The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) takes over Palatine and Arlington Heights from July 20th to 27th, 2014, bringing over 30 films from around the world to the comfort of one screen. On Wednesday, July 23rd, the festival’s film programming takes a musical intermission, moving to Durty Nellie’s (180 N. Smith Street, Palatine). The Blue Whiskey Festival Centerpiece concert features performances by local Chicago bands Big Paraid and Jackpot Donnie. However, staying true to the festival’s film roots, the night exhibits five music video official selections. It’s a night focused on independent music.
Doors open at 7:00pm, and Jackpot Donnie kicks off the night at 7:30pm, filling the hall with their unique sound. The band blends reggae, hard rock, funk and blues. RedEye Chicago says, “Jackpot Donnie offers throaty, imploring vocals, a sumptuous ska undertone and choruses that captivate listeners.” They are currently working on their latest EP with producer and engineer Steve Gillis (former drummer of Filter) at Transient Sound Studios in Chicago. Their first full-length album “Music Nightly” was released in 2008, followed by the “New Mode” EP in 2010.
Formed in 2003, the band is comprised of Matt Love (vocals/guitar), Brian Wise (guitar), Adam Campbell (drums), and David Langley (bass). Newcomer Peter Spero (keys) joined the band in 2011, bringing years of experience as a MCA (The Lonesome City Kings) and RCA (TAMI Show) recording artist. The band has established its identity as one of Chicago’s most energetic rockers, and has been spreading rock and roll across the city and beyond.
After Jackpot Donnie, the music videos will screen. Each videos style is unique, ranging from an 8-bit retro video game, artistic black and white folk, picturesque underwater shots, a story told through dance, and even an energetic, whimsical circus. All videos are done by independent directors for independent artists. Videos include: “Wandering”, “We Are All Alone in This Together”, “Future Warrior”, “Ocean”, and “Midnight”.
At 8:45pm the evening’s headlining act, Big Paraid (bigparaid.com), takes over Durty Nellie’s stage. Big Paraid is a trio made of Evan Hand, Joe Shadid and Rob Gould. Their first full length, self titled, album was released in March 2013. Sincethen, they have appeared on Mancow Morning TV Show, Chicago’s JBTV, and have been heard on WXRT, WBEZ, WLUL and more. Big Paraid’s live experience will have the audience moving. Whether it just be the trio, or their full Paraid the group promises to deliver a fun night of dancing. The Big Paraid is known for its bombastic shows which encompass high energy original rock songs, choreographed dancers, and a confetti cannon.
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival’s Centerpiece Concert is sponsored by The Foxhole Chicago, an artistic facility and creative company dedicated to fostering the growth of local Chicago artists and businesses. This is an all ages show. Tickets for the Festival Centerpiece Concert are $10.00, and can be purchased from our website under Tickets & Passes on the top of the page, or at the door day of at Durty Nellie’s. College and high school students can get in or free with an ID. Individual session, weekend, and full festival passes are also available for purchase.