WBEZ | Prince http://www.wbez.org/tags/prince Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Love in this club: An etiquette guide to Chicago nightlife http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/love-club-etiquette-guide-chicago-nightlife-108447 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/deadmau5%20at%20Studio%20Paris%20Chicago.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 620px; " title="DJ deadmau5 performs at Studio Paris, summer 2012. (Flick/Ross Images)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">At the risk of sounding like <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIkaBwR8W14" target="_blank">Stefon</a>, Chicago&#39;s hottest club is...someplace unexpected. Maybe you&#39;re not a &quot;club person,&quot; but serendipitously find yourself dancing the night away at Danny&#39;s and having the time of your life. Perhaps your loyalty lies with Enclave or The Apartment, but a <a href="http://community-bar.com/?s=secret+disco" target="_blank">&quot;Secret Disco&quot;</a> DJ set at Maria&#39;s Packaged Goods &amp; Community Bar takes you by surprise.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Of course, the options for dance-y bars and clubs in Chicago are seemingly endless&mdash;Smart Bar, The Mid, Roscoe&#39;s, Studio Paris, Neo, Berlin, Spy Bar, Rainbo Club,&nbsp;Late Bar, Club Foot, The Shrine, Beauty Bar, etc.&mdash;and the crowds differ in personality from one neighborhood to the next. But whether you&#39;re out in Bridgeport or Boystown, River North or Ukranian Village, objectives stabilize at a universal constant: drink, dance like there&#39;s no tomorrow, and find somebody with which to do both of these things in very close proximity (and then some).&nbsp;</p><p>I&#39;ve seen the heady combination of alcohol, dubstep and strobe lights bring out the worst in people; but regardless of whatever form your music-and-dancing adventure may take, the experience doesn&#39;t have to be a painful one. In fact, grooving to Prince or Avicii in the blast of expertly-timed lazers and fog machines could become your new favorite way to spend an <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-02/everybody-gets-down-sustaining-appeal-smart-bar-105676" target="_blank">anything goes</a>&nbsp;kind of night.&nbsp;</p><p>So, for those wanting to make the most of Chicago&#39;s vibrant and eclectic club scene, here&#39;s some tips for enjoying your night out while also a) respecting the people around you, and b) creating a safety zone of guilt-free escapism for youself:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Be nice to the bouncers.</strong></p><p>The Golden Rule is a great life philosophy in general; but if applied to bouncers, could produce some immediate karmic wins. When told to form a line, agree with a smile. Cutting to the front or loudly complaining about the wait will not get you anywhere; in fact, behaving like an arrogant jerk could get you thrown out or even blacklisted (trust me: they <em>will</em> remember you for making a scene). Remember that bouncers have a job to do; and if you make that job easier for them, then you will be rewarded.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Tip well.</strong></p><p>I get the impression that bouncers, bartenders, and other bar staff are not particularly thrilled about serving hundreds of drunk clubgoers at 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning, so above-average tips often go a long way. Other simple courtesies, like knowing which shots you would like to order&nbsp;<em>before</em>&nbsp;flagging down a bartender, could result in both quicker service and stiffer drinks.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Respect personal space.</b></p><p>Obviously, staying out of personal &quot;bubbles&quot; can be bit difficult in a packed crowd with little room to breathe, let alone maintain a modest distance.&nbsp;Most club layouts are also specifically designed to squeeze as many sweaty, lustful people together as possible, whether they be out on the dance floor or waiting in the halls. Still, no matter how uncomfortably close you are to the people around you, there is no excuse for being the <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Grind" target="_blank">phantom grinder</a>: the person who creeps up behind an unsuspecting stranger and starts grinding without their permission. If you want to dance with someone, <em>ask</em>&mdash;or at least make some &quot;How about it?&quot; eye contact.&nbsp;If someone is grinding up against you without your consent, either turn around and call them out for being creepy or casually shuffle away.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wear your dancing shoes.</strong></p><p>Some people can dance all night in high heels without tripping constantly, and that&#39;s awesome. If you are not one of those people, swallow your pride and wear flats. And if you don&#39;t want to be mercilessly stabbed by stilettos on the dance floor, make sure that those flats are closed-toed.</p><p><b>Find the best fit for you, and embrace it.&nbsp;</b></p><p>Do you enjoy EDM (house music, techno, trance, hardstyle, etc.) or would you rather dance to cheesy throwbacks like Madonna and Depeche Mode? Perhaps you prefer mosh-dancing to punk shows at the Empty Bottle, or hanging out in dive bars with no dancing at all.&nbsp;Not everyone enjoys busting a move on the dance floor; but if you&#39;ve never experienced the diversity that Chicago&#39;s club scene has to offer, then what&#39;s the harm in finding a slice of nightlife that works for you? Be a friend to whichever bar or dance club you choose, and the magical nights will follow.</p><p>What is your favorite place for music and dancing in Chicago?