Chicago, IL – The popular UK cult punk band Slaughter and the Dogs are the focus of something called Rocktoberfest. Hot Metro Finds is continuing the dizzying festival fanfare from it’s recent Chicago Riot Fest coverage by reviewing some of the most eclectic bands in the month of October. This recent set of reviews take place in Chicago at a place called Reggie’s Rock Club as well as other venues such as the Double Door in Wicker Park. The articles and set lists will be featured on www.HotMetroFinds.Com and will also feature the recent show by California’s favorite Surf Punk band Agent Orange.
Slaughter and Dogs first emerged in 1976 in the Manchester UK punk rock scene. They were prominent on the indie front and even opened up for the Sex Pistols. The music eventually was recorded historically on the, “Live at the Roxy WC2” album and has since become a highly searched record by punk rock enthusiasts, rock journalists, and the curious. The energy generated on those early recordings have been recreated in the bands recent live performances. After taking a considerable amount of time off Slaughter and the Dogs have returned to the festival circuit in 1996.
Rock journalist and pop culture enthusiast, Ted Cantu, has captured some of the manic show performances through a series of articles and reviews. The material will not only feature stage side notes of sets but also insights on city life as it happens. The recent Slaughter tour is something of an enigma. They truly show that great rock music doesn’t die but indeed lives on. In the recent summer months a lot of great rock music acts have resurfaced in the Chicago area including Television, Patti Smith, The Buzzcocks, and Paul Weller. Under even closer investigation other acts are following their footsteps. The UK favorite Eddie and the Hot Rods are also playing at the Double Door in future days to come.
What is interesting about this recent wave of live performances is that these old acts are coming back out on the road. Many fans never dreamed that they would ever see them perform live. This is history in the making. When something like that happens it is something of a celebration and that was the reason for chronicling these events. Hot Metro Finds is dedicated to finding out these types of events and then bringing the experience to the people.
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DETROIT – Hey – its, “The Big Cantu” and we just taped an episode of, “Self Talk” the independently produced business television show out of West Bloomfield, Michigan. I was interviewed by Danco Sotirovski and Herb Martin. These two are unique personalities and work with entrepreneurs of all types in S.E. Michigan. Now the theme of the show is pretty interesting because it centers on how we talk to ourselves on a daily basis and how that – self talk – influences our outcomes.
Danco is an online marketer and a business entrepreneur based in Troy and Herb Martin is a college professor in psychology. I come along for the ride as an independent advertising entrepreneur and together we tackled 30 minutes on the air. I hoped my story comes across as believable and sincere but here is the thing. We got three personalities on the air from very different background trying to tell the – Ted Cantu story.
Hopefully, what comes across is this. I grew up in Muskegon early on and was inspired by the cities founder, Charles Hackley who was responsible for much of the towns early growth in the 1800’s. He was big into the lumber trade and put the town on the map. He also was responsible for creating some iconic buildings in the city including the Hackley Public Library. From there my family moved me to Bridgeport, CT where I encounted another larger than life figure – P.T. Barnum, (of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus fame).
Barnum was an interesting character from the 1800’s and in many ways was the great Godfather of Advertising. Around that same time I discovered Punk Rock which was hugely influential on how I saw the world. I also grew up near New York so I was around lower Manhattan during the age of Warhol and post pop artists like Keith Harring. Saturday Night Live was a big influence too at the time because the cast was making a big noise in film and the show was challenging convention. MTV was another big influence too that came around the same time and what I walked away with was the thought that, “Anything was possible.”
During the show it was a bit of a balancing act to stay on course. We did 5 tapings that day and my hosts didn’t know my story very thoroughly and I wanted to stay on track. The influences that I mentioned have great brands behind them. I was trying to communicate that many businesses in Metro Detroit and lack any sense of branding strategy and in self talk.
I was trying to make an illustration of my colorful background and how it relates to today. It’s interesting that I took the route of advertising over fine art over the years but after going through my story on TV it was pretty obvious.
So, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully my message will come through and I will come off in a linear approach in delivery.
I see a lot of disconnect too in my life and in my daily interactions with the Michigan audience. Where I say, “push the boundaries of convention” and “raise the roof” a lot of the businesses that I come into contact with are fine with their little pitiful 10% off coupons. I see a lot of these kinds of businesses go under.
This is a huge topic and I will be commenting on it more in detail.
The show will come out sometime next week and I will be posting links to it on here.
CHICAGO, IL – Are you ready to say goodbye to the Summer? I’m not. I’m not even close to saying goodbye to these beautiful and pleasant days. In fact, I am in denial that the whole thing is coming to an end because I just got wind of this new polar vortex. I just got through last winter and I can tell you that I am not up for another one of those. So here’s what’s what…. If I have to go through another freakin’ polar vortex — in Michigan no less – then I am going to get my butt over to Chicago to rock out with some of the greatest bands in musical history.
I have every intention of wearing myself out and overdoing it. I am going to pack in about 50 acts in three days and maybe more. Hey, I might even go to some after hour parties once I get out of the festival. Oh yeah…. The festival, I got so carried away I didn’t even tell you were I was going.
I’m going to Riot Fest 2014 in Chicago. This year it is going to be in Humboldt Park and it is going to have some of the biggest names in Alternative Rock including The Cure, Janes Addiction, Weezer, Gwar, The Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Television, The Flaming Lips, NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gogol Bordello, The Murder City Devils, The Picture Books and the list just goes on and on. As sure as I’m standing here I am going to get as many acts in as I can.
This year’s Riot Fest is going to happen in three cities including Chicago, Toronto and Denver. The festival has been around since 2005 and it used to be held inside of selected venues but the number of people have grown over time. Now this festival is an outside event only and this year they even added carnival rides.
THE FLAMING LIPS
TEGAN AND SARA
OF MICE AND MEN
DROP KICK MURPHYS
THE MURER CITY DEVILS
THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES
THE DANDY WARHOLS
THE GET UP KIDS
WE CAME AS ROMANS
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND
THE AMERICAN SCENE
MY GOLD MASK
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS
THE PICTURE BOOKS