Q&A Interview With Arsenio Hall (A Stand-Up Comedy Preview - Saturday, April 29, 2017 at City Winery)

Q&A Interview With Arsenio Hall (A Stand-Up Comedy Preview - Saturday, April 29, 2017 at City Winery)
Headed to town for two stand-up sets Saturday night at City Winery, I spoke with Arsenio Hall about getting his comedy start in Chicago, fond memories of both Don Rickles and Charlie Murphy, rumors of a Coming to America sequel and his mindset upon creating a late night talk show that would go head-to-head with Johnny Carson and the establishment in the early 90s... ...

Ceiliúradh: A St. Patrick's Day Celebration With The Tossers (Friday, March 17, 2017 at Metro)

Ceiliúradh: A St. Patrick's Day Celebration With The Tossers (Friday, March 17, 2017 at Metro)
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with their annual concert at Metro Friday night, I spoke with Tony Duggins about the impact of his south side roots on the music of The Tossers, the influence of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement on the latest Tossers studio album Smash The Windows and the continued quest for equality in America... ...

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... ...
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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... ...

Q&A Interview With Lol Tolhurst - A Cured Spoken Word Preview (Thursday, December 1, 2016 at SAE Chicago and Virgin Hotel)

Q&A Interview With Lol Tolhurst - A Cured Spoken Word Preview (Thursday, December 1, 2016 at SAE Chicago and Virgin Hotel)
Headed to town for a series of events Wednesday and Thursday in promotion of his new memoirs Cured, I spoke with drummer, keyboard player and co-founding member of The Cure, Lol Tolhurst about growing up alongside Robert Smith, revisiting his thirteen years in that band and whether or not we're likely to see the ideas that sparked the inception of punk influence popular culture similarly again... ...
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Q&A Interview With Marc Ford - A Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club Black Wednesday Concert Preview (November 23, 2016 at SPACE in Evanston)

Q&A Interview With Marc Ford - A Marc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club Black Wednesday Concert Preview (November 23, 2016 at SPACE in Evanston)
Headed to town for a Black Wednesday set in Evanston at SPACE, I spoke with former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford about the analog makings of his latest solo effort The Vulture, discovering the Chicago blues via Chess Records and the recent announcement of his participation in a new group called The Magpie Salute with former Crowes colleague Rich Robinson... ...

Q&A Interview With Zac Carper - A FIDLAR Concert Preview (Thursday, November 17, 2016 At Metro)

Q&A Interview With Zac Carper - A FIDLAR Concert Preview (Thursday, November 17, 2016 At Metro)
Headed back to town alongside SWMRS for an all ages set Thursday night at Metro, I spoke with FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper about Chicago as the backdrop for a life changing event, the depth of FIDLAR's relationship with SWMRS and why it's so difficult for a punk band to establish longevity in the music industry...

Q&A Interview With Jimmy Smith - A Foals Concert Preview (Wednesday, November 9, 2016 At The Riviera Theatre)

Q&A Interview With Jimmy Smith - A Foals Concert Preview (Wednesday, November 9, 2016 At The Riviera Theatre)
Headed back to town for a concert Wednesday night at the Riv, I spoke with Foals guitarist Jimmy Smith about avoiding expectations, the importance of maintaining a strong live set in the internet era and much more... ...
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Concert Preview: An aliveOne 20th Anniversary Weekend With The Heard, Low Spark and Good Enough

Concert Preview: An aliveOne 20th Anniversary Weekend With The Heard, Low Spark and Good Enough
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Lincoln Park staple aliveOne throughout the weekend (with events including a private performance Saturday by Good Enough, featuring members of Umphrey's McGee), I spoke with 4EG Managing Partner and aliveOne co-owner David Halpern about weathering neighborhood, music and technological changes over twenty years and the celebration of live music that has allowed aliveOne to remain a bar industry mainstay on Chicago's north side...