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Tara Jane ONeilTara Jane O’Neil at Schuba’s

Me and TJO

me and Tara JaneMe and Tara Jane O’Neil in the photo booth at Schuba’s

The mysterious little pumpkin loaf

The Holiday Hoot was so much fun.  Everybody was supposed to do one holiday-related song and one other cover of their choosing.  I didn’t figure out wtf I was going to do until 5:30am last night.  I was going through my big folder of Christmasey MP3s listening to one after another after another and couldn’t find anything that blew my skirt up.  I was ready to throw in the towel and just use some non-holiday song, inserting the word "Santa" in there somewhere.  But then I found this one by the Seekers called "Mary Had a Baby".  THANK YOU ROGER McGUINN!!!  You saved my ASS tonight!!!  Such a great song.  The vocals are awesome.  I mean on the recording!!  I can’t speak for my own vocals, but if I had to, I’d say "a little shaky but not half bad." I love that kind of singing, it’s very… what’s the word.  Strident?  Strong, full-voiced.  It’s a folk tune but it’s more gospeley-sounding than anything.  OH!  And I got to do the thing where you stop playing guitar and start clapping and singing, and the audience is semi forced to clap along with you, then you come in with the guitar again for the last verse.  HOW MUCH FUN WAS THAT?!?  I’ve never had the occasion to do that before.  Awesome.

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Hoot Night Holiday Show @ Schuba’s (Chicago, IL)

Played two songs at Thomas Dunning’s Hoot Night Holiday Show at Schuba’s

My band: Tom Millard (drums)

Other performances by: Tom Dunning & Your Boyfriends, Joe Cassidy of Assassins/Butterfly Child, Jacquie Krupka of Joie de Diva/The Plunging Necklines, James Dague of Scribble Monster, Tommi Zender of Trinkets of Joy, Thomas Negovan of Ver Sacrum, Eric Ziegenhagen, Stacey Earley, Dan Phillips of Zapruder Point, and Dag Juhlin.

Thea Gilmore @ Schuba’s

British singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore last night at Schuba’s

Thea Gilmore at Schubas

Nicolai Dunger @ Schuba’s

Nicolai Dunger photo by Edith FrostWow, I finally figured out the secret to taking great photos at Schuba’s.  I’m not telling you, it’s a secret!  But isn’t this a great pic?  Well, better than any others I’ve tried to take there, that’s for sure.

Me and Eric

Me and Eric Ziegenhagen last night at the Jolie Holland show at Schuba’s.  There’s a nice article about him in this week’s Chicago Reader… it’s in section one, which doesn’t get published online, so you’ll need to grab a hard copy if you want to see it.  Might as well pick it up at his CD release show at 6:30 tomorrow night at the Hideout!  :-)

Schuba’s Tavern (Chicago, IL)

Played at Schuba’s with Central Falls

My band: Jim Becker (guitar, violin, keyboards), Ryan Hembrey (electric bass, backing vocals), Adam Vida (drums)

Schuba’s Tavern (Chicago, IL)

With: Chris Ligon

My band: Michael Krassner (guitar); Ryan Hembrey (bass); Gerald Dowd (drums)