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James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party at The Whistler

Tomorrow night at The Whistler DJ’s adamwaytz and andymasur present James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party. It’s a night of tribute to the Godfather of Soul, showcasing songs performed, written, inspired by or sampled from James Brown. Also their flyer for the event makes reference to one of the best SNL skits ever. Too hot in the hot tub, OW!

Even better than a night of smoking hot soul, all cocktails on the menu tomorrow will be $6. So you might not end up a sex machine (unless you really play your cards right) but at least you can spend the evening being a drinking machine.

The James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party is tomorrow night, March 26, at 9:30 p.m. at The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee) and there is no cover to attend.


For the March edition of CRIMSON GLOW, Chicago artist Brook Sinkinson Withrow will showcase the music of women in hip-hop who deal with sex in frank terms — rapping and singing about consent, respect, desire, nicknames and moves explicitly in the 1990’s and since. Brook had the privilege of an inclusive and real sexual education called Our Whole Lives in her formative years, and she wants to present this same attitude of respect and openness while letting women’s words about wanting dick tickle our ears. Expect to hear from Salt-n-Pepa, Bytches With Problems, En Vogue, Khia, TLC, Missy Elliott and more.

Brook will provide a free mix and other goodies (ahem) for y’all’s taking. So come in and get down!

Brook Sinkinson Withrow is an artist with a varied writing practice who organizes and programs, especially moving image and sonic material. She selects songs at bars from time to time, co-directs a project space in Pilsen called Forever & Always, and collaborates often.

CRIMSON GLOW creates a space for femminess and feminists who want to dance to, and sing along with, amazing woman-made music from all genres. CRIMSON GLOW is committed in equal measures to allowing engagement with the work of innovative musical pioneers and fostering dance party enjoyment.

CRIMSON GLOW is inspired by queer dance parties like Chances Dances and feminist music movements like Riot Grrrl. We welcome women, girls and all other gender expressions. We use GENDER NEUTRAL bathroom signs. The Whistler is ADA accessible.

Tonight at The Whistler: Day At The Gate + Thrice Upon A Time

Day at the Gate is a new psychedelic lounge music project by Chicago musicians John Lennox (Panoramic & True) and Curtis Ruptash (Peabody & Sherman). The duo explores an eclectic range of music (pop, jazz, funk—anything), treating well-known tunes and original compositions to a fun wash of ambient tape loops and audio installation techniques. Inspired by minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, by more pop-based experimentalists Brian Eno and Syd Barrett, and by found sound, Lennox and Ruptash use Day at the Gate collaboration as a musical way to draw shapes in the clouds and to show the cloudiness of all shapes. Get dazed, get awakened.

Thrice Upon A Time is a new trio put together by Uruguayan born multi-instrumentalist and composer Elbio Barilari. The new outfit feels at ease in the outer limits of music, combining electronic textures and processed sounds produced by Barilari’s and Reid Karris’ guitars, with the abstract drumming favored by Kg Price with the most diverse influences from both jazz and European “experimental” music. Their set at The Whistler will mark the first time they make a public performance as a trio.

April 23 at The Whistler: The Wars at Home, Jared Bartman

Jared Bartman is a songwriter, composer, and bandleader based in Peoria, IL. Bartman combines indie, American folk, Eastern European, and Afro-Cuban music with classical arrangements, and occasionally returning to his rock and roll roots. Bartman’s live shows span from solo performances to large ensemble performances featuring vocal harmonies, string quartet, bass, and percussion accompaniment that recreates the vivid sonic pictures captured in his studio recordings. His new full-length record, Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows, was released in the fall of 2013.

String Collectors: Fridays, 6-8pm at The Whistler

Geoff Farina plays steel string guitar solo and with friends, featuring the music of John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotten, Norman Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Arthur Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Merle Travis, Lonnie Johnson, and other great roots guitarists. Here’s the upcoming schedule for String Collectors:

·       March 14: solo guitar

·       March 21: w/ Last Kind Words

·       March 28: solo guitar

·       April 11: w/ Anthony Burton (double bass, vocals) 

·       April 18: solo guitar

·       April 25: solo guitar

·       May 2: w/ Matt Schneider (guitar) 

·       May 9: solo guitar

·       May 16: w/ Jon Williams (guitar, mandolin, fiddle) 

·       May 23: solo guitar

·       May 30: w/ Kip Rainy (mandolin) 

·       June 6: w/ Nick Macri (double bass)