Faraway Plants – Logan Arts Festival

Faraway plants is playing the monument stage this Saturday June 24th at 2:30.  This weeks lineup will feature Quin Kirchner on drums, Anthony Bruno on Saxophone, Bass and myself on electronics and trumpet.

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Bloodshot Records and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Get it Together to Make a Baby!

The Chicago soul band has spent the last few years fine tuning the record Want More which will be released on Bloodshot Records October 25th 2011.  It seems like it wasn’t  that long ago I met these guys while recording horns for their epic version of Wilco’s I am Trying to Break Your HeartSince that release The Uptown Sound has shared stages and supported an eclectic array of artists, from legends like Robert Plant and Buddy Guy, to  Peter Bjorn & John and the Dismemberment Plan, Fitz & the Tantrums, Lee Fields, Flogging Molly and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.  The the new record should be a good vehicle to start a new chapter for the band.  In the next few months they will be traveling to Spain, Italy, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle and Portland to name a few, but please visit the Uptown Sound website to see if they will be visiting a theater near you.

Balkan Beat Box returns to play with Black Bear Combo July 20th.


This is a concert poster from our 2007 concert with Balkan Beat Box by Doug Abram. Black Bear Combo will be opening for them at Lincoln Hall 7/20/2011.

Balkan Beat Box  is a high energy live electronic Balkan band.  There will be a raffle for two tickets to the show this Friday July 18th during DJ Roma Soul’s Balkan Invasion of Wicker park at Subterrainian.  The performance at Empty Bottle in 2007 was pretty crazy so I would expect that Lincoln Hall will be a good party.  If you missed them at Lollapalooza last summer this is a good opportunity to see the band in a more intimate setting.  Check out blackbearcombo.com for more information about the Chicago brass band.

Syl Johnson @ West Fest Chicago 7/10/11 7 p.m.

I’m excited to announce that I’m playing with the great Syl Johnson this coming Sunday evening.  Who is Syl Johnson?  He is famous for working with Al Green producer Willie Mitchell and has been sampled heavily by artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and the Geto Boys.  Listen to Syl on Numero Group’s page.  West Fest is located at the corner of Damen and Chicago Ave.  The horn section will feature Chris Neil on saxophone, Andrew Zelm on trombone and myself on trumpet.