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Localpalooza Returns 7/22/2017 At Lincoln Hall

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Michael Vogus’ fundraiser for The Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation for ALS research is returning for it’s second year next week. Lincoln Hall will play host to some great bands with a suggested donation of $10.

I’ve seen a couple of these bands before, most notable The Ivory’s. They put on a great set at House Of Blues in May of last year, opening for another great local band, The Roalde Dahl’s. They’re a trio whose sound would make you think they’re at least twice that in number-it’s loud and hard and will shake your core.

The show with have some lighter fare as well, with opener Elle Casazza. Her pop tunes bring in influences from jazz, reggae, soul, and R&B. She just put out a new album at the end of last year, so this might be a good time to familiarize yourself.

Also on the bill are punk group Bad Bad Meow, soul band Honey & The 45’s, rockabilly trio The Dyes, and hip-hop artist Rich Jones.

Phillip-Michael Scales Returns To Chicago 6/17, 18

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For a few years there was a great singer/songwriter living and performing around Chicago called Briar Rabbit. That wasn’t his real name, of course; rather a pseudonym that hinted at the kind of music you might expect if you’re old enough to remember Disney’s racially charged Song Of The South. Briar Rabbit was a character of cunning wit and smarts. All of the singer Briar Rabbit’s songs could be described as such. Now the artist makes a home in Los Angeles and plays under his given name, Phillip-Michael Scales. Next week he makes his first appearance in Chicago in over a year, playing two shows at Uncommon Ground on Clark.

The first show will feature JC Brooks of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. The second will see Scales playing with Elle Casazza. Tickets for both shows can be found here.

Back in January, Scales put out the first EP under his new (?) name called Melodies & Ghosts. It is hands-down one of the most beautiful records you will hear this year. Check it out below and if you dig it, consider throwing the guy $5 so you can own a copy.

 

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