I've got a whole city to hold down

August 06, 2004


Save your pennies and sharpen your left-clicking skills - these tix won't be cheap but will go fast:

Brian Wilson performs "Smile" at the Auditorium Theatre, 10/2

R.E.M. at the Auditorium Theatre, 10/25-26

August 05, 2004

State of confusion

Seems that tickets for this year's grandstand concerts at the Illinois State Fair are selling like space heaters in Hell. Only one of the six shows has moved more than 1,900 tix so far - and the grandstand holds nearly 9,000 bodies.

Now the guy in charge of booking the Fair gigs, state Department of Agriculture deputy director Mark Kolaz, just can't figure out what's gone wrong.

"It's discouraging. It's disappointing," Kolaz told the Springfield Journal-Register. "We thought we had a pretty good lineup, but it hasn't done what we thought it would."


Let's try to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Think the fact that the cheapest ticket is 20 bucks has anything to do with it?

Or the fact that the entirety of what Kolaz calls his "pretty good lineup" is Clay Aiken, Travis Tritt with Charlie Daniels, Styx with Kansas, Clint Black with comedian Bill Engvall, Hall & Oates with Michael McDonald and the Average White Band, and LeAnn Rimes with Phil Vassar?


Or maybe the entire concept of assigning a bureaucrat from the state Department of Agriculture to book a concert series just isn't such a good idea.


If I was a bird and you was a fish

Back in April, we noted the bust-up of local twanglers Kelly Kessler & the Wichita Shut-Ins.

Pleasantly, we can now announce the band's recombination into two new acts. Kessler and bassist Robbie Hunsinger have joined forces with a banjo-pickin' kid named Eric Howell to form the bluegrassy trio Whippoorwill, and sweet singer-slash-snappy dresser Lawrence Peters is fronting the straight-up country outfit Western Standard Time.

Whippoorwill is slated to step out with gigs this Sunday, 8/8 (as part of a WLUW fundraiser - details at the station's site) and in Logan Square on 8/13.

A fabulous prize to the first comment-er who knows the reference in the title of this post. (Announcer: Prize is not fabulous.)


New from the Double Door: Tommy Stinson (two sets, solo acoustic and full-on rockstravaganza, 9/7).

New from the Empty Bottle: Sixtoo w/ DJ Signify (8/27), Brand Nubian (8/28), Azita w/ Sam Jayne and Lichens (9/4), Carrier w/ the Six Parts Seven (9/9), Red Krayola (9/11), Fiery Furnaces (9/17), Dead Moon w/ Baseball Furies (9/18), Electrelane (10/1), Solex w/ On!Air!Library! (10/14), Explosions in the Sky w/ Adem (at LSA, 10/15).

New from Jam: Tonight's Liz Phair/Cardigans/et. al. show at Navy Pier has been cancelled. The Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson pairing, with openers Hot Club of Cowtown - which we previously reported is playing Peoria (O'Brien Field, 8/25) and Madison - is also coming to South Bend (Coveleski Stadium, 8/22). Other new listings of note include Keane w/ the French Kicks (Park West, 9/19) and Phantom Planet (Schubas, 9/19 and 20).

New from Metro: Raveonettes (8/29), Jimmy Eat World (9/2), Scissor Sisters (9/15).

Update: New from Schubas: American Music Club w/ Will Johnson of Centro-matic (11/12-13).

Check, check, one-two, one-two

Is this thing on?