!!! Sat. Feb. 07 CANCELLED !!! RED POP FURY Feat. Spiv, Flambo Tony and Rich Dang (Rich Dang Orchestra) Shanahans Downers Grove IL http://shanahans-pub.com/DownersGrove.html THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE CLUB
SIMPLE SIMON: Thanks to everyone who came out to Milwaukee at Cactus Club on Jan. 17 to see the Simons kick out the jams with our good friends, Black Belt Theater. It's always great to play rock and roll with bands from your genre and generation. Lots of new friends, fans and another chapter in the Simon book of LIFE, LOVE and ROCK AND ROLL.
More Simons' Music on the horizon? Yes.. The conversation is underway and the meetings have begun. Stay Tuned!
Kari VON ETHER and the Obdurate Masses WTF? Although I may have blurbed about this in past infoblasts - I'll review. Basically a good friend of mine, Nick Kitsos (BoDeans, Poi Dog Pondering) called me if I would like to get involved with a band where we would be outnumbered by women. I said yes. Ha! Seriously, as these things go, Nick turned me on to a literal group of super cool songwriters/musicians that have been in the Chgo scene for as long as myself. Well, after a few off the radar bookings at local watering holes, the band re-named, shifted a couple of members, and now has a cool show on the books. Come see what it's all about. Martyrs, Chicago. Tue. Mar 10. Here's the bare bones shell of a website http://vonether.com/home
RED POP FURY When You're the absolute best and most entertaining musical entity in existence, there's just nothing to add.
Outside of that, always trouble brewing in the Kentland Camp! Come out to a show sometime!
Simple Simon The 20th Anniversary of the Bitter Taste Of Americana record was one for the books. The energy level was off the rails as the three amigos played BTOA in its entirety quite flawlessly (I suppose the practices helped!) To a packed house, everyone will remember BTOA in a new light. Special thanks to Dino Manzella for running the FOH sound, complete with digital tidbits such as the intro to "workin" and "M.O.D" pumped through the system. We'd like to also thank our stage guests for our "let's play a bunch of stuff from around '94 with some long time friends of ours " -the set closed out the night quite memorably. Thanks to Brendan Golden, Todd Smith, Timmy Lydon, Marty Casey, Bill Brinias, and Jayh Johnson. And without saying - thanks to all in attendance. What a night.
Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 Spiv Solo Acoustic HELL Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago 5:30PM
Sat. Nov. 01, 2014 RED POP FURY Feat: Timmy Stanley, Flamboyant Tony, Spiv Hot Mom Block Party Chicago IL You are NOT invited.
Tue. Nov. 11, 2014 Spiv - Solo Acoustic HELL Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago IL 5:30PM
Wed. Nov 12, 2014 SPIV - Solo Acoustic HELL Renaissance O'Hare Chicago IL 5:30PM
Sat. Nov. 15, 2014 REDPOP FURY Feat. Rich Dang (Rich Dang Orchestra), Flamboyant Tony, Spiv McNally's Irish Pub St Charles IL
Tue. Nov. 18, 2014 Spiv - Solo Acoustic HELL Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago IL 5:30PM
Fri, Nov. 21, 2014 PETTY CASH Lincoln Square Lanes Chicago
Sat. Nov. 22 Simons BTOA20! Quenchers, Chicago See above links
Simple Simon Sat. Jan 17, 2015 Club Garibaldi Milwaukee WI W/ Black Belt Theater Details coming soon http://clubgaribaldi.com/
SIMPLE SIMON: As if you didn't know - The Bitter Taste Of Americana show on Sat. Nov. 22 would be one of the pinnacle shows for you to get your butts to in what's left of 2014. In brief, the Simons' first record "Funky Dog" put them on the map in Chicago and opened ears to this new band, called "the Simons" on the streets. BTOA blew the doors off of the city and region in many ways and spawned a long history of crazy shows, DIY touring, media notice, radio notice, etc. Despite the fact that a "major record deal" was never inked after being courted quite frequently after BTOA hit, the Simons never got discouraged and pressed on hard with a very fulfilling, never ending, enduring musical life that still stands vibrant. The fan base, especially in the BTOA days grew exponentially and still stays warm to the Simons and vice-versa. There is an excellent write up of the 11/22 show, linked here: http://ymlp.com/zM79sR Also, The Simons , or a member thereof, will be conducting an interview with Fearless Radio Wednesday, 11/19/2014 at 4pmhttp://www.fearlessradio.com/
Simons on Youtube?? Hells yeah. Thanks to our comrade John Postlewait for the killer footage. Granted, the audio is solely from the stage cameras and is not hi-def by any means ( the Simons tend to get a little loud...) Regardless, this is a modern day glimpse of the SIMON machine in true-to-life form. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZujlI_usWw
In other news, The 7th and latest Simons release "College Songs Everybody Knows" should be up and available at the Kentland music CDBABY warehouse (Simons page) very soonhttp://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SimpleSimon . Looking ahead, Simons have booked a show JAN (17th) @ Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee, WI with some good friends in a band called Black Belt Theater, containing members of long time Simons friends in the now defunct band, Bender. Road Trip!
