This week, random thoughts on the passing of both Dick Clark and Levon Helm... The summer festival season continues to take shape with announcements regarding the music lineups for both Taste of Chicago and North Coast Music Fest... Plus, information regarding several cool events taking place this weekend throughout Chicago as part of "Record Store Day."
North Coast Music Fest... Takes place again this year in Union Park from August 31st - September 2nd. Part of the lineup was revealed this week and as always features a vast array of artists spanning genres like hip-hop, electronic and rock. Pretty Lights, Big Boi, Axwell and more are amongst the headliners while local artists like Felix da Housecat will also perform. Both general admission and VIP three day passes are on sale HERE...
Taste of Chicago... I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of artists booked for this year's Mini-Taste considering how long the city waited to start booking them. Death Cab for Cutie (a curious selection considering they didn't come near selling out the two shows they performed earlier this week at Chicago Theatre with tickets going for under $20 on StubHub the day of the shows), Jennifer Hudson, Dierks Bentley, Chaka Khan and more will all perform at Petrillo Music Shell between July 11th and 15th. For the first time, pavillion seats will be sold for $25 each (lawn seats remain free of charge). No on-sale information for the pavillion seating has been released, though the city, in its typically cryptic way, suggests checking back in "mid-May" (seriously). Get all the details (or lack thereof) HERE...
Record Store Day 2012 (Saturday, April 21st)... Designed to celebrate the vibrant community surrounding independent record stores, Record Store Day has given music fans the opportunity to catch rare in-store performances while picking up unique merchandise and indie releases since 2007.
This year, be sure to check out a few of my favorite local Record Store Day activities here in Chicago...
- Laurie's Planet of Sound (4639 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square) - A day full of events and merchandise specials will also see live in-store performances throughout the day on Saturday. My favorite part of Laurie's in-store schedule is a 2PM performance by "Elvis, Angotti, Dawson & Burch, Ltd" (AKA, Brad Elvis of The Handcuffs, Phil Angotti most recently of Material re-Issue, Steve Dawson and Edward Burch performing the 1967 Monkees album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. in its entirety). This should be very cool. And what's more? Resident Beatlemaniac, WXRT personality and Radio Hall of Famer Terri Hemmert will be working the register from 4-6PM. Check out the full, day-long schedule of goings-on at Laurie's HERE
- Vintage Vinyl (925 Davis St. in Evanston) - I wrote about the local, psychedelic stylings of The Luck of Eden Hall back in January. They'll be performing live at Vintage Vinyl Saturday at noon so jump on the Purple Line and pick up your copy of the band's most recent release Butterfly Revolutions, Volume 2 while you're at it.
Dick Clark... Suffered a heart attack following a medical procedure and passed away Wednesday at the age of 82. While I've always thought that Clark received far more accolades than he deserved (only narrowly escaping the payola scandal and ultimately eclipsing more daring peers like Allan Freed in the process), there's no denying the opportunities that he gave to countless black artists and I'll always remember his "American Bandstand" as one of the first places I was exposed to music on television at a very young age. Until the very end, I made it an annual point to catch at least a moment of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" (especially the relentlessly cheesy, pre-taped studio portion) and I'll always have a soft spot for the man.
Levon Helm... Finished a long battle with cancer and passed away Thursday at the age of 71. The passing of the incredibly influential vocalist, drummer and multi-instrumentalist leaves only Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson as surviving members of the original lineup of The Band.
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