The days leading into the MENTAL NOTION SOCIETY 2YEAR CELEBRATORY EVENT brought rain to the Chicago lands, but as the moment came closer, the skies became clear and a party was to be had! The lineup followed:
I. Lee Barats & Marlena Rodriguez [hosting] – a comedy combination that joined forces for the first time that night. Lee has previously worked with Artistic Director, Jonald Reyes, and Mental Notion during the days of the web-letter series “The Complaint Box” [ http://vimeo.com/29561801 ]. Marlena ( http://marlenarodriguez.com ) is a stand-up comic aficianado and much like Lee, is ingrained into the Chicago comedy community system. They were able to bring insight to the audiences on what Mental Notion is all about, as well as announce the annual birthing event of Jonald – noting that he is now 62 years old. Congrats to Jonald on finding the cure to the slow age process!
II. Bella Seris [music] – a featured Mental Notion Associated Artist – was excited to make her solo performance debut. Bella is a lead singer to various bands and has kept up her voice talents through various theatrical performances, but this is the first time she has put her solo work on exhibit. She also noted a future short film project with Mental Notion Society currently in the pre-production phase entitled “Ale Obsession.” Keep a look out for it!
III. Casey Whitaker [comedy] – a stand-up performance featuring a furry of one-liners. Casey is always performing around town in various outlet styles including improv, sketch, and stand-up. Find her, watch her, and tell her she’s funny afterwards. She’ll say “thank you.”
IV. Plan 9 [burlesque] – showcased two of the founding members, Right This Way Robbie (RTWR) & Stella Cheeks. RTWR played up the trials and tribulations as a nerdy gamer with his boylesque performance to a Weezer song.
Then Stella followed up with her bum shaking as she moved to the music of “Miserlou” of Pulp Fiction fame. Both performances brought woots from veteran burlesque watchers and neophyte burlesque watchers.
Stay tuned to this combination of Mental Notion and Plan 9 [ http://plan9burlesque.com ] as 2013 will bring a new show to town – one of Project Mayhem proportions.
V. Chris De Salvo [music] – sat cool, calm, and with guitar in hand. Delivering an acoustic mirage of honest material, this set showed friends who were within the audience another side to Mr. DeSalvo. Sort of like exorcising emotional “demons,” Chris displayed his vocal range, music aptitude, and charismatic stage presence. ….yup ….that’s just Chris. …..
VI. Diva La Vida [burlesque] – enticed the audience with her rendition of a true alcohol enthusiast. To the tune of a Scissor Sisters headbopper, Diva worked the crowd and “sprinkled” them with toasts & cheers.
With each clink of the glass, a new fan wooted the Diva, not only to each piece of extinguished clothing but with each drink to be drunk. The Diva can be found around town in various burlesque adventures.
VII. Paul Casperson [comedy] – symbolizes that break that Mental Notion provides. MNS pays that chance for new talent forward. Paul brought his insightful thoughts to the microphone and for every joke laughed at, another smart alec found his way home (which is typically a bar). You can catch this guy performing in various improv groups in Chicago.
VIII. The Pop Tarts [comedy, music] – brought the reason why this Brit band was huge in England!
A humorous set of anecdotes and acoustic song stylings, this duo of Beatrice and Evelyn had the crowd engaged. If you’re new to this connection, the Mental Notion Society and the Pop Tarts are coming off of their “award winning” music video launch over the summer. Be sure to get your copy of their album online AND watch them live as they continue to make new “tartlets” everywhere they go – http://thepoptartsuk.bandcamp.com .
IX. Parts Per Million [music] – made a triumphant return to the stage after a couple of years in hiatus.
And in this performance, they’ve brought back a familiar face who’s even more familiar to the Mental Notion name. Mr. Jimmy Chung – Associate Artist to MNS – was brought back in to jam with the boys of PPM one more time. Pre-Mental Notion, Jonald Reyes Directed PPM’s music video “Racer” [ http://vimeo.com/14936214 ] which is how the connection of Jimmy to Jonald was formulated. The collision of worlds brought a big bang and PPM rocked the ACE Bar with their hits. Old friends came out while new fans were interested to see what happens next. Maybe if we keep stalking Jimmy Chung on his website – http://jimmychungtalent.com – we can stay in tune. [ http://partspermillion.com ]
X. Sir Jove and the UR2 Graffiti Bombers [music] – marked the premiere of the already well known musical name under the Mental Notion label.
With a following, a fresh sound, and a performance to end the night, Sir Jove brought that unforgettable energy that connects audiences. The vibe was raw and the UR2 helped Sir Jove create the right ambiance with each song telling a different tale. Use the eyes & ears to continue learning of Sir Jove and come back to Mental Notion to understand the next phase because this was just the beginning where Nowhere, NA will become a reality to audiences. Become a “fan” – https://www.facebook.com/SirJove
EXTRA CREDIT: The night could not have been completed without the beautiful audience in attendance. THANK YOU to everyone that came out. The Mental Notion Society must also thank the ACE Bar, American Speedy for the postcard prints, and Reich Productions for the awesome photos to commemorate the night.
Please please become a fan of Reich Productions and don’t hesitate to utilize them for your future media projects – [ https://www.facebook.com/ReichProductions ].
And of course – keep your televisions on the Mental Notion channel as new projects are currently in pre-productions and as freshly closed projects may sneak its head back up every now and then. THANK YOU ALL for a wonderful evening and looking forward to many years to come.
THE MENTAL NOTION SOCIETY
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