Thursday, September 18, 2008

Oh Chris Isaak, Say It Ain't So

If you didn't already know, I love Chris Isaak. I mean really, I LUUUUV him. He usually sticks to the west coast for tours, so how happy was I when I learned that he will be in Chicago next week? At first, ecstatic.

Then I investigated.

He'll be giving a free concert (WOOT!) at the grand opening of a shopping mall. (WHAT?!) You read that correctly. My Chris Isaak is channeling the New Kids and Tiffany and hitting the shopping mall circuit. (Is this a step up or down from the casino he played here in Iowa last summer?) As if that weren't bad enough, the press release reads like something off The Simpsons. Read these money quotes with Kent Brockman's voice in mind:

Platinum record artist Chris Isaak is set to highlight the grand opening celebration at The Arboretum of South
Barrington later this month.

The free concert takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 on the plaza stage at the new 600,000 square-foot outdoor
shopping center near routes 59 and 72.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

"We want to properly introduce the project as one of the most important new retail developments in the Chicago area in terms of scale, retail offerings and ambience," Jaffe said.
[emphasis mine]

-insert snarky Kent Brockman comment here re: Chris Isaak doing a bad, bad thing-

Three things:
1. If you didn't already know this about me, I'm kind of a liberal, anti-sprawl, anti-consumerism, if-you-don't-keep-your-wits-about-you-suburbia-will-kill-your-soul type.
2. I try to live deliberately: sticking to my principles, shopping locally, using public transportation or my bike.
3. You bet your ass I'm going!


4. I live a life of hypocrisy contradiction.


KrissyGo! said...

For the record, he is following this with a four-night stint at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

So put that in your guitar and strum it!

Brent Buckner said...

Further to your life of contradiction, in effect you're promoting _The Simpsons_ on your blog.

Some folks might be encouraged to watch Fox, exposing them to TV advertising, and possibly increasing Fox's audience count and hence revenue stream.


Tri Mom said...

Krissy...did you go? How was it? Please tell us about your big day and night the mall!! WIll email more in a bit here!

Jessica said...

Love it! and Chris Issak, too. I saw him November 2nd, 1999 here in Austin at an outdoor venue and he was awesome. Wore his mirror suit and made really bad jokes about "curly hairs" left on his bed by a "poodle" he once dated. haha.