There is nothing as great as listening to Chicago bands while getting psyched to go out and canvass in Chicago.  It makes the whole experience seem interconnected, a beautiful cycle of giving and taking.

Come out to Clark and Diversey and say hello, and also learn about The Champions program with the American Red Cross.

P.S. More concert updates this upcoming weekend.  I promise.  Along with some more suggestions.  GET EXCITED.


The summer of music.

Lots of upcoming shows and events worth checking out in the Chicago area:

This Thursday at Beat Kitchen, He is We plays an early show, so you better stop by.  On 7/1, also known as this Friday, Farraday, The Born Ready, Adora, and Just Left at Metro.  6:00 PM show.  Be there or be square.  We are also celebrating our wonderful city with the Taste of Chicago.  This weekend I will be out and about working it for Metro, so come down and hang out with me at the Taste!  On 7/8 Sun Kil Moon plays at Lincoln Hall.  If you don’t know who that is, you need to look him up immediately.  Mark Kozelek is musical genius with interlacing guitar rhythms and poetic lyrics.  Absolutely gorgeous.  Then the weekend of 7/9 and 7/10 is WestFest.  Local H will perform on Saturday night.  BALLER.  There will be a DJ stage, along with another for live music throughout the day.  Food, art, music, and other entertainment for families and singles alike.  I will be working WestFest, so you should stop on by.  Pitchfork competes against Old St. Pat’s Block Party the weekend of the 15th, but both are worth checking out.  Block Party is the premiere place for singles in the city this summer.  Pitchfork is for those independent music lovers.  Farraday will be opening for Cobra Starship and Plain White T’s at the Block Party on Saturday, so you will definitely want to check that out.  Come say hi while I am working Pitchfork!

This is a summer of greatness.  Chicago offers plenty of opportunities to explore the city, delve into personal interests, and have a damn good time.  They are also amazing chances to see local talent.  These festivals offer artists from the area a chance to showcase their wares.  By going you are not only supporting them, but the city.

P.S. MARK ROSE CD RELEASE PARTY THIS FRIDAY!  Limited tickets available.  You definitely want to get those.  Live music, open bar, hardcopy of the CD and face time with the man himself.  Check out the information here.


If you haven’t seen these guys yet, this summer is the perfect opportunity to get to know them.  Not only does Farraday have a show this Friday at METRO, but they have now added on an additional show for Old St. Pat’s Block Party on 7/15.  They will be playing along with Cobra Starship, and another great Chicago band, Plain White T’s.  CHECK THEM OUT!

Green Music Festival.

Hello ladies and gentlemen!  This weekend there are many opportunities to get out and about in the city!  One is the Green Music Festival this Saturday and Sunday at Wicker Park.  I will be there both days.  There is a $5 recommended donation.  It is a family fun event, with many activities for the little ones.  Also live music split between two stages.   Come learn how to serve your planet better and discover new ways to go green!


Come check out some great local talent this weekend at Noise Fest.  Follow the link to their FACEBOOK PAGE to get a complete listing of the bands and times, along with other valuable information like when and where.  My friends Farraday are playing tonight, but there are some other great local bands like Madria, The Born Ready, Goodbye Coastline, Mark Rose (of Spitalfield fame), Victorian Halls, and Yeah Dude!, among many more.  If you like the flavor of local musicians, this is a festival for you.


A weekend of music: THE shows.

Tomorrow my friends, Farraday, play at Noise Fest!  You should definitely come by Penny Road Pub and check them out, and the many other bands set to play.  Also, if you have free time on Saturday evening, there are two GREAT opportunities to see live music.  First is day two of Noise Fest.  Location changes from Barrington, Illinois to DeKalb.  A great local band Madria plays day two.  Also, for those The Honorary Title fans, lead singer Jarrod Gorbel plays a set at Beat Kitchen in Chicago (on Belmont).  His solo album is phenomenal.

Implications of fun. (Riviera on 6/8.)

It has been a long time coming, one of these longer narrative posts.  Tonight was a night that was both magical and emotional.  My ex-fiance and I bonded over our love of The Format.  He had a lyric written on a folder, I hummed “The First Single” so many times that I am sure people, to this day, correlate that song and myself.  We developed a mutual passion over going to concerts and seeing them live, because in all honesty, The Format was one of the best live bands ever.  Nate Ruess, singer and lyricist, had an odd presence on stage and Sam Means brought the business with alternative rock that meshed a variety of instrumentation and catchy hooks.  The two of them were auditory gold that would leave me humming with a certain sense of pride and pleasure.  The memories evoked from listening to my favorite tracks are a wonderful combination of sadness and happiness. …the implications of love and music and fun.