Tues Sept 30
7 PM - The Gala Presents: Fill In the Blank
Weds Oct 1
1 PM - Beartooth
3 PM - Requiem
3:30 PM - Anamanaguchi
For Discussion: Tuesday, September 30
Technology makes our lives easier, better and keeps us more connected to the things we love most—right? We discuss the impacts of technology in art, work and play with our tech-savvy panel.
Durning the break Whitney learns "What The Fox Saids"
In the Studio: Tuesday, September 30
Andrew Rowland |Cofounder of Classkick, HS Math teacher, Google Partner Technology Manager
Andrew obsesses over finding ways to increase student achievement. After teaching high school math on Chicago's West side, Andrew worked at Google and YouTube launching products on devices around the world. He has a background in mathematics, economics, and computer science from UC Berkeley. Now Andrew is excited to focus on his passion building products that make a lasting difference on student learning and development.
Classkick is an application that lets teachers make a workspace from any original content in 60seconds, check detailed individual understanding, give instant help, and even facilitate peertopeer feedback.
Tablets are invading classrooms at an increasingly rapid pace. Classkick is leveraging this to build the next ecosystem on which school work and learning occur, scaling feedback and learning like never before.
Classrooms from 1st grade reading to 12th grade calculus in 15 countries are using Classkick. Our teachers are ecstatic to now have the power of the classroom at their fingertips.
Rico Sisney | Emcee, Activist, Educator
Rico Sisney is the emcee for Sidewalk Chalk (Chicago Music Award Winner for "Most Outstanding Music Group") and the vocalist/keyboardist for House of Whales (2012 Independent Music Award Nominee). In 2010, Rico was chosen to represent Chicago as an emcee at the World Expo in Shanghai and, as a result, became the music director for Hiphop Chicago's productions in China and the U.S.
He released his first ever self-produced solo album, Crying Wolves earlier this year. The project dealt with topics like race, faith, and Chicago violence and raised funds for Jacobs Well to combat poverty in Haiti through education and microloans. Sidewalk Chalk released their sophomore album Leaves this year and will record a third album while on tour. House of Whales released their self-titled LP August 25th and just returned from a month-long tour on the west coast.
Outside of music, Rico is an educator, activist and the founder of The Gala Chicago.
Sam Adolfo | Visual Art, Confection
Born and raised in Detroit, Sam graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a degree in Fine Art. Since then, she has: tried to outrun an existential crisis by moving to Korea, swam with elephants in Thailand, and became a published author in the book Ahoy Booty! with a series of butt-focused haikus.
She currently resides in Chicago with her two cats, making art, hosting a weekly movie night called Shitty Movie Monday, and selling booze-filled peanut butter cups under the name Dandy Sweets.
And a special appearance by Papa Crunch of Fearless Networks!
What is Fill in the Blank?
The Gala is an ever-expanding community of artists that holds completely independent monthly events intended to inspire collaboration. FitB is a new performance, promotion and discussion platform by The Gala through a partnership with Fearless Radio. Together, we seek to share and promote the work of our community and provide a space to discuss art in all aspects of life--policy, education, media, history. Fill in the Blank is whatever you want it to be; the phrase gives each person, artist, community the space to create something new. We are what you are. Let’s make something together.
Who we are
A compulsive eye-roller, head-shaker and giver of smirks, you can count on Whitney Capps for some strong opinions. Whitney’s day job is and almost always has been in youth development, beginning her career in arts-integrated after school programming through Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships. She currently works for the University of Chicago helping awesome CPS students prepare for success in college. She has a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California and considers herself an amateur artist in many disciplines, among them jewelry design, trapeze, writing, cooking, filmmaking and ukulele (she knows half of one song). As a part-time artist, a full-time arts consumer and someone who works with artists daily, art in Chicago is definitely her thing.
Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree accents his poetry with captivating lyrics and soulful melodies. His passion for performance and seemingly endless energy are fueled through fantastically rowdy fans that enjoy his sense of humor. Binkey’s accomplishments include: 2006 MGD Freestyle Champion, BET New Face Finalist, Jokes and Notes Open Mic Stand-up Winner, Mixtape Mondays Rap Battle Champion, founder of Just-Us Improv, actor in numerous plays at Chicago Theatre, DuSable Museum and Apollo. His band, Deep Fayed is a fixture in the Chicago music scene, frequently caught at the Tonic Room, Darkroom and at Lincoln Hall. Deep Fayed has been building momentum and creating a buzz of party-blasting greatness, drawing in hip hop and jam enthusiasts alongside lovers of jazz and neo-soul. Not content with just performing, Binkey is committed to using his skills to mentor the next generation of poets, performers and writers. He teaches writing comprehension in Chicago Public Schools.
Hardcore five-piece Beartooth has announced their first-ever North American headline tour. The month-long string of dates kicks off October 3 in Chicago, IL and finishes October 31 with a hometown show in Columbus, OH. Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar and Alive Like Me will support, tickets go on sale Friday, August 15th.
BLEACHERS REMIX "HIGH"
BUZZ SINGLE FROM YOUNG RISING SONS
Indie/folk artist Jared & The Mill announced their fall 2014 tour, alongside Canadian singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson and Patrick Droney. Shows will kick off on Thursday October 16th, 2014 in Boston, MA at Café 939 with stops in New York City, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, to name a few. The band will also return to Austin, Texas where earlier this year they made national news, giving a victim of a tragic drunk driving accident at SXSW a private concert from her hospital room.
