Another season of life has come & gone. Additions were made & some loss was encountered in this Shared Life during Winter 2016 in Chicago. The new year started for me with friends at JPUSA with a show in the basement & fun, games, & hanging out until the clock struck midnight...and beyond. Elphie & I stayed the night there the morning commute to work was a nice, brisk walk down the block instead of the usual hour on public transit. This was documented in the "Holidays" video & post.
The following week I went the the United Center for the first time for a hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins & Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, the Penguins lost on this night but I saw statutes of Michael Jordan, some Blackhawks greats, & the Bulls championship trophies from the 90s when I enjoyed basketball. I added some audio of "Party Hard" by Andrew WK which is the goal song of the Penguins along with some audio from a Benstonium.com clip.
I had the opportunity to see Narrow/Arrow for the first show of 2016 at Subterranean. I worked with members of this band when living in Cincinnati doing Covenant Shows. I've been friends with Jonathan Hape for a long time & have been fortunate to see him perform his various music acts in every town I've lived in since meeting him in my Mansfield days.
In January, we brought home a bunny we eventually named "Frank" & in February we brought home a kitten we named "Stein." There is a lot of footage of these two guys throughout this project. After picking up the bunny who would become known as "Frank," Elphie & I went to a show to see our friends in 6'10 & Von Strantz. Families opened this show up.
Families LIVE @ the Workshop (01.09.16)
The Travelers by 6'10 LIVE @ the Workshop (01.09.16)
Von Strantz LIVE @ the Workshop (01.09.16)
After the show, we went an Epiphany Party & then later in January we attended KC's birthday bash at Emporium Arcade & Stewart was Clownin' at Cornerstone Community Outreach.
A large snowstorm hit the east which caused for some bands who were to play Chicago not to make it. Instead, a free show was set up at An Seanachi featuring Brick Assassin & others. It was a good time.
January came to a close with a meeting for repentance & prayer at Mama Linda's House.
February started out with an early morning neutering for "Frank" in hopes he wouldn't be territorial when "Stein" would be coming into the house. We had intended on getting "Stein" the very next day but some sort of sickness plagued us that day so it had to wait until the weekend...Super Bowl Sunday in fact.
6'10 had a headlining show at the Beat Kitchen so Elphie & I went to it. Opening acts were Davey Dynamite & Mikey Classic & His Lonesome Spur - a new favorite of ours.
We had a busy weekend in the middle of February where we saw Henry Rollins, attended Nocturna, then experienced Stewart & Meghan's dinner staredown at JPUSA before going to see Dropkick Murphys.
I went to see Dropkick Murphys while visiting Chicago back in the winter of 2014 at a venue nearby to this one. Naturally, we decided to see them again since the opportunity was there. The Aragon is an interesting venue. After the excessive pat down, the decor was pretty cool. It took forever to get out of the place though. The Dark New Buster & Tiger Army opened the show. I filmed Dirty Glass because a local girl took the mic for parts of the song.
My friend Joe liked the Smoking Popes so we decided to go check out one of their members play a show with 6'10. It was a good night.
We returned to Brauerhouse a few days later to see Grave Robber with Argyle Goolsby & The Roving Midnight. It was a cool show. I filmed the set in hopes to one day work out a music video for Grave Robber. That has taken a back seat for now until I can hopefully finish up a few other projects. I posted this one song from the set.
March started with an unexpected trip to North Carolina for a funeral. We stopped in Cincinnati along the way to & from North Carolina. After the long trip to North Carolina & back, we arrived in time to see The Crossing playing their local St. Patrick's show at Wilson Abbey.
Though we had to miss the annual Flatfoot 56 show at Reggie's, we were able to be back in town to go to Aurora to see the Saint Patrick's show at Ballydoyle Pub & see several friends.
We went to a suspension event at Disgraceland Wasteland. Also included is Stewart performing a birthday song & dance for Jeremy. March & the winter project ended with a trip to Pennsylvania for Easter with my family where a few other things were taken care of as well regarding my car.
Right after returning from the trip to Pennsylvania for Easter, I went to the Beat Kitchen for some southern metal from He Is Legend & Norma Jean. He Is Legend puts on a great show. Norma Jean did a good show as well…I just haven't been as into their music overall.
Soundtrack includes “Winter” by The Crossing, “Party Hard” by Andrew WK, & “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole.
Filmed using an iPhone 6 & Sony HD Bloggie by Elphie & Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson.