Today Jeff shared with us one of his favorite albums: Timeless by John Abercrombie. Recorded in June of 1974 with John on guitar, Jan Hammer on piano and organ, and Jack DeJohnette on drums, it was a lovely, peaceful soundtrack to the snow falling outside our office window.

When naming the album “Timeless” Mr. Abercrombie really hit the nail on the head; nearly 40 years later it more than holds up. We particularly enjoyed “Love Song, a beautiful and soulful, improvised tune. Check it out below.

Stitely Entertainment would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new kids on the block, The Grant Hendrickson Band. Their first gig out of the gate with Stitely was a dazzling fundraiser for the Pritzker Military Library. Held at the fabulous Chicago Hilton and Towers, the quartet rocked out some jazz, Motown, and classic rock n’ roll to a packed dance floor.

Grant summed it up best: “It was an absolute honor to perform for the Pritzker Military Library’s 10th Anniversary Liberty Gala. It was a spectacular evening and we were humbled to provide the music for such a memorable celebration.”

Check out these photos shot on Grant’s state-of-the-art iPhone:

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The Ballroom all decked out

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Grant Hendrickson all decked out

 

 

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it was my first genuine laugh out loud of the day. Enjoy, my friends.

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Full props go to : http://themetapicture.com/when-the-husband-is-in-charge-of-the-wedding-invitation/

Formed in 2002 by singer Grace Potter, drummer Matt Burr and guitarist Scott Tournet, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals began their career as an indie band. They got their start in Vermont, self-producing their own albums and playing as many as 200 gigs a year in the jam bands and music festivals circuits. They started gaining traction, and in 2005 they signed with Hollywood Records.

They started gaining commercial success, especially in 2007 with the release of their album, “This Is Somewhere.” That year, the band appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Furthering the truth that you’re nobody ’til you’re on TV, GP&TN continued to rise when their songs were featured on All My Children, Kyle XY, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, ER, and Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2010, Grace re-wrote some of the lyrics to the song “Something That I Want,” and Disney chose it to be featured during the closing credits of their animated feature Tangled,” which Potter sang by herself. Potter has kind of a Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt thing going on, and it’s definitely working for her and the band.

Check out their single Low Road, the clip our lovely Peggy introduced us to.

In the spirit of continuing to be inspired by re-imaginings of popular songs, I give you the group Lake Street Dive. Jeff introduced us to their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I Want You Back” this morning, and we were tickled pink.

Lake Street Dive first got together when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. The group is made up of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson.

They are currently on tour in the US – though not in Chicago anytime soon, unfortunately. If you happen to be overseas starting November 22nd, maybe you can catch them in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Amsterdam, Paris Dublin, or the U.K. A bunch of jet-setters they are. They’re on their way to stardom; Katie Couric recently tweeted about them, so you know, it’s just a matter of time before they’re superstars. It would be well-deserved.

 

Check out their gorgeous take on “I Want You Back” right here:

Over the years, Sweden has given the world some killer bands – all to varying degrees depending on your taste in music – Roxette, Ace Of Base, Europe, The Cardigans, and of course, ABBA.

This most recent Swedish group takes the Princess Cake. Ladies and Gentlemen… Dirty Loops.

This trio of young, fantastic musicians is causing a stir all over the world. Millions of fans have discovered them online through their videos and recordings. See, they take songs by well-known artists like Adele and Lady Gaga, twist them, turn them, and make them their own.

I, like most people, first saw these guys on YouTube tearing up a version of Britney Spears’ Circus. Not sure how you feel about the Britney Spears version, but I always thought it was, like most of her music, FINE. I think she peaked in 1999, but I digress. These guys made me love that song. It’s the jam. It’s here.

I titled this post “Cleans Up” because they are finally getting the recognition they deserve – Music mogul David Foster signed them to his Verve Music Group, and last year they embarked on Asia Tour 2012 alongside Chaka Khan and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. With David Foster on your side, the sky’s the limit.

They are currently working on their debut release. It was slated to be released “early 2013.” It’s September. Why do you make me wait, guys? Sigh.

I hope this is inspiring to all you artists out there, vying to become internet sensations and parlay that into legit success. It happens. Not always for the good – isn’t that how Justin Bieber was found? – but this time, the internet got it right.

Here’s another example of musical genius at work:

The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festivafacebook/jazzphotol is right around the corner!  This free, four day musical extravaganza starts on August 29th at noon at the Chicago Cultural Center, then moves on to Millenium Park in the evening and continues through September 1st.

This year’s lineup features an amazing array of musicians, many of them native Chicagoans.  We are especially excited that the Frank Russell Band, led by Frank Russell , the bassist in Stitely Entertainment’s 312 Chicago, will be featured at the Von Freeman Pavillion starting at noon on Saturday, August 31st.  The festival has rarely presented groups led by electric bassists, and Frank will certainly tap into electricity to kick off Saturday’s festivities with a bang. You won’t want to miss it!

Our lovely event booking manager, Carly, is spending her last week with us mulling over her most important final decision: her Music Monday pick. It was worth all those sleepless nights, Carly.

This week’s featured artist is indie alternative singer/songwriter Basia Bulat. This multi-talented lady not only sings, she plays the guitar, piano, ukelele, autoharp, hammered dulcimer and charango. Follow the links under those instrument names if you’re like me and had never heard of them before now.

A musician since the age of three, Basia counts her influences as Motown, Stax, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, and her very own piano teacher Mom.

Hailing from Ontario, Bulat has toured across Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Australia. This fall she’ll be promoting the October 1 release of her new album Tall Tall Shadow. Listen to the title track here and pre-order the album here.

If you’re interested in seeing this 29-year old siren local and live in Chicago, head over to Schubas on November 7.

In the meantime, check out her beautiful song “Heart of My Own,” from her album titled the same name, released in 2010.

Our in-house jazz guru Jeff has a great Music Monday pick this morning – Chick Corea‘s amazing avant-garde rendition of My One and Only Love. This social advocate was one of the primary musicians involved in the jazz fushion movement as part of Miles Davis’ band during the 1960s. If you want to see the master live, you’re in luck. He’s playing at Roosevelt University on April 5, 2014 with Bela Fleck – tickets go on sale December 6th HERE. Enjoy!

There’s nothing better in the summer than a delicious cool salad! But the days of iceberg lettuce salads are over, and today we’re featuring a protein-packed meal that’ll make boring salads blush. This dish featuring edamame, garbanzo beans, and tons of fresh veggies is super easy to make and will boost your energy for all of your favorite summer activities!

Edamame and Garbanzo Bean Salad

Ingredients:edamame salad

1 cup shelled edamame
1 can rinsed garbanzo beans
1 can rinsed black beans
1 cup diced red pepper
1 cup diced green pepper
2 diced carrots
2 stalks celery diced
1/4 c diced red onion
2 ears corn – grilled and cut off cob
1/2 cup chopped fresh parlsey
1/4 cup olive oil
juice from 1.5 lemons
salt
pepper

Mix all ingredients together and you’re done! Enjoy!