Category Archives: live music

Poochamungas at Joe’s Live Rosemont

Hey there folks!  The Poochamungas are gonna be rocking once again this Saturday, November 12th @ 11am in the fantastic Joe’s Live in Rosemont.  There will be good food, games, photo booth, milk and cookies and of course great music from the Poochamungas. Bring the whole family and bring your dancing shoes!  It’s gonna be epic!

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New Kindie Series

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Hey everybody. Hope you all had a marvelous summer filled with beaches, hiking, swimming and ice cream!  I Just wanted to let you know that I have been working on a new family music series set to debut next week called Kids Shows at Joe’s.  The series is being hosted by Joe’s Live Rosemont in the MB financial park.  It’ll be a monthly series and the Amazing Musical talent of Randy Kaplan will open the series on September 24th at 11am.  Not only will there be great music there’s gonna be face painting, great food and beverages and best of all… FREE PARKING.  Just be sure to have the venue validate before you leave. What’s not to like? See you there!

Kiindiecomm is COMING!!!

Photo By John Garrido

Photo By John Garrido

Hey there folks who peruse this page. It’s been quiet for quite awhile.  I lost the passion for writing about music. I lost the passion for booking shows.  I still love getting out there and performing.  So this year when the annual application to the Kindiecomm Showcase was due I figured why not. I fully expected not to be chosen again. Here’s the thing.  IT’S NOT PERSONAL. The people who book shows  WANT to put on the best show possible. They NEED to attract an audience to justify paying you and keeping the lights on. I have seen Brady Rymer and The Not-Its play to 50 people at Jiggle Jam (which is now defunct) and it was THE BEST FAMILY MUSIC FESTIVAL of all time. By the way both acts absolutely CRUSHED it. Doesn’t matter the size of the audience. Play each show as it was going to be your last.  So what the point of all this… We got the call to play the Kindiecomm Showcase! We will be closing the show Saturday night! Persistence pays off with a huge dose of patience.Don’t confuse persistence with pestering. There is a very definitive line.  Keep performing, keep writing and keep getting better.  I’m gonna be writing here again weekly visiting new bands and talking about new Poochamungas recordings. So stop on by and let’s see what the rest of 2016 has to offer. We have some pretty cool stuff happening up ahead.

Poochamungas Rocked the Badges

Photo By John Garrido

Photo By John Garrido

WOW!  That’s what it feels like after every show I play with my fellow Poochamungas.  For a long time I have been telling folks that discounting our music because we sing for parents and kids is a mistake. Well last week I entered Poochamungas into a Chicago Police and Fire Battle of the Bands called Rock the Badges.  It’s one thing to tell folks how good the music is, another to listen to the CD, but to really grasp what we do you gotta see us perform LIVE. Because we are first and foremost a ROCK BAND! We’re taking names and kicking tails so to speak.  We’ve been at this thing now 7 years and we put on a goood show.  That’s what the 200 or so folks saw and heard when we took the stage on Saturday, August 22nd at 6:15pm.  People were surprised at how good we are and the total rockality of our show. I don’t blame them.  All you hear in the mainstream is Disney, Dora and Barney.  Because kindie music as we call it (kids independent) really never gets the fair shake it deserves. Bands like The Not-Its, Josh and the Jamtones, Red Yarn, Brady Rymer, and us Poochamungas. This Blog is filled with rockin bands that most parents haven’t heard of …Yet!  But I digress… Well I’d like to tell you we won. We did not. We did however show folks that a family music band can rock with anyone, anywhere, anytime.  We also went on when the news channels showed up and got coverage on two local stations for the evening news… PLUS local DJ legend Lin Bremer gave us a shout out WXRT  during his Monday morning show.  So a word to all the show bookers and producers in the city, state and country. If your looking for original fun family friendly interactive music that rocks. Give us a call. WE ARE READY!

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I would also like to thank John Garrido and all the folks who worked the Rock the Badges III event. Great Job raising money for our brothers and sisters in need.  Also thanks to all the bands that gave up their time to play whether competing or just entertaining the folks, you all rocked! And last my condolences to Veilside and the family of Tom Finnelly. Our prayers and thought are with you.

