The week in rock: Random thoughts for the music fan on the passing of Chicago blues legend Magic Slim (and a great Pearl Jam story), information on a new initiative from P-Funk legend George Clinton aimed at raising awareness toward copyright issues, details on the 2013 Spring Awakening Festival, plus weekend on sale info for shows by Leon Russell, Alkaline Trio, Johnny Marr and Rush. All of this plus much more…
Notable shows going on sale this weekend:
- DJ Jazzy Jeff (Thursday, March 7 at the Shrine) – On sale now
- Amy Lavere (Wednesday, April 17 at Red Line Tap) – On sale now
- Calexico (Monday, June 3 at City Winery) – On sale now
- Leon Russell (Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18 at City Winery) – On sale now
- Son Volt (Friday, June 7 at Park West) – On sale Friday at 10AM
- Disappears (Thursday, April 18 at Lincoln Hall) – On sale Friday at noon
- John Oates (Saturday, April 27 at SPACE) – On sale Friday at noon
- Alkaline Trio (Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 at Metro) – On sale Friday at noon
- Johnny Marr (Thursday, April 25 at Metro) – On sale Saturday at noon
- Rush (Friday, June 28 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre) – On sale Monday at 10AM
I’m a Bluesman…
Morris Holt, better known as Magic Slim, passed away Thursday. A mainstay on the Chicago blues scene, Slim was always a pleasure to behold live as he led his band the Teardrops through blistering sets at Kingston Mines and more on a regular basis (even once opening for Pearl Jam at a now infamous, surprise fanclub show during the Vs. tour on March 13, 1994 at the historic, though endangered, New Regal Theater on the city’s south side. The contract for that show, as the legend goes, was suposedly drawn up on a cocktail napkin by Slim and Eddie Vedder following a Teardrops set at the now closed Blues Etc. Slim’s asking price? $700 for forty minutes and two bottles of Wild Turkey).
“Slim was one of the foremost practitioners of the raw, gut-bucket, back alley blues associated with the postwar Chicago blues sound. He and his band, the Teardrops, were known as ‘the last real Chicago blues band’ for their authentic, no-frills, straight-no-chaser performance of the music” says a press release from Slim’s label Blind Pig Records.
Magic Slim was 75.
I Think I Found The Funk…
Parliament and Funkadelic founder and funk pioneer, George Clinton called a press conference last week at B.B. King’s in New York to bring increased attention to the copyright battle he continues to fight vigorously as well as the release of the “George Clinton Copyright Petition” which calls on President Obama and members of the U.S. Copyright Office to “correct the glaring errors in the copyright filing process” and “put in place protections (and free legal assistance) for artists, musicians and songwriters as outlined in the US Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 8.”
Long considered to be one of, if not the most, sampled artists of all-time, Clinton is raising awareness of an issue facing artists that has become increasingly murky over the years given the virtual “wild west” atmosphere fostered via the internet. Dubbed “Flashlight 2013,” Clinton has become the face of a non-for-profit organization geared toward “Shining the light on ‘mis-appropriated’ copyrights for musicians, songwriters and artists worldwide.”
“I (George Clinton) want to be known as the man who brought to the attention of America the copyright issues. That’s what I would like my legacy to be, to have turned people on to the fact that they need to fight for their rights to their music. You have to fight a lot of people for your music. You have to fight the copyright companies, like BMI. You have to fight these record companies because they really want to take it all. Right now, it’s time for people to start getting their music back.
From about 1978 to 2013 is the timeframe from which you’re allowed to start getting your music, made back then, returned to you. 2013, ….this will be the first time a lot of people are going to get their music back and I’m going to help them!”
It’s an extremely relevant issue and it’s fascinating to me to watch a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee utilize social media better than artists a third of his age to bring attention to it.
More Chicago At Night coverage of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic can be found at the following links:
- Concert Review: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the African Festival of the Arts
- Concert Review: Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Cubby Bear
- Concert Review: Friday, September 30, 2011 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
The first wave of artists performing at the 2013 Spring Awakening Festival has been announced. In only its second year, the festival has expanded to three days and will feature major, national, electronic artists like Bassnectar and Calvin Harris as well as veteran Chicago artists like Felix da Housecat and Flosstradamus. The festival takes place from June 14-16th at Soldier Field and tickets are on sale now.
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