Welcome to Day 2 of the 2015 Rogue Festival, otherwise known as when the heavy-hitter schedule begins. First shows are at 12:30 p.m. We’ll be providing updates, reviews and commentary each day. As always, if you want to add your own thoughts, drop me a line at email@example.com.
• A reminder: Chicago Improv had to cancel because of weather, so the inimitable Jaguar Bennett stepped in to fill that act’s performance slots at Spectrum Gallery. His show “How to Be Wicked” will play there 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 and 8:15 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Spectrum, in addition to his regularly scheduled performances at Veni Vidi Vici. (Did Dr. Wicked manage to manipulate Chicagoland meteorology so he could pick up two extra performance slots?) By the way, he sold out his first show Friday at Veni’s.
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• “The Famous Haydell Sisters Comeback Tour” has already added a show for next week: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at the Voice Shop. This is shaping up to be a hot ticket. (See Buzz below.)
The Beehive’s Rick Bentley recommends the Friday night show he saw. He writes:
Got a very pleasant surprise when attending the “3-Degrees Off Center!” performance at the Spectrum Art Gallery. The event not only included a musical treat from Barbara Anderson-Jones, but her rockin’ selection was intertwined with the soul-touching poetry of Aideed Medina. It was a double the entertainment value for the ridiculously low price of $5.
Anderson-Jones skillfully brought a classical touch to contemporary music by the likes of Seal, Sting and Metallica. Her performance was a soothing set that captured the essence of hard rock with a soft touch.
Equally entertaining was Medina, whose poetry had a captivating rhythm that was in perfect harmony with Anderson-Jones.
You can catch their work at 8 p.m., Saturday Feb. 28; 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 4; and 6:45 p.m., Saturday, March 7.
Rogue insider Heather Parish writes:
Full Houses: Audiences have arrived early for these shows, so consider buying tickets in advance at www.roguefestival.ticketleap.com if you want to guarantee a seat.
• The “Famous Haydell Sister’s Comeback Tour” at the Voice Shop had an almost full house on their first performance. “Very funny, whether or not you like country music!”
• “Breaking Bange” at Mia Cuppa also had a large, enthusiastic audience. This show is a fringe circuit premiere, so Fresno is getting a first look at it.
• “Flower Tome Companion” also had a nearly sold-out house at The Voice Shop.
Rick writes: “It’s great that so many people are turning out for Rogue events, but everyone should keep one thing in mind: Show the performers some respect. At one event, the artist had to contend with the noise of passing traffic. Nothing can be done about that. But, the people talking at the desk where you buy your tickets and a baby in the audience were annoyances that could have been avoided.
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What do you think of the new wristband system and the ability to order tickets for shows online in advance?