Monday, November 17, 2014

Blue Man Group Gives Special Show in Chicago

by Sommer Thornton

The infamous Blue Man Group held a special performance at the Briar Street Theater on the northside of Chicago, October 26th.

Special needs kids ages 3-15 were treated to an interactive and very lively show from the Blue Man Group.

The show was packed as the Blue Man Group performed a comedic blend of music, magic tricks, pantomime, and even some messy food scenes the kids enjoyed

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

An Ozzfest Favorite Flies into Chicago- Flyleaf

An Ozzfest Favorite Flies into Chicago-Flyleaf
Story and photos by Dan Locke

The only time I have seen Flyleaf. has been in large concert halls, like The House of Blues or Ozzfest. With the original lead singer departing they have enter a new journey in their performing life. It is not the same Flyleaf,  I have known and love. They are now better.

More energy and a lot more fun.  The new singer, Kristen May from the now-defunct band Vedera have shown Flyleaf.  how to reach new heights.
Vedera were not a Christian pop/Christian metal band, but they did have a Top 40 hit on the Adult Pop Charts "Satisfy". Which is something Flyleaf has never done even if they have sold millions of CDs.

On Tuesday October 21, 2014. They played a small club called The Subterranean in Chicago.  An club with holds about 300 people. And those 300 were very happy that they took the time to be at the show.

At the Subterranean they were up close and personal with the crowd.  Kristen knows how to reach out and embrace her new fans as she keeps her old ones.  She was right in the mix of the crowd, as she was singing each song,  the crowd was singing with her note by note.  I feel that Flyleaf have found the right lead singer to make their band, an better band in this new world of music and the internet.

The songs they played were

Fully Alive
Set Me on Fire
Head Underwater
All Around Me
(with Come a Little Closer … more)
Great Love
City Kids
(sung with fan)
I'm So Sick
So I Thought

If you get the chance to check them out this upcoming year.  Just do it.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

An New Type of Rock Band Plays the House of Blues

An New Type of Rock Band Plays the House of Blues

photos and story by Dan Locke

On October 24, 2014  I saw a little known band called Crash Midnight, who opened up for The Pretty Reckless at the House of Blues. The band has the following players; Shaun Soho (lead vocals), Bo (bass guitar), Alex Donaldson (lead guitar), Tony Pizzo (lead/rhythm guitars) and Andrew Merkle (drums).
Crash Midnight sound they had learned how to rock and roll from the best.  They performance seems like a lot of the Led Zeppelin feel, but their music has the sound of Guns n Roses with REO Speedwagon on top. 
Their guitar riffs, pounding drums, and searing vocal showed the crowd that they had the classic 70′ trademark sound with will turn heads and have people saying Heavy Music stills lives.  It should be noted there are no
Rock radio stations in Chicago. So the only way people are going to hear them is the web.  So Google them and watch their videos.  And you will see all new rock band.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Who:    Blue Man Group, the popular entertainment phenomenon

What:    Partners with Autism Speaks for a dynamic performance that will provide individuals with autism a slightly modified version of the critically hailed Blue Man Group.

Where:    Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St.

When:    TODAY, Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m.
Blue Man Group and Autism Speaks announce a dynamic partnership that will provide individuals with autism a slightly modified performance of the critically hailed Blue Man Group. On Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m., at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted Street) minor changes will be made to the performance including, the reduction of sound levels at select moments during the performance. Headphones also will be available upon request. In addition, Blue Man Group will also be creating a calming environment in the lobby with bean bags, dim lights and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the high-energy fun of the show. All tickets will be sold at $49 with $5 of every ticket purchased donated to Autism Speaks. For more information and tickets please visit:

About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. The iconic, silent, inquisitive Blue Man character has remained consistent since the show’s opening, but the world he reacts to is continuously changing, allowing for a production that continuously evolves. One of the world’s most popular theatrical productions, today’s Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today’s world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles. The performance then closes with a pulsating finale that has audiences up and out of their seats, featuring an original Blue Man Group music score
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Beyond the Lights Write Up‏

 Beyond the Lights Write Up‏ 
by Tamara Jenkins 
Photos by Dan Locke

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood gives movie goers a look behind the flashing lights of fame with her latest project Beyond the Lights.

Bythewood wrote and directed this film that tells the story of music’s next big star Noni, a bi-racial young women raised by a single mother, who has the voice of an angel. On the verge of succumbing to the pressures of her stardom, Noni meets someone that helps her see who she is and helps her find her true voice.

The film screened during this year’s Chicago International Film and writer, director Bythewood was on hand to discuss how the film came to light in 2007 when she started writing it. Bythewood said Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland served as her inspiration for Noni and the film. She said the messages she hopes people take from the film are to choose life and be true to yourself. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Noni, Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Beyond the Lights hits theaters on November 14th, 2014.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Foo Fighters Are Coming to Chicago

New York, N.Y., October 14, 2014 — The highly anticipated new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm (EST). In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear,” a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page:
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight (EST) on Friday, October 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album, also titled Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA). 

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is an unprecedented eight-part documentary series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city’s unique musical identity.
The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path. 

Fans located in Chicago can attend the concert by purchasing tickets online 
at beginning Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00am (CST). A two-ticket limit per customer will be strictly enforced and attendees must be 21+. All tickets will be held at will-call and are non-transferable. Ticket holders and their guests must check in at the same time, present government-issued photo ID and immediately enter the venue. Doors open at 8:30pm (CST).
For fans who won’t have the opportunity to attend or catch the live stream of the concert, an archived version of the event will be made available on certain HBO platforms at a later date. 

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