris Chelios walk out onto a balcony holding the Stanley Cup! The crowd went absolutely crazy. My first thought was “does he carry that thing around every where he goes?” and my second thought was “I want to touch it!” but unfortunately we were too far away.

Eddie Vedder was in top form, his voice and guitar playing perfect and his interaction with the crowd at times halarious. At one point he told a drunk heckler to shut the F-up, then said “That was impolite. I meant to say shut the F-up…please.” Later in the show he said he wasn’t going to get “too political” and then someone walked behind him on stage with a massive “Vote For Barack Obama” sign. Vedder wore a white lab coat, making him look either like a crazy scientist or the musical genius he is. Included in his song selection were many mainstream and deeper Pearl Jam songs, four Who covers and selections from his soundtrack to the 2007 film ”Into the Wild.” After the last encore he brought out “Into The Wild” director Sean Penn (who it turns out was singing backup onstage – I was too far away to realize it), opener Liam Finn, and many other people he credited with making his solo tour such a great success.

Excellent show. But the best part was seeing my husband smile nonstop for hours, from the time he saw the Stanley Cup until his head hit the pillow when we got home.

(There’s already video popping up on the internet from last night’s show)

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Janelle Rominski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

It’s often said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder; and for celebrity makeup artist Carmindy – beauty is found in everyone.

Carmindy, the makeup artist on TLC’s “What Not To Wear” is traveling around the country helping women enhance their own natural beauty with her new makeup collection – Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy. It is a fresh, innovative line of professional yet affordable makeup for women of any age. All of her makeup is completely paraben-free and full of anti-oxidants and botanicals.

Carmindy was in town last weekend and made appearances at two CVS stores in Chicago and Ulta in Arlington Heights.

Slideshow: Carmindy Makeup Application

I attended Carmindy’s Ulta appearance. She spoke about her products and shared her natural beauty-enhancing secrets. She gave mini-makeup consultations and individual makeup recommendations to each woman that came by. I was impressed with Carmindy’s craft. She knew exactly which products would improve each woman’s own natural beauty.

I was lucky enough to get a full makeup consultation and application from Carmindy, and let me tell you, it was much needed. Having been stuck in a rut with my makeup routine for so long, getting Carmindy’s advice was incredibly helpful.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy has a few unique characteristics. I am a huge lip gloss fan and my issues have always been that awful spongy tip not being able to collect all the gloss I needed. All of Carmindy’s lip glosses have a soft brush tip that grabs all the gloss I need.

As an avid consumer of makeup, I am excited about Carmindy’s makeup collection and the way it makes me feel!

Want more Rominski reads? Read more right HERE!

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Theresa Carter, NBC5 Street Team

IF you’re Bill Murray.

Sunday night I stopped into Friar Tucks. Even though this bar with a barrel shaped entrance and Christmas lights draped around the windows is just two blocks from where I live, I’ve only been there about six times in four years. What brought me there last night was a returning Chicago-lover introducing a Chicagoan-to-be to her new town.

I met the two friends at Wellington’s. I love neighborhood bars and Wellington’s is a quintessential watering hole stuck in the middle of blocks of residential homes. Our bartender Adam was great, but the ladies wanted something that wasn’t so removed.

We ended up walking by Friar Tucks on Broadway and I suggested we go in, even though my glimpse through the glass and garland showed a fairly empty spot.

We sat down at the bar and, after carding us “so he could remember our names”  Breon poured Elizabeth and I $5 mini-pitchers of beer and a coke for Katherine (her liver’s got some acclimating to do). We chatted, we watched a tipsy girl become drunk, and I beamed when Breon said he knew TheLocalTourist.com and (basically) knew the tag line (experience the fascination of a tourist, feel the comfort of the local).

Then Bill Murray walked in.

And that’s it. There’s really no more story to it. Chuck Fox, a creative with a history in the acting and rock & roll fields (HE’S got stories, let me tell you), saw the actor and nascent skydiver walking down Broadway with his assistant and invited him in. As soon as Murray entered I recognized him, but I was brought up in Indiana, where if you see John Mellencamp walking around, you leave him be. No matter how famous he is, a man should be allowed to walk into a place and just walk into it.

He stood at the end of the bar; he bought a drink for Chuck; he tipped Breon well; he and his assistant left. While there he made eye contact with both Katherine and me and nodded.

Did I want to mosey down to the end of the bar and introduce myself? You betcha. Did I? No. Do I regret not being more aggressive? No.

He’s a Chicago boy done good, still walking through the neighborhoods at midnight on a Sunday, no entourage, just him and a good friend.

