Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos to Turn Up Lollapalooza Experience

The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge Hits Hard Rock Hotel Chicago in Partnership with Beats Music, Fender and Traktor, amongst others

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos – with locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – in association with BMF Media Group, presents the unparalleled The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge . Sure to be the weekend's hottest entertainment and lifestyle venue, The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge will roll out the red carpet August 1-2, 2014 at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – the city's most coveted music-inspired destination located directly adjacent to the festival grounds.

Recognized as the ultimate "VIP + Artist Retreat," The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge kicks off with day parties on Friday, August 1 and  Saturday, August 2 from noon to 6 p.m., drawing an eclectic mix of media, talent and industry taste makers alike. Attendees will enjoy unmatched entertainment as DJs spin the day away, as well as branded activations throughout the property, including a pop-up Red 7 Salon, VIP gifting by Blue Microphones and drinks by Heineken Light, Vita Coco and Red Bull. Additionally, attendees will experience the brand's three-part music amenity program, The Sound of Your Stay®, through activations featuring Tracks.® downloadable playlists, Picks.® stations for impromptu jam sessions on exclusive Fender guitars and Mix.®, where guests can DJ like a pro using Traktor DJ equipment from Native Instruments.

When the sun goes down, the after parties heat up at The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge, the most sought-after post-festival event over the weekend long celebration. The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge by night is presented by Beats Music, Fender, Traktor, VH1 Save The Music and Palladia, Viacom's hi-def live music network. Infused with vibrant music culture and overlooking Michigan Avenue, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago serves as the quintessential backdrop for post-festival fetes, where guests sip on complimentary drinks provided at the sponsored Heineken Bar, in addition to special DJ sets and performances by festival headliners.

The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge Night Overview: 

Dates: Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2
Hours: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Address: 230 N. Michigan Ave
Friday: August 1st 2014
10:00PM 11:00PM DJ White Shadow (DJ Set)
11:00PM 11:25PM Joywave (Performance)
11:25PM - 11:45PM Joe Jonas (DJ Set)
11:45PM - 12:10AM ASTR (Performance)
12:10AM - 12:30AM Joe Jonas (DJ Set)
12:30AM 1:00AM Lykke Li (Performance)
1:00AM 2:00AM DJ Mom Jeans (DJ Set)

Saturday: August 2nd 2014
10:00PM 11:00PM Mia Moretti  (DJ Set)
11:00PM 11:20PM Smallpools (Performance)
11:20PM 11:45PM Grouplove (DJ Set)
11:45PM 12:15AM Betty Who (Performance)
12:15AM 12:30AM Captain Cuts (DJ Set)
12:30AM 1:00AM Delta Rae (Performance)
1:00AM 2:00AM Ana Calderon (DJ Set)

Sponsors of The Sound of Your Stay® Music Lounge include Beats Music, Fender, Traktor, Heineken Light, Vita Coco, Red Bull, Rock the Vote, Red 7 Salon, Blue Microphones, Palladia, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and SpinMedia. Attendees are encouraged to interact via social media using the brand-wide hashtag #thisishardrock and the event specific tag #themusiclounge.
For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, please visit .

About Hard Rock International With a total of 186 venues in 57 countries, including 142 cafes, 20 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Seoul, Vienna and Marseille. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit
About Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Stretching 40 stories tall on Michigan Avenue, near the famous Magnificent Mile, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago exemplifies history combined with style, offering exceptional service with sleek, unpredictable design in the heart of downtown Chicago. Guests enjoy a contemporary ambiance blending seamlessly within the walls of the Carbide & Carbon Building, a historic Burnham masterpiece fashioned from green terra cotta and black polished granite. As Art Deco meets the art of hospitality, the luxury lifestyle hotel holds 381 modernized guest rooms, including 20 suites, designed to immerse the senses with soothing tones, modern furnishings and atmospheric lighting. Guests enjoy access to some of Chicago's largest meeting space, in addition to the Angels & Kings Chicago lounge, inspired by Pete Wentz, offering upscale cuisine, signature drinks and live music. For more information, please visit:

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jenny Lewis is Playing the Park West as Park of a Official Lollapalooza Aftershow




July 8, 2014 - Burbank, CA - Singer songwriter Jenny Lewis has released the title track off of her forthcoming LP, The Voyager.  Lewis has also added new August dates to her tour, which began Sunday in Toronto and continues through the end of October. 
Listen to "The Voyager" here:
Her third solo album, The Voyager has been described as "her best solo effort to date" by American Songwriter and will be released on Warner Bros. Records on July 29th.  The first single, "Just One Of The Guys," was labeled a "breezy, catchy single about not fitting in with the boys' club" by Rolling Stone and is available as an instant download if you pre-order the album.

