Entries tagged with: JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Wu-Tang Clan @ Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
North Coast Music Festival 2013 is set to take place from August 30 - September 1 in Chicago's Union Park. Their initial lineup features Wu-Tang Clan performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in full, Nas, Purity Ring, AlunaGeorge, On An On, Flatbush Zombies, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and many more. Three-day passes (general admission & VIP) for the fest are on sale now. Stay tuned for the second wave of artists to be announced.
The current NCMF 2013 lineup is below...
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ BVC-SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Pieper)
Chicago's JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are gearing up for the release of their third full-length album, titled Howl, which is due out on May 21 via Bloodshot Records. The LP was tracked at Montreal's famed Hotel2Tango Studios by producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Godspeed You! Black Emperor). So far, they've shared the album's title track and a video for "Ordinary." You'll find both at the bottom of this post. Howl's cover art and tracklisting can also be found below.
JC Brooks and co. will be touring in support of Howl this spring/summer. That tour includes a few hometown shows: a 6PM in-store at Saki Records on May 21, a record release show at Mayne Stage on May 25, and Taste of Randolph on June 14. Tickets for their Mayne Stage performance go on sale this Saturday (4/27) at 10AM CST.
All JC Brooks tour dates, those song streams, and album info. for Howl are below...
Divine Fits @ SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Taste of Randolph Street Festival is set to take place from June 14-16 this year. The fest, which is centered at 900 W. Randolph St., will feature two stages with performances by Divine Fits, The Joy Formidable, Lord Huron, Bear in Heaven, American Royalty, Matrimony, and many more acts. A suggested donation of $10 per day supports the West Loop Community Organization.
The full lineup hasn't been revealed yet, but you can check out the fest's initial offerings below...
photos by Sara Pieper
JC Brooks & Ume at BV Chicago // Epitonic SXSW -- 3.13.2013
Last week down at SXSW in Austin, TX, we teamed up with Epitonic to throw a free, two stage day party at adjoining venues Swan Dive and Barbarella Patio on Wednesday, March 13. The day kicked off with sets from Chicago's Many Places and NYC's folky The End of America, and was co-headlined by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Generationals. In between, The Besnard Lakes, Ume, All Eyes West, Twin Peaks, On An On, Eric Pulido (of Midlake), WHY?, Minor Characters, Mister Lies, Autumn Owls, Mahogany, and Tango in the Attic all performed.
In addition to the music, our sponsors Redken were passing out bottles of their Clean Brew Extra Cleansing Shampoo, which helped to keep us smelling great all week long.
BV Chicago photographer Sara Pieper was on the scene and was able to grab pictures of all bands from the late afternoon on. More of her photos can be found below...
We're excited to announce that BV Chicago will be returning to SXSW this year! We have teamed up with Epitonic to bring you a FREE unofficial two stage day party at Swan Dive and Barbarella Patio (615 Red River Street) on Wednesday, March 13 from noon - 6PM. The outdoor Barbarella Patio stage will feature Chicago-based acts, while the indoor Swan Dive stage boasts an international lineup.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will headline the Barbarella Patio stage, along with support from All Eyes West, Twin Peaks, On An On, Minor Characters, Mister Lies, Mahogany, and Many Places. Attendees will be able to move freely between the patio and Swan Dive, which will house Generationals, The Besnard Lakes, Ume, Eric Pulido (of Midlake), WHY?, Autumn Owls, Tango in the Attic, and The End of America throughout the day.
It'll look like this:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - BV Chicago Stage at Barbarella Patio
12:00PM - Many Places
12:45PM - Mahogany
01:30PM - Mister Lies
02:15PM - Minor Characters
03:00PM - On An On
03:45PM - Twin Peaks
04:30PM - All Eyes West
05:15PM - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Epitonic // 1-Up PR Stage at Swan Dive
12:00PM - The End of America
12:45PM - Tango in the Attic
01:30PM - Autumn Owls
02:15PM - WHY?
03:00PM - Eric Pulido (of Midlake)
03:45PM - Ume
04:30PM - The Besnard Lakes
05:15PM - Generationals
Admission to Swan Dive // Barbarella Patio is 100% FREE and no badges/wristbands are required. There IS a 21+ age restriction though, sorry about that!
