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Car Con Carne

Aug 18, 2023

JC Brooks is a frontperson’s frontperson: An undeniable force of soul, charisma and swagger who helped elevate soul and classic R&B sounds to audiences across Chicago over the past 15 years.


I’m a fan of JC’s, and songs from both Uptown Sound albums and the most recent album, “The Neon Jungle,” continue to find their way onto my playlists.


After a period of relative quiet, JC Brooks emerged with a pair of higher-profile live shows in Chicago this year, including the NASCAR event. Seemed like a good time to catch up with him and find out what he’s working on.


We met in Uptown (naturally), and had big, greasy slices from Gigio’s. My shorts are ruined, but it was worth it.


Car Con Carne is presented by Alex Ross Art. Visit to see his work and get your hands on an original piece.




Car Con Carne is also sponsored by NINETY DAYS IN THE '90s (, by Andy Frye. Take the “Grey Line” back in time to 90s Chicago and relive all the music, moments and pop culture! Get your copy from Amazon, or wherever awesome books are sold.



Car Con Carne is also sponsored by Easy Automation (


Are you a home owner? Are you ready for a truly “smart home?” Doesn’t the idea of minimizing your energy usage while maximizing your comfort sound good?  


Easy Automation will help you find the customized solution that’s right for you. Their team has 30 years of collective experience in the industry and will tailor a service package that fits your lifestyle and needs.


Get a quote by visiting, or call at 630.730.3728