Transplanted region native Katie Schlesinger grew up in Munster and graduated as a “Mustang” before transforming herself into the trendy, indie rocker Katie Day and relocating to San Francisco. The term “indie” gets underscored in the case of Day, who writes, arranges, sings, produces and plays all the instruments (except drums and cello) on her original recordings.
Her latest batch has been collected and released as the 6-track EP, “Burn it to the Ground,” and has gotten great reviews and lots of attention. The most “buzz” on the Internet music sites has been for her quirky tech-pop single, “San Francisco (Before the West Falls).”
Day returns to the sparse, esoteric sound she is known for on the songs “Not Scared of the Devil”, “What Do You Got” and “Lower Haight Anthem,” before slipping back into trippy electro-pop mode with her loopy treatment of The Zombies classic “Time of the Season.” This former Hoosier has tasty tunes worth checking out. Find them at: www.katiedaymusic.com.
Beloved Welsh-born Chicago punk rocker and visual artist Jon Langford is scheduled to be a part of the upcoming "David Bowie Is" exhibit, running Sept. 23 to Jan. 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.) in Chicago. The exhibit is dedicated to glam-rock legend David Bowie.
"David Bowie Is" presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive - including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades - are brought together for the first time.
"David Bowie Is" was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and has embarked on an international tour with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as the only U.S. venue.
The exhibit includes lectures and live performances where musicians will play Bowie tunes in their own unique way.
Langford and fellow Mekon Sally Timms are scheduled for Nov. 21. Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music and film director Todd Haynes (“Velvet Goldmine”) are also scheduled guests during the event’s three month run. More: (312) 280-2660 or www.mcachicago.org.
• A special Sept. 28 Mass at Holy Trinity Polish Church (1118 N. Noble St.) in Chicago will be followed by a free concert by The Lira Ensemble of Chicago to remember those killed in Poland during World War II and the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, when the city withstood Nazi invasion for two months. The Lira Ensemble will perform Polish hymns and will lead the audience in singing Polish patriotic and popular songs from the World War II era. More: (773) 508-7040 or www.liraensemble.org.
• Keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon helped co-found the rock group Three Dog Night five decades ago and still records with the veteran group. Greenspoon guests this Tuesday on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” at 6 p.m. on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio. Recently Greenspoon teamed up with ‘70s guitar god Pat Travers to re-record a powerful version of “The End” which aptly closes out the new star-studded Doors tribute CD, “Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Tribute to the Doors.” That tune and a new Three Dog Night song will be among the songs featured on the program. More: www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org/radio.
• Although seeing it would require a serious road trip for region music fans, Jimi Hendrix fans living and rocking along the lakeshore will be happy to hear how after three years of planning and fundraising, groundbreaking for a Seattle park named in honor of the hometown rock icon has come to pass. City officials, park committee volunteers and neighbors celebrated with the ceremonial shovel full of earth at the 2.5-acre park, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle’s Central District. More: www.jimihendrixparkfoundation.org.