I'm with the Band
Well, not exactly but I did go to see a friend's band play at a cool local venue last night. My friend Meg's boyfriend Brandon is in a band called Bane Like Ivy and they were playing last night at Subterranean in Wicker Park. So fun for a random Wednesday evening. I definitely enjoyed the band--these guys have some serious talent and I do see them doing well on the local Chicago band scene (which I am admittedly quite unfamiliar with, but our neighborhood has so many cool venues that I do want to start checking out some more bands). They are described as "blues tinged hard rock" and if you are in Chicago and ever get a chance to check them out, do it! They don't have a website at the moment, but they can be followed on Twitter.
And then there was the venue, Subterranean. Kevin used to live near it, so I had passed by it several times and never thought anything of it. It is very dark from the outside, but once you walk inside there is a cozy lounge on the first floor and the music venue is upstairs. I was quite impressed. It's a huge place with the music area on the second floor and and then two mezzanine-like levels above that. I got a couple of pics, but it was super dark and the flash kind of ruined the second picture:
Kevin and I stopped for a quick dinner at Penny's Noodles before the show and I tried a new dish that I loved, the vegetarian bowl. It had lettuce, carrots, cabbage, sprouts, tofu, rice noodles and crushed peanuts. Quite tasty and a bit lighter than most other Thai dishes, or at least it seemed to be that way. All in all pretty great for hump day.