Mid Point Music Fest lineup announced

Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Fest is back for its 11th year! Chicago has a nice contingent out there, including two of our very own, Ami Saraiya and the Outcome and Jon Drake & The Shakes. The festival runs in multiple locations around Cincinnati from September 27-29 and features close to 200 bands in 16 venues and outdoor stages strewn about downtown and the adjacent Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Jon Drake & The Shakes in Woodstock, IL for Wasted Plains

The second annual event aims to highlight Chicago bands by taking them out of the city and transplanting them north 55 miles in Woodstock. This year’s lineup includes Ezra Furman, White Mystery, Santah, Cousin Dud, Elephant Gun, The Heligoats, The Soil & The Sun, Jon Drake & The Shakes, Rabble Rabble, On Again Off Again, [...]

Dear Ulysses out today

The debut album from Jon Drake & The Shakes is now available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and anywhere else MP3s are sold. Go grab a copy today! iTunes Amazon Spotify (link on its way – if you have Spotify, just search for ‘Jon Drake & The Shakes’) Dear Ulysses Track List 1. Gustav 2. Charlie [...]

Jon Drake & The Shakes on Daytrotter

Head on over to Daytrotter for a session by Jon Drake & The Shakes. Along with the recordings, you’ll learn a whole ton about Jon Drake, The Shakes and how they all met. This session was recorded at Daytrotter’s original Rock Island, IL studio, the Horse Shack.

Chicago contingent heading to Strasbourg, France

Mike Musikanto, Ami Saraiya and Julia Klee are heading to Strasbourg, France as part of the Strasbourg-Chicago exchange, also known as Transatlantic Nights. Nick will join the expedition to make sure everybody comes back. Full Strasbourg schedule: 5/24 – Arrive in Strasbourg 5/25 – Le Quai’son – Nancy, FR 5/27 – Medienfestival – Tubingen, DE [...]

RECAP: Jon Drake & The Shakes at The Double Door

Time Out Chicago, Music. Defined., and Southside on the Town had some nice things to say about Jon Drake & The Shakes’ album release party at Chicago’s Double Door last Friday. Here are some kind words from Time Out: “Drake is a beastly frontman, sweating out beer and staring intensely into the crowd like a [...]

Mike Musikanto adds more US tour dates

Mike Musikanto has added a handful of dates to his stateside agenda. Here’s the updated itinerary (new shows in bold): 5/19 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL (with Truth and Salvage Co.) 5/22 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO (with Hoots and Hellmouth) 5/25 – Quai Son – Nancy, France 5/27 – Medienfestival (Germany) [...]

Jon and Ellis from The Shakes on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic

Jon and Ellis were featured on tonight’s Local Anesthetic with Richard Milne. Jon Drake & The Shakes will celebrate the release of Dear Ulysses this Friday at the Double Door.

New tour dates from Musikanto, including his first time in Europe

We’re excited to announce that Musikanto is going to Europe this summer. After a stretch of dates in Kentucky, he’ll jump across the pond as part of the Transatlantic Nights festival (centered around Strasbourg, France), then a handful of shows in Italy. Here are all of the summer dates thus far: 5/7 – Kentucky Theater [...]

Jon Drake & The Shakes to release Dear Ulysses on May 29

        Jon Drake & The Shakes will release their debut album, Dear Ulysses, on May 29. Pre-order the CD and get an immediate download of the single, “Charlie,” as well as a bonus track that you can’t get anywhere else. The band will celebrate in Chicago a little early on May 11, and [...]

Jeremy David Miller – Lepus – Out Now

We at the Grape Juice camp are very excited to see this album come to fruition. Jeremy has been part of the Grape Juice family for a few years now, and this album puts the spotlight right where it should be: on Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy. The combination of charisma and storytelling prowess is unparalleled these days, with more and more musicians putting the business before the craft. Miller has not forgotten the craft, and today we salute him and his songs.

Jon Drake & The Shakes head to Des Moines and Rochester

Look out Iowa and Minnesota! Jon Drake & The Shakes are bringing their folk-pop carnival of sound from Chicago to Des Moines on Friday, April 6th to play at Gas Lamp along with Rebel Creek and Mumfords. Then on Saturday, April 7th they will be in Rochester, MN to play a free show at Kathy’s [...]

Musikanto in a barber shop for Red Eye at SXSW

Walking around SXSW can be pretty hectic, and when you’re looking for a quiet place to record a song with just a voice and an acoustic guitar, you can probably imagine the difficulty. Musikanto and Red Eye had to get creative when they met up for a session in Austin, but they were eventually able to find a quiet barber shop on the east side of town. Click to see the video.

Grape Juice at SXSW

If you’re in Austin, come to Lovely Boutique to say hi. 1506 South 1st Street

The MPLS Henrys hit the studio

The MPLS Henrys are in the studio for the first time in over two years. They are at Strobe this weekend, once again enlisting the help of producer/engineer Vince Casamatta (Vince also recorded the Henrys’ debut, “The Way of the Albatross”).

Windy City Winter Ball Wrap-Up

Find out who was voted Best Dressed at this year’s Windy City Winter Ball. There were four female nominees and four males.