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Celebrating the Films of Military Actor R. Lee Ermey (1944-2018) Who Passed Away This Week

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Die-hard drill instructors, jailbreaking football coaches, and corrupt backwoods sheriffs. It was all just another day of work for former Marine Corp. drill instructor-turned-actor R. Lee Ermey, who died earlier this week. Ermey was an incredibly dynamic character-actor with an instantly recognizable face and rambunctious personality. The Kansas native joined the Marine Corp. in lieu of jail time after he’d been arrested twice by the age of 17. He began his career serving as a drill instructor in San Diego during the early 1960s before eventually being sent on a 14-month deployment in Vietnam. He was injured during his tour in 1969 and was sent to work as a staff sergeant in Okinawa before being medically discharged in 1972, ending his hopes of a long military career. After moving to the Philippines to attend college, Ermey married and began taking odd jobs in television commercials before landing his first film role as Sgt. Loyce in a movie called The Boys in Company C, which followed five young Marine Corp. recruits from their bootcamp training to their deployment in Vietnam. Continue reading

Legendary Rock Band The Rolling Stones Playing Live In Milwaukee, WI Tonight

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The Rolling Stones pose with their Sticky Fingers LP in 1971: (left to right) Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger.

Tonight fans of the legendary rock n roll band The Rolling Stones will get to see the band play at the Marcus Amphitheater Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. The group was originally slated to appear in Chicago for their 2015 tour, but due to scheduling and location conflicts they had to move 90 minutes north to Milwaukee. That, however, didn’t stop iconic bluesman Buddy Guy, who just appeared at the Chicago Blues Fest, from opening for the group. Chicago fans will be making the trip this evening for the 8:00pm showtime. The show is part of the Stones’ Zip-Code Tour; they have thus far appeared in Pittsburgh, Nashville, Orlando, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Columbus, and still have dates set for Indianapolis, Kansas City, Detroit, and Buffalo. Rolling Stones fans can also catch the re-issue of their 1971 LP Sticky Fingers, featuring new unreleased material and studio out-takes, now available on iTunes, Spotify, Compact Disc or Vinyl. The album is regarded as one of the Rolling Stones best LPs, featuring songs like Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, and a cover photo that was originally conceived by iconic artist Andy Warhol; it is also the first album the Stones released to not feature founding member Brian Jones, who died in 1969 in his swimming pool shortly after being asked to leave the group due to his drug addiction, and subsequently the first LP to feature new member Mick Taylor on an entire album, and Mick Jagger playing acoustic and rhythm guitar. Pretty monumental for the Stones history, so be sure to check it out. Enjoy!

Marijuana Deathsquads x Lizzo SXSW Tour

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Marijuana Deathsquads & Lizzo will be hitting up SXSW this year and plan to conduct a mini-tour on their way back north. They’ll be playing at various locations in Austin from March 12-15th, 1 days rest on the 16th then it’s Kansas City, Omaha, Chicago & Madison on back to back nights (17th, 18th, 19th, 20th in order). Peep the dates above, everyone in Chicago should definitely try to make it up to Sub-T for this one.

MADE – Brews of the Week

Once again we are featuring another Tallgrass brew, because they are that good. Tallgrass,(from Manhattan, Kansas), recently released their Wild Plum Farmhouse Ale; which is quite different to say the least. The brew pours a nice hazzy golden-orange color, and is rather carbonated. The first sip, you cannot help but notice a pineapple/citrus taste, with a hint of raison/plum mixed within it.  Quite impressive, because Tallgrass is still able to mix in a subtle hoppiness as well, making this brew delicious. Keep your eyes peeled for the WIld Plum, before it’s long gone.

This brew is the definition of a seasonal. The Sweet Yamma Jamma by Indeed, is brewed using sweet potatoes, yams, and a variety of spices including: cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and cloves. The brew is medium bodied and comes of rather creamy, but yet smooth.  Overall the brew is solid. Indeed stops production on this brew in November, so make sure to grab a sixer if your in the MPLS area.

[MADE] Brews of the Week – Unchained #14 & Zombie Monkey

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Summit just released their latest installment to the Unchained Series (a limited time release), with the Biere de Garde. This latest brew is built for the season, as it features a heavy dose of malts accompanied by sweet cherries and toffee. One can’t help to but notice the nice carmel flavors with subtle spices as well. The French Farmhouse ale is a unique brew in itself, and Summit consistently tends to take special care for their Unchained Series. Keep your eyes peeled for this in stores or at the pub, it’s damn good.

Those who have not heard of Tallgrass Brewery, they are from Manhattan KS, and tend to be known nationwide for how delicious their brews are. When living in the Kansas City area, these guys were a go to choice. Enough of the hoopla, Tallgrass’ latest release, Zombie Monkey, is not only fitting, it is down right dirty. This brew pours heavy, being that it is a dark and robust porter.  The brew has a decent chocolate taste upfront, but yet offering a slightly bitter hop flavor to it. Ultimately, it is a must buy. Props to the guys at Tallgrass for this one.