Posts tagged: chicago


By , August 22, 2015 7:18 pm

July and the beginning of August has been some of the busiest times for me in recent memory!  Here’s what I’ve been up to:


– I went to Chicago to see my sister graduate and become a doctor in Psychology, very exciting!  Over the 4 years that she lived there I visited several times, and I enjoy that city very much; to me it has a very clear cultural identity that is colorful and rich.


– I played with Theoretics on KEXP’s morning show.  Although I had done an in-studio performance there before with Polyrhythmics, it is always thrilling to know you are being broadcast on the radio.  I also appreciate what KEXP does for creative music in Seattle (along with NPR stations KPLU and KBCS).


– I performed a few pick-up gigs with musicians I admire:  Tarik Abouzied, Ian Sheridan, Joe Doria, Brennan Carter, Jeff Johnson, and Jake Svendsen.  It’s always a pleasure to play music as well as talk with these guys and get their viewpoint on things.  Jeff in particular is someone I look forward to playing with every time because I view him as an older music master and local legend, so whenever I play with him I feel as though I’m with a mentor, and there is always something I learn from playing and hanging with him.


– I kept a steady weekend-warrior-style tour schedule up with Polyrhythmics and Theoretics.  I had the opportunity to play at the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Guitarfish Festival, the Northern Rockies Music Festival, the Kaslo Jazz Festival, Summer Meltdown, the South Lake Union Block Party, Doe Bay Fest, and the For the Funk of it Festival, and I traveled to cities and areas all around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Nevada.  Crazy!


I put up a bunch of new pictures in the Photos section, and I uploaded many videos from my travels onto a “Summer Performances 2015” playlist on my youtube channel ( ) , so check those out!


– Art

Chicag-blog 2011

By , September 15, 2011 12:38 pm


Highlights from my recent trip to visit my sister in Chicago:

Wiener Circle

Man these people are mean!  If you make it through your order and get a chance to stay and watch the massive hating and trash-talking they give their customers, though, it’s hilarious.  Late night it’s a madhouse.



Chicago-style hot dogs

I’m okay with the whole no ketchup thing, and I’m definitely on board with the tomatoes and onions thing.  The celery salt and dill relish thing took me by surprise at first, but I was digging it by the end.

Lake Michigan

It’s huge!  In Seattle we’re used to seeing the peninsula and other land masses when we look out across the Sound, but when you look across Lake Michigan it’s like being on the coast; it stretches all the way to the horizon.  The city is right on the water too, so you have a very cool juxtaposition of sandy beach next to the city.


Apparently this is like the Denny’s of Chicago to locals, but my sister likes it, and I do too.  Hawaiian omelette for the win.

Chicago Jazz Festival

FREE!  Plus, beer was sold inside Millenium Park where it was held and you could walk around no problem.  Gerald Clayton’s trio was super tight and I was hoping to catch some of Maurice Brown but ran out of time.

BYOB restaurants

A genius idea that I would LOVE to see in Seattle more often.

Wrigleyville/Wrigley Field

The street of bars and pubs runs right into the Field at the end of it, and there’s cubs gear EVERYWHERE.  Everyone has something related to the hometeam on, even moreso than at a Sounders game.  I liked that.  And the field:  obviously, it’s a classic ballpark, but it also is a great place to watch a game.  All the bigger concession stands are below the seats, so once you get upstairs, the seats extend almost all the way to the edge of the park.  It kind of made it feel more open.

Chicago-style pizza

Yes, Chicago-style is thicker, and they do layer toppings, but no one told me about the crust!  Buttery and flaky deliciousness in a deep dish pan.

Kingston Mine

Blues club in Lincoln Park.  No cover w/student ID = equals really fun party with college kids going crazy dancing to blues music.  And, of course, the music kicked ass.  These guys seemed to me to be the real deal.  Unfortunately the jam session portion had ended by the time I got there.




I had a great trip to Chicago.  Some of that may have been because it was my first visit, but I definitely plan on going back and exploring more.  SO MANY PARKS, and big ones too.  The whole city feels very open, and the people are friendly while still being straightforward and honest.

Until next time!

– Art

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