Posts in category "music"

Dinah Washington Now Has A Street in Chicago, Part 2

The following photos illustrate the festive quality of the Dinah Washington street sign naming in Chicago, which I wrote about in Part 1 here:

Dinah Washington Way is Now a Street in Chicago, Part 1

A Chicago street was named in honor of Dinah Washington on August 29th, which would have been her 90th birthday. The signing celebration was held at the northeast corner of Phillips High School, her alma mater. Right there at 38th and Prairie Ave. The event, hosted by Al Carter Bey and emceed by vocalist Senabella,... Read more »

May the Fourth Be With You!

Before Star Wars became a cultural icon, there was another grass roots cultural icon and space expert from Saturn. His name was Sun Ra. Click below to see and hear this expert give a musical tutorial on the cosmos as we don’t know it. Oh, and May the 4th be with you. CLICK HERE:


As April unfolds, here’s a cute little video in honor of jazz appreciation month.


Chicago radio station WVON was born 50 years ago on April 1, 1963. WVON was geared toward Chicago’s African-American community, which was otherwise underrepresented on the airwaves. Personalities like Herb Kent “the Cool Gent”, Bill “Butterball” Crane, E. Rodney Jones and others provided sweet, wholesome, soul music to the masses. Their accessible, charismatic and fun... Read more »

Chicago Korean Festival 2012: This Weekend

Find the 17th Annual Korean Festival in Chicago’s Albany Park Neighborhood, at 3200 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, today and tomorrow (August 18 and 19, noon to 10:30 pm each day).  The following promo shows the kind of ambiance that fest goers can expect:

Treme's Donald Harrison: Jazz camp special guest for JIC

Treme's Donald Harrison: Jazz camp special guest for JIC
Donald Harrison, a legendary New Orleans saxophonist who is also consultant to the HBO television series “Treme,” was special guest artist at the 2012 Jazz Institute of Chicago’s “Straight Ahead and Other Directions Jazz Camp,” which wrapped up Thursday. This year’s four-day event, hosted by Columbia College Chicago, offered an expanded curriculum most exemplified by... Read more »

Billiken 2012 Will March On Without Obama

Contrary to previous reports, it is now well known that President Obama’s schedule next month prevents him from acting as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Bud Billiken Parade. However, this year’s parade on Chicago’s South Side will offer the usual bands, floats, personalities, etc. Here are a few videos from past Billiken festivities, including a... Read more »

It’s Al Green Day, proclaims Illinois Governor Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to present soul music legend Al Green with a proclamation today, declaring June 15th as “Al Green Day” in Illinois, according to a Ravinia Festival newsletter. Green, who is making his Ravinia debut tonight, will be joined by The Soul Children’s Choir of Chicago. Quinn isn’t the only politico to... Read more »