Empires @ Angels & Kings

Empires @ Angels & Kings

Melodic and moody, I’ve heard a lot about Empires around the local music scene, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them perform. It was great to finally put a performance to the name. It was also a great end to a fantastic celebration of the JBTV Emmy win.

Their EP can be streamed on their website and is definitely worth a listen.

Empires @ Angels & Kings

Empires @ Angels & Kings

Empires @ Angels & Kings

Empires @ Angels & Kings

Empires @ Angels & Kings

Empires @ Angels & Kings

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JBTV wins an Emmy… and celebrates

The Fireship @ Angels & Kings
The Fireship

If you follow my blog, you’ve seen several concerts that have been shot at the JBTV studio. The people, the studio, and the TV show are at the top of my list of favorite people, places, and shows. In short, they’re amazing. They deserve every good thing that comes their way.

Well, speaking of good things, it’s been a great couple of weeks for the JBTV crew. Not only did they win an Emmy for their motion graphics, but they were also picked up by an NBC station (NBC 5.2), where they will air Saturdays at 9pm in addition to their WJYS airing every week at 11pm on Wednesdays.

Ryan Manno, host of JBTV, also hosts a show/event every Wednesday at the venue Angels & Kings called “The One Manno Show.” This week was declared a JBTV celebration week. Well, we had to go, despite the piles of work I have to do. And I’m so glad we did. It was truly a party. I love how much the Chicago music scene is one big family…. everywhere we turned, it was hugs, and another familiar face.

So, this is a post both to brag about how cool JBTV is and to show some pictures, and a sneak peek. I will be posting full sets as soon as I can from each band that played.

JBTV Emmy Celebration

JBTV Emmy Celebration

JBTV Emmy Celebration

JBTV Emmy Celebration

JBTV Emmy Celebration

JBTV Emmy Celebration

JBTV Emmy Celebration

The Frantic @ Angels & Kings
The Frantic

Empires @ Angels & Kings
Empires

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Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings
Bruiser got in touch a few days before the show to see if I could cover it, and luckily, I was free. The concert was part of the One Manno Show concert series that is hosted at Angel & Kings every Wednesday by Ryan Manno. Usually featuring local bands, the shows are always a good time.

From their Myspace, I think this is an apt way to describe Bruiser: “Sometimes we sing & sometimes we scream, but neither in that “LA crap-rock” or “wear-your-sister’s-jeans” sort-of way.” They don’t lie.

Bruiser has also just signed to Window Licker Records, who also co-hosted the show this past week.  Congrats to them!

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

Bruiser @ Angels & Kings

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Cavalry @ Angels & Kings

Cavalry @ Angels & Kings

This is the third time I’ve shot Cavalry, and each time they get better and better.  Really, I don’t know what else to say.  I see so many bands, that it’s hard to keep my attention, but they definitely do.

They’re releasing their debut CD with a CD release show at Debonair on August 13th, so if you’re in Chicago, you need to go.  You have no reason not to – the show is free. Check their Myspace for more details. (more…)