Touché presents Bear All on March 23

CHICAGO — Touché will present the latest BEAR ALL, a night of live music and song featuring the talent of local gay singers/songwriters at 9pm on Saturday, March 23rd. Over the past eight years, Scott Free, host of the long running Homolatte music series, has produced these BEAR ALL performances at Touché. Each of these special nights has showcased the talents of local gay artists expressing their passions, lives and sometimes politics of the gay male experience all in an acoustical setting. Featured performers in this first edition for 2019 of BEAR ALL include:


Manny Petty lies somewhere between Tom Petty and a Mani-Pedi. Manny is a stand up guitarist and musical entertainer specializing in original music and parody songs.

Lakeside Pride’s “Pay It No Mind” with ResonaTe

CHICAGO — ResonaTe, a community chorus for transgender people in Chicago, will join with the Lakeside Pride Chamber Ensemble in a concert on Saturday, Jan. 26. From the Facebook event:
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Lakeside Pride Chamber Ensembles present an afternoon of music in honor of Marsha P. “Pay It No Mind” Johnson. Marsha was the trans woman who threw the first brick at the riots in 1969.

Pride Arts Center’s ‘LezFest’ showcase – Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm

CHICAGO — LezFest, the popular and ever-evolving interdisciplinary program of performance by queer female and non-binary artists, will return for its eighth session on Sunday, December 16. Previously known as SheFest and WeFest, this twice-annual event will include performances by 12 artists in The Broadway theater of the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. LezFest is produced by Allison Fradkin in collaboration with Iris Sowlat and hosted by Lihy Epstein. LezFest touts the talents of Niki Gee, Breyanna McDaniel, Nire Nah, Jessica Martin, Ada Cheng, Khloe Janel, Jyreika Guest, Alexia Jasmene, Jacqui Jaurena, Ren Morris, and Cat Hepler. Tickets are available now at or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

Touché in Chicago presents Bear All 8.1

CHICAGO — Touché at 6412 North Clark Street in Chicago presents Bear All, a night of live music and song featuring the talent of local gay singers/songwriters on Saturday, Sept. 22. Produced by Scott Free, host of the long running Homolatte music series, Bear All focuses on the passions, lives and sometimes politics of the gay male experience all in an acoustical setting. Featured performers in this edition of Bear All include:

Acres To Miles Formed in 2016 by lead singer Brett Axell, guitarist Jeremy Mann, bassist Emery Joe Yost and drummer Jared Rosenblum, this American band illuminates a funky, unique collection of styles blurring the lines between rock and soul Ed Gershon Mixing influences and genres that run the gamut from Coltrane to The Black Crowes, Gershon let go of his inhibitions and fears and poured his heart and soul into his musical odyssey. Coming of age as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, the final product is a ship that rocks through lilting blues and rolls through energetic, folky jazz

Chocolate Danny of Meds In 2010, the acoustic duo known as Meds ascended from the ashes of art-punk quartet Phistine Verona.

Blue Ribbon Glee Club presents 3 Songs: 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs

CHICAGO — This is the June installment of Blue Mondays: The Blue Ribbon Glee Club Monthly Residency. The Blue Ribbon Glee Club will perform and three of our favorite writers read about those songs. Featuring:
Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie)
reading about
Words & Guitar by Sleater-Kinney

Blake Edwards
reading about
Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits

Kevin McComb
reading about
Suffragette City by David Bowie

All songs performed by The Blue Ribbon Glee ClubAbout the authors:

Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie) is a writer and zine-maker, and the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction. Her words have recently appeared in The Chapess, New Pop Lit, Rising Phoenix Review, Voicemail Poems, and Paper & Ink.

Album Review – Linkin Park, “Living Things”

Megan Purazrang WCB Music WriterLinkin Park “Living Things” Released – June 26, 2012 Producers – Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda Label – Warner Bros. Living Things is the fifth album for the six member band Linkin Park. It was introduced with the single “Burn It Down,” a song lead with vibrantly exhilarating percussion and a powerful articulated style from main vocalist Chester Bennington. The song was just enough to show that the musical progression of the band still matches the overture appeal. Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory album released in 2000, has always remained one of my favorite albums. The songs spun a fusion of music genres and became the embodiment of the edgy collaboration of grunge, hip hop, heavy metal and rap with the end result of nu metal.

Album Review – Imagine Dragons, “Continued Silence – EP”

Megan Purazrang WCB Music WriterImagine Dragons “Continued Silence” Released – February 14, 2012 Producer – Alex Da Kid Label – Interscope RecordsImagine Dragons EP Continued Silence is an awe-struck way of entering the music world. The six song record is only a preview of what the band is capable of achieving.  The Las Vegas native members are uncannily the contemporary version of The Killers.  The introduction song called “Radioactive” begins with simplistic guitar strums and evolves into a powerful full-anthem epiphany. “Demons” is a strong vocal run with enduring and poetic lyrics flirting with dark spiritual concepts. On par with the recognizable sounds of Train, Imagine Dragons is infusing the stylistic trademarks of genres from reggae to rock settling with an overall Indie-rock alternative core. The concluding song “My Fault” is a ballad with a constant thump petal heart-beat-pulse driving its reflective path. It’s rare to find an album that embraces so many essences and births a sound that is unique and yet comparable.