The Localpalooza Chicago Showcase

Can you believe that it has already been a year since we last spoke? I'm sure all is well with you; it's been a pretty boring year since the last Localpalooza Chicago Showcase; I haven't been watching the news or any sports coverage...have I missed anything?

The Inspiring “City Lights” of Chicago – Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons release The Goodnight Goodbye Hour at Lincoln Hall

The beautiful city lights in Chicago sparked a romantic story that led me to write the song “City Lights” for my band, Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons. On Saturday, May 18th at Lincoln Hall, I couldn’t be happier to be releasing the album that song is on. “City Lights” is romance in the darkness, infatuation in the rain, all set to the backdrop of this city that I call home. The city has inspired this vintage pop, romantic escape, lifting someone’s spirits, and trying to lift my own.

Get A Head Start On St Paddys Day With U2 Cover Band Elevation

I think it’s fair to say that St. Patty’s day is THE Chicago holiday. The river runs green, parades take over the streets, and the bars all open at 9am… sold! I’ve been planning since February, and I’m literally counting the minutes until the celebrations start. In case you don’t have your Chi-rish plans yet for Friday nigh though, here’s the perfect way to get yourself ready for the Saturday festivities. Tullamore Dew, One of Ireland's finest whiskeys, is throwing the ultimate ‘Irish True’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!
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Material Issue: Chicago’s Most Underrated Band?

Hungry for some new music to listen to? Then let me point your attention to the band Material Issue. Although technically not “new” per se, this amazing band formed in 1985 right here in Chicago. In 1991, Material Issue released one of the best pop albums ever, International Pop Overthrow, and broke on to the national music scene. Unfortunately, it seems as if the band had either arrived too early or too late with their fresh take on straight forward pop music. By the time they released their second (and equally great) album, grunge bands like Nirvana and new alternative sounds from the likes of fellow Chicago band The Smashing Pumpkins had taken hold. Sadly, the world never got to see Material Issue recover their popularity as frontman Jim Ellison committed suicide in 1996.