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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Shared Life: Summer in Chicago & Shows from July, August, September 2015

After returning to Chicago from Audiofeed, the following week some friends were in town to play at Taste of Chicago on July 10th in Grant Park. I left work & arrived just as they were setting up. There were technical difficulties but it was good to hear the tunes of Mike Mains & The Branches.

The next day I cheered on the Pittsburgh Pirates while Elphie was amused enough to film it. On Sunday, July 12th after attending a service at Risen Savior, Jon decided to blow up a parking cone then Elphie & went to The Original Rainbow Cone for ice cream after getting groceries. On July 17th, we hung with friends we met in San Antonio until they left by bus. We had dinner at JPUSA where we saw Spike's new "mobile" phone then headed downtown where Skot gave a parking garage tour. The next day Elphie & I went to IKEA. Josh Robieson had an idea to make a trailer for the upcoming movie he & friends developed called "Time Toupee." We filmed it on Sunday July 19th & it was edited in the week to follow.

On July 25th we went to Subterranean to see Listener. They didn't play at Audiofeed this year so it was good to catch them on tour.

I was privileged to film Chicago Chalk Champ Shaun Hays' seminar for the Chalk Art Festival in Melrose Park. Technical difficulties made the live stream difficult but I cleaned it up some then reposted it as it is seen here.

The Full Moon Jam occurred on July 30th in Uptown Chicago. It was the first time I've attended one of these & it was pretty cool.

August started with a trip to Indiana for Sean & Marissa's wedding. I picked up some fireworks along the way. The next day, August 2nd we spent the day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire then traveled through quite the storm with tornado possibilities back to Chicago. The lightning was pretty amazing. August 5th I filmed another seminar for Shaun Hays. This one had even more significant technical difficulties with the live stream so I posted this shortly after for those who wanted to see it before the Chalk Champ Chalk Art Festival.

Shaun Hays' Chalk Champ Chalk Art Festival fell on August 8th. Elphie & I documented the events of the day for him. It was an interesting but cool experience.

We also had our friend Guy paid us a visit. We tried to catch the Navy Pier Fireworks but ran late. Instead we saw a strange cow covered limo. We ended the night at Nocturna. This happened there as well.

Social Distortion played the House of Blues on Tuesday August 11th. They played mostly from the self titled album on its 25th Anniversary. It was a good show.

Friday the 14th we returned to House of Blues for Chant & KMFDM. Both were good shows


The Illogical Spoon played at Wilson Abbey on Saturday August 15th. I went solo to this one then caught the Navy Pier Fireworks afterwards.


On Monday August 17th I went to Subterranean to see Youth Crisis, Brick Assassin, Assault & Battery, & Concrete Elite. It was a good show especially for me on that night. I needed a show like that. It ended up being Sid's last show with Brick Assassin.




On August 23rd, Shaun Hays did his Chalk Art at Risen Savior & gave a message as well.

Haujobb played at The Abbey Pub on Tuesday August 25th.

On Friday August 28th, Still Alive played an album release show at Subterranean. I missed the first part of the show but made it in time to see In Exile as well prior to Still Alive's set.


On Saturday August 29th, Elphie & I joined Moses & Mary for a trip to the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show. Though I'm not really a car guy, it was good to hang with friends & see some of the cars too.

Tuesday, September 1st Common Fox Weeping debuted as a band at The Workshop. It was a good first show & they are definitely a talented band.

Friday September 4th Elphie & I went to Cincinnati for the weekend. On Saturday, we hung out with friends at Donna's house then got pizza compliments of Davey Policastro. We went to A Voice For The Innocent's Speak Up Saturday at The 86 & replenished my coffee needs.

Sunday, after hanging with friends some more, we went to the WEBN Fireworks down on the river where we met up with the Durbin's.

On Labor Day, Monday September 6th, Russ & I went to Great American Ballpark to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates lost 3-1 then Elphie & I returned to Chicago. On Wednesday September 9th I caught another Brick Assassin show. This time it was with Pillage, Freedom, & Agnostic Front. Another great show!




Riot Fest took place from September 11th-13th. I got to see two after shows. I had planned to attend three but a house show with Desiring Dead Flesh ran a bit longer than I anticipated.

On Saturday September 12th & Sunday September 13th, I was on location for the filming of "Time Toupee." Saturday night was a Riot Fest after show with Thrice at Concord Music Hall.

Sunday night at House of Blues Elphie & I saw The Interrupters & Rancid. All of these were cool shows.


On Friday September 18th on another violently stormy day we went to El Rey Ballroom just up the street from where we live to see BioCarbon13 & Hocico. It was cool.


The Pittsburgh Pirates played their last series in Chicago at Wrigley Field September 25th-27th against the Cubs. They won 3-2, 4-0 & lost 4-0. During the game on Sunday night the Supermoon eclipse happened. On Saturday night, we went to Nite Cap to see Grave Robber. It's always good to see our friends!

