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|MARTYR'S Chicago, IL 1/17/09|
|Topic Started: Aug 14 2010, 01:34 PM (446 Views)|
|mouser||Aug 14 2010, 01:34 PM Post #1|
AFTER SHOW AT MARTYR'S
Taylor Hicks will appear :
January 17, 2009 at 10:00PM
2855 N. Lincoln Avenue
TICKETS : On Sale Dec 13 at 10am Cost of $40
We're sorry, tickets for this event are not currently available for online purchase. To find out more about tickets for this event, please call a Ticket Solutions Representative at 800-477-5285 (8am to 6pm CST). This posted on Jan. 2, 2009
SEATING CAPACITY :
SEATING CHART: General Admission
THE VENUE :
If music is your thing, Martyrs' should make your hit list. With a band taking the stage nearly every night, Martyrs' showcases everything from funk and jazz to rock and country...but mostly back to rock, with past performers like Joseph Arthur, Los Lobos and Jack Johnson, as well as Chi-town favorites Fruit Bats and Dark Star Orchestra.
So go for the music, but stay for the food, booze, chill atmosphere and, well, to make good on the $5-$20 cover you paid to get in. Set in a super dark, average-size room, Martyrs' dishes the kind of intimate listening experience you crave. Lead singers are utterly touchable, with the open dance floor sitting right in front of the mid-height stage. If you're not hoping to be sweat on by your favorite crooner, grab a high-top tables or a bar stool, but grab it early, as they fill up fast.
Dedicated to the memories of such late great rock and blues performers as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin (who are immortalized on the mural facing the stage), Martyrs' presents a variety of local bands and the occasional performance by national touring acts. The low tables, high ceiling, and huge windows make Martyrs' one of the best places to catch a rock-'n'-roll show.
Martyrs' is a nightclub that feels like a neighborhood bar, from its wall of windows along Lincoln Avenue to its burger-and-chicken-wings menu. But then there's the performance stage and the unusual decor. Dead musicians are memorialized with tables decorated by local artists in their honor. Patrons can grab a pint and slam it down over Sid Vicious' cartoonish mug. Or Kurt Cobain's or Jim Croce's or Robert Johnson's.
images courtesy of www.dubiousmoniker.com Martyrs
DIRECTIONS FROM GREASE TO MARTYRS
Total Time: 12 minutesTotal Distance: 5.97 miles
A: 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605-1214 1: Start out going WEST on E CONGRESS PKWY. 0.6 mi
2: E CONGRESS PKWY becomes I-290 W/EISENHOWER EXPY W. 0.2 mi
3: Merge onto I-90 W/I-94 W/KENNEDY EXPY W toward WISCONSIN. 3.3 mi
4: Take the ARMITAGE AVE exit, EXIT 48A. 0.2 mi
5: Turn SHARP RIGHT onto W ARMITAGE AVE. 0.1 mi
6: Turn LEFT onto N ASHLAND AVE. 1.0 mi
7: Turn RIGHT onto W DIVERSEY PKWY. 0.5 mi
8: Turn SHARP LEFT onto N LINCOLN AVE. 0.1 mi
9: End at 2855 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657-4201
B: 2855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657-4201
Doors open 7pm
Todd Hembrook starts 10pm
Taylor Hicks starts 11:15pm
Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres This Soul Band originates from Chicago, Illinois
Anthony Abbinanti-Baritone Sax
Tom Riley-Tenor Sax
Mr. Hembrook is 49 years old and hails from Chicago .
Opening Act Comment: Gypsee says "The opening band was awesome. They played til almost ten pm. The Taylor chant began, but eased off as people saw it would still be a while."
DJ JOHN CIBA
Get a taste of the Birmingham Sound… the original Birmingham Sound as presented by DJ John Ciba , (one half of the Chicago-based DJ duo East of Edens Soul Express). He will show us how influential the Birmingham Sound has already been to R&B in particular and the music world in general.
Comment by attendee: soulreporter
DJ John Ciba did a great job! And the band, Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres, was absolutely awesome.
- Eastbound and Down ( Jimmy Reed )
Give Me Tonight
Heart and Soul
- Revival ( Allman Brothers )
- Feel It In Country?
- Boogaloo Down Broadway ( Fantastic Johnny C )
- Do You Believe ( Van Morrison ) ??
Compared to What ( Les McCann )
What's Right is Right
-Take Me to The River ( Al Green )
Lowdown ( Boz Skaggs )
- Turn on Your Love Light ( Grateful Dead )
- Baby Please Don't Go ( Muddy Waters )
Womans Gotta Have It (Bobby Womack)
- Feel Alright ( Journey ???? ) or Feeling Alright ( Joe Cocker )
Naked in the Jungle ( Van Morrison )
Superstition ( Stevie Wonder )
Original Encore was supposed to be:
The Right Place
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
JOSH SMITH: Musical Director and guitar
BRIAN GALLAGHER: sax
LAMAR CARTER : drums
KENNY CROUCH: keyboard
MIKE MENNELL : bass guitar
Live Show Policy
Please note that for all live appearances, there is a strict no recording policy. This applies to all video recording devices, including amateur and professional video cameras as well as cellular telephones. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Taylor Hicks embraces surroundings, not 'Idol'
By Andy Downing | Special to the Tribune
January 19, 2009
There seemed to be some sort of irony at play when Taylor Hicks breezed into town for a Saturday concert the weekend following "American Idol's" Season 8 premiere. Indeed, the sight of the silver-maned Season 5 champ performing at a crowded (but not sold out) Martyrs' could have served as a reminder of how much like "Logan's Run" the "Idol" cycle is, moving quickly to brush former contestants aside.
Hicks, who was dropped by his record label in January 2008 after releasing just one album, never experienced the success of other "Idol" champs (his debut remains the lowest selling of any former winner). But if the "Idol" machine was ready to relegate the 32-year-old to the history books, Hicks appeared ready to move past the show. The singer, backed by a five-piece band, didn't mention the eponymous series a single time during his 105-minute set, though he did note that "it's been a while since I've been in the club"—a reference to the years spent performing in arenas and theaters following his 2006 made-for-TV triumph.
Credit Hicks, in town with the touring production of "Grease," with embracing his cozier surroundings, announcing: "If it's a bar, we're going to play like it's a bar." But, despite a consistently high energy level, the evening dragged on as Hicks and company worked through a number of tepid originals ("Heart & Soul," "Heaven Knows") and shopworn soul and funk covers ("Superstitious," "Woman's Gotta Have It").
If "Idol" judge Simon Cowell had been in attendance, he likely would have equated the singer's performance with that of a cruise ship entertainer. Not that Hicks would have minded. Free of the "Idol" burden, the ever-enthusiastic singer appeared willing to continue on long after the houselights went up.
TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH:
Saturday, Jan 17 - 10pm - $40
Alabama’s favorite son continues to be in “The Right Place” since becoming the fifth-season winner of American Idol. During the last two years, TAYLOR HICKS has seen his Arista debut album certified platinum, performed with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson, toured through Asia, penned a brisk-selling Random House memoir, and made his Broadway debut in Grease.
Currently working on new album, to be released in Spring 2009, Taylor recently released another reflective of his pre-Idol years, Early Works (Vanguard Records), which merges his indie albums In Your Time and Under the Radar into one collection. Along with his contribution to the forthcoming Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, recorded live in Ashville, North Carolina, his own DVD, Whomp at the Warfield, offers fans exhilarating live performances by Taylor and his band at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
For now, he is excited to spend the summer in New York City, performing eight shows a week in Grease at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. As Teen Angel, singing “Beauty School Dropout” while also showcasing his harmonica skills, Taylor appreciates the opportunity as “a perfect fit for me to experience Broadway theater,” in a musical much-loved for its memorable songs. The three-month role, which began in June, will wrap in early September 2008.
