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If everyday life isn’t enough of a circus for you, go see the El Circo Cheapo Cabaret performing Saturday Sept. 21 and Sunday Sept. 22 at 5 PM as part of Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements at the Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago.
CHIRP is proud to be a media sponsor of this event featuring trapeze artists flying over your head, clowns scaring the bejeezus out of you, hat jugglers juggling hats, sideshow freaks freaking you out on the side and more. Much more.
If you purchase your tickets using the links below and manage not to get eaten by a clown you can stay for the evening’s headlining act for absolutelyFREE. On Saturday that means a chance to see Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst live in concert. Or if Sunday’s more your night, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer soul legend extraordinaire Bobby Womack will be on hand to make you shimmy and swoon.
This offer is exclusive to CHIRP listeners and quantities are limited. You must attend the matinee show to receive your wristband for the evening shows! Get your tickets at these links:
El Circo – Saturday
El Circo – Sunday
Today is a special day for a true reggae innovator, Linton Kwesi Johnson. The native Jamaican moved to London as a child and became a major figure in the reggae scene in England. Johnson was dubbed a ‘dub poet,’ as he put his pointed lyrics about life and struggle to fantastic reggae back tracks, often produced by the great Dennis Bovell. LKJ’s hypnotic cadence locked together well with the great grooves beneath him. Moreover, he took reggae’s burgeoning social consciousness to an entirely higher level. In honor of Johnson, go grab your iPod or MP3 player, hit shuffle and share the first 10 songs that come up.
While he took a back seat in XTC to the force of nature that is Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding was vital to the band’s survival early on. After all, it was Moulding who penned the song that put XTC in the UK charts, “Making Plans For Nigel”, along with a song that really got them attention in the States, “Generals and Majors” (which received a maximum score of 98 on Rate-A-Record on American Bandstand). While not as prolific as Partridge, Moulding almost always contributed key tunes on XTC albums. Moreover, he is not mentioned enough as one of the best bass players ever, with a special meldic gift — he’s pretty much the Paul McCartney of bass players of the new wave/post-punk era. Let’s pay tribute to Colin by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.
This woman took the lead on Brian Wilson’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll record ever, “Be My Baby”. She ultimately went on to marry the producer of that record, and lived to tell about it. Veronica Bennett, best known to the world as Ronnie Spector, was one of the icons of the girl group era, her yearning vocals balancing innocence and sexuality perfectly, and sounding great on top of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. While her work since The Ronettes faded away has been sporadic, she’s worked with everyone from Joey Ramone to Eddie Money, returning to the charts on his ’80s smash “Take Me Home Tonight”. She’s maintained her legacy with dignity, which is more than can be said of her ex. Let’s pay tribute to the lead Ronette by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.