Kiss The Sky
Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

June 2024

Our First Newsletter in over 3 Years!!!
Welcome Back!!!
So … We’re hoping to start communicating via email on a Monthly basis in addition to what we are already doing via Facebook and Instagram, as we move forward.

The purpose of the Newsletter will be to keep you informed as to what special things we have in store for the upcoming months while also taking a little look back at the previous month and, where necessary, let you know how things went down.

To that end, we have the following taking place in July:
July 12 6pm-9pm Second Fridays
Art District Event
Chakra Da Kyd & homies
July 20 1pm-2pm
The Saturday Afternoon Cafe
July 24 7pm-8pm
Live From Kiss The Sky Jack The Acquaintance

Chakra Da Kyd (bio from the artist):  
“I’m a 24 year old artist out of Aurora Illinois. My music could be described as a fusion of Spoken Word and R&B, heavily influenced by my lifelong love of 90’s Hip Hop and 70’s Funk. Some people who deeply inspire me as an artist are Anderson Paak, Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson, and Lauryn Hill. 

Music is my escape. As cliché as it may be, it’s an outlet that has saved my life. It’s a chill up your spine, the thing that keeps our hearts at a specific rhythm that makes us who we are, a reason to live. Without music I can honestly say I don’t know who and where I’d be. I hope that through my music I can liberate and connect with my people, show that the groove isn’t dead, and give life a lil more hope.”

You can follow her on Instagram at @chakraflakaflameee. You can listen to her music on Spotify & Apple Music

Ondrew: Hailing from DeKalb, IL, Ondrew creates whimsical electronic atmospheric poetry & you can listen to his music before the show by going to his Soundcloud or Bandcamp.

Jack The Acquaintance: According to the artist himself, his most recent release, is pop punk 2000’s rock n’ roll, with riffs, dynamics, and melodies similar to artists like Green Day, The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie.
You can follow him on Instagram at @jacktheacquaintance on Instagram and listen to his music on Bandcamp

Live From Kiss The Sky and The Saturday Afternoon Café are regular music programs that have been existence for over ten years in which local, regional and national touring artists have performed. The regularity of the shows were mostly weekly until the C-19 disruption occurred and changed the live music world a little bit.
Since 2020, the bookings of live music at The Kiss have been irregular. At the same time, most of the shows have been “special” and/or tied to an event of importance.
The current plan is to move towards doing more and more live music and we’re hoping that it gets to a point where it’s close to where it was before the Big P happened.

In addition to events and live music performances, we also want to let you know about significant and important New Releases that will be gracing the stage in the upcoming month or months.
Here’s a few that are on our radar as we speak …

Bela Fleck … Rhapsoday In Blue
Donald Byrd … Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats … South Of Here
Slayer … The Repentless Killogy Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA
Wayne Shorter … Odyssey Of Iska

Billy Strings … Billy Strings Live Vol.1
Clairo … Charm
Eric Clapton … To Save A Child
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention … Whisky A Go Go 1968
John Lennon … Mind Games The Ultimate Mixes
Phish … Evolve (Primastic Velvet Tones)
Remi Wolfe … Big Ideas
Snoop Dogg … No Limit Top Dogg
Sonny Stitt … Blows The Blues
Sonny Stitt - Blows The Blues (Verve Acoustic Sound Series) vinyl cover
Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan
Oscar Peterson Trio … A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra
Willie Nelson … Texas Willie

Albert King … New Orleans Heat
Amon Amarth … Berserker
Bert Jansch … a couple of reissues
Duran Duran … several reissues
Glass Animals … I Love You So F***ing Much
In Flames … several reissues
Lucky Boys Confusion … Commitment … remember when they played The Kiss?
Lucky Boys Confusion - Commitment vinyl cover
Psychotic Waltz … several reissues

Blur … Live at Wembley Stadium
Future & Metro Boomin’ … WE STILL DON’T TRUST YOU
Gavin Harrison & Fafard … Perpetual Mutations
HIM … a bunch of reissues
HIM - Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights (Clear) vinyl coverHIM - Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 (Clear) vinyl coverHIM - Razorblade Romance (Clear) vinyl cover
Jack Bruce … Songs For A Tailor (one of Steve’s all-time favs)
Jack Bruce - Songs For A Tailor vinyl cover
Powerwolf … Wake Up The Wicked
Powerwolf - Wake Up the Wicked vinyl cover
and releases from Skinny Puppy … Sleaford Mods … Steve Stevens … Tenacious D … The Emperors … The Producers … The Red Clays Strays … Vince Guaraldi … Young The Giant … and many more!

The are lots of online sites devoted to upcoming New Releases. One that we highly recommend is called UpComingVinyl.
Check them out. We like ’em.

June Highlights
 Since this is our first Newsletter in a long time, we’re not going to present a review of what took place in June because we didn’t make note of it anywhere and without a tracking guide, this old man can’t remember diddly squat.

That being said, we did have a very nice Second Fridays affair back on June 14th. The Flying Nowakowski Brothers performed as did a group comprised of some of the Brothers Siblings who are going by the moniker of 3 And Counting. A great night of music was created and enjoyed by several hundred of folks who came out to enjoy the Art District’s Second Fridays Celebration spearheaded by Water Street Art StudiosHearth & Hammer and yours truly, Kiss The Sky.

Some of the more interesting releases that came out in June included the following:

June 21 
Cavalera, The Convalescence, Front Line Assembly, Kittie, Fu Manchu, Steel Pulse, Six AC/DC Reissues, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty Country, Gracie Abrams, Joe Bonamassa, Pond, Zakk Sabbath, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dal Gilmore, The Dangerous Summer, Todd Rundgren, Sufjan Stevens, Roberta Flack, Vernon Garrett, Lake Street Dive, Passion Pit, Kehlani, Queens of the Stone Age, Morcheeba, Ladies of the 80’s, Goo Goo Dolls, Louis Armstrong, and a couple of Avril Lavignes.

June 14
Black Uhurua-Atreyu-Good Kid x3-The Early November-John Grant-Darwin-New Moon (Twilight)-Twilight OST-Back To Black OST-Decemberists-a couple of Meat Puppets-McCartney-Monsters of Folk-Black Country Communion-Decemberists again-Springsteen reissue-Suicideboys-AJR-Lindsey Stirling-Moby-Crumb-Fu Manchu-Dayseeker-Enslaved x3-Mike Campbell-a couple of Master Wilburn Burchette releases on Numero-The Doobies & Alice Cooper Greatest Hits-Everly Brothers-Junior Parker.

June 7
In additon to Brat by Charli XCX, we are featuring Israel Vibration-Nduduzo Makhathini-The Zawose Queens-Black Uhuru-Junior Marvin-Slightly Stoopid-Fear Factory-Key Glock-Joanne Shaw Taylor-Roy Buchanan-Johnny Guirar Watson-Bon Jovi-L’Imperatrice-Boney Fields-Alice Coltrane-Charlie Haden-Kenny Burrell-Doug Watkins-Scott Pilgram Takes Off OST-Pedro The Lion-Bad Bunny-Bonny Light Horseman-Anderson Paak-The Cure-Meghan Trainor-Juan Pablo Torres-Dwight Yoakum X3-Terri Clark-Ayreon-Helix-Eater-The Ghost Inside-Front Line Assembly and Umbra Vitae. And more shown in the “KTS Floor Pic”.

I guess I changed my mind and put together a little review of June … somehow I forgot to change the June Highlights opening comment.
Please forgive me.