SOUL PATROL MEMORIES:
The pure Joy of being in a club again in his own show was evident in his huge grin and continued playfullness with the fans. He was at the top of his game, wild and crazy, and so into this that it swept you away instantly.
Taylor was in his element and the cast of "Grease" was in the house! We got cowbell, we got tamborine, we got harp, we got guitar...we got Taylor at his best ever! He wore bluejeans, black shirt and shiny jacket, brown snakeskin boots. He was looking and sounding the finest I've ever seen him.
OK on to the single...AMAZING, STUPENDOUS, SOULFUL, OUTSTANDING, MOVING, SMOOTH AND SILKY...Did I leave any descriptives out? LOL...I was mesmermized by it and the way he sang it. He didn't announce that it was the single...just said let's try this song and see how you guys like it. We knew what was coming and it was WELL received and done to perfection.
have really not seen Taylor so relaxed and smiley as he was tonight....everyone was remarking about it. After the show, he came out to the side door by the bar and greeted fans, so we were able to say hi and tell him how absolutely fantastic the show was. He smiled a lot and seemed genuinely pleased to hear how much everyone enjoyed this.
This is what I can say....there were fans who had been to only a few shows and there were fans who had been to tons of show. EVERY PERSON IN THAT PLACE WAS FREAKIN BLOWN AWAY! I thank God for the privilege of being at this show and I thank Taylor for the time of my life! If this night had never ended, it would not be enough .
This was by far the best show I've seen Taylor do....there was a renewed energy and playfulness about the performance. He looked happy to be back on stage doing what he's best at.
I gotta tell you, standing there ten feet away from the band while the music builds and the energy flows and the band is working and beads of sweat appear on their faces.
I really did like the new song, ....I think it’s radio friendly, it did not sound gospel at all and it has a hook that I found myself singing towards the end.
....The Grease cast and crew were by us and we curious to see him. In no time they were dancing (Frenchy) along with him. ....
....I also have to admit that this was just a different Taylor. Just thrilled to be there and doing his thing. I was told at one point not to take still photos. So I stopped. The guy who took tickets was walking around telling people to stop. I love every song. Especially "What's Right is Right". He seemed to love performing it! Heck I loved them all! As I watched him I thought man he must have really been stiffled on Idol but I am so glad he put up with it so I could eventually see him in all his glory! Can't wait for the next concert for the new album. By the way, I feel that $40 was a steal to see Taylor as Taylor was meant to be seen!!
The new song, you guys will love it and I know it's hard, but it will be worth the wait. It is hard to describe a song sometimes, so let me tell you what it’s not. It’s not rock and roll. It’s not country — although I think a country artist could sing it and pull it off. It’s not gospel, which after listening to the snippet, I thought it was leaning in that direction. I wouldn’t say it’s pop, like a Britney or a Justin, but I think it could be played on the stations that are considered Top 40. It’s not a slow song, but has a smooth flowing, sexy beat. LOL This is hard! To me, it was kind of radio-friendly bluesy, but not hard core blues like Buddy Guy or B.B. King, although I can hear them doing the song too. It was so good, it made me tear up and I know you all will love it.
....Most of the crowd seemed to be in Taylor's age group.
started .....11:15 or 11:20 p.m. and it was after 2 before it was over
....During "Soul Thing" and before "Eastbound", Taylor said that this was the first of many shows he would be doing while on the GREASE TOUR. He said he was going to send everyone first class tickets to each one of them (I WISH ) and then he said "LET ME CALL SOUTHWEST!" Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
...The keyboardist was amazing, and Taylor was loving his solos...a couple times he'd look at him, then look at us, then look at him, then look at us again and point at him like he was saying "wow, are you hearing and seeing this?".
Taylor seemed happy and confident and interacted more than I have ever seen, I'm thinking that being in Grease has given him the opportunity to hone his people skills from stage. He laughed, he encourage singing along and damn he never stopped smiling.
* Setlist and tags done with the help? of Gypsee, Rimmy, Skeeter , tayfancier : Thanks for being there .
