Fred is awesome!

Hey guys, you should check out my friend Fred Tesche!  He helped sync all the social media on my new websites.  Also his band, Samantha, played South by Southwest last March plus he’s an awesome DJ!  Anything I missed, Fred? Click on his name and check him out!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Here’s a list of a where to check out the fireworks tonight in Chicago and the surrounding areas: CBS Local Fireworks

Have a happy, fun, and safe Fourth of July! Viva America!

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Nigel Mack and the Blues Attack killing it at Chicago Blues Fest!

It was a hot day(but not as hot as today, July 2nd is!), and Nigel Mack and The Blues Attack large group with horn section took the stage at the Chicago Blues Fest! We thank The Windy City Blues Society for sponsoring this awesome stage! The band came on and blew the crowd away with hard hitting originals from his award winning third CD, “Devil’s Secrets”. Please visit Nigel Mack online anytime! Cheers to the Blues!

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Projects coming together!

Well,well,well Summer is almost upon us here and I am totally stoked! Grupo Cha Cha’s second CD, “This Is The Life” will be finished in about two weeks and we have some good people to thank: We had an awesome photographer named Ruben Cantu, Discmakers, and our very talented designer Kaitlyn Kearn. Make sure you contact them for anything you need to put together a project!

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The Canadian Tour

Wow! Well I’ve been on a “workacation” for a couple of weeks here so there’s a lot to talk about in a few short blogs! My tour playing sax with Nigel Mack
was a great success up in the mountainous interior of British Columbia in Merritt, B.C., the weekend of 8/12 and 8/13. Then we did a whirlwind tour back to Vancouver Island and played the Diners Rendezvous in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, in a sold-out intimate dinner show setting. What great ambiance with awesome food and drinks! The wonderful Camille Miller opened up the set. Big props to Lisa and Tina in Nanaimo for putting this together! She wrote an awesome promo piece that I’ve included below. As a side note, I was really stoked to see my cousins Jim, Bernadette and Philip up from Victoria, B.C., at the show! Love you lots!!

Back by popular demand, critically acclaimed veteran bluesman Nigel Mack and his Blues Attack band return to play at the Diner’s Rendezvous in Nanaimo on August 14th. Last here to headline the 2008 Nanaimo Blues Festival, Nigel and his Blues Attack band had the cheering crowd on their feet for the entire performance and played two encores before saying goodnight, leaving the crowd clamouring for more. Now back and promising to bring his long anticipated, yet to be officially released third CD, “Devil’s Secret” with him, Nigel Mack and the Blues Attack are sure to have Nanaimo blues fans on their feet and screaming out for more once again.

Originally from Saskatoon, Nigel made the move to Chicago in 2003. He and the Blues Attack had already logged some half a million miles by then, headlining many major blues clubs and festivals throughout North America, with countless repeat engagements along the way. Nominated for “Best Guitarist” by the Maple Blues Society in 2001, Nigel’s debut album, “High Price To Play” won a West Coast Music Awards nomination for “Best Blues/R & B Album.” Playing “Blistering Slide, Killer Harp!” (Grand Emporium, Kansas City, Mo) Nigel’s repertoire ranges from juke-joint harmonica instrumentals to New Orleans funk, delta and Chicago blues styles. Nigel’s songs have been featured on the soundtracks of such TV series as “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Street” and “Time of Your Life,” but it is his live performances that have earned him the title “a triple blues threat” (Vancouver International Jazz Festival).

As an extra special treat, opening for Nigel and his Blues Attack band will be the multi-talented, much loved Camille Miller. The well-known singer, songwriter and guitarist, now a resident of Brazil, brings to the stage her disarmingly honest lyrics, vivacious persona and a voice so versatile it has been, depending on the song, likened to that of Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders), Sheryl Crow, Chantal Kreviazuk, Faith Hill and Pat Benatar. A well-travelled artist herself, Camille has done a number of international tours (some booked by Bruce Allen, manager of Bryan Adams and Michael Buble) and was awarded a Much Music Video grant for her song “I Always Will.” In addition, two of her originals have appeared on soundtracks for the popular TV series, Cold Squad.

Don’t miss this show! Tickets are sure to sell fast and on sale now at the Diner’s Rendezvous: $20 advance, $25 at the door. To charge by phone, call: 250-740-1133.

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Music by Lise featured in Wedding Guides Chicago Magazine

Check out Music by Lise being featured as part of a REALLY cool wedding we did last October! This is from this Summer’s issue of Wedding Guide Chicago:

This was such a cool event! Jennifer and James had their reception and party first, then the ceremony at the stroke of midnight Halloween Night! Jennifer also had really unique song requests that I was only too happy to transcribe for the Musica Pacem flute and strings trio. She requested the theme from the movie Practical Magic by Alan Silvestri, the Deus Irae from Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and their first dance was to Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz.

Jennifer Monti is the Senior Catering Salas manager of Phil Stefani Events and James Gottwald is executive chef of Rockit Bar and Grill and Sunda. What a perfect couple!

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Grupo Cha Cha in every home!

Grupo Cha Chahas been doing some really cool work with DJ Puzzle. Our good friend, Blaise Barton, Grammy Award winner and owner of Joyride Studios, produced Grupo Cha Cha’s newest EP and refered us to him! So we are in the process of recording cool little Latin sample loops for a software company. Pretty soon you’ll be able to download our sounds and create your own awesome music loops! DJ Puzzle is a really chill, cool guy and does a lot of cool shows on his own so check him out y’all!

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Great news for Nigel Mack!!

Happy Friday! Great news for Nigel Mack, his newest CD, Devil’s Secrets just shipped out from Discmakers today! Check out what the Top 22 has to say about Nigel Mack:
Tonight you can find him playing duo with Pat Smillie at the Brazenhead Bar in Crestwood Illinois.
Tomorrow night Nigel once again plays his amazing solo acoustic show at The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division Street in Chicago from 8:30pm–11:30pm. Free!

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Wild night at Cafe LaGuardia with Grupo Cha Cha

Well folks, howdy! Glad to see you here on the Music by Lise blog! Last night was definitely one for the record books for Grupo Cha Cha at Cafe LaGuardia on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. Darwin Noguera, the group’s very talented piano player, will be leaving for NYC on August 7th so we this was a bittersweet “farewell” gig for him. We started the gig off mellow like we always do with a mix of Brazilian and Cuban tunes then kick it up a notch by the end of the night. Our beautiful and talented singer, Nythia Martinez, created a wonderful atmosphere with her beautiful renditions of “Chega de Saudade”, “Lagrimas Negras” and “Autumn Leaves”–sung in French!

Speaking of French, another fond farewell to my friend, Brigitte, who is moving to Paris in TWO days and chose Grupo Cha Cha at Cafe LaGuardia for her last meal out in Chicago! My awesome new fan club is led by the always vivacious Kate Shubert! They are on a perpetual girls night out!!

Muchas gracias to our musician friends who sat in: Diana Mosquera, Janet Cramer, Rosa Claudio, Elsie, Noel Cortez, Luis Manuel and Adam Haus(well he didn’t sit in this last time but he normally does!)

What’s in store for this weekend? Check out Nigel Mack’s one of a kind solo acoustic show while you’re munching on Chicago’s finest barbecue! It’s this Sunday from 8:30pm–11:30mpm at Smoke Daddy Restaurant on Division Street.

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