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Car Con Carne

Aug 31, 2022

WINE RIVAL (formerly Somm Madness) returns to Chicago on Thursday 9/22. Happening at Venue West (221 N. Paulina St.), the event brings together the nation’s sommelier community and wine aficionados for a blind tasting tournament. 

WINE RIVAL creator Adam Sweders joins me to preview this year’s event, and explains...

Aug 24, 2022

Model Stranger joins me for food from Wolcott Tap (1834 W. Montrose). Wolcott Tap Owner/Founder Turan Yon sat shotgun as we ate jerk wings and mac and cheese squares while talking music.  Food and music are Car Con Carne’s core values.

See Model Stranger at Golden Dagger on Friday August 26 (along with Badcandy and...

Aug 23, 2022

Moon Kissed is a New York band that makes smart synth pop with attitude and swagger… and has something to say, too!

See Moon Kissed when they come back to Chicago for Riot Fest on Sunday September 18.

Moon Kissed members Khaya Cohen (vocals), Leah Scarpati (drums) and Emily Sgouros (synths) all joined me for a fun...

Aug 18, 2022


For this episode, I visited The Studio in Lockport (900 South State Street) to interview owner Laura Felker (also of The Simple Remedy) and Eddie Ryan of The Simple Remedy (also a big supporter in The Studio’s evolution).

While eating yummy flatbreads from the Studio, we talked about how and why Laura took over...

Aug 17, 2022

Songbirds, a museum that housed the most rare and wonderful examples of the guitar, opened a few years ago, only to be brought to a swift end by COVID.

Documentary filmmaker Dagan W. Beckett chronicles the sad end of the Songbirds museum in Tennessee in his new VOD documentary, “Songbirds.”

With the regional Emmy he...