Thanks to our sponsors Redken for making this party possible. They'll be giving out free samples of their products throughout the day. More free stuff is TBA.
And stay tuned for the announcement of BrooklynVegan's day parties and showcases!
We've been talking New Year's Eve for quite some time, and since the world didn't end last week, all the great shows and parties we told you about are still happening.
Refresh your memory below...
"The Screaming Eagle of Soul" himself, Charles Bradley, will be visiting Chicago for a two-night stand at Lincoln Hall on December 30 & 31. Advance tickets are still available for both shows, and though his New Year's Eve performance will cost you twice as much as the 30th, you'll receive complimentary drink tickets, appetizers, and a Daptone Records drop card for a free digital sampler.
Speaking of Lincoln Hall, their sister venue Schubas will be hosting Maps & Atlases on December 30 & 31. Gypsyblood will act as main support on the 30th, Santah will open the show on New Year's Eve, and advance tickets for both shows are still available. There's also a two-show pass for sale.
Screeching Weasel are celebrating their 27th anniversary with a two-night run at Reggie's on December 30th & 31st. Though Night 1 (with The Queers, The Manges, and Vatican Junkies) is sold out, advance tickets for Night 2 (with The Queers, The Manges, and They Stay Dead) are still available.
Tilly and the Wall are yet another act that will be playing two Chicago shows during New Year's Eve weekend. You'll be able to find them at Subterranean on December 30 (with California Wives) & 31 (with My Gold Mask and DJ CC Rider). Advance tickets for both shows are still available.
The Eternals will be performing "the Espiritu Zombi Suite," a piece written for a larger group-version of the band, at the Hideout on New Year's Eve. As discussed, core members Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, and Areif Sless-Kitain will be joined by six additional musicians on vibes, coronet, flute, saxophone, and more. Chandeliers will act as main support and will also play a DJ set around midnight. Advance tickets are still available.
"The Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, will be headlining the Double Door on New Year's Eve. JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Burlesque le' Moustache, and Soul Summit DJs will open the show. Advance tickets are still available.
Denton, TX's The Marked Men are playing the Empty Bottle on December 31 with Bad Sports and Terrible Twos (tickets). As discussed, Marked Men side project Mind Spiders are playing the Bottle on December 29 with The Novice and Dumpster Babies (tickets).
Speaking of the Empty Bottle, they're also presenting Mucca Pazza, White Mystery, and Jon Drake & the Shakes at the Logan Square Auditorium on New Year's Eve (tickets). They're also doing "New Year's Eve: Two Thousand Turnteen" with The Hood Internet, Moon Boots, Only Children, and DJ Esquire at Beauty Bar (tickets).
Magic Milk, Rabble Rabble, Vamos, Kodiak Farm Boys, The Electric Dollhouse Groove Buggy, Don't Forget Your Dinosaur, and The Sueves are ALL set to play Quenchers on New Year's Eve. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Outer Minds, The Hello Hello, and Absolutely Not will be performing at The Burlington on December 31.
South Loop dive bar Cal's are closing on New Year's Day. They'll be throwing a farewell // New Year's Eve show, featuring performances by Mercy Mercy, Demerits, and Larroquettes.
Perhaps you're looking for something a bit more electronic? Porter Robinson is coming to Chicago for a two-night stand at the Congress on December 30 & 31. Hardwell and Deniz Koyu will act as main support on the 30th, and Mat Zo and The M Machine will open the show on the 31. Advance tickets for both nights are still available. Paul Oakenfold is also playing Castle Nightclub (tickets).
ALSO: You'll be able to ride the CTA from 10PM - 4AM on New Year's Eve for 1¢. For more information on how that works visit the CTA's website.
What did we miss?
Happy (almost) New Year!
The Second City are gearing up for their annual Letters to Santa Benefit, which will be taking place at their home base from December 18-19. Folks like Jeff Tweedy, Steve Albini with Nate Silver, Kim Deal (The Breeders are working on a reissue package and tour), Fred Armisen, and more are set to participate in the 24-hour improv comedy and music event. There will also be some great auction items up for grabs, including a private living room show from Jeff Tweedy and tickets to Saturday Night Live. Tickets for the all ages event will be for sale at the door starting at 6PM on December 18. Letters to Santa will also be streaming live, for free via both their website and Gigity.TV.
