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A Bit of Catch Up… Jeff Fest, Slab Fork and Lollapalooza!

WebBanner_960x338What a great time we had at Jeff Fest again!  The band sounded good and the sound folks did an excellent job.  Not to mention Rob and Sharon made us feel like a million bucks and quickly took care of any problems at hand.  It is really one of the best festivals in the City and many thanks to the Jefferson Park  Chamber for making it happen.  If you have kids this is a must festival.  For a mere $5 entry you get the bounce houses, arts and crafts, a fantastic family stage with many interactive acts not to mention the great music coming from the mainstage!  With plenty of great food and beverages available I highly recommend you to put this one on next years calendar.

slab forkI would be highly remiss here if I failed to mention the show my friend and fellow Poochamungas bandmate put together back on July 16th.  Alton Smith gathered some of the best musicians in the city (some of my favorite people too!) and once again paid tribute to the music of Bill Withers. For a mere $10 at the City Winery one got to behold the power and majesty of a tour de’ force musical experience.  When and if they perform again I shall let you know and you should make haste to wherever they are playing.  Thank you Bill, Wally, John, John, Gerald, Mike, Steve, Manny and Alton for doing what you do so well!

Kidzapalooza-6-photo-imageThis Friday I get to play on the Kidzapalooza stage at Lollapalooza with some of my favorite Chicago Kindie Folk!  Many thanks to Laura Doherty for setting it up and for Tor Hyams for having us perform.  If you’re at Lolla stop on by Friday at 1:30pm. I will be performing along with some super talented Chicago folks including Little Miss Ann, Mr. Singer, Jeanie B!, and Ralph of Ralph’s World not to mention Laura herself!  Make a visit it’ll be a lot of fun!

My neighborhood growing up, recording and gigs coming up

I have had the great fortune to grow up on a block on the northwest side of Chicago.  I’m kind of George Bailey in the fact that I always thought I’d leave but in fact still live within 2 mile from where I grew up.  I gotta say Jefferson Park in the  70′ and 80’s was a great place to be.  It’s from my childhood and that of my kids that I draw the materials for writing songs for kids and families.  But I fear the childhood I had is gone.  That the kids of today will never know the freedom we had as kids and the ability to develop problem solving and creative skills are diminishing.  When I was 7 I had the run of the whole block.  In city speak that was the 4 surrounding streets and the alley that ran down the middle.  We were told not to play by the busy street.   As I got older the boundaries expanded as did our games and number of players.   I knew and played with almost every kid on that island of wonder.  Baseball, wiffle ball, pinners, football, kick the can, catch one catch-all, capture the flag, spud, and our own dodgeball game called mush where it was everyman for himself.  I don’t ever recall a parent in our midst when we were playing.  Arguments were solved by us.  Fights were resolved by us as well.   Occasionally someone went and got a parent but that was usually because someone was bleeding or broke something.  All in all we got along pretty well.   Thankfully now, for us, there are a few kids in the neighborhood to play with.  The kids make up their own games and hopefully as they grow older that number of kids expands as do the boundaries.  That they learn to look out for each other as we did.  Mind you I’ll probably be keeping an eye out as I water the lawn or occupy a chair on the front stoop.  Probably both.

Just got done recording three songs in the studio and here are a few of the pics.

 The Poochamungas play three shows in the next week so be sure to come out and see them!  July 14th Chillin and Grillin for a Cure.  July 15th Island in the City.  July 20th Skokie Public Library.