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I am always open for closure.

I watch every last credit at the end of a movie, I stay for the last out of a baseball game no matter the score (well not so much with this year's Cubs).
All this came up in therapy years ago.

And this is why I headed back to the House of Blues on Wednesday night-Thursday morning for the final of three "Purple After Jams" following Prince's shows at the United Center. All of us who were at Monday's jam were royally screwed and Prince made up for it on the final jam.
I had to see how this played out. I owed it to myself, I owed it to my readers..........

You didn't see this at House of Blues early Tuesday morning (Copenhagen, July, 2010 Getty Images)

Bad things always happen in the middle of the night.

And that was the case with Monday's "Purple After Jam" at the House of Blues, the post-big concert gig that has become something of a tradition when Prince comes to Chicago.

Prince never played a song during an hour long set that actually began at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Tiny guitar player Andy Allo, a member of Prince's touring band, did all the heavy lifting. She fronted a band that featured six horn players, drummer, bass, keyboards and two guitars from Prince's band. After fighting sound problems Allo played tunes from her new "Superconductor" record of which Prince is executive producer......


Chicago musician Terry Callier was a star pupil at Jerry Butler's Songwriters Workshop.

A soulful version of New York's Brill Building, the workshop ran from 1970 to 1977 on South Michigan Avenue in the now re-emerging Motor Row/Record Row district.

Callier's searing pastel of folk, soul and jazz is a major influence on singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka who appears Sept. 26 at the Park West in Chicago. Bahamas is one of the opening acts which makes for a colorful evening of sweet soul music.

"I'm aware of Terry," Kiwaunka said last week in a conversation from France. "Those nuances, colors, times and chords inspire me so much I want to make a mish-mash of all that. I knew Terry's first album very well......."


There are really only two types of people who drink at bars.

Those who dream of tomorrow's heavens and the others who consider the depths of the past.

The Wrigleyville Tap, 3724 N. Clark, was an exception to that rule.

The Tap tried to live in the moment, a good thing for the mercurial nature of us Cub fans. The Tap ran from Aug. 1, 1984 to Oct. 31, 1999. It was my favorite Wrigleyville bar. The beer was cold, the smiles were warm and the rock n' roll was real. The Tap was located next door to the Metro rock club, which contributed to the tavern's sense of urgency.

In the summer of '99 Joe Strummer of the Clash wandered into the Tap one afternoon before a gig at Metro........

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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