FROSTING: There's been more chit chat about firing up the writing machine and the team is in good spirits. In the Kentland world, there are only so many days in the calendar available, and most likely Frosting will hit the drawing board post Simons BTOA20. Stay tuned!
REDPOP FURY: What's to talk about when you're THE BEST?
KENTLAND RELATED: JOHN POSTLEWAIT Many know him, many don't. In the Kentland Records world, progress would be very much slower without him. Long time fan /friend of every Kentland band, and Brother to a killer bass player, Dan Postlewait (Javelinas), John is as much a part of our family as anyone on the roster and in the "offices". John has been Kentland's long time artwork/layout/graphics guru. So, for those of you whostill hold CD's, break out Simons, Frosting, Javelinas, Blackmaker - It's all John. He created the official KENTAND RECORDS logo, as well as the artwork for Blackmaker's "Staggering To The Surface", Frosting's "Fresh Frosting" as well as the first Javelinas logo and so much more. John also has been shooting video/photos of Kentland bands for years, and most recently shot the Simons @ Hammerfest, House of Blues Chicago 2014. Link above and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZujlI_usWw He's also working on a "rockumentary" of sorts - based on many a Kentland band and their incredible journeys, still in the works.
Let's get to the MEAT. John is also a songwriter/singer and over the past years has called up the Kentland Army amongst other friends/family members to complete his debut solo record "Apostlethwate". We're all super happy for John, and were extremely proud to be a part of the giant undertaking that is - making a record / collection of songs from the first note until the record is in your hand. Here's John's personal blurb about "Apostlethwate":
FOR KENTLAND RECORDS
Hi, I’m John Ellis Postlewait. Maybe you’ve seen me at Kentland shows, maybe you know me directly. I’ve served Kentland as one of the art guys, designing CDs for Simple Simon, Blackmaker, Javelinas and Frosting. Over ten years ago, I sat down with my cheap guitar and tried to learn how to write songs as good as my friends. Songs about the ups and downs, the beautiful and the harrowing, all part of my average but singular life. Then I began recording my songs with the help of my talented friends and family, including the rock gods in Simple Simon and other Kentland artists, who pulled me along from humble open mic guy to humble album maker. Some played on it, some helped it sound better, but all of them inspired and elevated me. Long live their music, too.
So now I have a CD! Think roots rock with some hard rock edge and a bit of country introspection. If you’re interested in buying it, see the links below. With the hard copy you get all the lyrics and some cool artwork. Or are you more modern and selective? They also sell MP3s.