When we got to the venue, we positioned ourselves very close to the stage. We also positioned ourselves very close to the bar. That night in particular there was a $2.50 special on MGD cans, which is an unheard of price at a concert in the city, especially on a Saturday. Needless to say we took advantage of the deal, and when we cashed out four hours later we had racked up a $55 bill.
....At around 11pm, Taylor hit the stage. He was about eight feet away from us during the show, and we were having a blast. After two hours of singin, dancin, and playing cowbell, him and his band said goodnight and exited stage right. Jackie and I thought the show was over. After we had already gotten our coats on, someone informed us that he would be coming back for an encore, a thought that MGD prevented us from having. So we went to put our coats back and return to the performance area.
When we were hanging up our coats, a member of the band walked out of the bathroom and through a swinging door located right next to the coat hangers. That’s when MGD made the first of many bold choices for us that night: we would follow him.
We walked through the swinging door and found ourselves in an empty kitchen. Confusion spread through our brains. How did this guy disappear? Were we in a labyrinth? After a few moments of investigation, we noticed a stairwell that went up. MGD gave us another great idea: we should go up these stairs.
....When we got to the top of the stairs, there he was. Taylor Hicks and his entire band stood before us, and they were getting ready to go back downstairs for the encore. As they descended towards the staircase, me and Jackie wished them all luck. Taylor was the last to pass us, and as he walked by I wished him luck as well. “Thanks man!” he said, and then gave me a masculine fist bump, ....
....We couldn’t believe it! Because of MGD, we had mustered up the courage to sneak back stage and meet Taylor Hicks. It was amazing! But at that point we found ourselves in an awkward position… we were alone in Taylor Hicks’ dressing room.
All of his entourage had followed him, and we were all by ourselves. So we did the one thing that any star crazed fan would do in a celebrities dressing room: we started eating the free food. We snacked on humus, carrots and celery, and washed it down with bottles of water. I must say, I was a little disappointed in the spread, but I was in no position to complain. At this point I should have been arrested.
As we chowed down on the free grub, we could hear the encore below. It sounded great,....
....After about ten minutes the music below us stopped. We realized the show must be over, but before we could plan our next move our favorite American Idol walked back into the dressing room and sat right next to me.
We were both in a state of shock. In all of my years of drinking MGD, nothing productive has ever come out it. Yet here I was, sitting next to Taylor Hicks while an assistant fanned him down. It was like sitting next to Cleopatra.
As he sat there catching his breath, I decided to make a move. I said to him, “Great show!”
He replied, “Thanks man! What’s your name?”
“Hi Sean, I’m Taylor.” Then he shook my hand. He went through the same routine with Jackie.
So here we were… hanging out illegally in Taylor Hicks’ dressing room with him sitting next to me, stealing his food and beverages, and struggling to think of something to talk about. After a few moments of silence, I said the first thing that came to my mind.
“You know, I spent about seven dollars and eighty cents in text messages voting for you on American Idol.”
That was the only thing I could think of saying. Fucking MGD.
After making this comment, Taylor looked at me for a moment. Then he asked, “Was it worth it?”
I looked him in the eyes, and in a more serious tone than I’ve ever taken with anyone in my life, I replied…
I believe it was me telling the winner of the most popular show in America how much in text messages I spent on him that made his assistant realize we weren’t supposed to be there. I also ruined my alibi, for if I was a real Maxwell I would probably have an unlimited texting plan. Either way, that’s when his assistant said that we should probably leave. We were in no position to but up a fuss about his request, so we complied. We said goodbye to Mr. Hicks and he told Jackie and I that it was nice meeting us.
Walking out of the backstage area made me feel like a genuine groupie. Tons of women were by the door as we walked out, all asking if we knew Taylor… to which we replied, “Of course.” I’m sure they thought to themselves, “They must be associated with the Maxwell House fortune!”
We gathered our coats and left the bar, stopping only so Jackie could buy a Taylor Hicks t-shirt.
Thank you MGD. For everything. http://seanssabbatical.com/one-night-in-taylor-our-meeting-with-an-american-idol
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