Posts in category "Local Music Spotlight"

PART TWO: Help! A Kickstarter Q&A With Professor Moptop (Author, The Textbook Beatle Project)

PART TWO: Help! A Kickstarter Q&A With Professor Moptop (Author, The Textbook Beatle Project)
In part two of my interview with broadcaster and author Gregory Alexander, we further examine Alexander's eighteen years on the radio in Chicago as "Professor Moptop" at WXRT, the power of the radio medium as a vehicle for breaking artists like The Beatles, as well as his favorite Beatles album and song. Promoting the Kickstarter for his new Textbook Beatle Project, Professor Moptop hosts a screening and critical analysis of the 1965 Beatles film Help! at 1PM on Saturday, February 11th at the Deerfield Public Library... ...

Help! A Kickstarter Q&A With Professor Moptop (Author, The Textbook Beatle Project) PART ONE

Help! A Kickstarter Q&A With Professor Moptop (Author, The Textbook Beatle Project) PART ONE
Broadcaster and aspiring author, Gregory Alexander talks about his nearly 20 years teaching WXRT listeners about The Beatles as "Professor Moptop," the Kickstarter effort to self-publish his new Textbook Beatle Project, and what exactly it is that allows The Beatles to remain a relevant influence on contemporary music almost 50 years after their breakup. Professor Moptop hosts a screening and analysis of the 1965 Beatles film Help! Saturday at noon at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage... ...

Q&A Interview With Donnie Biggins - A Profiles Record Release Party Preview (Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Tonic Room)

Q&A Interview With Donnie Biggins - A Profiles Record Release Party Preview (Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Tonic Room)
Celebrating the release of his debut solo album Profiles Friday and Saturday night at Tonic Room, I spoke with local songwriter Donnie Biggins about working outside of The Shams Band and balancing the workload between his duties as musician, promoter, venue owner, festival curator and father... ...
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Q&A Interview With Tom Schraeder - A Tom Schraeder & His Ego Concert Preview (Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Empty Bottle)

Q&A Interview With Tom Schraeder - A Tom Schraeder & His Ego Concert Preview (Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Empty Bottle)
Performing Tuesday night at Empty Bottle (the record release party for his latest album, Schraedest Hits), I spoke with local songwriter Tom Schraeder about tailoring his songs to fit someone else's art in his recent film and television work, growing as a songwriter, looking back at his expansive 22 album catalog, the influence of Paul Westerberg and what he hopes lies ahead in his next decade as a recording musician... ...

God's Gonna Cut You Down: An Interview With Frank Catalano (Concert Preview: Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin Live at Andy's Jazz Club - Thursday, April 16 Through Saturday, April 18, 2015)

God's Gonna Cut You Down: An Interview With Frank Catalano (Concert Preview: Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin Live at Andy's Jazz Club - Thursday, April 16 Through Saturday, April 18, 2015)
Riding high on the success of his series of collaborations with former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Grammy Award winning saxophone player, and Chicagoan, Frank Catalano celebrates the duo's most recent release God's Gonna Cut You Down Thursday through Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club... ...

Concert Preview: Jammin' On Ashland 3 - Bigg Otis Blues, Beast Warrior and Nick Lynch - A MaeBell Ward Foundation Benefit (Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Temple Bar)

Concert Preview: Jammin' On Ashland 3 - Bigg Otis Blues, Beast Warrior and Nick Lynch - A MaeBell Ward Foundation Benefit (Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Temple Bar)
This Thursday night in Chicago's north side Lakeview neighborhood, support the fight against Alzeheimer's as MaeBell Ward Foundation presents "Jammin' on Ashland 3," an eclectic evening of performances by Rob Blaine's Bigg Otis Blues, local metal stalwarts Beast Warrior and former American Idol contestant Nick Lynch... ...
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Q&A Interview With Kristina Cottone - A Honey And The 45s Concert Preview (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lincoln Hall)

Q&A Interview With Kristina Cottone - A Honey And The 45s Concert Preview (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lincoln Hall)
Performing Saturday at Lincoln Hall in support of their latest release, MAD, I spoke with Honey and the 45s vocalist/guitarist Kristina Cottone about Jack Kerouac and direction as a theme, the difficulty of boiling down a wide range of musical influences on their latest EP and just what 2015 holds for the local quintet... ...

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music
Keeping with the spirit of the season, I spoke with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, Kristina Cottone of Honey & The 45's, singer songwriter Mike Doughty, saxman Frank Catalano, bluesman Tom Holland and drummer Steve Luongo about their thoughts on Christmas music and some of their favorite holiday tracks... ...

Q&A Interview With Scott Lucas of Local H (A Scott Lucas & The Married Men Holiday Concert Preview: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at The Hideout)

Q&A Interview With Scott Lucas of Local H (A Scott Lucas & The Married Men Holiday Concert Preview: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at The Hideout)
Busy as always, I chatted this week with Local H frontman Scott Lucas about early work on the band's eighth studio album, this week's release of the second installment of Local H's Awesome Mix Tape covers series, a holiday themed show he has coming up Saturday night at Hideout with his side project Scott Lucas & The Married Men, a Local H New Year's Eve show at Cubby Bear and more... ...
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Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)

Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)
Getting ready to celebrate the recent release of their new EP, Veva, Hold On, Saturday night at Metro, I spoke with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club about the power pop sounds on the local quintet's latest project... ...