Monday, September 15, 2014

(Hed)pe - Interview of Jaxon Benge

(Hed)pe - Interview of Jaxon Benge
By:  Jenafur Schlangen

(Hed)pe is not only one of those low-end loving, throw your fist in the air, and rocking you straight to the core bands...they are literally one class act.  Seriously, in a music culture currently filled with "hip hopsters" demanding paralyzed fans to stand before gracing them with a live performance; or a band bought and paid for by corporations trying to sell more "smart" phones, this is not the world in which (Hed)pe represents or belongs. 

(Hed)pe, promoting their latest album, "Evolution," performed in Joliet, Illinois, on September 5, 2014, with Illinois' own, Dope.  It was a huge misfortune of a minor ankle injury that forced me to miss this show and personal interview with the band scheduled well in advance.  Yet, low and behold on September 6th, the day after the show, guitarist "Jaxon" Benge rings my phone and asks me how I was doing.  What?!  I was dumfounded.  Who does this?   Folks from (Hed)pe do, that's who!  After skipping the details of my clumsy self, I got straight to the point, throwing a barrage of questions at him about the show the night before, such as, "What did I miss?  Was it packed?  Were the Dope fans assholes like usual?"  (I'm kidding about the last one....not really). 

Jaxon and I spent just over ten minutes talking about how amazing the tour has been going for him and the rest of the band and of their latest album release, "Evolution."  Of Mojoe's in Joliet, he told me how the room was literally vibrating from the energy of the fans.  And, having only one more performance in the United States before heading to Europe for an extensive month-long tour, it definitely made it a cool Midwest experience.  (Don't worry, (Hed)pe has a full tour lined up in the United States upon their return from Europe - make sure you grab this second chance to catch this unbelievably successful tour in a city near you!)

In terms of the most recent album, "Evolution," it is agreed by many (and by Jaxon) that this release is by far the most diverse album  (Hed)pe has put out to date.  Exactly as named, the band considers themselves to be in a constant state of evolution themselves, always growing personally and musically, thus allowing their fans to grow with them throughout an extended period of time, after all, they have been successfully rocking the faces off everyone in their path since 2000.   And, for that, we thank them. 

As for me...I thank Jaxon for the call and to all of you for reading.

To hear more, to see more, to rock more - goto:  NOW.

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Chicago Horses of Honor Unveiling

Horse of Honor (Clark and Wacker)

Last week Chicago unveiled  the Horses of Honor, presented by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

The pictured horse is dedicated to Police Officer (P.O.) Casper Lauer whos life was taken on on September 18, 1854. To learn about P.O. Casper Lauer. This horse for the Chicago Horses of Honor was designed by artist Pat Skly and sponsored by Wintrust.  It current stands on the southeast corner of Clark St. and Wacker.  Go check it out.

Currently 20 Horses of Honor have been unveiled, with the rest scheduled for the night of October 15, 2014 at various locations on Michigan Avenue.  Head to Horses of Honor website to find out more about the project, locations, such artiss ad Pat Skly and sponsors.

The Twitter Hashtag for Horses of Honor is #HorsesofHonor, Facebook at Horsesofhonor, and also check out Chicago Second City Cop Blog

Horses of Honor
Corner of Wacker and Clark St.
Chicago, IL, USA
Monday, September 15, 2014
Photo by Adam Bielawski

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stevie Wonder Announces "The Songs In The Key Of Life Performance"


– Legendary Musician to Perform at Arenas in 10+ Cities Across North America –

– Tickets On Sale Beginning Monday, Sept. 22 at
and the Live Nation Mobile App –

 Stevie Wonder
Photo by Dan Locke

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 10, 2014) – Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder announced today the SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE PERFORMANCE, a 10+ city tour across North America this fall. Produced and promoted by Live Nation, the performances which are a live adaptation of the iconic Songs in the Key of Life album, will begin in New York City at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6 then travel through cities such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Atlanta before wrapping at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Dec. 5.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit General tickets for select cities will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. local time. Please see below for full details.

Throughout his career, the celebrated singer has amassed 49 Top 40 singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide album sales of more than 100 million units. He has received 25 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe; is an inductee into the Rock and Roll, Songwriters’ and NAACP Halls of Fame; and is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Stevie is a designated U.N. Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities. He continues to be pivotal in U.S. and world events, demonstrating the activism that has made him such a vital voice for social progress and world harmony.

As a live performance tour de force, Stevie continues to astound audiences around the world. This summer, he headlined and performed at iconic sold-out music festivals across Europe in nine countries, including London’s Calling, Roskilde in Denmark and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Date    City    Venue    On Sale
Nov. 6    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 9    Washington, DC    Verizon Center    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 11    Boston, MA    TD Garden    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 14    Chicago, IL    United Center    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 16    Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 20    Auburn Hills, MI    The Palace of Auburn Hills    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 22    Atlanta, GA    Philips Arena    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 25    Toronto, ON    Air Canada Centre     Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Nov. 29    Las Vegas, NV    MGM Grand Garden Arena    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
Dec. 3    Seattle, WA    Key Arena    Sept. 22 @ 10 a.m. local
Dec. 5    Oakland, CA    Oracle Arena    Sept. 29 @ 10 a.m. local
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Friday, September 5, 2014


Only & will sell Garth digital music
Photo by Barry Brecheisen
In addition to launching as the definitive home for Garth Brooks’ music, tour information and news, Garth has also agreed to partner with a full service online music store celebrating the personal connection between artists and listeners who live for and love their music.

