We saw them first at Fitzgerald’s!!!

When I wrote my review of the amazing American Music Festival at Fitzgerald’s this summer I mentioned the band that caught me by surprise was Girls, Guns and Glory with super talented Sarah Borges (My New Favorite Festival)  Well it seems the Triple G guys have found themselves on the web pages of Rolling Stone Magazine with a nice article and new video for the holiday season.  It’s pretty darn good indeed!  Check it out below and check  out the rest of their music  cause they totally rock!

Poochamungas, Pancakes and Santa!!!

Photo by David Kindler

Photo by David Kindler

We’ve been a pretty busy band this month but today we get the opportunity to jam in our home turf.  Being from the Northwest side I am pretty psyched we get to play at the Firewater Saloon.  The event runs from 9am till Noon and the BIG GUY in RED will be making an appearance as well! No cover charge and a $4 dollar pancake breakfast makes this the best deal of the Holiday Season!!!  Stop on by and be sure to say hi to the band.

Comparing Apples to Steak. Poor decision by the Grammy’s.

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A few years ago the Grammy’s made a decision to eliminate and combine some categories in efforts to streamline the awards.  One of those affected by this change was the Children’s category and this year you can see it was a bad idea.  Okee-Dokee-Bros-Through-the-WoodsFour of the five nominees are albums of music. The fifth is a spoken word CD which used to be a separate Children’s spoken word category and for good reason.  It’s like comparing apples to steak. Other than both being recorded works any similarity ends there.  You have 4 great albums of terrific music from Brady Rymer, The Pop Ups, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and The Okee Dokee Brothers. The 5th entry is I am Malala. The amazingly inspiring story of a young girl who stood BradyRymerJustSayHiup to the Taliban, was shot and nearly killed in her pursuit of education. For her actions she deservedly just won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  It’s a book worth listening too or reading.  What I don’t understand is why this recording is not in the Spoken Word Category and instead in the Children’s category. I am reading the story and it is not just a children’s book. It is a worthwhile story for all ages.  Just because it’s written from a child’s point of view does not inherently make it a children’s book. It is a read for everyone and thus should be in the spoken word category or NARAS should bring back the Children’s Spoken Word category. I am disappointed the academy allowed this perfect quirkentry in this category.  Either way if you’re a voter go listen to the 4 great kindie artists and give them proper consideration. Also go read or listen to Malala’s story as it is truly inspiring.  Go support a kindie artist today!

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How Great Can This Day Be?

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It’s a really great day anytime Lori Henriques gets around to making another CD. This time unlike her previous two solo efforts Lori has brought the whole band to join her and it only makes her music more awesome. Piano driven jazz is Lori’s avenue of music and this time bass, drums, horns, saw (Yes an actual saw!), flutes, percussion, clarinet and more horns join her on this rambunctious outing.  I love the opening of How Great can This day Be and how positive and cool it makes you feel just listening to it. I Say Woo is my sons Favorites with a funky organ joining in on the grove and finally Another Good Year which closes out a really great CD with a great trumpet solo. Lori’s stellar vocals once again shine throughout the entirety of the disc.  If you haven’t bought a Lori Henriques CD yet this one is well worth the purchase. It would make a great gift for family, friends, neighbors and classmates as it it is the season….  I hope she submits this gem of an album for the Grammy’s next year as she already has my vote. I’d add it to my top ten-ish this year but it’s gonna have to wait till next year. But don’t wait to purchase it!  Go support an independent artist and buy this music today! Be sure to check out the title track video below.

This CD was sent to me for reviewing purposes but the opinion stated is my very own.

Quiet before the storm

Today is Sunday and as I am getting over a cold my son is building with Mega Blocks and my daughter is quietly reading in her room.  The wife still sleeps and who can blame her after the busy Thanksgiving we hosted. We had friends over and what a great time.  Anyway before I go make breakfast I realized next weekend we have two gigs and then another the following Sunday.  Not to mention all sorts of other events and parties as December descends upon us.  I am content to watch the son build for now and scramble up some eggs for the kids. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and if you can come see the Poochamungas play next weekend. Saturday December 6th at the Apollo Recreation Center in Alsip for Santas Landing. Also Sunday December 7th at the Marina Grand in New Buffalo, MI for the Teddy Bear TeaHave a great Sunday and may you survive the upcoming Xmas season with your sanity intact!

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Much to be thankful for

This is my favorite holiday of the year. No presents to send or receive. No carols to be sung. While I do enjoy the next holiday I do wish the retail world would stop jamming it down my throat before Halloween has even ended. Today I shall enjoy the company of family and friends while remembering all there is to be grateful for this year. I shall endeavour to teach this to my children as well. If the world had a little more gratitude and kindness it would be a better place. May you all have a great day filled with tasty food and the ones you love. Happy Thanksgiving.

Chicago Toy and Game Show or lots of COOL STUFF TO PLAY WITH!

ChiTagLogo_Hi_ResThis weekend is the 10th annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair!  We went last year and what a great time we had (thanks to The Rock Father for getting us invited). Two dads and two kids got to check out the latest and greatest in toys coming out.  Not only do you get to play with the toys many times you get to meet the inventors as well.  The kids were pretty much totally rocked the whole thing and we got to enjoy the blogger breakfast as well.  If you have a chance head on over to Navy Pier this weekend as it is open to the public. This Saturday, November 22 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, November 23 from 10am-5pm. A great time for the whole family! $10 adults, $5 kids and under  3 attends free.