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Benefit Fri Nov 16 2012

Preview: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ Metro 11/21

poster.jpgChicago's own JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound team up with a whole lineup of bands Wednesday for a concert benefiting WXRT's 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Concert For The Kids. I spoke to JCBUS bassist Ben Taylor and got to ask all the important questions.

You know, I didn't realize until I read the press materials that the reason you're the Uptown Sound is that you're from Uptown.

Yes, we've been based out of Uptown the whole time, we started in the spring of '07, five years ago.

I got to see JCBUS in the musical production Passing Strange last year, it was amazing. Was the full band in that show?

Yes — there were four of us, and right after that is when we added our keyboard player Andy Rosenstein full time. The heart of the band was there, and some extra people — there were two extra people that just did the production with us.

I watched the Spike Lee film version after seeing it live in Chicago, and I have to say, I liked the JCBUS version better.

There was a lot there that really resonated with people, it was a great experience. It was a lot of work going into it; right after recording an album we had to throw ourselves into learning and doing a show, do a 6 week run of it, then we immediately finished that and started touring.

So what can we expect to see at the Metro show?

This show is us previewing the new songs we're working on for our new album which we're going up to Montreal at beginning of December to record, and actually have a ton of new material we're going to be playing; this show is kind of like a re-launch, the unveiling of what comes next.

The video for "Sister Ray Charles" was clearly filmed in Chicago -- I recognized the Tokyo hotel.

The Tokyo Hotel was where the video was supposed to be shot, but they were really sketchy, said they had "no rooms," and were really evasive and cagey. We ended up at the Ohio House and had to sneak in there, they thought we were shooting porn or something. We had a limited amount of time, people kept showing up, and we were crammed in two motel rooms.


JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound play at the Metro Wednesday, Nov. 21. Doors open at 9pm, tickets are $15, and it is an 18-and-over show. For tickets and information visit Metro's website.


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Feature Fri Oct 02 2015

The Empty Bottle's Free Mondays: For The Love Of All That Is Rock

By Zach Blumenfeld

"It'll start picking up around doors, which is at 8:30 or 9," the bartender assures me as I solitarily sip on a Revolution Rosa. Of course, she turns out to be right. It's a Free Monday, after all. This is the Bottle's weekly time to shine in the vibrant Chicago live music scene.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records


Wed Oct 7 2015
Mike Krol @ Empty Bottle

Wed Oct 7 2015
Hot Mix Lunch @ Daley Plaza

Thu Oct 8 2015
Tobias Jesso, Jr. @ Empty Bottle

Fri Oct 9 2015
Fall Fest: Harvest Hopdown @ The Plaza

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