Who knew just $35 could do so much? That’s the incredibly affordable price of a ticket to Dare 2 Dream this Thursday at the House Of Blues. The most important aspect of this event is that a portion of the proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois. But it’s going to be a great show, too – you’ll see Gavin Rossdale (formerly of Bush) with Lovehammers and Relief opening.
Dare 2 Dream starts early, 5pm…so skip out of work and help out a much-deserving cause while rocking on a Thursday evening in Chicago! Get ticket information HERE and listen to details about the concert here:
Soul has returned to Chicago, and its name is Aniba Hotep & the Sol Collective. The group opened last Thursday at the House of Blues for Mint Condition and the positive reviews are still flowing in to the band’s website and its Facebook and Myspace pages.
The ten member (7 musicians and 3 vocalists) has drawn comparisons to acts from every era. After the Thursday night performance names like the Emotions, Eryka Badu and more were bounced around. No matter what the rousing performance was a breath of fresh air to the Neo Soul Music Scene around the Chicago area.
If I could have bottled up all of the sheer happiness at Chicago’s House Of Blues last Friday night and sold it, I’d be a millionaire. Many happy Hammerheads were immensely enjoying a moment they feared would never come.
Lovehammers at House Of Blues, photo courtesy of Christie LaMountain
Marty Casey shocked Lovehammers fans (and, in fact, the rest of the Lovehammers) about a year ago when seemingly out of blue he announced that he was leaving the band he had been the lead singer of for over a decade (more about that here) to front L.A. Guns. Thankfully, that lasted exactly a year and he has now returned to his fellow Lovehammers. A packed house at the House Of Blues got to experience one of Chicago’s premier rock bands put on one of their greatest shows ever. They performed songs off of every single one of their albums, including the soon-t0-be-released Heavy Crown.
I spoke to the band hours before they hit the stage Friday night. Heavy Crown won’t be out until July 21 but you can hear most of the songs from it and the truth about Marty leaving and then coming back to LovehammersHERE:
Hot Water Music has been dipping their toes in the pool over the past year after a former hiatus that eventually ended in the break up of the band. The group joined punkers Naked Raygun to bring in the new year earlier this month for two dates at The House of Blues. Chicago came out to show support for the band who provided inspiration, a little bit of hope, and countless moments to remember at The Fireside Bowl.
Last Monday at the House of Blues was a night for those with a sense of humor and a thirst for speedometer crushing riffs. DragonForce, who has been making regular Chicago stops since 2006, paid a visit in promotion of their latest album Ultra Beatdown. The current tour is pumped up on stage presence and battle themed friends.
CHICAGO has been on FIRE lately with all the celebrities in town and hot A-list parties! I’ve been party hopping so hard this past weekend it took me two days just to recover! And here we go AGAIN!
Rap artist/actor Common definitely knows how to throw a couple of good parties! From the Friday night kickoff reception inside Cartier to the mega bowling event on Saturday inside 10pin bowling and killer concert HOB! As Common talked with me on the red-carpet Sat. morning he stated how proud and touched he was to have such wonderful sponsors such as Lincoln, Cartierand SnowQueen Vodka be apart and support his charity organization The Common Ground Foundation. But he made it quite clear that he was here to have a good time and he was bowling to win! And from the looks of it he did a pretty good job! Now, everyone else is a whole other story!
Cynthia Fiske store manager of Cartier looked soo cute in her team uniform but her bowling needed umm… a little work, and I’m certainly not going to mention her gutter balls, oops! Host of Glossed and Found – D. Graham Kosticwas being fab and bowled a pretty good game! Jerry Azumah was a character on and off the lanes; he really needs to be a comedian! Common was a complete gentleman shaking hands and taking pictures throughout the entire event while old-school favorite rapper Doug E. Fresh and mega producer Will.I.Am took on a more political tone discussing the 700 billion-dollar failed bailout plan and Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama.
And where was I doing all this chaos you ask?! Bowling on the dang best team, lead by N.E.R.D. front man and super producer Pharrell Williams! The team was sponsored by SnowQueen Vodka and we kicked much butt! But truly all the bowling credit goes to the president of SnowQueen Vodka John Montana! You’re the best!
