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Fayth a.k.a. Relaxocat, NBC Chicago Street Team

Fans of Chicago’s “chamber pop collective”, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, are shocked and saddened by the news that the band was involved in a serious car accident in Indiana on September 24th while on their way from Chicago to Cincinnati. The accident was caused by a blown tire that sent the van rolling and finally landing upside down on a median. The band recently celebrated their newly released CD, “…and the horse you rode in on” on Bloodshot Records and performed live at the label’s 15th anniversary celebration at Hideout’s block party on September 12th.

In a statement from the record label, Alison Hinderliter, Jay Santana, and Ethan Adelsman were released from the hospital with minor injuries. Elia Einhorn and Mary Ralph remain hospitalized with more severe injuries, but are expected to be released or transferred to a nearby hospital soon. Band member, Mark Yoshizumi, is in serious condition and was airlifted to Christ Memorial Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL with serious head, neck, and back injuries.

Aside from the terrible accident that has caused pain and injury to the band members, there is now a good deal of financial damage as well. Their van was totaled and all of their equipment was destroyed. Bloodshot Records has established a PayPal account on behalf of SYGC where fans and friends can donate to help get the band back on their feet. If you would like to help:

1. Sign in to PayPal and send donation to tsygc@bloodshotrecords.com
2. Send this email link to friends/contacts: Donate and Help SYGC
3. Click on the button in this news story: Updated News On SYGC

Bloodshot Records will continue to update the bands recovery progress and any news which you can find by clicking “news story” the link above.

In the meantime, we all wish the band a speedy recovery and send our best thoughts to them during this difficult time.

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Fayth, a.k.a Relaxocat, NBC Chicago Street Team

House music lovers rejoice! This Saturday, April 18th Chicago gets what is sure to be one of the best line-ups of veteran DJ’s on one bill featuring Mark Farina,  Derrick Carter, and DJ Heather.  All three have releases on the Om Records label and have previously collaborated with one another, but it’s rare to have three internationally known heavy hitting DJ’s on one bill. 

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Fayth, a.k.a Relaxocat, NBC Chicago Street Team

Soul pioneers, Wiley And The Checkmates, hit Chicago on Saturday, March 28th at Hideout.

These guys are the real deal — true pioneers of Delta soul bringing you serious booty shakin’ music from the deep South.

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Fayth aka Relaxocat, NBC Chicago Street Team

Just in time for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Spring performance series is an event arranged with NBC Chicago Street Team’s, Tom Kolovos, Hubbard Street bloomingdales_verticalDance Chicago, and Bloomingdale’s on Michigan Avenue. 

Tonight, Tom will put together some spring fashion for men and women to be modeled by Chicago’s very own Hubbard Street Dancers. 

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 with a fashion presentation at 6 p.m. and shopping (!) until 8 p.m. 

10% of sales made by event participants will go toward Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s education and community programs. 

It all goes down on the fourth floor of Bloomingdales at 900 N. Michigan Ave.

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Fayth, a.k.a Relaxocat, NBC Chicago Street Team

Abroad and stateside, there’s been a buzz since 2008 about The Godfathers’ first round of touring in nearly 20 years. They’re heading to Chicago on Saturday for a show at Metro promoting their limited edition album, “Hit By Hit.” It’s a re-release of the original album plus an additional disc including b-sides and previously unreleased material.

The Godfathers first emerged in 1985, successfully combining alternative garage rock with a U.K. flair. By 1987 they were on their fourth world tour, and by 1989, their last U.S. tour, they hit 76 U.S. cities in four months.

These days they have renewed their rock n’ roll vitality and are bringing their timeless music back onstage. The original members reunited in 2008, began touring, and celebrated their CD release with their hugely successful St. Valentine’s Massacre show at London’s Forum. The economic crisis put a damper on a U.S. tour this year, but chose to bring the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” show to Chicago.

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Fayth a.k.a. Relaxocat, NBC5 Street Team

Back in 2006 my friends and I were invited by a musician to see Curtis Evans at Wise Fool’s Pub. What I was told back then was that he was a talented songwriter, well known and well respected among many local musicians for his songwriting as well as his support to the local music scene.   I heard he was someone who definitely had a musical future ahead of him.  Since then I’ve seen Curtis play with his band, solo, and in collaboration with other local bands at venues such as the Abbey Pub, Schuba’s, Subterranean, and Double Door.  He’s had a number of shows in New York, Austin’s SXSW, and also in Belgium.   His music ranges from aggressive alternative rock to country laden folk, but I’ve heard him most recently singing solo with an acoustic guitar.  His voice is fantastic.  And it is true, he is an extremely talented songwriter and heartfelt performer.

Curtis Evans

Curtis Evans

His upcoming release on Grape Juice Records premiers this Thursday at Beat Kitchen and is entitled, “More Songs About Loneliness”.  I approached listening to it with a bit of cautious curiosity;  I tend to shy away from melancholia and the title worried me a bit since I am particularly fond of Curtis’ more edgy side.  But much to my surprise, I didn’t find these songs to be melancholy, but rather warm, honest, and melodic.  My favorite from this CD is “Jenny Wade”, a song with a little darkness and some keyboard effects that sound fantastic.  Really good job, Curtis.  Give us more.

In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Curtis “admits a fondness for homespun recordings that allow for the occasional mistake…”, but I promise you, these “occasional mistakes” are all part of the authenticity of Curtis’ music.  Catch him live on Thursday!

  • Curtis Evans – “More Songs About Loneliness” Release Party
  • Thursday, December 18th
  • Beat Kitchen – 2100 W. Belmont

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Fayth a.k.a. Relaxocat, NBC5 Street Team

Direct from Belgium and just in time for SOFA, Dupe Design showcase their modern, sculptural lighting for the first time in the U.S., hosted by gallery owner Jim Licka at the opening of the Volcan Gallery tomorrow night.

Dupe in Belgium

Dupe in Belgium

Crafted of blown, fused glass and metal, these stunning designs are fresh, fanciful, and definitely eye-catching, providing bright or subtle lighting that creates a warm, welcoming environment.  The collection includes innovative, organic forms in varied styles that suspend high like chandeliers or go from ceiling to floor at 8 feet in length.  In fact, the piece that I like the best nearly hits the floor.

Dupe Design (short for the name of the family of designers, the Duportails) have been creating specialized sculptural lighting since 1996 with their work primarily available to European interior design firms and installed for use in commercial settings such as restaurants, clubs, corporations, and galleries.  The arrival of Dupe to the U.S. is exciting because these pieces can now be acquired here for your home or your business at reasonable prices for one-of-kind, custom made functional art.  Design consultant and member of the Duportail family, Kevin Delandtsheer just arrived this week and will be on hand to answer your questions and explain how these intricate pieces are designed, crafted, and installed.
volcan-gallery-opening1The timing is perfect for those of you who will be attending the SOFA show (see Shlomi’s post here) because the gallery opening is Saturday night after SOFA closes for the day.  You’ll also be treated to artwork by emerging artist Emily Appenzeller who created the artwork for the gallery’s opening shown at left, and live music from local bands, including Jim Licka himself playing the unusual instrument known as the mellotron.

Saturday, November 8th at 7 p.m.
Volcan Gallery – 1917 W. Irving Park Rd.

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