Mike Stephen plays some quarantine harmonica in his basement home studio.

Mike Stephen discusses how local musicians are coping without the ability to play gigs with Mike Jeffers, host of Chicago Music Revealed, learns about Tone Deaf Records, a Portage Park record store that now delivers albums, and discovers the Secret History of 60s pop-rockers The Apocryphals. Plus, we debut a new song about COVID-19 from The Black Oil Brothers and in the OTL Wrap Party segment Mike and Producer Collin express hope that local venues will rise again. The local quarantine music this week comes from the late great John Prine. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #427- Rep. Mike Quigley on his work in Washington, Live music from Frank Catalano and Mike Jeffers

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “people’s work” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to IL Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5th) about getting the people’s work done in Washington and welcomes local jazz musicians Frank Catalano and Mike Jeffers into the studio for a live performance.   Mike Quigley– Congressman of IL’s 5th Congressional District Rep. Quigley tells us how he works to get the important business of Chicago and Illinois done on Capitol Hill. Rep. Mike Quigley rides the CTA’s Brown Line   Frank Catalano and Mike Jeffers– Two fantastic Chicago jazz musicians Frank and Mike drop by the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio for a live performance and preview their New Year’s Eve show at Chicago’s High Hat Club (1920 W. Irving Park Rd.).   Mike Jeffers, Frank Catalano, and Mike Stephen in the WGN Radio Green Room. Happy Holidays from your friends at Outside the Loop Radio!       OTL #427 local music provided by Mike Jeffers and Frank Catalano…

OTL: Episode #423- Chicago Jazz Magazine, Aldertrack, Allegory Handcrafted Goods

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “Jazz hands” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen talks to the founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine, learns about a way to track the upcoming municipal election, and gets the lowdown on a locally-based company doing some incredible handcrafted artistry for our everyday lives.   Mike Jeffers– Founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine and ChicagoJazz.com We discuss the future of Jazz in Chicago and hear the story of how Mike became one of the most important figures in the local Jazz scene.  Mike Stephen and Mike Jeffers with a copy of Chicago Jazz Magazine.   Mike Fourcher and Jimm Dispensa– Creators of Aldertrack.com All 50 Chicago alderman and the mayor are up for election in February.  We find out about a great one-stop-shop for all Chicago political information during this election season.   Chad Schumacher–Founder of Allegory Handcrafted Goods After Chad and his wife lost their day jobs during the recession, they began to produce quality handcrafted goods for use in our everyday lives.  We learn about the company and their new Kickstarter campaign underway now.  Mike Stephen holds the Macana bag while talking to Chad Schumacher in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio.   OTL #423 local music provided by The Safes…