I've got a whole city to hold down

April 08, 2005

Your Daily Lollapalooza Update

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Bot Kot & DeRo have a quote from a Park District spokeswoman stating "we are comfortable with what they've proposed to us, and we don't see any reason why the concert won't be permitted." And both put the amount on the table at a proposed $200,000 donation for park improvements. Once that was agreed to, the Parkways Foundation went ahead and applied for the city permit on behalf of the promoters this past Tuesday.

To Do Tonight

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

It's the latest installment of the Biz 3 events at Sonotheque. On tonight's agenda, the guest DJs hail from Fader & Pitchfork.

Oh, and they'll be revealing some more of the lineup for the Intonation Festival...

April 07, 2005

Chicagopalooza Ticket Update

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Well, it appears that Lollapalooza was able to sell all 2,000 of the specially priced $35 weekend passes in around 80 minutes this morning. Not bad for a festival that currently only counts one unofficial, self-confirmed act.

Now my confidence level would grow exponentially if I read a quote similar to the "has secured a city permit" phrase that appeared in this morning's DeRo article (in reference to the festival occurring the prior week).

A trickle of Intonation info

Lurking at the bottom of a piece in today's Sun-Times on the summer concert calendar, Jim DeRogatis has the first few names we've seen in print of bands confirmed for the Pitchfork-curated Intonation Music Festival:

Fiery Furnaces
Broken Social Scene
The Wrens
The M's

As we've written, the festival goes down July 16 and 17.

April 06, 2005

Only 5 months away...

The annual Estrojam festival has launched a new-look Web site to spotlight its 2005 incarnation.

The Estrojam Music and Culture Festival is an annual not-for-profit, community-based event that features internationally acclaimed and emerging musicians and artists, educators, activists, and community leaders in dozens of events, including concerts, workshops, panels, and a film festival presented at Chicago's best venues.
A benefit for the US Campaign for Burma and the Chicago Abused Women's Coalition, this year's event is slated to run September 21-24. Hopefully this won't conflict too seriously with your plans to celebrate the autumnal equinox.

Concertwatch (Boss Edition)

As part of a two-month tour that includes stops in such locales as Detroit, Denver, Dublin and Dusseldorf, Bruce Springsteen will play a solo acoustic show at the Rosemont Theatre on Wednesday, May 11. The Bossman's new album Devils & Dust is set for release on April 26.

April 05, 2005

About Those Lollapalooza Tickets...

Posted By Lazlo Hollyfeld

You may want to consult the Sun-Times as the week goes on (DeRo seems to be providing daily updates to this story) before going ahead and buying one of those Lollapalooza passes they plan on selling (beginning Thursday).

Not that it doesn't sound like fun to plunk down $35 in advance for a 2-day festival with no confirmed acts scheduled for a public space where the permits have yet to be applied for.

April 04, 2005

Saturday in the park (and Sunday, too)

This Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, the Pulaski Park fieldhouse will play host to the annual WLUW Record Fair.

The hype: "This year's fair will be two full days filled with the best selection of vinyl, CDs, posters, 'zines, and art available under one roof in the entire Chicagoland area! We'll have vendors offering rock, pop, psychedelia and folk, to soul, jazz, country, international, R&B, hip-hop, rock-a-billy and everything in-between! If it's rare or weird, we'll have that too. Also, videos, DVDs, posters, art, and anything that isn't nailed down."

And check the Web site (linked above) for a list of live performances.

Doin' it for themselves

Dawn Turner Trice in today's Trib:
On Thursday, the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture will open its doors for a three-day conference titled 'Feminism and Hip Hop.' Scholars, community activists and artistic types, among others, will convene to talk about the effect hip-hop has had on feminism, sexuality, image, culture, you name it.

The conference is in such demand that even before last month's pre-registration deadline, organizers already had met their goal of just over 1,000 participants. It's booked solid, folks. ...

The conference hopes to offer something for everybody under one roof. Scholars who have been studying hip-hop for years will get to probe deeper into why it continues to have such an influence in American culture.

Community activists desperate to find ways to counteract the negative influences will be able to share combat tactics. Artists will want to make sure that in all the noisemaking, there's no attack on the creativity that made rap and hip-hop viable art forms.