Check out the full schedule of events (with set times) below...
Gogol Bordello toasting The New Year in NYC (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, who play Metro on November 21, will be headlining Mayne Stage on New Year's Eve. Advance tickets are on sale now, and like Metro's NYE show, you could also opt for VIP seating.
Stay tuned for even more New Year's Eve options.
Chicago's JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have shared a fresh batch of fall US tour dates. The group are currently in Cincinnati, Ohio to perform at the Midpoint Music Festival, and then are set to kick off their tour in Denver, Colorado in a couple of weeks. After that tour ends they have about a month off, and then will play a Thanksgiving eve (November 21) show at Metro. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy or book for children in Chicagoland hospitals to the show for donation. Advance tickets are on sale now.
The Uptown Sound will be debuting material from their forthcoming LP-- said to arrive in 2013-- at the hometown show. Stay tuned for more information on their new album.
All JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound tour dates and a video are below...
On Monday (7/2) Chicago musicians will join together to celebrate the life and music of the late great Adam "MCA" Yauch with a tribute concert at Lincoln Hall. The event, organized by the Uptown Sound's Ben Taylor and Bumpus' James Johnston, will donate all proceeds to Students for a Free Tibet (an activist organization co-founded by Yauch). Advance tickets are on sale.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, ShowYouSuck, The Right Now, Mr. Greenweedz, Akasha, Abstract Giants, Bumpus, Dance Floor Plans, The Drastics, DJRC, DJ Intel, Dirty MF, DJ Jesse De La Pena, Low Down Brass Band, Rita J, M.C.B. and Mr. D from Boogie Shoes, DJ Therm One, and many more local musicians will be performing.
Some Beastie Boys videos below...
With the addition of The Soft Pack, Gypsyblood, the Mutts, Young Jesus, and Magic Milk, the 2012 Do Division Street Festival has sealed its schedule. The free street fest (suggested donation of $5), taking place from June 1-3 in Wicker Park, also features a sidewalk sale from participating local shops and tons of food vendors.
Full lineup below...
Portugal. The Man @ Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
today in Chicago
* The Fray, Jessie Baylin @ the Riv
* Joe Firstman, Ernie Halter @ SPACE
* Ari Herstand, Briar Rabbit @ Schubas
* Trust, Valis, Dear Recipient @ Empty Bottle
* Cheer Up Moon Cat, Capelle @ Double Door
* The Flabby Hoffman Jamboree @ Stage Bar
* Death Cab For Cutie, Low @ Chicago Theatre (Night 2)
* Thymme Jones, Dag Juhlin, Susan Voelz, Daniel Lutz @ Hideout
* Portugal. The Man, The Lonely Forest, Minor Characters @ the Vic
* Summer Girlfriends, Bigcolour, Magic Milk, Swimsuit Addition @ Lincoln Hall
* Lipreader, Brick Mower, The Please & Thank Yous, Meat Wave @ Township
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have a great new video for "Sister Ray Charles." Check it out below.
Watch At The Drive-In's full Coachella set. Are you headed to Lollapalooza to see them?
Jack White's debut solo LP, Blunderbuss, is streaming on iTunes.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ bvChicago SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Like Gypsyblood and Heavy Times did in early-March, on Saturday night (April 14) at 8PM, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will play a FREE show at the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel on the campus of Lake Forest College. Though the event takes place on the college's campus, it is 100% open to the public. The East of Edens Soul Express DJs will open the show.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ Hotel Vegan
"...Before we were able to bask in the glory, we were driving in MAD traffic to get across town to Hotel Vegas to play Brooklyn Vegan's "Hotel Vegan" party. We barely got to the stage in time, screeched up, lept out of the van like we were the A-Team. Set up. Go. 11 people in the room, tops. The big names are outside in the back. And then something clicked, we just continue to be locked in. I look up five songs later and the room is packed. Wall to wall hipsters, including friends from Gypsy Blood, The Pinstripes, and Kane Place Record Club. It was a riot. Like a real house party. Next thing I know, we're shaking hands and getting in cell phone pictures and some real cool guy from Chicago with a little city pride takes us all out to dinner..." [JC Brooks SXSW Tour Diary]That was the kind of day it was back on Wednesday, March 14th inside Volstead Lounge which was turned into the BV Chicago stage of Hotel Vegan for an afternoon. Pictures are in this post.
