oh, hey. it's summer.

6 months into the year, already? Geez. It’s going too quick. I guess keeping busy will do that.

I mean, it’s summer, and I’ve yet to really enjoy it too much. I spent Memorial Day inside working on posters on my computer, and watching my own marathon of Doctor Who. And today? I turned down* a chance to be an extra in a feature film with Natalie West and Gabby Hoffman to spend the day inside working on drawing scripty letters, creating resume layouts, and rebuilding my portfolio site. (And continuing/finishing my Doctor Who marathon…)

Okay, so I can’t say that I’ve been a complete hermit and haven’t enjoyed the good weather at all. I had my first lp zoo visit of the year with Bryan. And this week I’ve enjoyed the start of free concerts at Millennium Park with two very good concerts: Black Bear Combo and Detholz! — both of whom I know a couple members. Apparently Iron & Wine are having a free concert on Monday… but I’ll be missing it for an AIGA event and class. I might get to check out Lit Fest tomorrow, but I’ve still got a good about of work to not get behind on.

I at least have some summer fun scheduled for my birthday. Or well, near my birthday since one of my classes was rescheduled to that night. And then the quarter will end and I’ll have 3 weeks off to do that whole summer thing (all while participating in my school’s Royal Rumble)… Not sure what I’ll do with myself but I know I will be taking advantage of living mere houses down from the beach.

What are your summer plans? Also, holy crap, Doctor Who? Totally awesome. If you’re not watching it, why the hell not?

*part of that was because of not feeling well, but glad that I was productive if I wasn’t going to be a film star.

Barnyards, Barricades, and Balkans

So it’s the 4th Tuesday of the month… and normally I’d be at the studio by now for band practice. However, I’m obviously not there. The flu is stupid.

Missing band practice generally isn’t a big deal.  We meet twice a month and we realize that life happens.  But we’ve got a show next week.  That’s right, next week.  And this show is sort of a biggie.

We’re joining with some other bands and a DJ to put together a little show for you…  All of the proceeds will be benefiting Dennis Dixon, an amazing Chicago activist who was attacked on the transit system in late June.  He was hospitalized with some major injuries without insurance.  The mere $10 you pay to see 3 bands and dance your ass off with a DJ will help over Dennis’ living expenses.

If you’re in the area… you should definitely check us out!

From my awesome bandmate, David:

Hello Friends,

On Thursday, September 3, starting at 8:30 p.m., some of Chicago’s great performers will be coming together to support activist and musician Dennis Dixon with some dance and some noise.

DJ Jacob Ross will get your feet twitchin’;
Renegade Brass Brigade (I’ll have trumpet in hand) will rouse you to the barricades;
Golden Horse Ranch Band will have you swingin’ your neighbor with a dosey-doh;
Black Bear Combo will get a whole lot of folks in a frenzy.

The cost is $10, proceeds going to Dennis’ living expenses in this period just out of the hospital.

Would be great to see you there!