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TERRIBLE SPACESHIP: It was sweeping round swiftly and steadily, this flaming death, this invisible, inevitable sword of heat. I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir. I heard the crackle of fire in the sand pits and the sudden squeal of a horse that was as suddenly stilled. Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled.
Diana & the Dishes
Garnering comparisons to Ben Folds and Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, Chicago band DIANA & THE DISHES presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship and contagious fun. Since forming in 2008 around singer/songwriter/pianist, Diana Lawrence, the band has have taken their city by storm, and their debut album, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011. It’s no wonder that this group is so on-point: all five members of Diana & the Dishes are seasoned professionals. Drummer Bob Parlier spent many years touring with the band, Strange Arrangement. Bassist Dan Thatcher gigs regularly as a jazz upright bass player. Guitarist Dave Saenger and cellist David Keller play for professional musical theatre productions. Frontwoman Diana Lawrence works regularly as a singer and pianist everywhere from The Second City to the Chicago Symphony Chorus.Though the members of this band take music very seriously, their live shows can be summed up in one word: fun. Whether they're playing plugged-in and rock-your-socks-off or acoustic and intimate, the band has an uncanny ability to balance a polished performance with a family-affair vibe that keeps fans coming back for more.
The Lincoln Squares
Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler are critically-acclaimed actors/musicians/singers/songwriters who've made their mark on the Chicago theatre scene; now, with their band The Lincoln Squares, they're taking their act on the road. Featuring Jim Barclay on drums, Derek Hasenstab on bass, and Alex Goodrich on banjo/ukelele/harmonica/saw, with Schmuckler and Mahler on piano and guitar, the Lincoln Squares are a combination of the pop rock of Ben Folds, the poetic folk of Paul Simon, and the churning drive of Mumford and Sons. Their original songs bubble with idiosyncratic honesty, and their performances are marked by a charming easy showmanship.