Up in the Hills of Hickory, on the southwest side of Chicago, close to the edge of civilization (well, Hidden Pond anyway) a magical once-a-year event takes place. Like an indie records version of Brigadoon, DZ Fest appears out of the misty swamp fog. DZ Fest is the love child of Ben Arguelles and DZ […]Read more "Ben’s Secret in Hickory Hills – DZ Fest"
I have some good friends in this band Faith In The Fallen, whom I’ve mentioned here before and play a substantial role in the Chicago music scene. As usual, FITF plays 90% of their shows as far from where I live as maps will allow. It’s like they’re embarrassed by me! All kidding aside, it […]Read more "Paragon says Good-bye…"
The first thing that I read this morning was the title of an article on my phone. It sadly and succinctly stated: “Sudden and Unexpected: Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Dies at Age 52” I blurted out “OH MY GOD!” ……………………………and then I went numb. Sometime in the spring of 1990, I came across a copy […]Read more "Chris Cornell: Louder Than Love"
Springtime in Chicago and the unpredictable weather has given us a chilly, rain-soaked Saturday night – perfect for some heavy metal rock music! This evening finds Tommy “TQ” Quirk, his main squeeze Lisa and myself at the Star Bar in Chicago Ridge on the SW Side. The latest iteration of this room finds new booth […]Read more "Blackmarket Democracy w/Hellbelly 4/29/17, Star Bar"
A beautiful Spring night in Midlothian, perfect for some local rock music. I’m a staunch advocate for original material, but most musicians start off emulating their favorite artists, thus cover bands are born. Tonight TQ, Lisa and I are at Cheers (formerly Sullivan’s) on 147th St. just east of Cicero Ave. to see Jim Pape […]Read more "Michael Angelo Batio 4/8/2017"
When it comes to the Blues, Corey Dennison has earned his chops. Taken under wing early on by likes of the legendary Carl Weathersby, The Deacon has blossomed into a full-blown Grammy nominated Bluesman with a band that will light your socks on fire. Last night’s performance at the HAL (Berwyn’s hidden Treasure) was evident that […]Read more "The Corey Dennison Band @ The Harlem Avenue Lounge (The HAL)"
Even though this blog focuses on the Chicago local music scene, I want to take time to eulogize a former member of one of my all-time favorite bands. I was a high school student in the mid-70’s and no band lifted my spirits and touched my soul more than Boston. Lots of critics like to […]Read more "Hitchin’ A Ride…."