We're redesigning ChiIL Out a bit, for the new year. Contests have been expanding exponentially on our sister blog, ChiIL Mama, but we want to save our space here on Chicago Parent ChiIL Out for interviews, reviews, alternative-eco-punk parenting events and "best of" lists.
We'll still clue you in on the biggest give aways, but otherwise, we'll try to just do a once a month round up of ticket and CD give aways. Instead, ChiIL Out will be running more interviews with interesting Chicago parents and kids and features on top family music venues.
If you want more freebies, including late breaking ticket give aways and winner name announcements, please hop on over to ChiIL Mama (two i's one L) and follow us there. And if you want live performance videos, band photo slide shows, and musician interviews, check out ChiIL Live Shows (see below)
Here's what we've been working on for 2011:
We've been busy turning our lens on live shows, and our archive
is GROWING. We'll continue to give you footage and stills from a
number of Chicago shows, on the ChiIL Mama blog first. We also
cover many local, under the radar events, quirky stuff to do, and
loads of CD and ticket give aways that are time sensitive.
However, we want to make it easy to search for JUST coverage on your favorite festivals, bands and live theatre, so we're doing a spin off that will archive live shows/ interviews only. Check it out as we build back in time and forward at ChiIL Live Shows over the coming months.
A Mix Of Interviews, Live Concert Footage, and Stills Coming to ChiIL Live Shows Soon:
Lollapalooza/ Kidzapalooza (videos & stills)-every Chicago year
North Coast Fest 2010
Riot Fest 2010--including Circle Jerks & Bad Religion
Pitchfork Music Fest 2009
Summer Camp Music Festival 2009--including Les Claypool & Buckethead
Children of Bodom
Black Label Society
How Far To Austin (interview)
Punk Parents in (THE WEBSTIRS, THE NOSES, THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED, COTTON PONY) including playwright, Bret Neveu (interview)
Kindie Music and Kids Punk Rock:
Keller Williams (interview, footage, stills)
Dan Zanes (footage, stills)
The Verve Pipe (interview, footage, stills)
Recess Monkey (interview, footage, stills)
Tim & The Space Cadets (interview, footage, stills)
Rocknocerous (footage, stills)
Candy Band (interview, footage, stills)
Boogers (interview, footage, stills)
Human Tim + Robot Tim (interview, footage, stills)
Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies (interview, footage, stills)
The Okee Dokee Brothers (footage, stills)
The Poochamungas (interview, footage, stills)
Little Miss Ann
Bands With Musicians Under 18:
When Flying Feels Like Falling
(We review loads of live theatre for adults and kids, but most provide their own press pixs. Every once in a while, we get to take our own shots, and those photos will be archived here, too.)
**We're also on the lookout for musicians who are parents (playing 21+ shows) who'd like to be interviewed and featured. We're looking for kids punk, alternative, and indie (kindie) bands. We also cover bands playing family friendly fests and dual audience tours (kid show by day/adult at night) that would like to be featured.
We run weekly ticket and CD give aways, review CDs and shows,
and can possibly shoot stills, video and interviews if you are
playing in the Chicago area.
because life doesn't end with birth.........
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.