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Stars Align Thu May 14 2015

One Night Only: Stars Align with Gina Bloom (The Congregation) & Paul Gulyas (The Shams Band)


Images: The Congregation and The Shams Band

Gina Bloom (The Congregation) and Paul Gulyas (The Shams Band) are coming together for one night only for Stars Align, our unique concert series featuring local artists in collaboration.

Both The Congregation and The Shams Band are rooted solidly in the Blues and classic rock-and-roll. Backed by a band complete with horns, keys, and guitars, Bloom's powerful vocals evoke the soul of rock's origins while still feeling fresh. Gulyas and The Shams Band veer into the folk side of the spectrum, with banjos, harmonies, and whiskey fueling songs that can tell a story or pay tribute to Chicago.

Anything can happen when Bloom and Gulyas leave the big band and banjo behind (or will they?) to strip down to the bare essentials at Stars Align. Seeing what happens when artists from these unique perspectives come together is part of the magic that makes Stars Align so unique. And you only get one chance to see it all happen live -- don't miss it.

As added incentive, our sponsor Begyle Brewing is doing a tap takeover as part of Chicago Craft Beer Week, and the show is always free. So be sure to join us Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm at the GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., to see the next time the Stars Align. RSVP on Facebook.

At last month's Stars Align, Cameron McGill (Cameron McGill & What Army) and Angela Mullenhour (coins) showcased the energy and emotion of their songwriting, debuting new material and closing their set with a cover of The Kinks' "Strangers."

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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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

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