Special thanks to a Sailor Jerry, Brooklyn Brewery, HobNob Wines, and Honest Tea for providing refreshments. Thanks also to our backline partners Korg, Vox, and Blackstar Amplification for helping make the sound happen,
Thanks especially to everyone who stopped by and to the many artists who played. Check out more pictures from the whole day, below...
Jane's Addiction @ The Wellmont Theater in NJ (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Summer Camp Music Festival, which takes place in Chillicothe, IL's Three Sisters Park (May 25-27), has added another round of artists to the lineup. Some of these are: Jane's Addiction, Common, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Gov't Mule, and AraabMUZIK. "Getting Closer" tickets are on sale now. Current lineup below..
We're excited and pleased to announce BV Chicago's first-ever Austin event, a full stage of Chicago musicians along side TWO MORE BrooklynVegan-programmed stages, at Hotel 'Vegan' (aka Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge at1500 E. 6th Street) on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from noon - 6PM. Hotel Vegan will be runing from Wednesday through Saturday during SXSW Music, and we're excited to be showcasing Chicago bands on one of the three stages, on the first of those four days.
Headlining the BV Chicago stage will be JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (who just announced a big hometown show at Metro). Also on the bill: Flosstradamus (which one half of, J2K, performed at a recent BV Chicago event) with a special guest, The-Drum (who shared that bill with J2K), Maps & Atlases (who have a new album and big hometown show at Metro + tour coming up), White Mystery, FIELDED, Gypsyblood, and Minor Characters (who have a pre-SXSW show at Schubas).
It looks like this:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - bvChicago Stage at Hotel 'Vegan'Admission to Hotel 'Vegan' is 100% FREE and no badges/wristbands are required. There IS a 21+ age restriction though, sorry about that! We'll have complimentary beverages (while supplies last) from Sailor Jerry, Brooklyn Brewery, HobNob Wines, and Honest Tea, free treats from NadaMoo!, plus even more free stuff TBA!
12:00PM - Minor Characters
12:35PM - Gypsyblood
01:15PM - FIELDED
02:00PM - White Mystery
02:45PM - Maps & Atlases
03:30PM - The-Drum
04:15PM - Flosstradamus
05:00PM - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
And stay tuned for the rest of the "Hotel Vegan" lineups soon!
Tom Marker from WXRT (who presented the show) offered up a short recap of the Chicago band's set:
First up was J.C. Brooks and the Uptown sound. This local band from, yes, Uptown Chicago, was an unknown to most of the audience, though J.C. captured their hearts with his dynamic performance, captivating stage presence, remarkable singing talent, charming and engaging personality, and the very tight band. He soon had the seated audience was clapping and shouting and singing along. Before the show Mavis could hear singing from her dressing room and asked who that was? I went to the room next door and brought J.C. and the band over to meet Mavis. J.C. was so excited to meet Mavis and hear from her that she had seen him on a local TV show he could hardly keep himself from jumping up and down.Were you there? How was it?
Moving on up in the world, the Uptown Sound have just announced that they'll be headlining Metro on April 27 with support from Gold Motel and The Soul Summit DJs. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (March 3), at noon CST.
An updated list of 2012 tour dates is below..
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
Chicago soul revivalists JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have a number of exciting upcoming gigs.
The first, is an opening slot for fellow Chicagoan Mavis Stapes on Wednesday, February 29 at the Tivoli Theatre in nearby Downers Grove, IL. Advance tickets are on sale. As mentioned, Mavis will also headline the 2012 edition of the Chicago Blues Festival in June.
JC and co. are also playing an Epitonic Saki Session on Sunday, March 5 at 4PM, which will serve as their tour-to-SXSW send-off.
Speaking of Chicago and SXSW, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are the first artist that we can reveal are playing the BV Chicago-programmed stage at Hotel 'Vegan' on Wednesday, March 14th, from noon - 6PM! We're extremely honored to have them on board and are looking forward to sharing more of the lineup with you soon.