Tour Dates
(dates in bold are new)
July 6 - Toronto, ONT - Toronto Urban Roots Fest
July 8 - Ottawa, ONT - Ottawa Bluesfest
July 10 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall *
July 11 - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Auditorium *
July 12 - Miami, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre *
July 15 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre *
July 18 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
July 19 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall *
July 20 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
July 22 - Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center For The Arts *
July 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens Amphitheater *
July 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
July 26 - Camden, NJ - XPoNential Music Festival / Susquehanna Bank Center **
July 27 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre ***
July 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre ***
  Aug 1 - Chicago, IL - Official Lollapalooza Aftershow @ Park West ***
Aug 2 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Aug 3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ***
Aug 4 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Aug 6 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug 9 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern ****
Aug 10 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
Aug 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
Aug 14 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Aug 15 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *****
Aug 17 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Aug 19 - Burnaby, CAN - Deer Lake Park *****
Aug 20 - Redman, WA - King County's Marymoore Park *****
Aug 21 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (SOLD OUT) *****
  Oct 3-5 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
 Oct 10-12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct 11-12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Music Festival
Oct 24-26 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
* with Ray LaMontagne and The Bell Brigade 
** with Ryan Adams and Dawes
*** with The Apache Relay
 **** with La Sera
***** with Beck
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LILY & THE PARLOUR TRICKS Direct Support for Portugal. The Man @ Hard Rock Café Chicago!

Purchase "Requiem" on iTunes, here:

Togetherness Remix of "Requiem" Featured on
All Things Go, here:

August 1st | Hard Rock Café | Chicago, IL

Featured on Audiotree
, here: 

"Requiem" Video Premiered on Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy, here:

"Requiem" Feature on Paste Magazine, here:

"Belle Gunness" Featured in BMW Commercial, Here: 

CMJ 2013 Feature on Fuse TV, here: 

New York, NY - July XX, 2014 - The NYC-based indie-rock band Lily & the Parlour Tricks will be performing alongside Portugal. The Man at the Hard Rock Café Chicago on Friday, August 1st during Lollapalooza. The event is FREE, 21+ and the band will be performing at 11:15pm. Flashlights will also be performing during the night. For more information, please visit:

Lily & the Parlour Tricks recently partnered up with All Things Go to release their Togetherness remix of "Requiem", here: Togetherness is comprised of Nicky Paul and Ross Clark of St. Lucia. Fresh off two performances at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Summerfest, and recording sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter, and Fearless Radio, Lily & the Parlour Tricks are excited to have released this twist on their latest single for all to enjoy in the summer sun. You can check out the band's recently released video for "Requiem" on Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy. For more information on Lily & the Parlour Tricks, please visit:

Lily  & The Parlour Tricks has been hailed as "the perfect combo of pretty and gritty" (The Wild Magazine). Heavy doses of angelic 3-part harmony, thundering bass and drums and quicksilver guitar work makes their infectious brand of indie pop sound "50's nostalgic, 90's familiar, and 2020 progressive all at once" (The Most Definitely).  The New York City sextet put on a show that shimmers with equal parts of sweltering rock n' roll swagger and sweet storytelling. It's easy to see why Spotify took a shine to their latest single "Requiem" and dubbed it "Vintage pop for the future" - with a subtle nod to the past, the Parlour Tricks are moving swiftly into uncharted territory.

Lily & the Parlour Tricks are presently working with producer Emery Dobyns on a series of new recordings in Nashville, set for 2014 release.
For updates, please visit:

Tour Dates:

August 1st               Hard Rock Café 
w/Portugal. The Man            Chicago, IL       
August 12th            Mercury Lounge                                              New York, NY
August 30th               Belleayre Music Festival                                    Shandaken, NY
September 14th       Local 506                                                      Chapel Hill, NC
September 16th       The High Watt                                                Nashville, TN

WHO: Lily & the Parlour Tricks w/Portugal. The Man & Flashlights

WHERE: Hard Rock Café | 63 West Ontario | Chicago, IL 60654

WHEN: August 1st | 10:30PM


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

#socialcon Debuts In #Chicago w/Social Media Celebrities August 23-24, Rosemont Convention Center

socialcon CHICAGO makes its debut August 23-24 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., featuring social media stars like "The Fam Tour" members Nash Grier, Hayes Grier, Cameron Dallas and Carter Reynolds; Reggie Couz; Princess Lauren; Toby Randall and many more. The event includes live performances, Q&A panels, autographs, photo ops and more.

From Vine to YouTube to Instagram to Twitter to Facebook and more, fans now have a place to gather to celebrate the best and brightest in the world of social media as socialcon makes its debut August 23-24 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Some of the most-followed social media stars will be in attendance, including "The Fam Tour" members Nash Grier, Hayes Grier, Cameron Dallas and Carter Reynolds; Reggie Couz; Princess Lauren; Toby Randall and many more in two days of meet-and-greets, concerts, live performances, Q&A panels, autographs, photo ops and more. The combined followers base exceeds 100 million users.

socialcon is produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), which conducts dozens of pop culture conventions nationwide annually. The timing and location of socialcon CHICAGO are co-located with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (August 21-24), the largest event on the promotion's calendar.