It is with critical praise already from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, SPIN Magazine, VOGUE, the BBC and beyond that Until The Ribbon Breaks announce the release of their highly anticipated debut album “A Lesson Unlearnt” out on November 4th (KOBALT Music Group)
BEVERLY began as a recording project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose. Although Citron grew up in San Francisco and Rose spent many years there, it wasn’t until the two were living in Brooklyn that they started collaborating. In 2012, Rose found herself in need of a musician that could travel to SXSW on short notice, and Citron found herself in the right place at the right time. Since then, Citron has been a part of Rose’s touring band. During numerous tours, the two shared aspirations for making simple, clutter-free music. Beverly’s debut album Careers, out July 1st on Kanine Records, is a result of those ideas.
In the late summer of 2011, Drowners frontman Matthew Hitt found himself in New York City. “I just like the way things look here. I like the way things are done here. I like how late everything happens,” says the Welsh native. New York’s signature up-all-night energy courses through Drowners’ self-titled debut, but there’s a sweet melancholy to the album as well.
With the release of a bold new single and music video ‘Digital Penetration’, NYC electronic shock rocker JUSTIN SYMBOL and his band have created a style all their own, which SYMBOL calls “Digital Rock”. The single contrasts classic 80’s Industrial beats with newer synth elements from current EDM, and tops it off with a crushing wall of guitars sourced from modern metal. The ‘Digital Penetration’ music video shifts violently between a dark dreamy trancelike state and a harsh white static reality where SYMBOL and his band mates rock out to an ultra heavy chorus.
Music video premiere from Chuck Prophet; "Wish Me Luck" stars actor Robert Longstreet (of Pineapple Express) and was directed by Ryan Browne. The charming adventures of a pair of middle-aged man-children (Prophet and Longstreet) is a lovely accompaniment to Prophet's soulful song, with a touching ending.
Canadian rockers Billy Talent debut a brand new song, "Kingdom of Zod" and a greatest hits album, simply titled HITS. Billy Talent have had a slew of hits on Canadian radio over the past decade, including three #1 hits, six Top 5 hits and five Top 10 hits.
SRCVinyl is proud to announce the release of weezer's Death to False Metal for the first time on vinyl. Originally known as Odds and Ends, this record is comprised of 11 previously unreleased (on vinyl) tracks from weezer's career.
Legendary punks D.O.A. are hitting the road this fall in support of their latest album Welcome To Chinatown, a 28 song live classic. The D.O.A. tour will take the band through Ontario and Quebec before heading back west for dates in Alberta and B.C. Fans around the world have always proclaimed for the last 35 years that D.O.A. is one of the greatest and one of the most exciting live bands ever, the Welcome to Chinatown album backs that up in a big way.
Eric Hutchinson and Tristan Prettyman will launch an extensive U.S. tour on October 27 at Boston’s Royale. As the name suggests, the “City & Sand Tour” will take Eric, a New York City resident, and Tristan, a Southern California native, to some of the country’s most vibrant cities and to some gorgeous beach towns.
Tampa-based pop-rock band miggs releases their new single “Walls Come Down” from their sixth studio album, set to release in early 2015. The band explodes back onto the music scene with this anthemic rock single that officially releases on August 25, 2014 and an upcoming US tour. Miggs’ new single is set to build on a steady growing fanbase that the band have accumulated following an impressive number of Billboard charting singles from previous albums and extensive tours with the likes of Maroon 5, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver), Cake, Aerosmith, Kid Rock and Lifehouse.
Wannabe Jalva are a Brazilian group who will being touring the United States for the first time starting in October. To mark their tour announcement, the self-described “uterus space-groove rock” band has released director Antonio Torriani’s NSFW video for “Miracle” off their upcoming EP Collecture.
Digitalism – the German duo Jens “Jence” Moelle and Ismail “Isi” Tufekci – are gearing up for a three week live tour of North America as their current single “Wolves ft. Youngblood Hawke” has been finding its way onto the US airwaves. Already a mainstay on Sirius XM’s “Alt Nation,” the song has also found fans at several noteworthy alternative stations including KITS/Live 105 in SF and KNDD/The End in Seattle while the incredibly popular RAC remix of the track is a favorite on KCRW in LA’s “Metropolis” show.
Dense, massive locomotive music from this Minneapolis three-piece. Powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another. Breakfast Of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times.
I the Mighty frontman Brent Walsh will release his debut full-length solo album 7 on November 10 via Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded with producer Jon Devoto of The Matches in San Francisco, CA.
YOUTH WORSHIP was born out of James Hanna's desire to blend his love of the fuzz throb of Spacemen 3 and Loop with the early 90's gtr rock of Dinosaur Jr. and Mudhoney, etc. Basically he just wanted to play a bunch of power chords through a Marshall stack.
On October 25, 2014, MISS MAY I will tear up the stage at the first annual KNOTFEST in San Bernardino, CA at the San Manuel Amphitheatre. The road from Ohio to California is long, so why not stop in and visit some fans during the round trip? That’s just what MISS MAY I plans to do via their newly announced “Road to KNOTFEST” tour, featuring special guests Afffiance. See below for a full listing of tour dates, which kick off in Little Rock, AR on October 21st (in addition to two pre-tour festival stops).
DMA’s is the musical project of Johnny Took, Matt Mason & Tommy O’Dell – three best friends from Newtown, Australia.
Before it's out next week, pre-order Night Surfer at the Yep Roc Store.
Hell In The Club have revealed the details of their upcoming new album ‘Devil On My Shoulder’, out November 4th, 2014 on Scarlet Records.