Back when I started ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, people said it couldn't be done. Our thousands of readers have proven "them" wrong. When I first asked for press/photo credentials to Riot Fest they said, "But you're a mommy blogger. I think it's clear this is not your demographic." I'm not "that kind of mommy", and neither are a zillion of you. They kicked us photo passes, dug what we did with 'em, and the rest is history.
Parents go to shows, buy music, drink beer and get outta the house with and without our punk kin. We still wanna see live shows, hear whose coming through town, check out band interviews, and get free new tunes. Of course, ChiIL Mama doesn't discriminate. Music lovin' non parents are welcome here, too.
Sure, we sponsor, shoot and promote cool kids show in the punk, alt rock, folk and other genres. But we cover the 18+ and 21+ shows we wanna see, too. We're the parents who drop $50 on a babysitter to see a $10 punk show. And we're the parents in the bands who are still makin' music, despite makin' babies. This blog's for YOU!
Over this past year we shot Jane's Addiction, Riot Fest, Lollapalooza/Kidzapalooza, North Coast Fest, Summer Camp Music Fest, Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Fest, The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, Clutch (twice), The Dead Milkmen, Black Label Society, Children of Bodom, Urge Overkill, The Dwarves, Nashville Pussy, Van Ghost, How Far To Austin, Great Divide, World Inferno Friendship Society, The Shams Band, Rubblebucket, Gogol Bordello, Umphrees McGee, Moe, Keller Williams, Verve Pipe and many many more.
We also gave away a bazillion concert and theatre tickets, CDs, books, and music related DVDs for kids and for grownups. Thanks for reading and helping us spread the word. In October we'll be ramping up the give aways again with a bunch of great DVDs like Iggy Pop, Jesus Lizard and more. We also have 2 big multi disc packages of classical & alt. rockin' kids CDs for lucky winners on Halloween.
So check back in early and often for music news, upcoming shows, reviews, live show photos and videos, and loads of give aways. Cause at ChiILMama.com we know parents and kids rock, and life doesn't end with birth!