- Beta Dogs rock Uncommon Ground
On a beautiful post-Thanksgiving Sunday night, Beta Dogs took to the stage at Uncommon Ground on Clark Street, in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood. The band delivered a diverse set of originals and covers to an enthusiastic crowd at the intimate performance venue. Highlights included the Grateful Dead classic "Loser" , the Stones' "Happy", and Steve's "Forgiven". The space at Uncommon Ground is a mix of wood and brick that just simply works with the wooden music the band brought to bear. The band and room both sounded great! Download or stream it for free here!
- Beta Dogs play inaugural gig at G&L
Kick Bricks side-project Beta Dogs recently played their inaugural gig at at G&L Fire Escape, in Chicago's North Center neighborhood. Featuring Kick Bricks members Brian Jablo, Joe Tinnich and Steve Lutz, Beta Dogs focuses on roots rock with a decidedly (but not exclusively) acoustic flavor. Come check 'em out if you get a chance- just like Kick Bricks, Beta Dogs are all about playing live! Check out Beta Dogs' web site for more information and free music downloads.
- Kick Bricks back on haitus; J.B. Mills Injured in Bike Accident
Kick Bricks is back in haitus, as drummer J.B. Mills fractured three ribs in an accident, while riding his bicycle in Chicago last week, when the chain popped off of his gears causing him to fall hard into the pavement. As painful as his injury is, (and anyone who has ever suffered broken ribs knows how painful they can be) J.B. considers himself fortunate to have avoided more serious injury, as the accident occured in close proximity to oncoming traffic.
It has been a challenging period for the band, as Brian Jablo suffered a serious injury to his fret hand earlier this year and is still working to regain his full stregnth and range of motion.
J.B. is expected to need at least 4-6 weeks of recovery time, but will eventually be back behind his kit. In the meantime, while Kick Bricks will likely be taking an extended break, Brian, Steve and Joe will be performing as Beta Dogs; a roots-rock side project with a decidedly (though not exclusively) acoustic flavor. Look for us to do a few low-profile niegborhood sets, in the near future. Hope to see you there!
We wish J.B. a speedy recovery and look forward to more shows in the coming year!
- Kick Bricks Rocks for Hops!
On a spectacular late summer weekend, Kick Bricks loaded up and headed north to Wisconson, to play the Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brew Festival. As the Simple Earth Hops crew and a hop-loving assembly of volunteers picked a variety of organic hops, the band tore into a two+ hour plus mix of rock, hip-hop and alt-country (not to mention a healthy sampling of locally produced beers)!
Capping the Event, Steve and Brian stuck around for an impromptu, heavily improvised acoustic-set with the Wisconson-based band The Earthings.
Another awesome day!
- Kick Bricks has been Keeping Busy
Kick Bricks has been busy of late. Over the last couple of weeks the band put on an acoustic performance at Abbey Pub, played two sets as a part of Ronan Park's outdoor concert series, and made several appearances at Mystery Street Music Festival, perorming our own music and providing backing support for a variety of rappers, including Mystery Street's own M.G.D. Next up: Hops Fest in Dodgeville WI, on 8/24!
- Taking it to the Streets, Again!
On a steamy weekend in June, Kick Bricks hit the streets twice, Delivering a couple of tight, funky sets at the Hip-Hop Revival, in Lawndale Illinois and at the North Center Garden Walk, on Chicago's north side. Nothing is more fun than playing music outside in the summer!
- Taking it to the Streets!
Kick Bricks is back! In their first public performance in nearly four months, the band kicked off the first of a string of summer appearances, delivering a loose and funky set in Chicago's North Center neighborhood. Brian showed little sign of injury slowing him down, in turns playing guitar, keyboards, and bass. The atmosphere was festive and the band sounded great. It felt good!
- Abbey Pub Footage: Pushin'
@ Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL 2.6.13
- Kick Bricks: Happy at Dream Theatre
Continuing their run of Winter 2013 shows, Kick Bricks delivered an unplugged acoustic set at Dream Theatre, singing into the open air without amplification. The Dream Theatre crowd was it's usual boisterous self, at times singing along with the band and always offering up positive energy for us to feed off of. It has been a great start to the new year! Here is a little taste of what it was like, when Brian tore into the Stone's classic "Happy". Next up: Grace Street Tap, on March 2. We hope to see you there!
- Steve Lutz & Joe Tinnich: Hospital Bed
@ The Store, Chicago, IL 6.11.13