&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer and co-host of WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a>&nbsp;a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/love-club-etiquette-guide-chicago-nightlife-108447 Life’s work of rock photographer on display http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/life%E2%80%99s-work-rock-photographer-display-108068 <p><p>Throughout his career, Chicago photographer Paul Natkin shot pictures of some of the biggest names in music.</p><p>His work has been featured in magazines from <em>Rolling Stone</em> to <em>Newsweek</em>.</p><p>Now, the Elmhurst Historical Museum is showing a retrospective of his work through Aug. 25. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;Shutter to Think: the Rock and Roll Lens of Paul Natkin.&rdquo; Natkin himself talks at the museum July 18.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele went to the exhibit to talk to Natkin and find out what it&rsquo;s like to shoot Prince and the Rolling Stones.</p><p>Listen to Natkin&#39;s stories about meeting &ldquo;the purple one&rdquo; and touring with Keith Richards.</p><p><em>This interview was produced by WBEZ&rsquo;s Katie Kather and Yolanda Perdomo.</em></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%203%20Pearl%20Jam.jpg" style="height: 410px; width: 620px;" title="Pearl Jam plays the Chicago Stadium on March 7, 1994. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage.com)" /></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%201%20Bruce%20Springsteen.jpg" style="height: 918px; width: 620px;" title="Bruce Springsteen at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on February 23rd, 1977. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%205_Rolling%20Stones_80-scr.jpg" style="height: 526px; width: 620px;" title="The Rolling Stones on the ‘Steel Wheels Tour’ in 1989. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%204%20Pete%20Townshend%201980%20International%20Ampitheatre%20Chicago-scr.jpg" style="height: 953px; width: 620px;" title="The Who at the International Ampitheater on May 3rd, 1980, in Chicago. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%202%20Madonna.jpg" style="height: 934px; width: 620px;" title="Madonna performs at the UIC Pavillion on May 18th, 1985, in Chicago. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/life%E2%80%99s-work-rock-photographer-display-108068 Secretive, sexual and silly: Prince http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/secretive-sexual-and-silly-prince-102536 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5140818043_41902fd5dd_z.jpg" style="height: 464px; width: 620px; " title="Performing in Rome in 2010. (Flickr/Flavia)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Tony Sarabia:</strong></div><p>I should have also added the word &quot;enigma&quot; to the title of this post, but it would have messed up my alliteration. However, that noun certainly sums up Prince Rogers Nelson and I believe it&rsquo;s something he&rsquo;s cultivated to great success. But the mystery of Prince the man seems to be of no concern to those who&rsquo;ve gobbled up his music over the last 33 years.</p><p>He was making music well before that initial record; writing his first song called Funk Machine at his father&rsquo;s piano when he was seven years old. Music is in his DNA; his dad a jazz musician, mom a jazz singer.</p><p>When I consider Prince&rsquo;s music &nbsp;I&rsquo;m reminded of the great Nigerian artist Fela Anikulapo Kuti who took Nigerian/Ghanaian highlife music, American jazz, West African chants and rhythms and the funk of James Brown and created something new: afrobeat.</p><p>Prince had his own recipe for a music that sounded fresh to many ears in 1979/80: the rock funk of Sly &amp; the Family Stone -- a bit of the godfather of soul, the vocal styling of Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind &amp; Fire, a good dose of Jimi Hendrix and new wave. Of course he threw in more than a pinch of sexual themes that at times had people wondering-like his song Controversy- whether he was straight or gay.</p><p>I guess he answered that question in 1997 when during an interview with Chris Rock he gave his reason why he turned down an offer to appear in Michael Jackson&rsquo;s video for &quot;BAD&quot;, &ldquo;The first line in that song is your butt is mine. Now I said to Michae,l &#39;Who&#39;s gonna sing that to whom? Cause you sure ain&#39;t singing it to me and I sure ain&#39;t singing it to you so right there we got a problem.&#39;&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;The thing about Prince is that he can easily glide from one genre of music to another or effortlessly blur those lines and it hardly ever comes off as pretentious or overwrought. He once played a two hour blues show as a tribute blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, who had recently perished in a helicopter crash. Prince is an artist who seems to be able to deliver something for just about everyone. Given his prolific output and vast creativity, maybe this quote from Prince doesn&rsquo;t seem so silly: &ldquo;Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?&rdquo;</p><p>Here are a few of my favorite Prince tunes:</p><p><strong>&quot;Gotta a Broken Heart Again&quot;,&nbsp;<em>Dirty Mind</em></strong></p><p>This third studio release went gold and was praised by critics. Here you get a bit of Todd Rundgren, Rufus and Shuggie Otis.</p><p><strong>&quot;Let&rsquo;s Work&quot;, <em>Controversy</em></strong></p><p>This was my introduction to Prince. I had first purchased the 12&rdquo; of the tune Controversy and was immediately smitten by the mix of new wave and Zapp and a funkier Human League. This record was the soundtrack to many a party in 1981.</p><p><strong>&quot;Automatic&quot;, <em>1999</em></strong></p><p>This was the crossover breakout for Prince; with its rock guitar and pop hooks. Automatic though was not a pop song. Clocking in at nine minutes plus with its nod to Kraftwerk it was a test of stamina for us club kids whenever it was played at neo.