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Botanical Pooches!

Poochamungas-The Poochamungas have been quiet since winter but they have exited hibernation and headed to a show  July 15th at the Chicago Botanic Garden! It’ll be one of the few chances to catch one of Chicago’s most dynamic kindie rock bands this year. If you  are or aren’t a member of the Garden ( I suggest membership as they are a great organization) all the shows are free. Not only do mister gthey have the Dancing Sprouts series on Wednesdays they have music nightly Monday – Thursday! Getting live music at a place as cool as the Botanic Gardens  is like getting pie with Ice Cream, bacon with a grilled cheese, a free train ride and getting to drive the train! It’s that awesome. A few bands that I know Laura Dohertywho will be playing include Miss Jamie, ScribbleMonster, Mister G, Future Hits (just jammed at their CD release party!),Laura Doherty, Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies and Zak Morgan.  There is a variety of music styles here to entertain the whole family. Do yourself a favor and head over to the Chicago Botanic Garden on a Wednesday night it’s gonna be a great time! All shows start at 5:30pm. See you there!Mr singer

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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!

Songs you should Check Out!

Here at A man, A band and A plan… sort of We have been catching up on all of our listening and a few songs have really set themselves apart.  I share those tunes with you now.

The Sun is UpMaking silly faces by In the Nick of Time.  Very classic hard rocking fun evoking the sounds of BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is a raucous fun wake up song with a lot of cool classic guitar.  Power Chords, a cool guitar solo and one hyper energetic morning child make this song universally fun for the whole clan. Check it and the rest of the songs on Making Silly Faces.  See a TV performance of the song below!

Come on, Come onmr singer atsc, Come on! by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies.  High energy rocking music is the theme of this blog post so far and Mr. Singer brings it!  What I really love about this song is the the lyrically bouncing rhythm on the aptly named Bouncing Ball of Energy. It also has a great grooving baritone sax powering the way.  This one will be on a bunch of our playlists! Make sure it’s on yours as well!

I Must Be a Genius dog on fleas bogofby Dog on Fleas.  While this song is a bit more relaxed then the previous two it’s brimming full of happiness. Lyrically smart and emotionally catchy with the trombone played with some sublime joy this is truly one of my favorite love songs ever written.  Dean Jones (mentioned in this blog a few times)  does so much great work for so many other artists it’s nice to see him and his bandmates put out such a great tune.   The song is available on Buy One Get One Flea.  Go buy this CD today and check out the video below.

2013 Remem-blurred!

The backyard view.

The backyard view.

New Zealand started out the year as my friend Nick invited us (the wife and I) to his wedding in January (amazing). Seems it’s been full-speed-ahead-try-to-catch-up-break-neck-pace-all-year-long. The year I went to the Grammys.  Many thanks to Jeff Bogle for making it an epic adventure there as well. What a great time thanks to the McHattons (TESLA!)

It's Electric!!!

It’s Electric!!!

, Okee Dokee Brothers, Mindy Thomas, David Tobocman, Debbie Block, Bill Harley and everyone else I got to hang with including new kindie blogger Rebecca Yorn Allison (Kids Can Grove)  Then there was a the last kindiefest ever! Didn’t know it at the time but many thanks to Bill, Stephanie, Mona and Tor for making it happen.  What a great time and I really did learn a thing or two from the panels but so much more from the people!

Great guys in great hats who make great music and me!

Great guys in great hats who make great music and me!

Story Laurie, Dean Jones (thanks for the beer), MCJ (always brings it funky), The McHatton clan (Such a great family), Mindy Thomas, Kenny Curtis. Rod Martin , Chris Wiser, Paul Butler, Dave Loftin, Paul Stark, Steve Songs, Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Ralph, Jeff Bogle (again), Stefan Shepard, Rebecca Yorn Allison, Brady Rymer, Bridgette Rymer, Melissa Levis, Jacob Stein, Charlie Hope, Little Miss Ann, Mr Singer and the Sharp Cookies (good luck on the new school), Jack Forman, Drew Holloway, Korum Bischoff (Great addition to the School Break Primates) David Wax Museum (one of my favorite CD’s I heard this year!), Molly Ledford (I promise to be quiet next time), Morgan Taylor, Jason Rabinowitz, Joanie Leeds, Mr Kurt Gallagher (Peace and Quiet is a great song!), Lucky Diaz, Alisha Gaddis, Johnny Bregar (Polly’s Rain Dance is Awesome), Sean Hogan (Welcome to Fatherhood brother!), Kathy O’Connel (the Grand Dame of kindie), Danny Adamson, Tom Baisden (union brothers unite!), Tim Kubart (Congrats Chica Dude!), Beth Blenz-Clucas, Tito Uquillas and whoever I’m forgetting.  Just send me a note and I’ll add you to the list. Then we had a few gigs, finished our second CD, got some national exposure (thanks Elizabeth), played some more, kids kept growing, my daughter soloed in ice skating, my son jammed with me daily, listened to a lot of great music and wrote about a bunch of it. Went to CHITAG (thanks Rock Father). Frances england blink of an eyeWe also had family bouts of pnemonia, respitory ailments, colds and flus  and car crashes (no one injured).  My daughter just turned nine and my son will in a few months turn 4.  I joined a group of Dad Bloggers on Facebook (some seriously funny stuff).  Reconnected with some Pine Forest Camp folks from my youth.  Lost some weight and managed to keep it off.  On the right track closing out the year.  It was a interesting year to be sure and the growth has been good.  Thanks to all who have read the pages here and to those who inspire me to write and get better at it.  Hope everyone learned from 2013 and I wish them and theirs a Happy 2014.

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The Chicago Kindie meeting or Windy Kindie Collective???

wkc WINDY KINDIE COLLECTIVEThe name is just a suggestion choosing Blackhawks colors because… Well because they won a Staley Cup.   Last night a few Chicago artists got together for pizza, beer and talk of the growing kindie community in Chicago. I got the wheels rolling when I called for a meeting on the Windy Kindie Facebook page and then Little Miss Ann took it home.  It was a productive exchange of ideas and information not to mention the idea of a collaborative effort on a CD and show. An idea started by Little Miss Ann, Super Stolie and Miss Jamie on the Farm.   I would love to see this become a monthly group with members coming as they can and maybe an “agenda” to talk about during meetings.  Just some thoughts.  It was great to see Super Stolie, Ivan and Mike (Istvan and his Imaginary Friends), Neil (Mr Singer), Little Miss Ann, Rob (of Ralphs World), Tim (Human Tim/Robot Tim), Jamie (Miss Jamie on the Farm).  Lets Do it again soon

Local Kindie Shows

Art by Joe Somers

Art by Joe Somers

The Poochamungas have a big CD release show at Schubas September 29th at 2pm with Koo Koo Kangaroo.  It’s going to be a great time.  This got me to thinking about other great shows taking place in the Chicago area.  So I thought I’d list a few.

Ella Jenkins – Sunday, September 15th at the Old Town School of Folk Music  http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2013/09-15-2013-ella-jenkins-11am/

Laura Doherty – Saturday, September 21 at 27 Live in Evanston.  http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/365473/tfly

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell – Saturday, September 28th at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2013/09-28-2013-dan-zanes-and-elizabeth-mitchell-11am/

Little Miss Ann Trio at St. John Berchman Fall Festival – September 28 in Chicago.   https://www.facebook.com/events/417309165039674/

Mr Singer at the Lincoln Park Zoo every Wednesday and Friday. http://www.lpzoo.org/events