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The Alice Cooper family: Backstage with Calico Cooper and bass monster Chuck Garric of Beasto Blanco (Episode 243)

Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and Alice’s daughter Calico talk about their band, Beasto Blanco, and “Ol’ Black Eyes.”

Posted in Brewpub Episodes Legends Live performances

Chicago music/songwriting legend Jim Peterik performs outside Revolution Brewpub (Episode 242)

Music legend Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor, countless songwriting credits throughout the past 50 years) joins me for a fantastic meal provided by Revolution Brewpub (2323 N Milwaukee Ave,…

Posted in Episodes pop punk punk rock

‘You could tell our career was doomed from that day forward’: Showoff celebrates 20th anniversary of major label debut (Episode 241)

Showoff released their self-titled major label debut 20 years ago. With only an hour to go before taking the stage to celebrate the album’s anniversary at Beat Kitchen, Chris, Dan…

Posted in Episodes Live performances Media guests

Previewing the Homegrown Arts and Music festival with Aaron Williams and the Daily Herald’s Brian Shamie (Episode 240)

This week, I’m joined by musician Aaron Williams, creator of the The Homegrown Arts & Music Festival, and Brian Shamie, multiplatform editor and Sound Check columnist for the Daily Herald.

Posted in Episodes Hyde Park R&B South side

R&B star on the rise: Bianca Shaw at Budlong Hot Chicken (Episode 239)

R&B artist/rapper Bianca Shaw meets me in Hyde Park this week for conversation over Nashville Hot Chicken at the Budlong. Car Con Carne has a long and loving relationship with the Budlong, dating all the way back to Episode 48

Posted in burlesque Episodes Wrigleyville

Taking a sex-positive approach to ‘Wizard of Oz’: PS Burlesque (Episode 238)

The women of PS Burlesque join me this week in advance of their new show, “Dorothy Does Oz,” a Wizard of Oz-themed nerdlesque.

Posted in DJs Episodes

DJ Chanté Linwood: ‘If you want something, you’ll do it… you’ll find a way to get it done.” (Episode 237)

DJ/actor/comedian Chanté Linwood joined me for amazing food from Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W. Randolph). And yes, Haymarket is a Car Con Carne favorite!

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Posted in Dance Episodes Out of the car

Backstage at Cirque du Soleil “VOLTA” (Episode 236)

Cirque du Soleil “VOLTA” is, on the surface, a circus; a big top amalgam of a number of circus-type acts and feats. But it seems reductive to leave the description…

Posted in Episodes Media guests radio guests

Radio Hall of Famer Garry Meier on radio’s past, present and future (Episode 235)

Radio Hall of Fame member Garry Meier jumps in the Mazda CX-9 on the eve of his weeklong fill-in doing mornings on WLS-AM 890.

Posted in downtown Episodes River North

Hard Rock Cafe: Love All Serve All, Music for Life, Take Time to Be Kind, All is One (Episode 234)

Hard Rock Cafe: Chicago has been in River North for 33 years; its sign is one of the most iconic landmarks in downtown Chicago. Now, decades into the chain’s history, the menu has been completely revamped.