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" src="https://rd.io/i/QX9-5DNMC8I" width="500"></iframe></p><p><strong>Richard Steele:</strong></p><p>Prince Rogers Nelson is one of the most important exports that Minneapolis has ever laid claim to. Prince, as he became known, developed into a prolific songwriter, an incredible instrumentalist/vocalist and one of the most dazzling performers anyone has ever seen. He&rsquo;s known for successfully melding R&amp;B, pop, funk and rock into some of the hottest music of our times. He&rsquo;s often stated that one of his musical heroes was the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.</p><p>Prince is also known for an epic battle with his record label back in the day. A major milestone in his career was the album <em>Purple Rain,</em> which contained music from the movie of the same name in which he starred. It sold over 10 million copies. He continues to write music all the time, but according to statements in his interviews, he&rsquo;s got a vault with hundreds of songs he&rsquo;s written that might not be seen or recorded for many years. One of the things that makes Prince so fascinating is his unpredictability. The question always seems to be &ldquo;What&rsquo;s next&rdquo;? &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5562238469_ab2cc809c9_z.jpg" style="float: right; height: 228px; width: 300px; " title="Prince performing in 2011. (Flickr/Edward Beavers)" />One live recording by Prince I love is called <strong>&ldquo;Pop Life.&rdquo;</strong> It&rsquo;s from a DVD that was recorded during a performance at The Aladdin in Las Vegas in 2002. This project was never released as an album. One of the great things about Prince&rsquo;s capacity for ignoring musical boundaries is that you&rsquo;re likely to be surprised at any moment. On this recording, Prince calls out his sax players, who proceed to play jazz-influenced solos. The end result is another crowd-pleasing performance from Prince.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>When Prince contacted Mavis Staples and expressed a desire to work with her, she was astonished. She pointed out that the kind of overt sexual lyrics he was known for at that time weren&rsquo;t her thing. Mavis then found he had no intention of doing those kinds of songs with her. They agreed to work together, and Prince produced an album called <strong><em>The Voice</em></strong>. These songs tell some compelling stories, and this title track is a great example.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Prince prides himself on being able to write great songs for other artists. In 1986, his bass player Mark Brown was moonlighting with another group in Minneapolis. Brown was in the studio recording when Prince found out about it. Instead of firing Brown, which was something he was known for doing, he gave the group, called Mazarati, a song he had written called <strong>&ldquo;Kiss.&rdquo;</strong> Later, when he heard them rehearsing it, he reclaimed it. He recorded it with plans to release it as a single, but the record company asked him not to do it. They said it sounded like a demo tape. He ignored them and put it out anyway. It became a smash.&nbsp;</p><p>By 1984 Chaka Khan&rsquo;s career had hit a speed bump. Prior to the release of this song written by Prince, Chaka had not had a number one hit in many years. Prince had released it on a 1979 album, but not as a single. When Chaka decided to record <strong>&ldquo;Feel for You,&rdquo;</strong> she had help from rapper Melle Mel furiously repeating her name at the front of the song, and Stevie Wonder playing a very soulful harmonica throughout the recording. It turned out to be one of the biggest songs of her career and helped return her to her position as one of the reigning divas of R&amp;B.</p><p><strong>Jon Bream</strong>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<em>Minneapolis Star Tribune</em>&nbsp;--&nbsp;whom Prince purposely attacked with a water gun during the&nbsp;Purple Rain&nbsp;tour --&nbsp;shares his favorite Prince tunes as well:</p><p><strong>&quot;Purple Rain&quot;</strong> &ndash; because it still gives me goose bumps, especially when I hear it live.</p><p><strong>&quot;When Doves Cry&quot;</strong> &ndash; maybe his most personal song. And who ever thought a song sans bass guitar could make it to No.1?</p><p><strong>&quot;Girls &amp; Boys&quot;</strong> &ndash; because it always makes me wanna dance. Also his first song with saxophone, I believe.</p><p><strong>&quot;Nothing Compares 2 U&quot;</strong> by Sinead O&rsquo;Connor &ndash; he didn&rsquo;t write it for her. He wrote it for a 1985 spinoff project called the Family (recently reunited as fDeluxe and I heard them sing this song a few weeks ago in Minneapolis). This song is but one example of Prince&rsquo;s prowess as a romantic balladeer.</p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/secretive-sexual-and-silly-prince-102536 The Hood Internet's STV SLV shows off duo's new direction http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/hood-internets-stv-slv-shows-duos-new-direction-100420 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/The Hood Internet Flickr Wexner Center.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>STV SLV, one half of the DJ/production duo <a href="http://www.thehoodinternet.com/">The Hood Internet</a>, stoped by <em>The Interview Show</em> to talk the group&#39;s history, his teenage dancing days and how he and partner ABX are moving beyond the mash-ups they&#39;re known for.</p><p>With a Hood Internet album of original music featuring collaborations from many of their favorite artists coming this fall, STV SLV also showed off the duo&#39;s new direction with a live performance featuring Chicago rapper <a href="http://www.rhymesayers.com/psalmone">Psalm One</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JYCTgUMpXM0" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/hood-internets-stv-slv-shows-duos-new-direction-100420