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.
In a previous post I mentioned my summer concert series. And tonight it begins with Addison Park (at Goose Island in Chicago, 3535 North Clark Street). These are my boys. They won MTVu‘s music video on The Freshman for their single “Bay Area Blues.” In addition, they gained notoriety with press releases in magazines like Alternative Press and by winning contests throughout the Chicago area. Voted in the top 25 college bands and winning recognition through MTVu and Fox News Chicago, Addison Park has the musical chops to back up their acclaim. Guitar driven pop rock, catchy keyboard riffs, and lyrics you’ll be singing for days, these guys deserve your attention.
There are additional shows with my friends Farraday (Noise Fest on 6/10 at Penny Road Pub in Barrington, Illinois and Navy Pier on 7/16), so you should check out the provided links to get more information.
Remember, support your local artists. They deserve your attention just as much, if not more, than the high rising radio rockers. They are the future, and you have every opportunity to lend a helping hand and show them your attention. Going to shows like these help to solidify a place within the scene. Word of mouth is often the best and most useful tool for unsigned talent. Come see the show and spread the good word.
Some Twitter names you should follow to get to know these guys (Addison Park and Farraday): Dave Rossow (vocalist for Addison Park), Glenn Eck (guitarist for Addison Park and Farraday), Danny Casady (keyboardist for Addison Park and Farraday), Chris Core (guitarist for Addison Park), Aubyn Beth (vocalist for Farraday), Will Scott (drummer for Farraday), Nic Kaiser (guitarist for Farraday), Addison Park twitter account, and Farraday twitter account.
I have some of the most talented and amazing friends. When I was in high school and living in the Chicago suburbs I had a group of friends dedicated to music. They played in multiple bands determined to make a name for themselves. Some of them have gone on to record albums, while others chose the spot behind the mixing board and went to school for sound production. Either way they followed their respective dreams and have continued to amaze me with their talent and dedication.
For anyone who knows me they know that I am rather forth coming with my opinions. I am one of the most judgmental people you will ever meet, especially when it comes to my books, my music, and my clothes (my mom calls me a natural critic). I am not afraid to say I hate something and then list off the reasons why from greatest to least. Stating that, I do not turn the other cheek for my friends. If I think their band sucks, I tell them. If I think their songs suck, I tell them. If I think their gear sucks, I tell them. And I expect them to do the same. As a writer part of the job is rejection and change. Editors hand back bleeding copy and people can reject synopsis and plot more times than you would want to hear. But not once has that ever prevented me from stating my true opinion on a piece of art, music, or written word. Or clothing, for that matter. What goes around, comes around, and because of that I do my best to give honest-to-God criticism and not hold grudges.
With that said, I want you to check out a few things: