WeekendGabe

Vocalo, 89.5fm & 90.7fm's Senior Hip Hop Correspondent for the Music Vox & Morning Amp Programs. Producer for WGN Radio (720Am-Chicago). Host & Producer for the Weekend Wrap Up Mix Show. Co-Host & Producer for IllSide Radio.

Around Town with Kevin Turk from @Tomhanksday

This week Vocalo’s Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza and D.L. Hopkins are joined by Mr. Kevin Turk, one of the Co-Founders (or Godfathers) of the International Tom Hank’s Day taking place on April 12, 2014. Kevin talks to Gabe & DL about how a boring April fools day Tom Hanks Movie marathon 11 years ago now has turned in to an annual event that helps people in Africa through LifeLine Energy (Tom Hank’s favorite charity). Listen then make plans to attend the 11th annual International Tom Hank’s Day by going to http://www.thetomhanksday.com .

Around Town Weekend with Gabe Mendoza & DL Hopkins (Weekend of March 28, 2014) Hip hop’s elder statesmen Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Rob Base and Slick Rick join iconic rapper and hype-man, Doug E. Fresh live in concert at the Chicago Theatre. Celebrate Greek culture and heritage at the Greek Independence Day Parade. Cosplayers gather at the Chi-Fi science fiction conference. All this and more on Around Town hosted by Vocalo correspondent Gabe Mendoza and D.L. Hopkins.

Chi-Fi
Dates and hours: Saturday, March 29, 3pm–3am
Venue: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E Monroe St
Prices: $20
URL: chi-fi.org

Doug E Fresh and Friends
Dates and hours: Saturday, March 29, 8pm
Venue: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St
Prices: $59–$100
URL: thechicagotheatre.com

Greek Independence Day Parade
Dates and hours: Saturday, March 29, 2:30pm
Venue: Along Halsted St between Randolph and Van Buren Sts
Prices: Free
URL: enosisil.org

Harmonica Dunn presents: Second City Citizens, The Palmer Squares, Jordan Looney, and DJ Elliven
Dates and hours: Friday, March 28, 8pm
Venue: The Tonic Room, 2447 N Halsted St
Prices: $8; must be 21 to attend
URL: tonicroom.ticktetfly.com

Lil Dicky | Show You Suck | Second City Citizens | Bees Knees
Concord Music Hall
Dates and hours: Saturday, March 29; doors open at 7:30pm
Venue: Concord Music Hall, 2047 N Milwaukee Ave
Prices: $16
URL: concordmusichall.com

Shamrock Shuffle
Dates and hours: Sunday, March 30; wave 1 8:30am, wave 2 8:55am, wave 3 9:15am
Venue: Grant Park, Monroe St and Columbus Dr
Prices: Free for spectators; registration closed
URL: shamrockshuffle.com

IllSide Radio: Wu-Tang Clan’s Million Dollar Album & Infamous Mobb Deep Turns 20

IllSide Radio: Wu-Tang Clan’s Million Dollar Album & Infamous Mobb Deep Turns 20

WuTang1This week’s show IllSide’s Odeisel and Gabe talk about a million dollar Wu-Tang Clan album that will be sold to one lucky buyer. The duo also critique Mobb Deep’s re-release of their sophomore album, The Infamous on the eve of their 20 year anniversary and ask what the hell is up with Young Thug wearing dresses?! This and more on this week’s booming in your trunk IllSide Radio.

 

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IllSide Radio: Freddie Gibbs Keeps it G & Missing Planes Overseas

IllSide Radio: Freddie Gibbs Keeps it G & Missing Planes Overseas

This week’s show focuses on Freddie Gibbs latest album, Piñata with super producer Madlib. We also touch on the missing Malaysia Airline that dropped off the face of the earth and if Phil Jackson can help turn the New York Knicks back in to winners. This and more on this week’s show.

IllSide Radio: Freddie Gibbs Keeps it G & Missing Planes Overseas

This week’s show focuses on Freddie Gibbs latest album, Piñata with super producer Madlib. We also touch on the missing Malaysia Airline that dropped off the face of the earth and if Phil Jackson can help turn the New York Knicks back in to winners.

IllSide Radio: Freddie Gibbs Keeps it G & Missing Planes Overseas

This week’s show focuses on Freddie Gibbs latest album, Piñata with super producer Madlib. We also touch on the missing Malaysia Airline that dropped off the face of the earth and if Phil Jackson can help turn the New York Knicks back in to winners.

Gabe Mendoza talks Chicago’s Crime Beat with Peter Nickeas

Chicago Tribune’s overnight breaking news reporter, Peter Nickeas talks with Vocalo Correspondent Gabe Mendoza about his first hand experience covering the city’s crime beat.

Gabe Mendoza & Dag Savage talk about the E & J Album Vocalo’s Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza catches up with Cali’s Finest, Dag Savage’s Exile and Johaz to discuss their latest album, the E & J album. Check it out!

[Review] Tony “Prone” Patagonia - Paradox of a Mastermind

7 Oddities is a record label in Chicago that represents and respects the true essence of hip hop from the b-boy to the graffiti artist to deep lyricism. 7oddz young gunner Prone recently dropped his latest album, Paradox of a Mastermind but it could’ve been re-titled, No Weak Shit. From out the gate, on Impractical Tactical, prone dismisses current trends and commercialism opting for a more the vintage sound of hip hop, dope rhymes, dope beats, no filler. French producer, Prone MicroFaune aka DaBeatMurder is as much of a star on Paradox of a Mastermind, laying down an absolutely sinister and haunting production on Nameless featuring fellow 7oddz member, Pozlyrix. It’s a family affair through the 12 track, 30 minute album, even featuring 7 Oddities CEO and head of production, Dreamtek who drops a verse on Infected Direction. Prone never steers off course, aiming to preserve any remaining authenticity left in hip hop, that might of worn off. Prone spreads his wings and his words from Chicago to France on Say What I See, one of the strongest solo songs on Paradox. Paradox of a Mind is a step up from Prone’s last record, Dodging Traffic and leaves you wondering what he’ll do next.

-Gabe Mendoza (@WeekendGabe)

(Source: pronedabeatmurder.bandcamp.com)

IllSide Radio: Rick Ross’ the Mastermind, Steve Stoute the Agitator & 50 Cent Alone in Success

IllSide Radio: Rick Ross’ the Mastermind, Steve Stoute the Agitator & 50 Cent Alone in Success

RossThis week’s show unravels Rick Ross’ latest album, Mastermind and whether or not Ross recording career has plateaued. Steve Stoute made noise this past week with his VH1 special, the Tanning of America and his slight diss against 50 cent. Odeisel has plenty to say about Stoutes latest moves. We close out with if 50 Cent needs to prove anything else in rap, and what’s the future of the G-Unit…

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Around Town Weekend with Gabe Mendoza & DL Hopkins (Weekend of 3/7) Usher in spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s orchid exhibition. Get schooled in flamenco dance. Immerse yourself in hip hop, courtesy of Stones Throw. Tune in for all the details on these top weekend happenings, plus more on this week’s Around Town with Vocalo correspondent Gabe Mendoza and D.L. Hopkins.

Chicago Flamenco Festival
Dates and hours: Through March 22, hours vary
Venue: Various venues throughout Chicago
Prices: vary
URL: chicago.cervantes.es
*Learn how to dance flamenco at the Paloma Gómez Workshop
Dates and hours: Friday, March 7, 7pm and Saturday, March 8, 11am
Venue: Studio Mangiameli, 2845 W Diversey Pkwy
Price: $35 single class
Phone & URL: 773-593-3865, studiomangiameli.com

Freddie Gibbs | Madlib
Dates and hours: Friday, March 7, 9pm
Venue: Metro, 3730 N Clark St
Price: $20. Must be 18 to attend.
Phone & URL: 773-549-4140, metro.com

Juvenile
Dates and hours: Friday, March 7. Doors open at 10pm.
Venue: The Shrine, 2109 S Wabash Ave
Price: $20. Must be 21 to attend.
URL: theshrinechicago.com

The Orchid Show
Dates and hours: Through Sunday, March 16, 10am–4pm daily
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL

Price: $10, kids 2 and under free
Phone & URL: 847-835-5440, chicagobotanic.org

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton screening
Dates and hours: Sunday, March 9, 6:30pm
Venue: The Logan Theatre
Price: $15. Must be 17 to attend.
Phone & URL: 773-342-5555, thelogantheatre.com

Stones Throw ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton’ Tour featuring Peanut Butter| J-Rocc | Jonwayne | KNX
Dates and hours: Sunday, March 9, 9pm
Venue: Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave
Price: $15. Must be 21 to attend.
Phone & URL: 773-276-3600, emptybottle.com