It's been just a year since Gossip Wolf mentioned that Bruce Finkelman (the Empty Bottle) and Craig Golden (SPACE) planned to renovate Pilsen's Thalia Hall, and already they've opened the kitchen at a new place: Hyde Park restaurant and music venue the Promontory at 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West. The upstairs venue debuts Sat 8/16 with a set from Tom Tom Washington's South Side Big Band. Washington has produced and arranged for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Tyrone Davis, and Gene Chandler, and his smooth 22-piece orchestra mixes analog-era jazz and R&B. Other shows already scheduled (some of them booked by Roctober mastermind and Reader contributor Jake Austen) include Maceo Parker, Ramsey Lewis, and Syl Johnson.
Footwork has been hot in Japan for a minute, and last week three fine Japanese producers—DJ Weezy, DJ April, and DJ Fulltono, who runs the label Booty Tune—made a pilgrimage to Chicago. We hear they spent some time with Teklife cofounder DJ Spinn in his studio and swung by the Abbey Pub on Friday for Juke Fest!
Gossip Wolf was looking for a new spot to do leg presses (gotta watch those glutes) and decided to look into Logan Square Fitness, which opened Pitchfork weekend. The address sounded familiar—and that's because the gym was once grimy but beloved DIY venue the Mopery, which closed in 2010. The cure for this sad development was a pint of Ben & Jerry's and John Yingling's hallucinogenic documentary The Last Mopery Show.
Longtime Reader critic Monica Kendrick recently complimented the "gothic lyricism" and "windswept spaciousness" of Bled White (The End), the new LP by Chicago death-doom veterans Novembers Doom—for such a downer of an album, it's a lot of fun to listen to! A local show by Novembers Doom is always an event, and they'll celebrate the release of Bled White at Reggie's on Sat 8/9.