Great Gatsby Opening Event

May 4, 2013 - Source: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images North America

May 4, 2013 – Source: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images North America

It was nice to see so many beautiful people on the dance floor last night at Untitled for the Warner Bros. Gatsby release party.

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Balkan Invasion of Wicker Park

For close to a year and a half DJ Roma Soul and Black Bear Combo have played to a packed house downstairs at Subterranean on the third Friday of the month in Chicago.  This has grown to be one of the more successful nights I’ve seen featuring an instrumental act since I moved to Chicago nearly 7 years ago.  The crowd demands high energy.  I look forward to it every month and I hope that you will join us this Friday February 17th 2012.  More about the night in the Chicago Tribune.

Photography by Antonio Bovino

New Pages & Upcoming Shows

Charles Mantis is evolving faster than I can keep up with.  Please check out the new fan page and e.p. preview. Please hit like to help get the band approved to become and official fund raising group and write me an email with any ideas about what nonprofits should benefit from the proceeds.

Tuesday October 25th: fundraiser at the Mercury theater and the release of JC Brooks “Want More”.

Wednesday October 26th: The Ian Torres Big Band at Phyllis’s.

Picture from record research trip to Toronto last week.

Thursday October 27th: The Green Mill Jazz Club.

Friday October 28th:   JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound release concert at the Double Door.

Saturday October 29th: Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge.

Sunday October 30th: Black Bear Combo at Navy Pier at 12pm and Black Bear Combo at Millennium Park with Red Moon Theater Company.

Happy Halloween!

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.

Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge 4th of July Party

Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge

Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge, July 4th, 2010

Star Lounge coffee throws and annual 4th of July party that will be held this Sunday, July 3rd, 2011.  Black Bear Combo will be playing again this year. The image above is from last year’s event; photo credit: David J. Hanus.