Friday, July 1, 2011

The Local Beat

Can you believe it's July 1st already?!?!?  As we prepare for a long, holiday weekend, we also take a look ahead to see what kind of musical treats we've got coming up here locally this month.
While more and more villages are going the Tribute / Cover Band / Copy Band route, we still found a few interesting concerts that you just might want to bring a lawn chair along to enjoy.  Check 'em out!
Have you seen some of the shows coming up at Elk Grove Village?
JULY 12 - Chicago Gold with Dennis Tufano (original lead singer of the Bucks), Toad and Hook of the Shames, Ronnie Rice of the NC Six and Jimmy Sohns of the Shadows of Knight, WOW!
JULY 26 - The one and Only Micky Dolenz of the Monkees
Mike De Martino
The Lovejoy Music Club
Yep, we'll be heading out to BOTH of those shows ...

And here are a few other local gigs you may be interested in ...

Just got this from Michele Abrams ... some pretty good line-ups here!  (kk)
No excuse to be bored this summer! Here are some upcoming events!
-- Michele Sweeney-Abrams (RockumentaryMedia)

The Arcada Theatre ...
3 Faces of the King (Elvis) 
Starring internationally renowned superstars Shawn Klush, Rick Alviti and the young sensation Cody Slaughter.  They are backed by the Fabulous Ambassadors live band! 
Fri, 7/15/2011 8:00 PM
The Arcada Theatre

Brian Wilson Greatest Hits Tour 
Sat, 7/30/2011 8:00 PM
The Arcada Theatre

Jon Anderson - The Voice of Yes
 Fri, 8/5/2011 8:00 PM
The Arcada Theatre

Grand Victoria Casino Presents A Quiet Evening with Don Rickles 
Sat, 8/20/2011 8:00 PM
The Arcada Theatre


Bensenville Concerts In The Park ...

July 13 - 7:00 Flyte; 8:30 American English: The Complete Beatles Experience
July 20 - 7:00 In Session Local band playing 80’s 90’s rock; 8:30 Caliente Latin Grooves,  R&B Band
July 27 - 7:00 Squirt Fenton Alums play Classic Rock; 8:30 The Neverly Brothers 50’s rock to British Invasion
August 3 - 7:30 Kashmir Led Zeppelin Tribute Band
August 10 - 7:00 Hickey Bava Blues Retro jazz and blues; 8:30 Rico Santana Tribute Band
August 17 - 7:00 Bag Shot Row; 8:30 Your Villain My Hero
August 24 - 7:00 Exit 147; 8:30 Arra 

Brock and Abrams @ Two Chefs Bensenville
(basically across street from the Park Immediately after the concerts ... on July 13th and August  17th)


Elk Grove Village
Free Concert Series at the Village Green

901 Wellington Ave ELK GROVE, IL
7:30p.m. Every Tues in July

July 12 - THE CHICAGO GOLD REVUE (featuring The Cryan' Shames with special guests Dennis Tufano, former lead singer of The Buckinghams, Jimy Sohns, former lead singer of The Shadows of Knight, and a few more surprises)

Brock and Abrams @ Coach's Corner Elk Grove
(basically across street from the Village Green Immediately after the concerts.)


25 or 6 to 4 "The Chicago Experience"

Saturday, July 9, 2011 - Railroad Days Festival
"An Evening of Chicago" 8:00 - 9:30 P.M.
**Fireworks to follow the performance**
Reed Keppler Park - Arbor & National Streets - West Chicago, IL
West Chicago's Railroad Days Website

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Summer Celebration Festival
"An Evening of Chicago" 7:00 - 8:45 P.M.
**Opening for Blue Oyster Cult**
Century Park - 1001 Lakeview Parkway - Vernon Hills, IL
Vernon Hill's Summer Celebration Website

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Algonquin Founders Days Festival
"An Evening of Chicago" 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Town Park - Corner of Route 62 (Algonquin) & Route 31 - Algonquin, IL
Algonquin Founders Days Website
(I've heard really good things about this band recently but have yet to see them.)

