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Q&A: 2013 RedEye Rock 'n' Vote Top 4, playing free show May 14 at House of Blues

Though you probably already know, let’s review why you should come to Tuesday’s (free!) RedEye Rock ‘n’ Vote show 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues (17+):

--You chose these four local artists (UIC/Little Italy pop-rockers The Addies; South Shore rapper DVS Jackson, Esq.; Bucktown folk/country singer Michele McGuire; North Center funk/hip-hop ensemble whysowhite) from our Rock ‘n’ Vote Top 10, which we narrowed down from more than 150 submissions. So this show is happening this way because of you!

--Your text votes at the show help determine the champ, who wins at slot July 14 at Taste of Chicago.

--Chicago favorites and Lollapalooza alums Maps & Atlases headline the event

--Worth repeating: It’s free!

RSVP for the show (required for attendance) and read on to get to know this year’s acts better. See you there!


What makes your performances special? What has been your most memorable experience on stage and why?

The Addies: Our fans make our shows what they are. The more energy they have, the more we have and vice versa. Our guitarist jumped off stage during a solo, the crowd loved it, but none of us knew it was coming.
Michele McGuire: We try to have as much fun as we can with the crowd. (I often auction off members of the band for a date with the highest bidder. ) Last year in Dubuque the cops broke into the venue during our set and carried the owner out in handcuffs for being too drunk. This is a true story.

What should people absolutely not do at your concert?

DVS Jackson, Esq.: If I'm on stage performing, you shouldn't bring your girlfriend with you. Women love the clowns (so I've heard).
whysowhite: Resist.



How will you celebrate if you win Rock ‘n’ Vote?

DVS Jackson, Esq.: Well, I generally like to save my bathing opportunities for special occasions. I think this would qualify.
Michele McGuire: Start a conga line out of the House of Blues and lead everyone to Burke's Webb Pub for celebratory drinks.
 
Describe your sound in the form of a haiku.

The Addies: Rowdy we may be/Listen with a glass, whiskey/Tap toes to the beat.
DVS Jackson, Esq.: Witness the Fat man/Who gets his pay in Cheetos/Alas, no one claps...
Michele McGuire: We encourage drinks/We play our little hearts out/But we stay tasteful.
whysowhite: We like to get down/And we trust that you do too/chicago.funk.love.


How do you think you represent Chicago music?

The Addies: We try our best to portray the Chicago scene through our sound. We’re dirty, bluesy, loud, and that’s exactly what we set out to be.
DVS Jackson, Esq.: Rather poorly, actually... but I've been told I score well in the 38-50 former D&D role player demographic.
Michele McGuire: We have fun and don't take ourselves too seriously. Also, Steve really likes to HOT DOG it on the drums.
whysowhite: Chicago has such a positive, self-sufficient music scene--everyone is cooperative and supportive of each other in the name of Art. We feel like it's important to share that energy with the rest of the Universe and our music is a manifestation of that message.

To what do you attribute the band’s success so far?

The Addies: The sex appeal of our dapper drummer Kaleb Hite. Oh, and of course the fans.
DVS Jackson, Esq.: Cheese. I think many of us underestimate the importance of cheese in the success of many ventures, musical and otherwise.

What does your band do before every show? What’s something you never do?

Michele McGuire: Find out if we have a band tab at the bar. Then we head to the green room where we attempt, and often fail, to be best friends with the other bands. Annoy the sound guy. We try to make things nice and easy.
whysowhite: We make sure to align ourselves on a positive frequency so that we can bring positivity with every note we play. We never start a show from a negative place, no matter what is going on in the outside world.

If you could open for anyone, who would it be and why? Who would you refuse to perform with, and why?

The Addies: The Black Keys. They’re awesome. Nickelback, because they’re too busy getting “to the bottom of every bottle.”
DVS Jackson, Esq.: My dream gig would be opening for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Who would I refuse to open for? Maps and Atlases... wait ...who's headlining this thing again?
Michele McGuire: Wilco- so we can keep it local and have a kick ass Chicago show. Phish-Out of fear that their fans would think our opening set was way too short. (But we sure would party with those guys.)
whysowhite: The Roots--they are the best live band in the world and are capable of taking any party to the next level--and that's the key. We will play any gig, ya heard me?

“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens May 15. What would most excite and scare you while traveling through space?

The Addies: Well, our guitarist doesn’t think we’ve ever been to the moon (crazy right?), but I think we’d be most excited for the space food (dehydrated ice cream!). Definitely most scared of the jet-lag from visiting Neptune (orbits the sun every 163 years...)
Michele McGuire: It would be exciting to see interesting things…it would be scary to crash into said things.

 
If you were a summer movie hero tasked with saving the planet, what would you do to defeat the villain?

The Addies: Challenge him to a battle of puns for the fate of the world. The Addies are very ADDIEment about quick wit.
DVS Jackson, Esq.: I would force the villain to listen to mainstream radio for a weekend. By the end, he'd be so slack-jawed and malleable he'd be harmless.
Michele McGuire: It being summer, I'd probably just want to relax. Let the villain do his thang.
whysowhite: Have some tea and hug it out. Hopefully he opens up and we could reconcile our differences.
 

Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U

mpais@tribune.com

 

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