This project was using an iPhone 6, Sony HD Bloggie, Canon Power Shot SD 780 IS, & JVC HDD Everio by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson.

Edited by Joel A. Swanson using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Music Festivals 2015: Audiofeed & Take Hold Fest

After the last 2 summers being packed with travels to various states for music festivals, this year after the wedding, Elphie & I went to one music festival together: Audiofeed. This was a part of our honeymoon...sorta. I also attended Take Hold Fest in November in Grand Rapids, MI.

Footage filmed on Wednesday July 1st, 2015 as we departed from Southside Chicago for Audiofeed 2015 in Champaign Urbana, IL. Also included is a flashback to Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at Winchester at Denny’s in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, shopping at Meijer, arriving at Audiofeed 2015, putting up our tent, eating at Mama Linda’s Hog Roast, Shawn Browning speaking at the Black Sheep Stage & The Asylum, Harry GoreInsomniac Folklore playing during Christmas in July at The Asylum, & hanging with folks.

This footage includes Elphie sleeping while I wake for the day, Dougle McMysteron speaking twice at The Asylum, Destroy Nate Allen playing & Nate & Tessa Allen speaking at The Anchor Worship Tent, Adrienne & Tyler speaking & Insomniac Folklore playing at The Asylum, KeYoung on Black Sheep Stage, Laura McElroy on The Front Porch, hanging with folks, Nate Allen playing at The Asylum, cooking venison steak & giving some to friends, 6’ 10 playing on The Radon Stage, Desiring Dead Flesh on the Front Porch, more hanging with folks, Silent Planet playing on The Black Sheep Stage, hanging in the Asylum, fireworks, Grave Robber playing on the Black Sheep Stage including the blood bath, mullet man, greeting Jeff Bradshaw in the pit, & Leper Blood Hymns at The Asylum.

This footage includes Jonathan Hape, Narrow / Arrow, Timbre, & The Soil & The Sun on the Arkansas Stage. Justin Kaleb Driggers, Trouper, This Heart, Insomniac Folklore, Destroy Nate Allen, Exegesis, & Leper on the Radon Stage, Spirit & The Bride, & Brandon Reid on the Front Porch, Church Tongue, Debtor, War Of Ages, The O.C. Supertones, & My Epic on The Black Sheep Stage, Nate & Tessa Allen speaking at the Anchor Worship Tent, KJ & Bill Fanum speaking at The Asylum, hanging out & Elphie bubble blowing at camp,  hula hoop folks, frisbee folks, Buck Buck, a furry picture, a siren light glowing, the moon, & Asylum hangs with Josh Robieson & others.

This footage includes Spirit & The Bride, Comrades, Strengthen What Remains, In Exile, The Scurvies, JawBone, Take It Back!, Destroy Nate Allen, & Flatfoot 56 on the Black Sheep Stage, Hushpad & The Altar Boys on the Radon Stage, The Altar Billies & Kevin Max on the Arkansas Stage, Deborah on the Front Porch, Insomniac Folklore in the Kid’s Zone, Ball-Peen Hammer (a Leper side project) in the Asylum, a “Future of Christian music” seminar with Jay Newman, Aaron Lunsford, & John J. Thompson, Nate & Tessa Allen speaking at the Anchor Worship Tent, hanging out to start the day, hanging with Alan before Spirit & The Bride, Ninja-Olympics, Tony Bilbrey on a unicycle & teaching others, Jesi Neaves goes to Denny’s, fried candy bars, Honz’s dance moves & nipple, a commitment to Christ, eating elephant ears in pajamas, blood moon, a power outage, a pillow fight, & late night hangs with many friends with lots of goodbyes.

This footage includes packing up to leave the festival, hanging with Destroy Nate Allen, Insomniac Folklore, Kat Jones & other friends at a nearby diner, traveling to the Peoria, IL area for a show at a farm house featuring Destroy Nate Allen, Insomniac Folklore, Nate Allen, & Parental Petulance, returning to Chicago, & credits for this project.

Additional soundtrack is “Don’t Look Back” by Squad Five-0 & "Travelers" by 6'10.

All band footage along with these clips posted above are all available in this playlist:


Take Hold Fest in Grand Rapids, MI took place November 13-15th, 2015. I missed the first night & part of the next day as well but I caught performances by 6' 10, Drained, In Exile, Borrowed Spirit, Spirit & The Bride, The Festal Shout, F.B.S., New Heart, Heartside Hooligans, KeYoung, & FlatFoot 56. I attended the church service the next day before returning to Chicago.

Filmed using an iPhone 6, Sony HD Bloggie, Canon Power Shot SD 780 IS, & JVC HDD Everio by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson

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