By the way, the REAL Chicago is also coming home this summer ... they'll be performing ON MY BIRTHDAY at Ravinia this summer ... August 27th ... so that should be a real treat, too!  (kk)

GENERATION "The Sixties Experience"
Saturday July 2nd
Stratford Square Mall


And how's this for some Classic Rock Entertainment?  Naperville's Rib Fest brings us Bruce Hornsby, Grand Funk Railroad, REO Speedwagon and Styx over The 4th of July Weekend ... not to mention some INCREDIBLE food selections to go along with these incredible MUSIC selections.  Funny thing is while a number of OTHER villages are featuring TRIBUTE Bands performing the music of REO and STYX, Naperville's got The Real Deal!!!  (Or, at the very least, the current version of the real deal!!!)  kk

YOU ARE INVITED: Sunday JULY 3, 8:00 - 11 pm - BLUE ROAD at Morton Grove Days, 6250 W. Dempster in Harrer Park (1 mile W. of 94) - Bring the family for FREE music, carnival rides and games, delicious food, beer garden, and more. Special guest the "Tequila Kid" on sax.

Wed. JULY 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. BLUE ROAD at Deerfield Starbucks Plaza, 100 S Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL, 60062, FREE summer concert series sponsored by the Village Music Store.

Sunday, JULY 10 2:00 pm - 5 pm BLUE ROAD "Jimy Rogers Tribute" at Taste of Westmont. FREE annual "Muddy Waters Blues Jam" hosted by Blue Road, featuring a special tribute to the late great Jimy Rogers at 2:00 - 2:30, followed by the blues jam til 5 pm.

Then from 6 - 9 pm Gary Gand joins "Guitar Slingers Blues Tribute" including Toronzo Canon, Pistol Pete, Mike Wheeler, Joe Barr, T-Man Latz. Downtown Westmont on Cass Ave.
A full day of great music!

These are all FREE family friendly events, so take this opportunity to come out, bring your kids and enjoy our fun mix of Jammin' Rock, Chicago Blues and Memphis Soul.

More Info At:
Lots of new videos just posted from the Jimy Rogers Tribute Concert at Reggies!

From Bob Abrams:

Saturday, July 2nd - GENERATION at Ballydoyle in Bloomingdale
Sunday, July 3rd - The Bensenville Parade in Bensenville
Tuesday, July 5th, July 12th, July 19th - Coach's Corner / Elk Grove Village
Friday, July 8th, July 15th - Charlie's Charhouse / Elk Grove Village
Wednesday, July 13th - Two Chefs / Bensenville
Thursday, July 14th - JD Muggs / Addison, IL
Sunday, July 24th - HOLLYWOOD CHALET in Silver Lake, WI

Of course when it comes to these copy and tribute bands, they don't come much better than The New Invaders and their Salute to the '60's.  These guys are playing ALL over town this month ... and for good reason ... they're one of the best local bands out there right now!:

Friday, July 1, 2011 - Lisle's Eyes To The Skies Festival  (6 pm - 8 pm)
Lisle, IL
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - Ballydoyle's  (9 pm - 1:30 am) Stratford Square Mall, Bloomingdale, IL
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - Sunday Night Concerts  (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
Village Green, Oak Lawn, IL
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - Music At The Gazebo  (7 pm - 8:30 pm)
Itasca, IL
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - Summer Concert Series  (7 pm - 8:30 pm)
Village of Elmwood Park, Elmwood Park, IL
Sunday, July 17,  2011 - Summer Sampler Concerts  (5 pm - 6:30 pm)
Deerfield, IL
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - Tunes On Tuesday  (7 pm - 8:30 pm)
Morton Grove, IL
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - Summer Concerts  (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Wilmette, IL
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - Summer in the Center Concert Series 
(7 pm - 9 pm)  Carol Stream, IL
Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Proud American Days Festival
(7:30 pm - 11:30 pm) New Lenox, IL
Sunday, July 31, 2011 - Concerts of the Beach  (6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
Glencoe, IL

And be sure to check out "Generation" this summer, too, if you get a chance ... another great tribute to the Music of the '60's!

Some of our Local Heroes are finding pretty slim pickings this summer ...

It seems that entertainment buyers would rather book the youngest Beatles’ band, or the one that changes outfits to match the tunes being played or ones pushed by relatives of deceased members of the real Fab Four or the one featuring guys who are part of network TV bands, etc. 
-- Ray Graffia, Jr.
Sad but true, unfortunately.  