Fri. Sep. 26 Red POP FURY Feat: Spiv, Flambyant Tony & Rich Dang (Rich Dang Orchestra) Glendale Hts. VFW Post Ultimate ALS challenge Glendale Hts. IL 9:30PM
Sat. Sep. 27 RED POP FURY Feat: Mr Glynn, Flamboyant Tony, Spiv St. Andrews Golf Outing Fundraiser Chicago (Private event)
Sun. Sep. 28 Spiv plays with Kari Von Etehr & The Obdurate Masses Friendly Tap Berwyn IL 8:30PM-ish
Tues. Sep. 30 Spiv Solo Acoustic HELL Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago 5:30PM
Wed. Oct 01 Spiv Solo Acoustic HELL Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago 5:30PM
Sat. Oct 04 Spiv & Flamboyant Tony Duo of acoustic HELL Private Function
Sun. Oct. 05 Spiv Solo Acoustic Hell Round Barn Winery Baroda, MI 1-4PM EST
Sun. Oct. 12 Spiv Solo Acoustic Hell Round Barn Winery Baroda, MI 1-4 EST
Wed. Oct. 15 Spiv Solo Acoustic Hell Renaissance Ohare Chicago IL 5:30pm
Sat. Oct 18 Redpop FURY McNally's Irish Pub St. Charles IL Feat. Rich Dang (Rich Dang Orchestra), Spiv And Flamboyant Tony
Wed. Oct. 22 Spiv Solo Acoustic Hell Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago IL 5:30pm
Simons 20th Anniversary show of the 1994 release "Bitter Taste Of Americana" DATE TBA. It WAS Tentatively Oct. 17 - this date is CANCELLED due to major calendar SNAFUS. Keep on this site or the somewhat updated Simple Simon Facebook page for the locked in date when it comes.
Was a great August of so many varied shows on so many platforms!
Have a great early fall before the cold hits, and we'll catch you soon.
PETTY CASH Sunday, Aug 03, 2014 Wrigleyville Summerfest Chicago IL 3pm
SPIV - Solo acoustic HELL EVERY TUES IN AUG (5,12,19,26) Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago IL
SPIV - Solo acoustic HELL Thursday, Aug. 07 Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago IL
PETTY CASH Sunday, Aug10 Retro On Roscoe Chicago IL NOON
RED POP FURY MONDAY, Aug 11, 2014 Lockport Township Park Dist. Concert in the park, Central Square Feat. Timmy Stanley, Flamboyant Tony and Spiv 6:30-8:30PM
PETTY CASH Thu. Aug. 21 Private gig - WDRV
Spiv w/ The Dissapointments Sun. Aug 24 Friendly Tap Berwyn IL
SPIV - Solo Acoustic HELL Wed. Aug 27 Renaissance O'hare
RED POP FURY Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 US Cellular Field- pre White Sox Game Feat: Spiv, Flamboyant Tony, Rich Dang (Rich Dang Orchestra) 4:30
PETTY CASH Fri. Aug 29 Summer Sunset Festival Lake In The Hills IL
SPIV - Solo Acoustic HELL Sat. Aug 30 Round Barn Winery Baroda MI 12pm-3
RED POP FURY Sat. Aug 30 McNallys Irish Pub Feat: Spiv, Flamboyant Tony, Rich Dang (Rich Dang Orchestra) St. Charles IL 9pm
SIMPLE SIMON 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF "BITTER TASTE OF AMERICANA" (tent) Friday, Oct 17, 2014 Quenchers Chicago Details to follow..........
News: We hope you're all having a wonderful rock and roll filled summer, or whatever it is you do. Ha! Anyway, much thanks to those who have come out to support any of our bands/artists - it is you that keeps us doing what we love to do. Ok, let's get to some reviews and the DIRT.
SIMPLE SIMON: The Simons show at Elbo Room was a welcome blast. 'Twas the 10yr reunion of the "Stars Motel EP" release of our good Kentland friends, The Gelheads. It was definitely "flashbackey" in the sense that all bands on the bill were alive and well 10yrs prior, Elbo Room being a staple club. Simons tore it up and it's always great to kick out the jams. SIMONS 20YR celebration - PART II. 20yrs ago, Simple Simon released their second full length "Bitter Taste Of Americana" The record definitely put them on the map in Chicago/Midwest, amidst airplay, sold out shows and lots of off the radar record sales. The TENTATIVE date is Oct. 17th, 2014 at Quenchers in Chicago. Quenchers was chosen once again, because the 20yr show last year was off the reils. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Stay tuned, details will surely follow as the date approaches.
FROSTING: Well, the ingredients are still on the table, and the recipe book is still open. The chefs have to get it together and come up with a new menu? Wow, that was lame. Well, despite the fact that the band is now offically a 2pc (bassists looking?) The towel hasn't been thrown in yet. There is definitely enough material for a third release, and wheels are spinning. Tim and Spiv have been chatting about the next step - Time shall tell ALL.
