Daley bad for Windy City’s music?

Contrary to my paean to Richard M. Daley's support of Chicago's music and arts, Chicago Tribune rock-crit Greg Kot writes of the Mayor's treatment of the local music scene as a "second class citizen." It's true the City has messed with club venues -- Marguerite Horberg of  established the multi-genre Hot House years back and now runs the progressive culture initiative Portoluz regaled me last weekend with tales of fire inspectors evacuating theaters mid-show over petty infractions and other harrassments; Kot reminds us of Chi's … [Read more...]

Mayor Daley’s music and arts

Shocking news from Chicago: Richard Daley won't be mayor for life. Yet he's the Windy City's most significant patron of culture, leaving a legacy that ought to -- that is, should, and might -- survive him. Which was unexpected when he succeeded Mayor Harold Washington in 1989, but clear from my visit to Labor Day weekend's 32nd annual Chicago Jazz Festival. … [Read more...]