Some of the other leading social media phenoms scheduled to attend the inaugural event include The Hillywoods, KingBach, Kingsley, DeStorm Power, Anthony Quintal (LohAnthony), Superwoman, DJ and Drummer; Josh Peck and Tyler Ward.

"We are excited to bring stars with a combined tens of millions of followers to one place so that thousands of fans with whom they have interacted can meet them up close and personal," said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. "Several have appeared at our Wizard World Comic Cons and have been huge hits, so creating socialcon, a series of events highlighting the social media stars, is a natural addition."

socialcon CHICAGO will run as a distinct event from Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, with separate admission, programming and show floor. On Saturday, Meet & Greet entry begins at 10:30; general admission is from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. On Sunday, Meet & Greet entry begins at 10:30; general admission is from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Various ticket packages and information on each are available at

About socialcon CHICAGO
Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge at the Donald E. Stephen Convention Center (Rosemont) at socialcon CHICAGO to celebrate the best in social media. socialcon brings many of the top stars including Nash Grier, Hayes Grier, Cameron Dallas, Carter Reynolds, Reggie Couz, Princess Lauren, Toby Randall, The Hillywoods, KingBach, Kingsley, DeStorm Power, Anthony Quintal (LohAnthony), Superwoman, DJandDrummer and more.

Meet & Greets, concerts, live performances, Q&A panel programming and more are all here! socialcon CHICAGO is brought to you by the group that produces the most widely attended event tour in the U.S.!

About socialcon
socialcon ( brings all the social media stars - YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & More for weekends that include Meet & Greets, concerts, live performances, Q&A panel programming and more! socialcon is brought to you by the group that produces the most widely attended event tour in the U.S.!

About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.---

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Exhibit September 19 - October 12, 2014

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery, Chicago’s newest and most celebrated art gallery is honored to present Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited from September 19 – October 12, 2014 at the gallery.

This exhibition will also feature Dr. Seuss’s little-known Secret Art Collection, a series of Estate authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture, which will also be available for acquisition. Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! is a rare and exciting exhibition as this is the first time any of these hats have traveled outside the Seuss Estate.

Meet the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection Curator, Bill Dreyer, on Opening Day of the Exhibition: September 19.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave., Level 2 
Chicago, IL 60611
September 19 - October 12, 2014

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Woody Allen Comes to Chicago

Woody Allen
Woody Allen was in town on July 19, 2014 for a series of Red Carpet interviews prior to a private screening of MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, hosted by Metropolitan Capital . The film is set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT plays is the one that fools us all.

The Woody Allen Chicago red carpet event took place at the AMC River East theatre.

AMC River East
322 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL, USA
July 19, 2014
Photos by Dan Locke

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Reunion, presented by Wizard World #Chicago


Wizard World Presents Star Trek: The Next Generation' Panel Featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, Moderated By William Shatner, August 24 During Chicago Comic Con

Patrick Stewart, Johnathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates Mcfadden Reunite For Special Celebration Of 20th Anniversary Of Final Episode At Rosemont Theater

Wizard World Comic Con 2014 Chicago | August 21-24, 2014
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Road
Rosemont, IL, USA

Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the highly successful 1987-1994 follow up to the original “Star Trek” television series, are in for a special treat as six of its stars reunite for a unique celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program's final episode on Sunday, August 24 from 5-6:45 p.m. “Captain Kirk” from the original, William Shatner, hosts as the “TNG” bridge crew of Sir Patrick Stewart (“Captain Jean-Luc Picard”) Jonathan Frakes (“Commander William T. Riker”), Levar Burton (“Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge”), Michael Dorn (“Lieutenant Worf”), Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Deanna Troi”), Brent Spiner (“Lt. Commander Data”), and Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”) relive the memories of the program's seven-year run.

The event will be held at the Rosemont Theater (5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont). Tickets range from $30 to $150; more information available at A Wizard World Chicago Comic Con admission is not required to attend the TNG reunion panel, but William Shatner Platinum VIPs are admitted free with Tier 1 seating.

Shatner is a one man force of nature who delivers a larger than life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor and signature storytelling in his inimitable style. Fans can enjoy this rare and special appearance produced in conjunction with Lightspeed Fine Arts. All ticket buyers receive a limited-edition lithograph exclusive to this event.

The Emmy Award and Tony Award nominee Stewart, who has performed in more than 100 television and film roles, will also attend the convention, signing autographs, posing for photo ops and greeting fans (check website for dates & times). Stewart is one of several actors to appear in all three "X-Men" films: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). His role as Picard placed him in four Star Trek films: Generations (1994), First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998) and Nemesis (2002).

Spend 90 Minutes (plus a 15 minute intermission), reliving all the best memories from those seven seasons, and to top it all off, the evening will be hosted by the iconic William Shatner!

This Is A Rare And Special Appearance!

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