Redpop Fury/Petty Cash: Two of the most unique entertainment conglomerates to ever walk the face of the Midwest have been on a roll - cool gigs, more on the calendar. Come out to the show and experience the MAGIC yourselves! Check the listing for gig dates.
Kentland Records Spring/Summer 2014 Infoblast! Shows:
TONIGHT Friday May 30, 2014 PETTY CASH Mother's 26 w. Division St. Chicago Opening for CCR Tribute Fortunate Sons 8:30pm
Spiv - Solo acoustic HELL Tue. Jun 03 Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago - St. Clair St 5:30-8
Spiv - Solo acoustic HELL Wed. Jun 04 Renaissance O'hare 8500 W Bryn Mawr Ave Chicago 5:30-7
REDPOP FURY Sat. Jun 07 Bally Doyle Downers Grove IL THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN! Feat. FB, Spiv, Flambo Tony
SPIV - Solo Acoustic HELL Tue. Jun 17 Hyatt Magnificent Mile Chicago - St. Clair St 5:30-8
PETTY CASH Fri. Jun 20 Joliet Park District summer concert series Joliet IL 6:30PM
Spiv - Solo Acoustic HELL Sun. Jun. 22 Round Barn Winery Baroda MI http://www.roundbarnwinery.com/index.php 1-4PM
REDPOP FURY Fri. Jun. 27 McNallys St. Charles IL Featuring the Rich Dang Orchestra
REDPOP FURY Sat. Jun 28 IRISH OAK Clark St. Chgo Feat. Tim Stanley, Spiv, Flambo Tony
REDPOP FURY Fri. July 11 Shanahans Downers Grove IL Feat. Kris Gutrich, Spiv, Flambo Tony.
Simple Simon Sat. July 19 Gelheads reunion show Elbo Room Chicago
Howdy y'all! Been a while! Had a few things on the books the last few months - some shows definitely in the underground rock and roll "shoulda been there" concerts! We'll start with Simple Simon @ House of Blues - endless comments, new fans about what a pinnacle show the Simons tore up at such a great venue. I'll admit - it was definitely one for the books. Frosting IPO fest, Red Line Tap - Quite possibly one of the finest 35 minutes of rock and roll FROSTING has ever put out in a live environment. Kentland Power trios were in force the last few months for sure!
SIMPLE SIMON: Attack re-pressing has arrived! Pick your CD copy up at any Kentland related show (talk to spiv) or get them via CDBABY. Simons proud to be a part of the Gelheads reunion show at Elbo Room, Chicago on Sat. July 19. Originally slated to be a BLACKMAKER reunion show - the start unfortunately didn't align for that to happen. Simons will definitely do the bill justice for our good ol' pals the Gelheads!
FROSTING: My, my, my, how things change. Sadly, We'll have to say good buy to current CANADIAN bassist - Jeff Peck. Jeff is re-locating to San Fransisco. The past years with Jeff on the bass have been fun as hell - He's a great musician, great guy and he's CANADIAN. We'll miss him like hell 'eh? Outside of that -No news is good news. Still planning on hitting the tape deck this summer with some fresh jams. Related: A couple of Frosting tracks have made it to a - gulp - horror film. "Dead Girls" Not sure how that all fits, but it's pretty cool press nonetheless. Hell, if Sting can have his music in a car commercial....
REDPOP FURY: One item of news - REDPOP FURY IS BACK AFTER 3 YEARS AT BALLY DOYLE IN DOWNERS GROVE. Everyone please come out and make it an event. You know after that long of a lapse - the band will be off the rails and the comedy will follow suit - indeed!
Other: keep an eye on the Kentland site from time to time, as it is summer time and gigs often pop up out of nowhere! That's about all here. Befriend us on Facebook, like us on likeable pages, buy cheap, expensive clothing on our Zazzle site, etc...