“I want a place that knows how important music is to people and what kind of responsibility it is to be the bridge between the people that create the music and those that listen to it. I got approached by a company who could make it happen and it’s called…”

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Via Festival Takes Place October 1-5 In Chicago

October 1-5 | Chicago

Mykki Blanco, Anamanaguchi, Blue Hawaii (Live & DJ Set), Cakes Da Killa, Mikeq Doss, Princess Nokia, L-Vis 1990 B2b Traxman, Distal, Groundislava Bambounou, Machine Girl, Darren Keen, Different Sleep, Starfoxxx,  Jimmy Whispers, Equator Club, Jeremiah Meece, Street Beat, Juketastrophe, Seablaze, Teen Witch, Laura Friedman, Romance, Dj Pluto, Potions, Boy That Say, GOD VOL. 1

Visuals: A. Bill Miller (Undervolt & Co.), Chaz Evans, Jon Chambers,
Austen Brown, Kaycee Conaway, Patrick Bobilin, and more TBA.

The VIA Festival celebrates its 5th year with 2 cities worth of audio-visual events October 1-5. A consistently top-ranked festival by Resident Advisor, and member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (alongside Mutek, Unsound, CTM, Decibel, New Forms), VIA aims to be a “Festival As Laboratory” whose structure mutates every year. With events that explore what’s next in music and new media art, VIA brings together local, national and international talent for collaborative audio-visual performances, exhibitions, workshops and more.  VIA’s partnership with Chicago’s Them Flavors and LVL3 gallery underscores their desire to “change what it means to be a festival in the 21st Century” (Dummy Mag), establishing a framework for cross-city collaboration and artist exchange in the rust belt.

About VIA: VIA Fest is an audio & visual festival that uses traditional and unconventional spaces along with a heavy focus on visuals to create a unique one-time experience.  Each performing musical artist will be paired with a visual artist who will work in the months leading up to the event to create a unique visual piece.

The exciting debut of VIA Chicago will bring together music and unique visual programming from local and national artist for a 5 day experience to unite the diverse art and music scene vibrant within the city.

Music Events by Day:

  • 10/1 - Anamanaguchi, Machine Girl, Seablaze, Romance @ Emporium
  • 10/2 - Blue Hawaii, DOSS, Different Sleep, Teen Witch @ Secret Location
  • 10/2 - Distal, Groundislava, Them Flavors DJs & more @ Primary
  • 10/3 - Cakes Da Killa, MikeQ, Juketastrophe, Street Beat DJs @ Secret Location
  • 10/3 - L-VIS 1990, Traxman, Blue Hawaii (DJ Set), Equator Club @ Primary
  • 10/4 - Mykki Blanco, Princess Nokia, Darren Keen, Starfoxxx, Jimmy Whispers, Jeremiah Meece @ Secret Location
  • 10/4 - Bambounou, DJ Pluto, & more @ Primary

Highlights include:

  • Wednesday - kickoff party with Anamanaguchi in collaboration with glitch artist A. Bill Miller from visual label Undervolt & Co.
  • Thursday-Saturday - unique pop-up venues will host Cakes Da Killa, Blue Hawaii, MikeQ, Different Sleep, and more
  • Short fIlm screenings featuring local Chicago artists
  • Sunday - pop up shop featuring Chicago's boutiques, businesses, artist merch, workshops and more.
  • Weekend-long electronic audio & visual showcases at Primary
  • Limited edition T-shirt collaborations from performing musical artists and Chicago designers

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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
Story and Photos by Dan Locke

 Labor Day weekend is a fun weekend.  This weekend in Chicago, you have allot to do. There was Jazzfest, Last Flint in Naperville, outdoor BBQ, go to the beach, go boating and the list goes on and on.  What I decided to do was to go see some comedy.  I went to the Funny or Die Present Oddball comedy and Curiosity Festival in Tinley Park, IL at The First Midwest Band Amphitheatre.  This is a yearly traveling comedy fest which tours the United States during the summer.

It started in Tampa FL on August 8 and goes on until September 21 in Austin TX.  In Chicago it was a fine mix between local comedians and national comedians.  The show door opens up at 5pm with the second stage starting with the local comedians.  At 7pm the real entertainment began.  I could tell you all of the jokes but that would not be fair.  So I am just going to give you highlights.

Brody Stevens
  •  Cubes
  • Name your job

Ari Shaffir
  •    The hills has eyes

Michael Che
  • He had the biggest glass of beer I ever saw
  • The N word
  • Gay Ghost
  • Going to jail vs. San Francisco

Chris Hardwick
  •  Heading into the crowd
  •   No talking dead

Hannibal Buress
  •  Visiting home
  •   Strip clubs
  • Playing Baseball at 48
  •  Thanking drugs for entertaining me

Chris D’Elia
  • Real Bear vs. Real lions  
  • NFL Bitch Move
  • Sarah Silverman
  • What I use my left hand for if I am right handed
  • Love with the crowd
  •   Do you say NO to GOD if he asked you a question

Jim Jefferies
  • 911 vs. Nurses
  •  Wife who used to be a cheerleader and Dennis Rodman

Amy Schumer
  • The Birth control Challenge
  •  Looking for the Google looking good site
  •   Kate Upton is my look alike
  • My name is Quinn
  •   Double Dating

Bill Burr
  •  Is it time for first ladies to stop making policy

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Hiring Fair for Veterans in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 18

On Thursday, September 18, veterans, active duty service members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses are invited to attend a HiringOur Heroes Veterans Event in Chicago.  This no-cost event – which utilizes an innovative model featuring candidate pre-screening, applicant-employer matching, and onsite interviews – will put veteran job-seekers in interaction with over 70 registered employers, all of whom have job openings right now.  And starting at 8:30 a.m., veterans can attend an Employment Workshop that provides one-on-one mentoring and resume-writing tools for job-seekers.  See the attached flyer for details.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on September 18, 2014
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Download the Hiring Our Heroes Event Flyer

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