Walking into a place where everybody knows his name, yet chooses to let him make the introduction if he wants to.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank
In the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, our nation and the host nation are expected to fight it out as medal count winner to the very end. As of Thursday 1:45 PM ET, we were ahead of China in total medals 95 to 83, with Russia a distant third at 51. In terms of economic power, the International Monetary Fund ranks America first in Gross Domestic Product with China second. The gap is 13.8 to 6.9. In terms of military might, the 2005 U.S. military budget was almost as much as the rest of the world’s defense spending combined and is over eight times larger than the official military budget of China.

The world is watching Michael Phelps accomplish feats that make him to swimming what the American economy is to GDP or what the USA is to global defense spending. Dominance of this sort (in all three competitions) comes along once in a lifetime…and to witness it is truly special. Watching the man who looks like a cross between Super Bowl hero Eli Manning and the guy who plays Jim on “The Office” (Thank You Stephen Colbert for that joke) break Mark Spitz’s record from Munich in’72 will make Beijing one of the most talked about Olympics of all time. But as Phelps’ personal empire builds, the American empire declines. As our economy tanks from 8 years of the supposed “CEO Administration,” the Chinese economy soars!

Three years ago, I recall my mentor in business school telling us in class about China becoming the next global superpower and how the Olympics being in Beijing was a chance for them to truly rise up and show the world what they are made of. Maybe we’ll know a little more about the era of American hegemony nearing its end by the time these games are done?

For more Chicago sports information and discussion click here.

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Katrell Mendenhall, NBC5 Street Team

Bernard McCullough, a.k.a Bernie Mac, would have been honored and proud of the enormous outcome of fans and celebs at his funeral on the South Side of Chicago. Mac was famous for the coined phrase “Who U Wit” from the Emmy-winning “The Bernie Mac Show”.

In a very supernatural way he’s still here, as the movie premiere for “Soul Man” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Issac Hayes will be released in November.  The movie is about a rhythm and blues band who reunite after 20 years of an acrimonious breakup following the death of the band’s lead singer. Jackson and Bernie play the group’s two main members, while Isaac Hayes portrays himself.  And eerily enough, the movie’s plot is about death.

Many can be replaced but duplicating will never happen. You are forever missed Bernie!

I spoke with some of his closest friends and here is what they had to say:

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Theresa Carter, NBC5 Street Team

You can always tell summer’s nearing an end in Chicago because there are just so many festivals and things to do…oh, who am I kidding. It’s always like this!

This particular weekend you can Dance for Life at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, and salsa your way through Grant Park at the Viva! Latin Music Festival. Merengue down to the Summer Music Garden for the last weekend of the SummerDance Festival, then sashay over to Greektown for Taste of Greece.

All that boogie-ing can make you hungry, so hustle to Green City Market to shop with Alliance Francais de Chicago and then prepare your wares, or learn to make brunch from the chefs at Four Seasons. If that’s too much like singing for your supper, have it served to you on a silver platter at Flatwater’s Riverside Reception for Alderman Reilly.

I’ve saved the last dance for Thursday night’s Sushi, Sake, & Soul. I’ll be guest hosting this great event, so I hope to see you there. I’ll be the one doing a little jig.

Have a great weekend!


p.s. Be sure to check out the ALL NEW TLT and register to be a “Local Tourist”.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Acclaimed chef Marcus Sammuelson’s new restaurant, C-House, has a lot to offer their diners.  Just their seafood options and the raw bar alone deems this new hot spot a must try.  Recently I had a chance to go behind the scenes to check out the cuisine, cocktails and the vibe.  I also got to hang out in the kitchen with their Executive Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner and pastry Chef Toni Roberts, as they showcased their respective signature dishes and desserts.

Located on the ground floor in the new Affinia Hotel (166 E. Superior St.), C-House is just a block away from Michigan Ave.   Sammuelson steps outside of the Scandanavian restaurants that he is so well known for and offers up a new model for the American seafood and chop house.  Check out C-House below on our new Fete Select TV segment.  Also visit www.efete.net to check out more new restaurants on Fete Select TV.  

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Glenn Murray, NBC5 Street Team

This Thursday Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, 358 W. Ontario, will host “Sushi Sake and Soul,” a unique tasting event that also includes a performance by local guitarist and rising R&B star Spike Rebel, whose distinct blend of folk, jazz and rhythm and blues is receiving notice by radio stations around the Midwest. The event starts at 7PM. The MC for the evening will be The Local Tourist herself Theresa Carter, (www.thelocaltourist.com), will feature a custom sushi sampling, sake tasting, specialty vendors, and plenty of giveaways including 4 different ticket packages to Sox games (30 Sox tickets will be given away). Also, prize packs from 220 Communications that include books gift certificates for art and much more will also be given away. Tickets are $17. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League Scholarship Fund. There are a few tickets remaining for this great event. To purchase tickets: go to www.sake.eventbrite.com

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

I’m one of millions who’ve been glued to the TV and Internet, watching the Olympics. I’ve previously been a critic of NBC’s TV coverage because of the emphasis on the storyline, but with so many other options to check out your favorite sport, there’s something for everyone. And yes, I am also caught up in the soap opera aspect.

Opening Ceremonies Controversy

I also felt sorry for the little girl whose face wasn’t used to sing the song in the Opening Ceremonies, but I did feel the outrage was a bit hypocritical. Especially in our own society that values the physical over substance. Richard Roeper said it beautifully in his column.

Cool Runnings

Jamaican Usain Bolt took a lot of flack for showboating with 40 meters left in the 100m run – even though he still ran a world record. I say lay off the kid. Sprinters are like wide receivers in football or closers in baseball — a little brashness and eccentricity is expected. I am disappointed that he didn’t run through the line and see how fast he could actually go. He could pull a hamstring tomorrow and ever be healthy enough to put the world record in a stratosphere that may not be touched for years.

Gymnasts Controversy

Is there a bigger soap opera? It’s like figure skating, right down to the outfits. As for the scoring controversy over Nastia Liukin’s uneven bars performance — the rules are the rules when it comes to sports, and these weren’t made up at the last minute. That’s why the American contingent didn’t file an appeal. By the way, would anyone be complaining if the Chinese girl lost and the American won?

Sexing Up The Games

So I’ve been busy creating slideshows and popping local stories to our localized version of www.nbcolympics.com, and it’s clear what sells — the sexy and the outrageous. Hey, are that many people really into beach volleyball? That being said, here’s a couple of slideshows to entertain you.

Slideshow: Olympic Falls
Slideshow: The Women Of Beach Volleyball

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

Friday night, PR giant The Patton Group along with Manor nightclub, SnowQueen Vodka and Interscope Records gave me V.I.P. access to one of their hottest up and coming artists Lady GAGA and mega hitmaker/singer, Akon!

And although the night was CrAzY, with Manor nightclub exceeding capacity twice in 30 minutes, it was definitely the place to be! Big thanks to Julie Fogel, Dave Leonard, Kwesi Dei , Tyler, Lady GAGA and Akon for being absolutely wonderful!!

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Raminder, NBC5 Street Team

The Olympics are in full swing and apparently the Phelps-mania is catching on and NBC couldn’t be happier for their advertisers! And we are too!

Former U.S.S.R. member Russia realized they didn’t have much sports might so why not show their military might during the Opening Night ceremonies by engaging Georgia in a wrestling match.  

The U.S. maintains a slim lead in the total medal count (79) but China (76) has to wonder if the medals should be weighted the same, given that they (China – 43 Golds) have 17 more Gold medals than the U.S. (26 Golds).

Russia (10 Golds) is sitting at a total of 42 medals and I think Putin (and his judoesque prowess) saw this poor showing coming and wanted to bring Georgia into its empire and count their 3 medals too. But it doesn’t work that way Mr. Putin or at least try invading the UK (16 Golds and total of 33 medals) and Germany (11 Golds and total of 28 medals) as they could put you in the lead.

These Olympics might be remembered as the ones that brought Russia into the forefront of Europe again when it was instead supposed to be China’s moment to make us fear them. ;-) Oh and the other billion strong nation of India celebrated with their first-ever solo Gold medal in 10m Air Rifle shooting…Jai Hind my peeps!

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Cara Carriveau, NBC5 Street Team

It’s a party!  Tickets are only $40 and include all of your cocktails plus an opportunity to win great prizes, such as Cubbies tickets.  And, you’ll be helping out a deserving cause.  Need I say more?  Click on the picture for details.

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Dave Leonard, NBC5 Street Team, (Video)
If you haven’t made it over to the 14th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video, what are you waiting for?

The Gene Siskel Film Center located at 164 N. State Street is hosting the 14th edition of the festival until the 28th of August and is showcasing some great short and feature length feature films about the Black experience from talented filmmakers from around the world with special emphasis on Chicago’s very own talents.

In addition to the various screenings, there are great workshops for aspiring filmmakers that take place and plenty of guest speakers who provide the audience a chance to have a Q&A session after viewing their projects.

