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rebecca_1Rebecca Taras, NBC Chicago Street Team

Whether or not you’re a music junkie, the opportunity to see Grant Park transformed into a playground for party-goers is entertainment in itself. The third annual GALApalooza event is only one week away, giving guests an exclusive sneak preview of the Lollapalooza event grounds in a VIP fashion. NBC-galapush2

Outdoor lounge seating, cocktails and creative nibbles – you just might forget there’s actually a concert to watch. Lollapalooza artist Vampire Weekend and Chicago sensation Hey Champ will take the stage, in addition to performances by Park District Kids and DJ White Shadow.

Friends coming in to town for the music filled extravaganza? The James Hotel is offering a special overnight package on August 6 which includes two general admission tickets to GALApalooza, overnight accommodations in a king guestroom, and valet parking at The James. Rates start at $579. For more info or to book a room, visit www.jameshotels.com.

GALApalooza takes place on Thursday August 6th at 6 p.m. at the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park. Lounge experiences are available at the $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 level and single tickets are available for $150. For more information or to make reservations, call Alison Krzys, Director of Communications for Parkways Foundation at 312.742.4807 or visit www.parkways.org.

Since 2005, Lollapalooza and GALApalooza have raised over $4 million dollars for Parkways, which directly impacted Chicago’s neighborhood parks.

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JenChicago, NBC Chicago Street Team
If you are any kind of a night owl, like I am, you are looking for something great to do on any given night of the week. Well, we’ve got you covered for Tuesday. Fatt Finger is a great band playing at The Joynt every Tuesday night starting at 10! The perform originals and covers from many genres of rock. Come out for drink specials and a classic rockin’ good time! I’ll see you on the dance floor! (No cover.)

PS: Here’s a little sample song from last week:

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Looking for a great time of live music and rock and roll on a Tuesday night? Well, look no further than The Joynt featuring Fatt Finger! This 6-piece band plays both originals and covers from a variety of rock genres AND they are just a good group of guys. They play from their heart and put on a great show! Bring your friends and come dance the night away to hits ranging from Black Crowes to Tom Petty to Sublime! I’ll be there and hope to see you!

Here’s a quick little “taste” of Fatt Finger at The Joynt last week.

Want to know more? This is a “Meet the Band” video. I get the guys to chat with me a bit without the instruments. I always find it so interesting to talk to musicians.

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Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

“Nothing matters but the weekend.  From a Tuesday point of view.”

If you found yourself humming the tune as you read the words, Mister Zerothen you’re familiar with “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” by The Kings.  Possibly, you have heard that song every Friday for the past two decades – many radio stations STILL play it religiously to kick off the weekend.  And rightly so.  It may have been a one-hit wonder, but it’s one of the most sustainable one-hit wonders ever.  It totally encapsulates the feeling of…well, the weekend!

Check out the backstory of what lead up to that hit song from Mister Zero, songwriter/guitarist for The Kings, in Cara’s Basement.

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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

Friday night marked The Gaslight Anthem’s first Chicago headlining show.  The band has been steadily winning over fans with constant touring and growing radio play.  The group has rolled through Chicago opening for such successful acts as Rise Against, The Bouncing Souls, and The Loved Ones.

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Cara Carriveau, NBC5 Street Team

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival rolled into the the First Midwest Bank Amplitheatrer in Tinley Park yesterday.  It was a metal-head’s dream concert with bands like Slipnot, Dragonforce, Mastodon, Machine Head, Five Finger Death Punch, Walls Of Jericho, & Airbourne part of the line-up.  My favorite band that played at Mayhem Fest was Chicago’s own Disturbed.

Talk about a hometown success story.  Disturbed has sold over 10-million albums worldwide.  They are currently enjoying mass success with their aptly titled “Indestructible” album, their third in a row to debut at number one.  That’s no small feat.  Only six other rock bands have released three #1 albums in a row:  Van Halen, Pearl Jam, U2, Dave Matthews Band, Staind and Metallica.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Disturbed lead singer David Draiman a few hours before they hit the stage.  Wow.  Such an intelligent man.  The full interview will be featured on a future episode of my podcast Cara’s Basement.  But you can hear a good chunk of it right now, including him describing how Disturbed layed the ground work for their success a dozen years ago in Chicago, on The Chicago Music Guide website.

 

 LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW HERE

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Cara CarriveauCara “Cara’s Basement” Carriveau, NBC5 Street Team

I love martini’s and I love parks. So a place called Martini Park sounds like a perfect destination. I’ll be there tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 19) at 7:30 for the My Boys exclusive screening party.

My Boys is a comedy airing on TBS created by Northwestern alum Betsy Thomas. Since My Boys is set in My Boys on TBSChicago you’ll catch plenty of references to many Chicago landmarks including the Art Institute, Billy Goat Tavern, The Hideout and Guthrie’s Tavern. It’s about Sun-Times sportswriter P.J. Franklin (surprised they didn’t make the last name “Clarke” as in another Chicago landmark) and her “boys” including one radio DJ who works at a rock station that suddenly changes formats…something I can totally identify with!  I spent a few years happily rockin’ at Chicago’s Rock 103.5 spinning bands like Metallica and Anthrax, then suddenly one day it flipped to “Jammin’ Oldies”. Ugh. Bad memory.  And I digress.

If you come to Martini Park tomorrow evening you’ll get to meet and mingle with cast members Michael Bunin, Reid Scott, and Kyle Howard as you enjoy complimentary appetizers and win cool prizes from My Boys and WTMX.  You’ll watch the new episode on the big screen while sipping specialty martinis.  Great way to spend a Thursday night in Chicago!

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