The food at Tommy Gun’s Garage was delicious and the service was excellent. To start, the cream of chicken soup was very tasty. The Kingpin was an easy choice from their menu. It’s a 10 oz cut of roasted prime rib served with au juliene. It was very juicy and tender and tasted fantastic. Also great were the green beans on the side along with a baked potato, which is served with butter and sour cream on the side. Lastly, for dessert, cannoli was served. They were crunchy and sweet, the perfect combo to finish off a meal.
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Tonight’s Godfrey show is being recorded. This former Chicagoan chose his hometown, over his current city, New York to film his latest special. Godfrey talks a lot about the experience of being black in the city. He tells the audience someone once described him as being “Regular Black”. “That sounds like a Crayola color!” he exclaims. Immediately three women walk on to the stage carrying over-sized crayons. They are labeled “Regular Black”, “Oprah”, and “Obama”!
Godfrey’s Obama impressions are spot on. He performs a bit where he explores what it would sound like if Obama suddenly started talking Kenyan in the middle of a speech. The result has the audience cracking up. He also does an excellent impression of his Nigerian father responding to his request to buy $200 Jordan shoes in a deep African voice. “When I was your age, I didn’t have feet! I had to crawl 100 miles to school!” There is an incredibly smooth flow as Godfrey goes from topic to topic. It’s clear from this performance that Godfrey is at the top of his game and will continue to make crowds laugh for many years to come.
Welcome to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, one of Chicago’s best venues. Tonight the Grant Park Orchestra is playing Schumann’s Renish Symphony as part of the Grant Park Music Festival. The festival used to take place at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, hence the name. It is an expertly crafted night of classical music by a stage full of excellent talent. All the men are wearing white suit coats and black pants and the ladies are wearing white shirts with black pants or dresses. They all look fabulous. During their open rehearsals, which take place in the middle of the day, you see these usually dolled up performers dressed casually. It is an interesting experience as it is rare to see classical music played without formal attire.Tonight’s performance is conducted by Carlos Kalmar featuring cello soloist, Tanja Tetzlaff. Overall, it is a fantastic evening of music by a Chicago institution that showcases what this world class city has to offer.
A Bahamas concert is not just an audience watching a band perform. It is an interactive celebration of music. After this talented musician finishes one of his songs, there is a short pause and he starts it back up again. Afie Jurvanen says he could go on and play this melody for 20 minutes straight like The National. It’s just that good, he says. Later on, during one of the sparse solos, one note is played expressively and the crowd goes wild. This gifted guitarist doesn’t need a rapid fire string of tones, he only needs one note. To close out the set, he plays Lost in the Light. It’s a beautiful song that features his slick guitar playing along with the female singer’s magnificent voice which is pure delight for the appreciative crowd.
When Jurvanen returns to the stage, he comments on how silly the encore process has become in that it is now expected. However, he says, it does allow the band to check their text messages! This engaging band closes out the night with All The Time. “I had all the time in the world; you wanted none of that.” Afie has captured that melancholy feeling perfectly with the tone of this song. This brilliant musician is a master of his craft and puts on one hell of a show! Catch him live whenever you can!
See our review of his Lincoln Hall show in January:
Belfast Girls is about Irish female outcasts being shipped off to Australia. However, the girls don’t realize this at first. They are under the impression they are sailing off to a sun soaked paradise where they will marry rich men and escape the cruel environment of their Ireland lives. The transformation from joyous journey to uncertain future is acted out excellently by all the actresses. The action goes from string female bonding and love all the way to hatred and violence. The history of the women is slowly revealed leading to an exciting climax. Will everyone survive the three month journey? See the Belfast Girls now and find out!
Running Time: Two hours and ten minutes with one intermission
Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee
Written by Jaki McCarrick
Directed by Julie Proudfoot
Thursdays, Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sundays at 6pm
Thru June 14th
Over winter break, I took a week’s vacation to go skiing in Steamboat Springs, CO. I unknowingly scheduled my trip during “MusicFest”, a week-long music festival held in Gondola Square at Steamboat Springs Mountain Resort. If you have never been to Steamboat, this stage is literally steps from the snow, between the slopes and the gondola.
The Turnpike Troubadours began at 1PM, a perfect time to get some good shredding in during the sparsely populated morning hours, then take a lunch break outside with fantastic live music before heading back up to the slopes.
After the first song, they instantly began telling jokes and gracing the crowd with funny personal accounts about their airport travel experiences. They immediately caught the attention of the crowd by playing their two most popular songs “7 & 7’s” and “Every Girl” as the third and fourth songs in their set. The band offered the perfect sound for the venue, as they clearly showed that they were enjoying having a good time on vacation just like everyone else. The largely Texan crowd got a kick out of the folk band from Oklahoma, as they ate lunch, hung out slope-side, and played an organized Washer Toss tournament next to the stage.
This was a fantastic event held by Steamboat Mountain Resort, which offered entertainment all day and night for the whole family. Whether taking a break day from skiing, or for the spouse who would rather relax and get a massage than hit the slopes, this event was great for the town and its guests, that I feel like more resorts will evolve to this style of entertainment to cater to the whole variety of their guests.