Just a TINY BIT of what you missed at Hype 2009!

May 21, 2009

Here it is, just a short choreography reel of just two of the dance crews you missed if you didn’t go to Hype 2009 at DePaul University on May 7th.


Hip Hop Connexion are in red, Nonstop Dance Productions in the hospital outfits.

Check out more videos at the following links or just by searching “hype 2009” in YouTube:

Nonstop Dance Productions (3rd place)

ReDefinition (1st place)

Chicago Tribe

Fusion Dance Company

CODA

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Summer Camp for Big Kids

May 17, 2009

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Still don’t have anything to do next weekend for Memorial Day? Consider Summer Camp, a 3 day long music festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Il. Summer Camp features over 60 bands on 5 stages and offers a wide variety of music genres so anyone can enjoy. Bands from Moe., Willie Nelson, and Umphrey’s McGee to Method Man and Redman will all be playing at the festival.

The festival also features many less well known and local bands. I’m looking forward to Daphne Willis & Co, a band that I have heard many times at bars in Chicago. I am glad to see this band play at such a big event.

Also at this years festival is the 2009 MLB road show and hot air balloon rides. The road show includes an MLB authentic collection merchandise room, a gaming lounge featuring MLB titles on XBox 360 and Playstation3 on plasma screen TVs, live broadcast of MLB games, batting cage, and a speed pitch cage.

Tickets are on sale now for $155. However, this does not include late night shows (of course they make you pay for the good shows). Late night shows are an extra $15 each.


If April Showers Bring May Flowers…

May 15, 2009

Then what do May Flowers bring?

Pretty in Millennium Park!

MAYFEST!!!!

…and June Fest and July Fest and August Fest and September Fest.

It took awhile, but spring is FINALLY here in Chicago! But don’t you think we’ve waited long enough for spring and we’ve endured enough winter that summer should come right away??

Well. I kinda think so!

For a list of what’s going on this WHOLE SUMMER in Chicago, you should definitely check out Metromix’s Chicago Festival Guide! It lists a ton of things going on in Chicago this summer. Just this weekend we have Chicago Mayfest which even has a pet parade on Sunday!!

Coming up on the 24th is the 8th annual awesome Bike the Drive (which I have yet to participate in!) along Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. One site says that a public bike rental system like the ones they have in Paris was in the works (and those are cool! Check out this picture my boyfriend took of the bikes while he was in Paris), but is put on hold because of the economy.

But back to our happy topic at hand — check out Metromix’s Chicago Festival Guide. Now you have no excuse to say you did nothing over the summer!


Consider these: Hottest DJ spots in the city

May 6, 2009

With the weekend approaching us, it’s time to have fun.  Let loose.

Don’t say there isn’t anything to do, and don’t wait until the last minute to make a decision based off everyone else’s plans.  Take my advice: venture out into Chicago’s nightlife scene looking your best.  Get ready to mingle.

Now that I’ve just given you something do this weekend (Thursday – Saturday, Sunday Funday excluded), I have to give a disclaimer.  The following places I’m about to list are not places where one can have “a chill night.”

These places define party.  They are designated for those who are hip, trendy, young, and young at heart.  There will be lines (sorry, guys).  There will be cover fees (sorry, guys again), and there will be pushing.  Lots of it.

Sounds like a weak suggestion so far, I know, but once you’re in, it’s time to have fun.  Order a drink and let DJ whoever take it from there…

Stone Lotus my number one pick for a good time

Open late-night, this place doesn’t get wall-to-wall crowded until 1:30 am. The DJ meshes in with the crowd and remixes most pop and hip-hop hits with various house music.  His booth is attached to the back end of the bar, but he is not forgotten.  Especially when he pulls out throwbacks every now, like Jackson 5’s “ABC.”

The Underground – the most lively

Welcome to a club with a bomb shelter atmosphere and the Triforce logo EVERYWHERE.  In The Underground, the DJ booth is sheltered and perched in the back of the club.  From his huge window, the DJ spins hot remixes and even pumps himself up doing the job.  He will likely be seen rocking out for the crowd displaying intense fist-pumps.  It’s infectious.  Plays great hits and remixes house with some rock, such as The Bravery.  A taste can be heard on their website.

Enclave – most spacious

Because this place is large, Enclave is most likely to hold special events with performances and celebrity appearances.  Its dark inside with bright neon lights tastefully decorating the club.  The DJ booth watches over the main dance area and it’s lined with awesome neon blue.  Expect to hear tons of great house hits mixed with techno.  Definitely check out their website samples.


Britney brings her Circus to Chicago

April 28, 2009
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For the next couple of days, Britney Spears and her gang will be amongst us in Chicago.  She will be promoting her newest album “Circus” for two evening performances tonight and Wednesday night, at the All State Arena.  Tickets are still available on ticketmaster.com, shockingly after the star’s “comeback” was thouroughly hyped up by the media. *cough*MTV*cough*

I say that in quotations because it’s hard to determine whether or not this is conisdered a comeback.  How does one define a comeback?  I’d define a comeback as something glorious… perhaps Michael Jordan returning to the NBA… something along those lines?

However you choose to define a comeback–a witty insult, a return with some improvement, or, maybe a reappearance from a long break–let’s take a few moments to reflect back upon Britney’s circus, er, I mean life and career.

Almost five years ago the pop princess began her soon-to-be rollercoaster of a life.  In June 2004 she found herself reaching that point in the ride right before the first major drop sends the cart wheeling around.  Britney had suffered her second knee injury while filming a music video for her hit “Me Against the Music.”

An injury that would surpass surgical fees, a knee brace and four months rest.   An injury that would force her to call off her summer tour that was expected to visit 36 U.S. cities, “The Hotel Onyx Tour.”  The downfall… humiliation… do we even need to go over this?

That summer, all Britney could do was rest and let her fans know that she would be back…  as fans waited to be reimbursed for their letdown in 2004.

Five years, one divorce, countless wigs and two kids later…


Lollapalooza Lineup Announced Tomorrow

April 20, 2009


The 2009 Lollapalooza Lineup will be released tomorrow, April 21st. Billboard has has reported that Kings of Leon, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, and the Beastie Boys will all be playing at Lollapalooza.

Lollapalooza founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman created the festival in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band.  Jane’s addiction has reunited and will play at Lollapalooza for the first time since the festival began.

Lollapalooza takes place from August 7-9  at Grant Park in Chicago.  Early Bird 3-day passes for Lollapalooza which went on sale March 31st for $175 have already sold out.  Advance 3-day passes are on sale right now for $190.