There are several features in this year’s festival including a return visit from Deri Tyton’s hook-up comedy “The Party Line” and new entries, “Caught In The Game” and “T.A.C.T.I.C.A.L.” Two powerful documentaries also make their debut at this year’s festival, “The Black List Vol. 1″ and the post-Katrina film, “Trouble In The Water”.

If you’re in the downtown area around Randolph and State this evening, you should stop on by the Gene Siskel Film Center and catch two great films screening tonight. The first is the explosive family drama, “The Opposite Of Life” directed by David Muhammad which plays at 6:15pm. Immediately following that at 8:30p, Christopher Nolen’s (No, not that Christopher Nolen) sexy thriller “Subtle Seduction” makes a repeat screening with the director and star Jaci Williamson in attendance. Yours truly also makes a hilarious cameo in the film.

Most of the screenings cost about the regular price of any movie theater ticket…about $9. An extra added feature to the Black Harvest Film Festival is a free vendor’s market in the gallery/cafe area of the upstairs part of the film center where free demonstrations of production equipment and information are provided.

Support independent filmmaking in Chicago and make sure you catch a couple of great films at the Black Harvest Film Festival before it closes up. For screening info and times, go to www.siskelfilmcenter.org

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank

“Statistics are like bikinis: what they reveal is provocative, what they conceal is vital!” I forgot who made that wonderful quote, but it certainly applies to Saturday night’s Bears preseason loss in Seattle. Starting quarterback Rex Grossman was sacked and intercepted just once. However, those numbers don’t tell us how he spent most of the night running for his life behind a severely damaged orange and blue line in front of him. Pressure off the end led to his lone INT and the constant Seahawks rush forced him into making (almost exclusively) short check down passes. This yielded two more revealing and indicative statistics: an awful less than 5 yards per pass attempt, which was a component of a dreadful 44.9 passer rating. Obviously, this performance contributed

to Kyle Orton being named the starter for the season opener. First round draft pick Chris Williams missing at least half of the season is very damaging, because it’s actually a loss of two projected starters. John Tait has to remain at left tackle (where Williams was penciled in) instead of shifting over to right tackle which would have been an upgrade from last year at both positions. Terrence Metcalf is also recovering from surgery, meaning John St. Clair and Josh Beekman, neither of which are truly NFL caliber starting linemen, are now going to see a majority of time on the field.

So what can the Bears do to fix their offensive line problem? Re-sign Fred Miller, who cut last season? Play more “double tight” sets with the Tight Ends staying at home more to block? I spoke with starting tight end Desmond Clark after the final full-pads practice in Camp Bourbonnais. “I don’t think you’re going to see us change anything; I don’t think we’re going to be doing anything different from what we did last year. I think our offensive line will protect just as well as any other offensive line. I don’t see any reason that the tight ends will have to stay in any more than we usually do,” Clark said.

For more Chicago sports information and discussion click here.



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Theresa Carter, NBC5 Street Team

A friend of mine recently mentioned Indignant to me, and when I said I wasn’t familiar with them, his jaw fell open and he looked at me, indignantly, I might add, with the “I can’t believe you’ve never heard of them” look. (With all the great bands in Chicago, I get that look a LOT.) After hearing these “five dudes who just like to write, play and perform the best rock ‘n’ roll music we can make” you might wonder the same thing.

Their next Chicago show is at Martyr’s on August 29, and they’ll be at Bash on Wabash on August 31.

Indignant – No Doubt About It

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Katrell Mendenhall, NBC5 Street Team

August is the month of MUSIC.  Let’s catch you up to speed… “She’s Back” was posted 6/12/08 about Chicago’s own Syleena Johnson’s long awaited debut.

After a four year hiatus from being in love and the birth of her first child, Johnson is ready to release her fourth album Chapter 4: Labor Pains, which is an in-depth look at her most personal struggles.  A total of 16 tracks and one of my personal favorites titled “Freedom” featuring Blues singer Syl Johnson (her father) is a hit.  Other local natives appearing on the album are Teefa and always holding down the Chi, Crucial Conflict.

Debuting an album is not the only celebration. Syleena amicably left Jive Records in 2006 and has now gone independent with her personal label Aneelys Records, a subsidary of Universal Music Group.  Normally, after hibernation and leaving a major label, it’s easy for an artist to fall by the wayside, but this is not going to be the case with Chapter 4: Labor Pains. The only way is UP!  The release has been pushed back from it’s original date (Sept. 2nd, her birthday) to January 13, 2009.  Wow, can you believe we’re only 4 months away? Time flies.  Check out the interview below and let me know your thoughts or who you’d like to see next. Also, check out www.myspace.com/syleenjohnson for more hot tracks. 

