I'd like to welcome you to the website. I'm glad you decided to take a look around! I am a musician in a few different bands in the Joliet, Illinois area. I host a podcast about Joliet and its entertainment scene called What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town with David Francis. We also began hosting a radio show called The Local Music Bonanza on WCSF 88.7FM Joliet in 2018. The WJOL 1340AM radio staion's Prepare 2 Repair Radio Show took me on to do a short segment about Joliet restaurants and music. The show helps provide listeners with information on how to navigate any home repairs. They feel a rich social life is a great way to keep a home running smoothly. I also give music lessons for Bass, Ukulele, Guitar, and Drums. I teach out of a shop in Frankfort, Illinois called Down Home Guitars along with in-home and online classes. I named my school String Theories.
I thought it'd be a good idea to make it easy and put everything all in one place....Listen to the bands, sign up for lessons, explore our creative community, get in the know about great food and beer, and then go see it in person!
Please be patient as I slowly build up this site.
Email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on my gloriously serious photo to explore some of the music I've made over the years. You'll find links to videos and music that have been captured professional and by amateurs.
This started off as a way to preserve the Joliet music scene. Our interview podcast exclusively featured musicians that were hanging out at Chicago Street Pub in Downtown Joliet. These people are very much into their craft. So many nights we'd sit and watch these brilliant musicians cast spells. We couldn't help but wonder, where the hell IS everybody? What do we need to do to get the word out? Thus, The What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town Podcast was born. I started a Facebook page to post the podcast's episodes. I thought it might be cool to post bands' area shows. That turned into posting anything positive that related to Joliet. The podcast evolved along with that idea as we began anyone doing anything positive in Joliet. I set out to show that Joliet had more to offer than what's more commonly displayed in the media.
Click on the logo find all of the photos, videos, podcast episodes, and links to some of my favorite spots to hang. Enjoy.
I've been teaching music for over twenty years. I have developed a great method of teaching music fundamentals for everyday use. Whether you're a novice player or a gigging musician that wants a little more insight, I can help you out.
Click on the logo for information and learning materials for music instruction. You can sign contact me for private lessons for bass, guitar, ukulele, and drums. I have some instructional videos, play-a-longs, and study guides for sale.
When we found out that Downtown Joliet was getting a record store, the whole city got excited. I personally missed record stores so much. I was into tapes and CD's before MP3's took over. Nothing against digital formats, but I missed being able to go to the store and get a tangible item. These guys supported the music scene right from the start being musicians themselves. They were asked by The University of Saint Francis to host an hour long show on their radio station WCSF 88.7fm Joliet. They were unable to do so at that time. Audiophil's recommended David Francis and I to do a local music show. It was such a great experience. We discovered a lot of great unknown music.
In this section you'll find links to all of the bands that have been aired on our show. There's also a couple of broadcasts that we were to have recorded for your listening pleasure. Recording the show wasn't always an option. We had to adhere to some regulations being that we weren't students or employees of the university. We haven't been able to get back on the air since the 2020 shutdown began. I look forward to starting up a prerecorded version that will have a home on this website. I hope to get these back on the air as soon as possible. Click on the logo to go, yo.
This page is going to be a constant work in progress. I'm trying to put the music of Chicago and the it's suburbs from the 1990's all in one place. Remember venues like The Thirsty Whale, The Gateway Theater, Smilar Coogan's, Off The Alley, Riley's Rock House, and The Lion's Den. Some of the bands I'm thinking of would be Lungbrush, Relative Ash, Milk Plow, Clockbox, FarOutOfMe, and Unique Chique. There's a lot more, and I only have some of these albums in my collection. Send me pictures, old flyers, and of course music from this time period and scene. I'll get all of it up here for everyone to enjoy.