Don’t call it “kiddie music”… It’s rock n’ roll to me!

ROcksteady Josh and the Jamtones

Nobody rocks harder than Josh and the Jamtones. Period.  Other bands are equal too but nobody surpasses the kinetic energy this band brings to shows and CD’s. Once they get moving this Jam is hard to stop!  I’d class them sharing the most energetic kindie band title with The Not-Its (one of our favorites and awesome live shows!).  These are bands that can rock out with anyone.  Don’t just call it “kiddie music.” There is a whole lot going on here for the whole family!  On their upcoming release Rocksteady, Josh and the Jamtones folk Josh Jamtonesbring all that power once again. Not only that but I think this is their most cohesive effort to date. Don’t misunderstand me. The music is always infectious, horn powered and rocking!  While I loved the music I found the narration on their  last effort  Bear Hunt a little distracting. However my kids found it hilarious. So-what-do-I-know???  On this one the whole clan is in agreement and Rocksteady has been sharing space in the much vaunted car CD player with Red Yarn’s upcoming release (review next week). The groves and vibes are so good on this CD it’d make Pooh forget about honey, Snow White forget about that poison apple and Scrooge a good tipper!  Rocksteady is a infectious, skatastic driven, old school, original  horn powered reggae music festival of kinetic joy!  When it comes out GO BUY IT!  The CD releases on August 21st and will be available at the Jamtones page plus iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.  Go support an independent artist today!!!  Check out the first video from the new CD Rocksteady below!!!

Pooches at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Photo by David Kindler

Photo by David Kindler

Tomorrow is going to be 70 degrees and sunny. What better way to celebrate such beautiful weather than head on over to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Not only is it one of the most visually stunning places you have the added fun of the Poochamungas!  Come on by as we hit the stage at 5:30pm for a two hour jam-a-stravaganza!!!  Get there a little earlier and enjoy the amazing gardens.  The show is free to anyone entering the gardens  but it does cost $20 per car for parking so be sure to fill the minivan.  If your a CBG member (which my family is) the parking is free as well. Get your plans in order and head on down to the Garden tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Best Darn Festival there is Every year!

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Next Gen Rockers!

“I’m David Kindler’s plus one (Thanks David!)”  With those words I entered into what I consider the best music festival I have ever attended. David is a friend and photographer extroardinaire (his photos below), plus fellow music geek.  I know many paid big bucks to see the last dead shows at soldier field but they could of saved a lot of money if the goal was many great bands for a great price.  Running for four days every summer around Independence Day.  The American Music Festival at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn has been running for 34 years and my only regret is missing the first 32. My thanks again to David Kindler (photographer extraordinaire)  for introducing me to this great festival. On to my personal Highlights…

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  • School of Rock kids from across the world jamming their hearts out.
  • Tom Cimm’s fantastic Cajun Food!
  • AmySarah Muscle Shoals
  • Sarah Borges and Amy Black and the Muscle Shoals Revue.  A great tribute to some of the greatest music ever made. Those women can flat out sing!
  • Meeting Val (Thanks David Kindler)! of Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park. Your recommendation to see the the band below was spot on!
  • What Four –  Thank you Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Phil Angotti amd Matt Warren in the sidebar. The pure joy and harmonies were amazing!
  • Luke Fitzgeralds
  • Luke Underhill. The young man of 19 has a great voice, solid songwriting and a bright future.
  • Terrance Simien
  • Terrance Simein and the Zydeco Experience. He always seems to be the one having the most fun! His band brings it too!
  • Cochombo!!! Best Sandwich Ever. Seriously.
  • Marcia Ball crushing it as I returned after a short hiatus.
  • Cold Beer starting at $3 a can!
  • Water stations
  • The bartenders, waitstaff, cooks, security, and anyone else working this event do an incredible job working very long hours on little Sleep.  Job Well Done!

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  • The FitzGerald Family for bring this amazing event to the masses for the 34th year.

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Maybe I’ll see you there next year…