Chicago country crafter Dan Whitaker picks up in Texas

Gossip Wolf has long admired local country music craftsman Dan Whitaker, whose sizable discography includes folk-tinged solo work and recordings with his combo the Shinebenders that combine hillbilly jazz, country blues, honky-tonk stompers and working-class ballads. about booze, trucks and lost love. By the end of this month, Whitaker will have moved to Martindale, Texas (between Austin and San Antonio), where he will set up camp while seeking more permanent digs in the Lone Star State. Whitaker retired the Shinebenders name, and now his primary outlet is a trio with two members of that band: bassist Tim Anderson (formerly known as Earl “T-Bone” Powers) and drummer Eric Niffenegger (formerly Chase Jackson). Anderson is also moving to Texas and will continue to play with Whitaker, but Niffenegger remains behind. For Chicago fans who love dancing to Whitaker’s epic sets — he often plays more than one local watering hole in a single night — that’s surely sad news. Before departure day arrives, the Whitaker trio will perform at Lawrence Peters’ Happy Hour at Hideout on Friday June 17 and Taste of Highland Park on Friday June 24.

Dan Whitaker’s latest album, released last summer, features his trio with Anderson and Niffenegger.

Gossip Wolf finds it hard to imagine Chicago nightlife without Emporium. Since opening its original location in Wicker Park in 2012, the barcade has hosted countless underground rock, hip-hop and electronic bands, including garage-rock royalty White Mystery and a reunion of the influential 90s hip-hop collective Nacrobats in Chicago. Emporium now operates three locations in Chicago (the others are in Logan Square and Fulton Market), plus two more in the Bay Area and a sixth in Las Vegas! On Thursday, June 16, the barcade in Wicker Park hosts the first of a series of parties celebrating Emporium’s tenth anniversary, and it’s a real jerk: Chicago hip-hop headlines the Cool Kids, and the futuristic duo Air Credits opens (this wolf hopes Air Credits’ rapper, ShowYouSuck, will also perform something from his new solo album, 2Comfortable, 2Comfortable, 2Casual). The show starts at 8:00 p.m.; tickets are $20.

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Last Friday, Chicago emo star Snow Ellet released the power-pop tinged EP glory day, whose tunes hit every sweet spot available! On Wednesday, June 15, Snow Ellet will celebrate the headlining release of a show at The Beat Kitchen; Arcadia Gray and Gosh Diggity open. Tickets are $12; the show is 17 and up and starts at 8 p.m.

Snow Ellet headlines Beat Kitchen on Wednesday, June 15.

Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders work hard for hardworking country fans

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