What Does This Mean?

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Jon Berger

The Mots Nouveaux are playing tonight. Once they were Californian, but they’ve learned the error of their ways. You can see them at the Sidewalk – I’m told they’ve got a bunch of gigs coming up, but check this one out.

September Residency at Hotel Cafe

It could be great!

Monday Night

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Jon Berger

Sometimes, a guy just needs something, and sometimes, a girl just needs to give it to him.

photo by Mimi Oz

Gentleman hippie John Murdock let his hair hang low, and something had to be done, so Rebecca Florence stepped up to the plate and cleaned him up. Now Murdock is clean and easy to look at, but is still telling us all about the effed up world we live in.

Thanks, Rebecca. That’s a way to spend your time at the Open Stage!

Same as it Ever Was

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by Jon Berger

I don’t know if Bill Popp has a show coming up soon at the Sidewalk. One of the first acts I saw at the club in the early nineties was Bill Popp & the Tapes, and, according to Popp they’d been around for some time before that. He released a CD a few years back about 30 years in music.

I found it hard to believe – until now.

Looking through the world wide web, I saw this dBs poster from, I’m told, 1986.

Who else was on the bill? Bill.

Boy gets around. Sidewalk booker Anne Husick might have been a member of the band then, too.

Super! Sunday!! Showcase!!!

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Jon Berger

Sunday night, after all the explosions on Friday (and maybe some leftover bombs bursting in air throughout the weekend), Rodney Rigoli will host the latest of his and Brookes McKenzie’s Sunday performance series – and this time it’ll include Daniel Saftler on poems and, get this…  Satan!

(not a real representation)

After you’ve declared your freedom, liberty, and whatever else, why not meet Satan and give him what for?

Ripp it Up!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Jon Berger

One of the first acts I saw at the Sidewalk Cafe was Eugene Ripper – playing with the inestimable Billy Fica and seeming to be the very epitome of AntiFolk.

Ripper is back in town – presumably from his native Canada – and he’s releasing… what? A comic? What does that mean? His website doesn’t give a clear sense, but at least you’ll be able to hear more about him. He’ll be at the club on Wednesday night, though, to explain everything. Maybe with pictures. Maybe with music. Probably pictures.

Eugene Ripper!



The Slam is BACK!

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by Jon Berger

A new season of poetry slamming begins in the club that has hosted such things for one whole year now!

The Urbana Poetry Slam renews itself this Tuesday (tonight!) and there’s no reason to think it won’t be a blast! Special sound guy running the room will be Peter Inglewood, who, hopefully, on this special occasion, will be up to some good. We’ll certainly know by Wednesday. 

Come on out and vote for the best poem, the best performance, the best popping sounds on the mic. It’ll be slamming!

The Great Creight

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Jon Berger

Carl Creighton played a solo show at Sidewalk last Saturday – the first in some time – as part of Dan Penta’s Cockroach Presents event.

As a large, piano-playing melancholy singer/songwriter, Creighton was once quite the Sidewalk troubadour. Not sure what’s kept him away. It might be his regular trips to Minnesota, where he once was from, or it might be his band Howth.

Whatever the reason, it’s always a pleasure to have some of the old guard coming back around. This night also included appearances from Deep Sound Diver and DJ Adequate, who was all that – and more!

All Sorts of Old School

Posted on: June 28th, 2014 by Jon Berger

A variety of old school beats will be dropped at Sidewalk tomorrow (which is Sunday):

Lee Feldman and Daniel Harnett share an hour at 7pm. Feldman played regularly in the early nineties, doing a piano based pop ballad thing before he grew a family and lost hair. Still with all his hair, Harnett was a regular at the club a few years later. Clearly, they found each other in hopeless place, and will combine their musical majesties, if only for an hour.

Afterwards, Turner Cody, a turn-of-the-century AntiFolker, will open for Sam James, who is one of The Wowz and an AntiFolker of similar vintage.

It’s all a lot of talent on what you’d think would be a pretty quiet night.  Check it OUT!


Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Jon Berger

New Sidewalk favorites Meet the Patients have their second show at the club this week.

If you want to steal a taste of what you might here, “Klepto” can be heard online, thanks to the people at ReverbNation. Check it out. It’s at eleven o’clock tonight, so if you’re anxious about the show… be patient.


Posted on: June 26th, 2014 by Jon Berger

Part of the exciting bill last night at Sidewalk was High Teen Boogie (acoustic), a duo version of the Japanese surf-rock sheroes. They turned the place into a place where people could win, place or show. It was something.

You can catch the show on Gander, of course, but you can also hear some recordings over here.