Meanwhile, here's a look at what our Hometown Favorites have got lined up this summer:

THE BUCKINGHAMS - Of course, these guys will be busy with The Happy Together Again Tour this summer.  (A complete schedule can be found by scrolling back to June 27th).  In between, they've also scheduled some "solo" appearances ...
Monday, July 25th - Ocean City, NJ -- Ocean City Music Pier
Friday, August 12th - Chicago, IL -- Private Corporate Date    
Saturday, August 13th - Mount Vernon, OH -- Downtown Square 
Saturday, Aug. 21st - Bolingbrook, IL -- Bolingbrook Jubilee  

THE CRYAN' SHAMES - Between Cryan' Shames dates and "Chicago Gold" dates, I expected to see these guys pretty busy this summer ... but as of right now, the ONLY date posted on their website is Tuesday, July 12th, in Elk Grove Village ... with special guests Dennis Tufano, former lead singer of The Buckinghams, Ronnie Rice, former lead singer of The New Colony Six and Jimy Sohns, lead singer and front man of The Shadows Of Knight.  (That's one hell of a line-up if you're a fan of Chicagoland '60's music!)
And, speaking of Dennis Tufano, he's got a few interesting gigs lined up this summer, too!

July 8, 2011 - Dennis Tufano, Sonny Geraci - Outdoor Festival, Follansbee, W.Va.
July 12, 2011 - Dennis Tufano and The Cryan Shames - The Village Green, Elk Grove Village, Ill., 7:30 p.m. Free.
July 20 - 25; July 28 - 31, 2011 - Dennis Tufano, Gary Lewis and The Playboys - Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.
August 17, 2011 - Dennis Tufano - River Raisin Center, Monroe, Mich., 7 p.m.
August 18, 2011 - Dennis Tufano - Berkley High School, Berkley, Mich.

SATURDAY - JULY 9th 2011 - Lombard, Il. "CRUISE NIGHT" - 8 PM  open to EVERYONE!
Call Village of Lombard Village for details /directions
The NC6 are hoping to announce a few more summer dates in the near future.

Nothing posted on their website yet ... but we'll keep you posted as new dates are added.  (Jim Peterik says it looks like a quiet summer for The Ides ... but is hoping to announce a few dates soon)        

Thursday, July 7th - Deerfield Square, 7 PM 
Tuesday, July 12th - Chicago Gold, Elk Grove Village (with The Cryan' Shames, Dennis Tufano and Jimy Sohns)

And how about Milwaukee's Summerfest?!?!?  Check out THIS line up of stars!!!  Unreal!!!
Hall And Oates, Meatloaf, REO Speedwagon, George Clinton, Wanda Jackson, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Styx, Third Eye Blind, Taj Mahal, Loretta Lynn, Maroon Five, Blue Oyster Cult, Def Leppard, Don Felder, Paul Rodgers, The Spinners, Kansas, The Goo Goo Dolls, Leon Russell, America, The Bo Deans, Todd Rundgren, Buddy Guy, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Toby Keith, Kid Rock (with Sheryl Crow), Heart, Katy Perry, Britney Spears (with Nicki Minej), Sugarland and Peter Frampton ... and those are just the headliners!!!  HUNDREDS of other acts are ALSO performing on eleven different stages!

Right on the heels of The Monkees' 45th Anniversary Reunion Tour, you can catch Micky Dolenz "solo" right here in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday, July 26th!  Hope to see you there!
>>>Here's an updated, revised schedule for this summer's Happy Together Again Tour ... are the guys coming near YOUR town???  (kk)
Yes, they are!
I purchased three tickets to the August 3rd concert here in Springfield, Mo. It is at our fairgrounds and I was lucky enough to get three seats on the track in the second row. My dates are two of my sisters ages 59 an 51. We are all very excited. Will let you know how it goes and maybe we will be lucky enough to get some pictures.
Please do ... we're hoping to fill these pages with reports from BOTH sides of the stage again this summer!  For the COMPLETE Happy Together Again Tour Schedule, scroll back to Monday, June 27th ... and check back in with us again tomorrow when we rerun The Happy Together Again Hit List ... it'll blow your mind to see the sheer volume of hits these artists put together back in the day!  (kk)