michael shannon is back

By Robbie on January 6, 2015

Nerds! This Friday night, January 9, I'll be with Michael at the Cabaret Metro, performing a set of Lou Reed songs (all VU-era). Our Blue Mask show last summer at the Hideout seems to have spawned this odd sideline. As Mike takes a deep dark dive into the mind and words of L.R., as only he can (he's a more than capable vocal technician and a brilliant interpreter), Jason Narducy, Alex Hall, Grant Tye, and I will be floating alongside on our vessels of metal and wood. (Apologies to Scott Stevenson, who was with us at the Hideout -- there aren't keyboards on these songs, and there isn't much money at the Metro either.) If you like Loaded, Country Love Songs, and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done...but now I'm addressing no one. Just come on out.

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this monday at the hideout

By Robbie on January 4, 2015

Steve Frisbie and I will sing nice harmony songs.

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end-of-year update

By Robbie on December 26, 2014

There will be walk-up tix available for both shows, tonight's and tomorrow's, so don't let my previous gloom-and-doom deter you in case you were thinking of coming but haven't yet bought in. Both shows are selling equally and healthily, but it looks unlikely that anyone will be turned away at the door. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

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end-of-year show, 2014 edition

By Robbie on December 23, 2014

It's that time of year again, when I urgently encourage all who are thinking of attending my year-end blowout at Fitzgeralds to buy tickets in advance. This year we added a second night, in the hopes that we wouldn't have to turn people away at the door, as we have for several years running now. We (Bill Fitzgerald and I) were a little nervous about jumping from the comfy surplus scenario to the pressure of having to draw 750-odd people. However, as of now, advance sales for both Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th are approximately where they've been at this point in the past -- we're a little over halfway to sold-out both nights. So, as usual, I'm not sure which scenario to be concerned about: that we're not closer to all-the-way sold-out, or that once again we may be turning away some poor souls at the door. Best all around for both your peace of mind and mine to buy now rather than wait. 

Link to tickets for Friday's show: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5453465&pl=

And for Saturday's: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5453515&pl=

There'll be a set of satire/music/sketch and a set of plain music, as usual. On stage will be Scott Stevenson (doing a vicious Pat Quinn impersonation, I must say), Beau Sample, Robbie Gjersoe, Gerald Dowd, Joe Dempsey, and me. It's $20 and starts at 9.

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WGN tonight

By Robbie on December 20, 2014

I'll be a guest on Dave Hoekstra's show tonight around 10:30. We'll talk about a Springfield, Missouri documentary he's putting together and to which I contributed meagerly, I'll sing and play a bit, and I'll of course be shilling my year-end shows at FitzGeralds on the 26th and 27th.

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