Today was Sunday. The day I get to spend with my family as long as I’m not at the firehouse. I had hoped to head over to the City Winery and catch Come Sunday perform at brunch with my family. They have some fantastic vocalists and the jazz gospel they bring is like listening to pure joy. That was my plan. Life’s plan was to saddle my son with throwing up and general misery. Life’s plan always wins. It’s when you can line up Life’s plan with your own that things seem to go according to plan and even then… If things go according to plan the rest of the week I would be at the Hideout Monday or Tuesday to see Robbie Fulks and Nora O’Connor respectively. Friday Expo 76 is playing at 27 Live in Evanston as well. There is a Plethora of local talent to fill the soul with some awesome music here in the Chicago area. As I write this Steve Earle is in town at the City Winery which I shall not be attending. Maybe next time. Go support a musician today!
Here is the blog premiere of the video I wrote and produced for my children’s school. Many thanks to the folks that made it possible. Thank you Cheryl Lacost for letting us use the school to record the song. Thanks to the great teachers education my kids. The credits are as follows.
- Dave Degand – Vocals
- John Huber – Banjo
- Don Zaloudek – Bass
- Frank Izzo – Drums
- John Joyce – Acoustic Guitar
- Kevin Carey – 12 String Guitar
- Alton Smith – Keys
- Brickton Students – Fierce Frog Choir
- Chris Wyer – Camera Work
- Joe Somers – Video editor
- John Abbey – recording
- Kevin Carney – recording, mixing and mastering.
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Tagged 27 live, Brickton, expo 76, Hideout, kindie, Montessori, music, Nora O'Connor, Robbie Fulks, School, Steve Earl, video
I just discovered this brilliant emergency hotline due to a posting by Stefan over at Zooglobble on Monday. Robbie Fulks is a really talented singer/songwriter based here in Chicago and usually plays Mondays at the Hideout for a mere 10 smackaroos (one of the best deals in the city!) As I like to write here about how songs come to be it seems he has discovered where to go when the process bogs down via the Fountains of Wayne Hotline. The “where to go” when you get stuck in a song. Have a listen and look for some “expert advice”.
We’ll be catching up with one of my favorites Brady Rymer this week on The Song and the Process.
I have posted here before about concerts and gigs I have seen in this city that don’t break the pocketbook and are as good or better than anything your dumping $100 on. The other day I saw Nora O’Connor at the Hideout who’s doing a Tuesday residency and boy can that girl sing! There are 3 more shows this month. For $10 bucks it behooves you to catch one of these shows. Next Tuesday, February 11 at 9pm they are performing the entire 1973 Buckingham/Nicks record. It should be pretty cool. I should also mention that Robbie Fulks is continuing his Monday residency of amazing shows there (at the Hideout) as well and his shows cost… $10. They both come HIGHLY recommended!
Another running gig I have mentioned here before is Brian O’Hern and the Model Citizens. They play every third Monday of the month at the Gallery Cabaret. How you ask do they fit an 11 piece horn section with a full rhythm section and a keyboardist in a rather small bar? Where they pass the hat (pitcher) to collect for the band because there is NO COVER. I leave these questions for others, put 5 dollars in the pitcher (a hat would be cooler), order a bar pizza and try something tasty on tap. It’s great music and one of Chicago’s true gems in the music scene.
Which brings me to tonight. Electric Dirt is playing tonight at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. You can Usually find them them at Simons in Andersonville the 4th Wednesday of every month. They too pass the hat (pitcher) and be sure to drop at least 5 dollars cause they’re worth it! Tonight you gotta cough up a whole $8! Crazy! If you like the music of Levon Helm and The Band this is a must see. So get out and hear some live music because CD sales ain’t paying the bills these days. Go support you local musician today! I leave you with a song (written by Springsteen) they will be playing tonight sung by the late great Levon Helm himself.
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Tagged Brian O'Hern, Chicago, country, Electric Dirt, Fitzgeralds, Gallery Cabaret, great, Hideout, Levon Helm, music, Nora O'Connor, Robbie Fulks, The Model Citizens