Every Manolo Blahnik clad ladies one and only idol Candace Bushnell made a special appearance at Manor nightclub on Sept. 24th to promote her new book One Fifth Avenue and the NBC new hit show Lipstick Jungle! I adore Candace!
The Oak Street Council and CS Brides rolled out the white carpet on Sunday for their annual wedding walk! The soon to be brides enjoyed music, champagne from Veuve Clicquot, food from Greg Christian/Limelight! Plus some great shopping and a 20lb gift bag worth over $1,000 from places like Juicy Couture, Dismero and Calypso!
Among the many participating boutiques were my personal favorites Vera Wang Chicago, Birch Design Studio,Jimmy Choo and JenniferKiefer‘s homeHarry Winston! Jennifer was kind enough to give me private V.I.P. tour of Harry Winston and showed me the most fabulous watches I’ve ever seen not to mention the jewels! But more to come later on that! *wink*!
Special thanks toJulie Fogel, Selmin Arat, Liz Kores,
Summer touring has come to a close, but not without a few last minute metal acts to end it with a bang and a killer riff. Judas Priest headlined the Metal Masters Tour which took place at the end of August in Tinley Park. The tour fulfilled old schooler’s dreams by placing Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and Testament alongside Priest. Highlights from the evening included a brutal dead on Testament assault, Tony Iommi shredding to a backdrop of fire spitting gargoyles, an epic cloaked Priest entrance, and of course Lemmy.
A night of Finnish power metal squeaked in under the end of season wire Saturday evening at the House of Blues. Sonata Arctica paired up with Nightwish stopping in Chicago for fans to enjoy a match made in heaven. Who could ask for more with a packed venue of loyal fans, a few hours of glorious anthems, and vocals that give rise to mass outbreaks of goosebumps? Goodbye summer festivals and mega tours, hello fall shows of small venues and smaller bills!
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.
At The Gates has reunited after 12 years to bring a final tour to fans around the world. Monday night’s visit to the House of Blues had metal heads from far and wide in a frenzy for likely the last chance to see the highly influential Swedish death kings. At The Gates delivered an inspiring performance that will remain in memory among the lucky attendees that came to celebrate a reunion and a farewell.
Apocalyptica brought Chicago an evening of hair tossing metal complete with matching skull thrones, a clear acrylic drum set, and…. four cellos. The band who gained notoriety with their string renditions of Metallica songs has long moved on from a cover band to an original force. The group has worked with a variety of guest artists including Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Ville Valo (HIM) and is currently on tour with their sixth studio album, Worlds Collide.
The group played primarily new material from the recent US release including tracks “Grace”, “Ion”, and “Last Hope”. Other original material included “Bittersweet”, “Betrayal/Forgiveness”, and covers of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, “Seek and Destroy”, and “Nothing Else Matters”. A combination of the band’s energy and humor made the hour and fifteen minute set slip by leaving us all wanting more. Apocalyptica played two encores for the craving fans and left the stage with a bow and hi-fives to the crowd.
Sunday evening was an exciting break to get a dose of metal with something a little different from the guitar ruling genre. Apocalypica’s mix of classical beauty with the speed and edge of hard riffs transformed on stage to an experience unlike hearing them on CD. After witnessing these Finnish rockers live I can strongly say, yes, I would like some distortion with my cello please.
“Beyond the Permafrost” is the best parts of thrashing guitars, melodic riffs, speeding bass drums, and a dash of Viking force stirred up into twelve tracks. This is Skeletonwitch’s second full length album and only title on their discography still in print (CD and black vinyl). The 12″ blue vinyl pictured below is an unlikely find, but well worth tracking down.
Both CD and vinyl feature artwork by John Dyer Baizley and were released on Prosthetic Records. You can pick up a copy of the CD from the Prosthetic Records Store and on black vinyl at Robotic Empire Online. The band is currently on tour and will be playing at the House of Blues Chicago with Hate Eternal and Soilent Green on April 23. Give them a listen on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/skeletonwitch and come out to the show to toast a mug of ale or lovingly smash into your fellow bearded metal brother (or non-bearded sister) in the pit.
Track Picks: “Within My Blood”, “Beyond the Permafrost”
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