All 2012 tour dates, some videos, and the Hotel 'Vegan' flyer, below..
As mentioned, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are kicking off a two-night-stay at Schubas, TONIGHT (12/30). Support will come from Green Room Rockers and DJRC, with My Mans warming up the crowd on New Year's Eve. Both nights are now sold out, flyer below.
Uptown Sound keyboard player Andy Rosenstein also fronts Clip Art, who have an upcoming January residency at Schubas. They'll begin on the 9th of the month and play three more times throughout January. Stream some music via their Facebook.
All Uptown Sound / Clip Art dates, and some videos, below..
The Black Keys @ Aragon Ballroom - NYE 2011 (more by Joshua Mellin)
Though it's not even time for Thanksgiving yet, Chicago's New Years Eve concerts are already starting to take form.
We've previously announced that:
Alkaline Trio are playing Metro.
Disappears, Bare Mutants, and Outer Minds are playing the Empty Bottle.
The Hood Internet are playing Lincoln Hall.
Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent, and Company of Thieves are playing the Aragon.
Big Gigantic are playing the Vic.
Here's a few new options:
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are playing Schubas.How are you going to celebrate?
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (11/4), at noon CST.
Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Cracker, and Camper Van Beethoven are playing the House of Blues.
Tickets are still available.
Rusko, Sinden, and Switch are playing the Congress Theatre.
Tickets are still available.
DOWNLOAD: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - "Everything Will Be Fine" (MP3)
As previously mentioned, Chicago's own JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound have cut a deal with Bloodshot Records to release their debut LP titled Want More. That will hit stores on Tuesday (10/25) of this upcoming week, which the band have paired nicely with a free, 6PM in-store performance at Dusty Grooves. Get a feel for the album by downloading "Everything Will Be Fine" at the top of this post. Stream Want More in its entirety via Paste.
Before heading out on a fall North American tour, Brooks and co. will celebrate the release of their record this Friday (10/28) at the Double Door with label mates White Mystery. Tickets are still available and the two extremely different acts are bound to make for a diverse crowd.
Head below for Want More's cover art, tracklisting, and all 2011 tour dates.
SBTRKT @ PS1 Warm Up (more by Vincent Cornelli)
today in Chicago
* Jazz Fest (Day 2)
* Psalm One @ Hideout
* James Zabiela @ Sound-Bar
* North Coast Music Festival (Day 1)
* Madi Diaz, Keegan Dewitt @ SPACE
* Wolfgang Gartiner, SBTRKT, DJ Thibault @ The Mid
* Rabble Rabble, Mutts, The Way It Is @ Ultra Lounge
* STS9, Big Gigantic, Up Until Now @ Congress Theater
* The Hood Internet, Midnight Conspiracy @ Bottom Lounge
* Paper Thick Walls, Dastardly, Sleeping in the Aviary @ Schubas
* Bruce Lamont, Man's Gin, Bitchin Baja, Mystreater @ Empty Bottle
* JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Soul Summit DJs @ Double Door
* The Sonnets, Gidgets Ga Ga, The Demerits, The Skis @ Abbey Pub
* The Shams Band, Chaperone, Go Long Mule, Musikanto, Johnny Rumble @ Logan Square Auditorium
Full NCMF schedule is HERE.
Fitz & the Tantrums played Leno. Footage below..
Holy Ghost! @ T5 - the last LCD Soundsystem shows (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Double Door has a slew of amazing upcoming shows on their calendar.
These are our picks...
Stiff Little Fingers, Flatfoot 56, and Rambos will play on August 17th (tomorrow).
Sleepy Sun, and Buffalo Killers will play on August 25th.
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and Soul Summit DJs will play on September 2nd.
Kings Go Forth, and Soul Summit DJs will play September 16th.
Data Rock will play on October 5th.
Lisa Hannigan, and John Smith will play on October 10th.
Butch Walker And The Black Widows will play on October 13th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday (8/20), at noon CST.
The Lemonheads, and The Shining Twins will play on October 21st.
Holy Ghost!, Jessica 6, and Eli Escobar will play on November 5th.
Meat Puppets will play on November 11th.