Check out the video of her performance and an interview from her album release at Rumba on West Hubbard.

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Theresa Carter, NBC5 Street Team

As I write this jets are flying so close I can practically see the pilot. If you’ve been anywhere near the city you’ve probably seen and at least heard the roar as they practice for this weekend’s Chicago Air & Water Show.

This year is the 50th Anniversary, and they’re really going to do it up. For the first time they’ll be exhibiting on Friday, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be kicking off the festivities at 3pm today and the Golden Knights Parachute squad will drop in. It’ll be a celebrity packed evening: Bill Murray will be there as a special guest, and Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are putting on a show at the North Avenue Boat House. After that the air show resumes.

Saturday and Sunday the water show begins at 9am, and the air show runs from 11am to 4pm. And it’s all free!

I love this city!

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Remembering Bernie Mac

LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

CELEBRATING THE Life of Bernard Jeffrey McCullough aka Bernie Mac memorial service is at noon tomorrow Sat. (8/16) at the House of Hope Church, located at 752 E. 114th Street. This celebration is open to the public and to all his friends and fans who loved him. The beloved actor/comedian succumbed to pneumonia Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Janelle Rominski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

Wild rocker Ted Nugent took on the city of Chicago and suburbs this week. “The Nuge” played a show at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Tuesday night and hit the windy city at the House of Blues Wednesday night.

Having known Nugent for his VH1 reality show, “Surviving Nugent“, I knew I was in for a nutty night. As a PETA advocate, I was very glad there was little talk of hunting or killing animals (Nugent’s hobby).

Nugent knows how to rock and roll with his music and his opinions. I was in a combined rock concert, comedy show and political rally. He was a non-stop guitar playing and singing machine. He only had a bassist and drummer backing him up. “The Nuge” cracked jokes on “fat” ladies and certainly did not keep quiet when speaking his mind about Barack Obama and Mayor Daley.

He performed on a variety of guitars, and sang his hit singles “Cat Scratch Fever”, “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” and “Stranglehold”.

Throughout the entire show his backdrop was that of a caricature of him looking like Uncle Sam holding a bolt of lighting with an NRA button on his right chest.

Coming out to perform with Nugent was friend Derek St. Holmes, who did a wonderful job adding to the excitement of the show.

The most interesting part of the concert was when Nugent came back for his encore with a new backdrop of his caricature riding a cut off hand over the sun with its middle finger sticking up. He also wore a very colorful Native American headdress and also brought out a rifle and bow and arrow. He shot a flame-tipped arrow on the back of his Gibson Les Paul landing a perfect bullseye. Ending his wild ride of a show, Nugent held up his rifle and bow in the shape of an X over his chest.

Want more Rominski reads? Read more right HERE!

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Ratt & Scorpions Review

Ben Soldinger, NBC5 Street Team (video)

It was pretty exciting for me to find out that two of my favorite bands were playing together last Sunday night at the Charter One Pavilion. The venue itself is surreal providing the artists a large stage with the Chicago skyline in the background. Ratt came out with a blistering set of hard-hitting riffs from Warren DeMartini and teaming up perfectly with a thundering rythym and bass line that sent electricity through everyone’s veins. Lead singer, Stephen Pearcy, who just returned to the band after a ten year plus hiatus, came out on stage with his macho vocals and Rock Star flair (I feel badly for the kids today listening to today’s music scene – they just don’t know what real Rock Stars are). Ratt recently released a compilation best of cd called ‘Tell the World’ and their first ever dvd ‘Videos from the Cellar’ – buy them here.

Slideshow: Ratt & Scorpions

The Scorpions, who I’ve seen three times, are just a spectacle wonder. I don’t know how five guys can get such a lush, full, clean sound out of their amplifiers and instruments. Rudolf Schenker formed the band in 1965 and they have stayed together this whole time! This rarity in life comes across in their live shows. Go out of your way to see this band perform. They’ve also come out with new cd’s recently – I would personally suggest 2005′s ‘Unbreakable’. Check out here.

I had the fortunate opportunity to hang with both bands after the spectacular show at the House of Blues Foundation Room. This place has an amazing food and beverage program and is such a perfect place to dine before one of their concerts. Lead singer Klaus Meine was celebrating his 60th birthday which is hard to believe after seeing him and his mates on stage kick it like 25 year olds. That’s probably why I like this kind of music so much because of the raw energy it gives off.

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