Kari (Kah-Tee) @ The Dissapointments (Spiv plays gtr) Sun, Mar 30 2014 Friendly Tap Berwyn IL 8PM
Spiv Solo acoustic HELL Tue. Apr. 01 2014 Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Chicago 5:30-8pm
RED POP FURY Friday, Apr. 04 Spiv, Flamboyant Tony, Rich DANG McNally's St. Charles IL
Spiv Solo Acoustic HELL Tue. Apr.08, 2014 Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Chicago 5:30-8PM
FROSTING INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW 2014 Friday, Apr 11 2014 RED LINE TAP, Chicago Frosting @ 11:45PM http://internationalpopoverthrow.com/schedules/ipo-2014-schedules/chicago-2014/
Spiv Solo Acoustic HELL Wed. Apr 16, 2014 Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Chicago 5:30-8PM
Kari (Kah-Tee) @ The Dissapointments (Spiv plays gtr) Sun, Apr. 27, 2014 Friendly Tap Berwyn IL 8PM Spiv Solo Acoustic HELL Tue. Apr. 29, 2014 Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Chicago 5:30-8PM
SIMPLE SIMON SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 HOUSE OF BLUES, CHICAGO Hammerfest 2014 http://www.livenation.com/artists/122969/simple-simon
News! Some cool shows in the Kentland camp! Simons HOUSE OF BLUES, Chicago - May 10! Frosting - International POP Overthrow fest, 2014! Apr 11!
PLEASE phone first to gigs. Calendars are crazy, and update all the time.
There's a lot to talk about, yet not much in the same hand if that makes any sense. First and foremost, we need to round up the TROOPS to come out to House of Blues 5/10/2014. Simple Simon doesn't land bitchin' shows in a killer venue like HOB that often, so if you want to see a band still quite firey about their craft - in a venue that showcases rock and roll - YOU need to get your tickets and make a date/double date/triple date/solo, whatever - come see the SIMONS rip the building apart.
FROSTING is looking very forward to their LATE show at Red Line Tap for the 2014 International Pop Overthrow Festival. David Bash has been throwing this eries of shows around the USA for years, promoting the unsung, unsigned amazing under the radar talent that IS the pulse of rock and roll music in the USA. FROSTING is proud to be a part of the IPO 2014!
Yours truly, SPIV has landed a quite interesting string of acoustic shows as the Hyatt downtown Chicago. Early, free sushi, posh, Hyatt-y along with Spivtacular cranking out about as much 1970's chill acoustic rock music as one can stomach... yum!
Befriend us on Facebook, like us on likeable pages, buy cheap, expensive clothing on our Zazzle site, etc... but NEVER let the flame of music burn out in your life!
Check out Pg 6 Best Local bands - Thanks ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER! Shows:
UPDATE - RED POP FURY WILL NOT BE PERFORMING AT SHANAHANS IN DOWNERS GROVE ON 2/21/2014
RED POP FURY Saturday Feb. 15 2014 McNallys St Charles IL https://www.facebook.com/mcnallysirishpub Feat. Rich Dang, Spiv, Flamboyant Tony
DISAPOINTMENTS Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 Friendly Tap, Berwyn IL https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friendly-Tap/74786580336 Feat. lots of people and spiv
PETTY CASH Wed. Feb 26, 2014 Bub City Chicago https://www.facebook.com/BubCityChi
RED POP FURY Sat. Mar 01, 2014 St. Pat's Wearin The Green St. Andrews School Chicago Mr Glynn, Flamboyant Tony and Spiv
PETY CASH Sat. March 08, 2014 Q Bar and Grill Darien IL http://q-barandgrill.com/
RED POP FURY St. Pats bash Sat. March 15, 2014 McNallys St Charles IL https://www.facebook.com/mcnallysirishpub Feat. Rich Dang, Spiv, Flamboyant Tony
News: As the above headline stated, FROSTING made the cut for "Best of 2013" in the Illinois Entertainer. Albeit Frosting II is a solid rock n roll record, it was submitted in Nov 2012, and reviewed early in 2013. Twas a cool thing to see that even after a year amidst hundreds of local submissions, some with outstanding reviews, FROSTING still made the cut. Something stuck with someone somewhere! www.frostingusa.com
Petty Cash is back from the dead with a couple of cool shows, one on the Birthday bash of Johnny Cash at Bub City, and another on Tribute band night at Q bar in Darien. Rock on with THAT! www.pettycashband.com
Other news - Keep an eye on the calendar, been a few updates/cancellations on shows to watch out for. Remember, always better to PHONE FIRST.