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North Coast Music Festival Fri Aug 28 2015

The Main Squeeze Bring The Funk to North Coast (+ a Contest!)


Local act The Main Squeeze is enjoying quite the successful year. With an appearance at Bonnaroo this past year, as well as an upcoming set at North Coast Music Festival, the group, who seamlessly blends funk, soul, and much more, will be releasing their next album, Mind Your Head, in the fall. They're looking forward to sharing their performance day with artists they greatly respect, including The Roots and D'Angelo, and are patiently awaiting showing a Chicago festival audience their energetic live show, as well.

I spoke with the group regarding their influences, who they would like to collaborate with, and their diverse range of musical experiences. In addition, we're giving away A PAIR of 3-day passes to North Coast Music Festival for you and a friend to enjoy. Simply comment on this article (use your email address!) with the artist you're most excited to see on on Saturday, other than The Main Squeeze, of course. The winner will be chosen today at 6pm. The winner has been chosen! Thank you all for your entries, and continue reading for future giveaways!

"Angelus" was just released, with your new album being released this fall. What sort of sound are you going for with this new material, and what do you hope it will bring to your listeners?

The new Mind Your Head album is the classic Squeeze sound. We've always felt our music was feel-good and something that everyone can both enjoy and relate to. What we were really trying to capture with this record is matching the energy and spirit of what our live show is. With added production, we were able to take all these really great ideas and condense them into more "radio-friendly tracks", but not lose who we are in the process. So you're gonna get some funk, soul and rock 'n' roll, all wrapped into an album you'll want to listen to again and again.

The group was formed from a variety of areas around the country. First, in upstate New York, next, in Bloomington, Indiana, and finally, in Chicago. Did this movement influence your sound's development, which blends several different genres?

The sound of the group has more to do with us as individuals than where the band was formed. We have two guys from Indiana (Corey and Reuben), two from Florida (Smiley and Jeremiah), and one from New York (Max). We all grew up with different backgrounds and musical environments that ultimately shaped what we listened to. So when we sat down and talked about the direction of the music, we decided not to pigeonhole the sound, and just write what we feel. What came of that was a unique sound that stretches from Stevie Wonder, to Jimi Hendrix, to Grateful Dead, and beyond.

You bring high-energy performances wherever you go, showcasing your diverse range of influences. Who are your top five biggest influencers of your unique sound?

We kind of answered that with the question before, but Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers...the list goes on and on with lots of influences.


You competed - and won - the International Jazz and Blues Competition in Macau, China. That's an incredible feat. What was that experience like, and how did it inform your artistry?

China was a unbelievable experience! We competed against 12 other bands from all over the world and every band was so different. There is nothing more humbling then playing your music for thousands of people who have never heard of you, don't know your language, and they just love you! They treated us like rock stars, and besides winning a nice check we came home with the confidence that we can do this anywhere.

You've toured with legends including Trombone Shorty, the Meters, and the Roots - who would you like to collaborate with next, and might we see you in the audience (or perhaps on stage) with the Roots at North Coast?

It would be great to collaborate or tour with Dave Matthews Band, Red Hod Chili Peppers, Gary Clark Jr., The Roots, D'Angelo, Trucks and Tedeschi, Umphrey's McGee, even Kendrick Lamar. We feel we're versatile enough to play with anybody, and as we continue to grow, we look forward to more of those opportunities coming our way. We will definitely be in the audience for both The Roots and D'Angelo at North Coast Music Festival. We've been waiting all summer for that Saturday of music. We make no promises about sitting in with The Roots, but if ?uest gives the okay, Corey says he wont hesitate to hop up with one of his favorite bands.‚Äč


Check out The Main Squeeze at North Coast Music Festival on Saturday, September 5 at 3:45pm. They'll be playing the 773 Stage, then taking in the rest of the day's stellar musical acts.

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Anthony Ramirez / August 28, 2015 12:23 PM

excited to get the funk and my 2-step on with Chromeo

Jennifer Moy / August 28, 2015 12:24 PM

On Saturday I'm most excited for Chromeo!

Joshua Mellin / August 28, 2015 12:29 PM


Ben Nadel / August 28, 2015 12:30 PM

The Roots

Marilyn M. / August 28, 2015 12:35 PM

Galactic w/ Macy Gray

Amanda K. / August 28, 2015 12:36 PM


Gina / August 28, 2015 12:38 PM


Jared / August 28, 2015 12:40 PM


Mario / August 28, 2015 12:41 PM


Amanda Garcia / August 28, 2015 2:01 PM

Chromeo and D'Angelo

julie a / August 28, 2015 2:03 PM

The Roots

Emily Cheng / August 28, 2015 2:10 PM


Gabriel Eulien / August 28, 2015 2:13 PM

Roots, Danglo, Chromeo, Knife Party and the Chemical Brothers. An electronic and soulful weekend.

Clark Cahill / August 28, 2015 2:19 PM


Bridget maul / August 28, 2015 2:32 PM

Oh man, Sarah. Tough decision. Buuuut, if I had to pick just one, I'd say I wanna get funky with Booka Shade. Porter Robinson will be amazing too!!!!

Abby Shepherd / August 28, 2015 2:41 PM


Matt Maul / August 28, 2015 2:54 PM

Absolutely Porter Robinson!!!!

Kurt Wakefield / August 28, 2015 3:36 PM

Manic Focus!

Nate Nguyen / August 28, 2015 3:38 PM


Nate Nguyen / August 28, 2015 3:39 PM


Prava Palacharla / August 28, 2015 3:39 PM

Michael Menert for suuuure

Nick Nguyen / August 28, 2015 3:40 PM

Chromeo for shoeo

Tony McGee / August 28, 2015 4:00 PM

The Roots. Hands down.

Tommy Moore / August 28, 2015 4:04 PM

The roots!!

John Allison / August 28, 2015 4:08 PM


Alex Kreisman / August 28, 2015 4:12 PM

Sweater Beats

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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

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  & 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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