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Hailing from northern Indiana by way of Chicago, the Crawpuppies are a very cool Midwestern rock outfit with a classic rock-inspired take on contemporary alt rock. Local favorites throughout the Chicagoland area, the band has opened for such touring arena rock luminaries as Everclear, Cracker, Hanson, and Counting Crows. A prolific cover band, the Crawpuppies also compose catchy originals as you can see from this clip of the band doing a pop up live video in Chicago.
Yes, it’s a little touristy and usually very crowded, but when it comes to great blues music, Blue Chicago on Clark is the real deal. The music is red hot, the singers and players are always bringin’ it, and they usually deliver a great show to the crowd.
The doorman Lorenzo is cool and funny, and the crowd a great mix of locals, international and domestic tourists, young people, older folks, black, white, Asian, and Latino. Blues tunes range from slow and greasy… Read More
Nothing says blues like a dark smoky lounge. Buddy Guy’s Legends is just that: A no-frills, seedy blues joint located among the dorms and fast food restaurants of the South Loop. At this blues club (among Chicago’s best), it’s obvious that the most important thing is the music. How could it not be, with an owner like the legendary Buddy Guy, himself.
Plush furniture and expensive decor give way to a slew of cafeteria-style tables here, joined by chairs in the dining area and a… Read More
Specimen Products is a unique custom guitar and amp shop located on Chicago’s West Side. Specimen founder Ian Schneller shows Guitar Shop TV a guitar he calls “the Marmite ‘caster,” made of two-by-fours and masonite. The guitar has a “subcutaneous” P-90 pickup set underneath the pick guard with just the pole pieces sticking up. According to Schneller, this gives the neck pickup a much warmer sound than the traditional Tele neck pickup has. He also talks about why he took a blow torch to all the chrome on the guitar.
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Episode Two: Guitar Shop TV heads to Rock N Roll Vintage Guitars in Chicago to check out some amazing classic axes including a 1964 Epiphone Riviera, talks to Rudy Pensa of Rudy Pensa Music in New York about his “new girlfriend,” a 1959 blond ash Fender Stratocaster, and answers a viewer question all the way from Hong Kong!
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Guitar Shop TV’s “Guitar of the Month” is this magnificent 1968 Gibson ES-355 Gold Sparkle double cutaway, recently featured by The Chicago Music Exchange, which is located at 3316 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. The CME website described this amazing guitar as follows: “Perhaps inspired by the radical spirit of the times as much as by the then-traditional, elegant looks of the Les Paul Goldtop, this 1968 ES-355 was ordered as a… Read More