notes from a journey through Chicago's cultural landscape...

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Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

...this is not about me, this is about my city - a living document of Chicago's art's scene, a memoir of concerts I've been to & performances I've seen, a jaded scribe's small sampling of the many offerings of this vibrant cosmopolitan city that I'm lucky enough to call home. I work the city as the city works me, all of us connected in varying degrees, here i pay tribute to our evolving soundtrack, I plug praiseworthy endeavors & try to give a little back... Together with my peers we paint this crossroads with every shade we can find, in your mediums & mine, i run with deep house deviants & wrinkled blues cats, youngun' b-boy crews & quirky circus brats, snobby eclectic DJs & electric painters laboring on projected displays, film makers armed with mini-DVs & picky chefs sculpting tricky masterpieces out of vegan grease... i kick it with slam poets & theater geeks, powerbook producers & fashionista freaks, photoshop fellowships & choreographer hips, while jazz cats blow digital epics through pursed bebop lips... i'm at the nexus of the next wave of Chicago sound - this is where i share the stories of all the beauty I've found...

Saturday, June 11, 2005

BluesFest - Day II

spent the majority of the afternoon @ BluesFest, catching some rays and checking out the scene. I'd planned on staying to watch Buddy Guy headline the mainstage @ 8 pm, but ended up cutting out a little early. I did see elder veteran Benny Latimer throw down a hot set @ the CrossRoads stage, using his keyboard and voice to lead the crowd through a series of great jams and entertaining songs. Lyrical highlight of the day: "I may be an old dog, but i still know how to bury the bone..."


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