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The KTS Music Variety Show


The KTS Music Variety Show is a show that is currently airing on ACTV in Aurora on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 9pm until 11pm. The show first aired in December of 2013. At the moment, we are playing past Live From Kiss The Sky shows. In the very near future, we will change the format of the show to be a four part two hour show. Check out the show's web page under the 'Variety Show' link for more details.


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April 19, 2014 ... 8am until 8pm
Record Store Day


Believe it or not, it's nearly that time of year again! Yes, the celebration of the Independent Record Store, aptly named, Record Store Day, is within our sights. April 19, 2014 is the day and we will be participating in grand style once again this year. In addition to the hundreds of limited edition vinyl releases that will be available only at your participating independent record store, such as us, we will present some live music here at the store that day.

As of this writing, the line up for the day is not set in stone, however, we have one of the artists lined up for that day. One of my all time favorites, whose roots date back to my time in high school and college, and whose roots also are tied to the South Side of Chicago, just like mine, will be performing a special acoustic set here at the Kiss. The band is none other than Heartsfield. That's right ... Heartsfield!

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Once dubbed as the Grateful Dead of the Midwest, Heartsfield has been touring and performing since the early 70's (except for a brief hiatus during the late 80's and 90's) and has played live in front of more than 10 million people over the course of all those years. With a total of four classic charting 70's albums under their belt, and a non-stop touring work ethnic, Heartsfield established themselves as one of the premier country rock, or rockin' country bands, of our lifetime. Songs like "Music Eyes", "I'm Comin' Home", "Shine On" and the infamous "The Only Time I'm Sober's When You're Gone" are etched in memory and stone.

We are most excited at having Heartsfield help us celebrate Record Store Day 2014. Their performance will take place at 3pm. More details to follow.

 

April 27, 2014 ... 7pm
The Leadfoot Band


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Chicago-based quartet The Leadfoot Band founded itself on bluegrass roots almost a decade ago and have branched out from there. Their influences include everything from The Band to Hank Williams, Sam Bush to Metallica, Split Lip Rayfield to Lou Reed and everything in between. Reformed in 2011 after more than a five-year hiatus, they have picked up steam and spread the wings of possibility, pushing their hard-driving, high-octane brand of bluegrass, roots, and rock-influenced acoustic music farther than before. This robust musical delicacy tantalizes the senses and gets the feet moving. It is a smokin' blend of styles suitable for any palette, summed up perfectly by musician Jaik Willis: "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass served up spicy- just how you like it- with tasty grooves and lightning-fast delivery."

Bob Kuhn and the Gimlets


Live At Kiss The Sky May 18th at 7:00pm


The Avondales


Live At Kiss The Sky June 29th at 7:00 pm

To Be Determined

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Dave Ramont


David Alan Ramont was born in IL one muggy, August Tuesday with a song stuck in his head. The doctors couldn't get it out. (He was also left-handed but they couldn't fix that either.) He picked up guitar early on (11?) -probably to get that song out of his head.

After whacking away in various bands through high school he began writing songs and playing gigs around the Chicago area- solo, full band and everything in between. Through the years he also taught at a music school, played in the pit for theatre productions, did recording session work, and also plenty of ditch digging, paint scraping and weed pulling.

After releasing his first CD "Toaster Reflection" he moved to Austin, TX for a time. The Austin Chronicle said "The world could always use another quality singer/songwriter with meaty lyrics, gritty vocals, and a tight back-up band." He began recieving airplay on (mostly) public & college radio.

Back in IL he recorded the rootsier, darker "Scofflaws". The Illinois Entertainer said "...unlike many simplistic roots-revivalists, Ramont isn't afraid to mix things up...gorgeously unexpected accordions and cellos pop up on this wonderfully produced CD." He continued playing gigs and teaching. And digging ditches.

In 2000 he released "Scrawny". Richard Milne of WXRT in Chicago called it "A delicious collection of distinctly American music." Mark Guarino of Chicago's Daily Herald said "...it's the finest collection of songwriting I've heard in a long time." He toured more extensively- Midwest, East, South.

