Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 5/4/12

Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 5/4/12

This week, random thoughts on a stellar lineup for the Do-Division street festival headlined by Besnard Lakes and The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and details on a performance by onetime American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox for a great cause as part of Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster's third annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night on Wednesday, May 9th...

Do-Division... Always one of the highlights of the Chicago, summer festival season, once again, the Do-Division lineup doesn't disappoint.  Taking place Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd on Division between Ashland and Leavitt, music highlights are many and include performances by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound on Friday, Le Butcherettes, White Mystery, Besnard Lakes, Craig Finn and In Tall Buildings on Saturday and Murder By Death, The Antlers and Cory Chisel on Sunday.  Get all of the details HERE...

Manifest Urban Arts Fest 2012... Columbia College celebrates its grads at this annual South Loop festival.  It's free and open to the public and kicks off the outdoor festival season nicely with some solid music performances throughout the day on Friday, May 4th.  Catch artists like Katz Company, Kids These Days and a 7PM headlining set by Allen Stone.  Get the full list of Friday's events HERE...

Third Annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night... Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and wife Jenny gear up for their third annual casino night this Wednesday, May 9th at the Palmer House Hilton.  Featuring music performances by American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox and the Sinatraesque sounds of John Vincent, the event aims to raise awareness of 22q11.2 deletion (DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS).  A live auction featuring items from stars like Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen the Doobie Brothers and more will also take place so make yourself available to support a great cause this Wednesday night.  I'll have a full preview for Wednesday's event on Monday but in the meantime, learn more about the event and pick up tickets to attend HERE...

Bruce Springsteen... Speaking of The Boss, Viper Alley in Lincolnshire is giving one lucky Springsteen fan the opportunity to win a pair of tickets in the first five rows when Bruce performs at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 7th.  Catch Springsteen tribute act Bruce in the U.S.A. at Viper Alley on June 1st and get contest rules/entry information for the YouTube video contest HERE.  And in case you forgot, tickets to see Bruce Springsteen live at Wrigley Field on Saturday, September 8th go on sale this Saturday morning, May 5th at 10AM through  Tickets for the Friday, September 7th show are sold out.

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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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