He borrowed a banjo and co-founded swamp-billy band Dick Smith. They released 4 CDs and developed a hardcore little following. Their record "Smoke Damage" (2002) was one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's top 3 indy releases of the year.

Ramont then stepped away from music for a few years. But at the end of 2009 -flying in the face of recession- he released the sprawling double CD "Taw", polished his 1967 Gibson J-50 and began playing out again. Performing Songwriter Magazine said "Differentiating oneself in the burgeoning field of alternative-country artists is a tricky proposition these days, but Dave Ramont stands tall in the crowd."

His song "I Wanna Marry A Waitress" was chosen to appear on "Blooming-Tunes 2010", a songwriter compilation released out of Bloomington, IN. He had 2 songs featured on the 2011 record "Made In Aurora", a compilation of Chicago area songwriters/bands. (First pressing sold out.)

In 2012 Dave's writing songs for a new record, gigging, and working again with Dick Smith. And he, enjoys kicking stuff down the street now and again.

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Recording News

Andrea Dawn has just finished a couple of weeks recording her new album, which she hopes to release in the spring of next year on a newly formed label owned by our Rob Hale and his lovely wife Mandy.

The Kevin Trudo has been working on an album ... details remain a secret but we hear that the recording sessions have been going very very well ... consequently, we are anxious for the release.

Scott Tipping, and yours truly, are working on a recording project ... that too is flying under the radar ... more on that one after the first of the year.

Noah's Arcade has finished recording and mixing their forthcoming album ... a release date has not been announced as of yet.

The Dallas Motorcade have been getting together as of late and laying down some tracks here and there ... they hope to release their next album before the end of the decade!

FUE has just released a new Holiday album ... we carry it here at the Kiss and we just sold out of it today!!!

Despite the rumors, The Kinks are not getting back together anytime soon in the very near future. Ray and Dave continue to not speak to one another although both are getting very old and don't have much time left to pull this reunion thing off.

Turntable


As The Table Turns....


As the world starts to get back to vinyl, playing those records on the old, kept in the attic, turntable that you, or Dad, bought back in the 70's or 80's, can pose a challenge, or two or three.

In the first place, turntables, and their components, do not like to sit around idle for long, and certainly not, for years on end. If the unit is a belt-drive, well, that belt has probably dry-rotted by now, or has certainly lost all of its elasticity and your 45rpm record will sound like it was pressed at 78rpm instead. Or, the needle has been mangled, broken or contains an ounce of foreign matter that can not be removed.

Kiss The Sky may have your solution. In addition to carrying Audio Technica turntables, we also carry needles and cartridges made by the same 60 year old American electronics company known for their craftsmanship, service and support.


The AT-LP60 is a beautiful sounding entry level turntable that will put any of those cheaply made Crosley's to shame, not to mention, the entry level Sony and Ion turntables. It comes in both USB and non-USB models. In addition, Audio Technica makes a very nice, and affordable, mid-line turntable that matches the highly coveted Technics 1200 in design and construction, but at half the price.




The AT-LP120 comes with a very nice high quality needle and cartridge combination, along with USB connections and ripping software, that will enable you to convert your analog record into digital files for your computer or mobile device, or to be burnt onto a compact disc.

All Audio Technica turntables have built in phono preamps that can be turned on or turned off depending upon your need. If you are connecting your turntable to a computer, or a set of powered speakers, or via the auxiliary input on your receiver that does not have phono inputs, that phono preamp provides you with the proper line level allowing the signal from the turntable to be broadcast and heard.

In addition to the line of Audio Technica turntables, we also have a random sampling of used turntables available for purchase, as well as used receivers and stereo speakers. We also carry M-Audio Studio Monitor powered spearkers: The AV40 (pictured to the left) and AV30.

Analog is where it's at ... MP3 files are not! Come on in and hear the difference.