In this installment of The History of Joliet Breweries, John Bitterman gives us the full timeline of Joliet's Citizens' Brew Company. This Brewery had been around from the early 1900's to late 1950's. It began when a group of tavern owners decided it was time to band together and brew their own beer. Enjoy the musical break with local Blues legend Giles Corey with his song Time Flies (When You're Drunk). Go back and take a listen to part one of this series if you haven't already... 

Dave Francis has been killing it lately. He hasn't been around to help me host any of these new episodes because of the huge influx of new music being recorded at Joliet's Third City Sound. I was glad to catch up, and to hear him talk about some of the things he's been involved in over the years. Dave gave me the opportunity to start podcasting. He's given me a great deal of help over the last four years. There would be no What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town without this guy. Thanks, Dave!

     In this episode Hudson Hollister talks with me about the benefits of Reg Tech. He's developing software to make it easier to accurately track data from energy companies that will also provide public transparency. This in turn will allow energy companies to become more efficient by tracking how much energy is produced annually. This could also then be applied to other types of agencies and businesses for the same purpose. This could be a game changer. 

   This ties into the theme of this podcast because his headquarters are located in Union Station in Downtown Joliet. He shares the same optimism and enthusiasm that Joliet is home to untapped greatness. He wants to bring this brand new industry to our city. He had a lot of great things to say about the musicians, artists, and business owners that give every once of themselves into what they do. Plus, he gave me a multitude of compliments. A large multitude.... it's a thing.

    In this episode we talk with Joliet historian, Mr. John Bitterman. It is the first in a series about the extensive history of Joliet Breweries. This an overview of everything we'll be discussing. I went down quite the rabbit hole with John. He could've gone on for hours as he normally does during his presentations at Joliet Junior College & The Joliet Area Historical Museum. 

The year is 2020......

   This is the first interview with my new home podcasting "studio". Dave is insanely busy so I'll be doing a few interviews solo. Maybe even more than a few. He and Third City Sound have been amazing these past few years. I would not have a podcast at all if it weren't for there knowledge and generosity. They had done every single episode for free because they wanted to bring some light to our community as well. I can't thank them enough. I hope to do more interviews than ever before with my new set up. I'll be conducting interviews over the phone until things settle down, if they ever settle down. Now, more than ever, I'd like to point out people in the community doing things to better our world. 

    In this episode, Craig Lichtenwalter had a few kind words we wanted to share about his enthusiasm for Downtown Joliet. He comes out to every event he can. He goes to all of the shops and restaurants. People like him give us all a boost when we sit and wonder, " Why am I still trying?" 

    Let this episode serve as a reminder that we aren't beaten. We can be strong when when we come together as a community. There are no heroes coming to save us. We are the heroes, and will save each other.

This is a recording of the live broadcast of The Local Music Bonanza radio show. We currently are on the air Friday'sfrom 10am-noon. These are basically being recorded like the old days when we'd pop in a cassette tape and press record. Only now we use a thumb drive. I'll be trying to get better recordings as we go. There's a bit of music from the radio staion at the begining and ending from where we pressed record and stop....

Enjoy.

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David Francis & Tom Maslowski

Foresight- Our Old Robot
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The Reaganomics- Dear Jaymez Dunzo
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A Dozen Paces- Down So Long
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JukeBots- WhoWeAre
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Cheryl Rodey- Torture
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Haunted Hare- Part Time Vampire(Bob Dylans Sister)
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Makena Hartlin- Picture Frame
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Chicago Farmer- $13 Beers
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Andrew David Weber- Battleship Gray
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Charlie Champene- Facebook Friend
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Pale Horseman- Tyrant
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Unto The Earth The Herald
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The Mound Builders- Hair Of The Dogma
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Coyote Man- What Once Was
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Dramaglider- Everything Is Red
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Point A Pistol At The Sun- Old Friends
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Saxquatch and The Bridge Band- Dirty Dan
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The Secret Lives- Long Way
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The Bad Saddles- Times's Been Working On You
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The Mindful Music Experiment- Upon A Thorn Of Cactus
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Mugzy- Understand Me
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Hotbreath Tea and The Invisible Branches- Town

 

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This is a recording of the live broadcast of The Local Music Bonanza radio show. We currently are on the air Friday'sfrom 10am-noon. These are basically being recorded like the old days when we'd pop in a cassette tape and press record. Only now we use a thumb drive. I'll be trying to get better recordings as we go. There's a bit of music from the radio staion at the begining and ending from where we pressed record and stop....

Enjoy.

Your Hosts,

David Francis & Tom Maslowski

Wonky Tonk- I'll Turn My Radio On
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Big Lagniappe- Feed The Dragon
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Fat Hot- Kakken Me Up
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Fever Breaks- Human By Design
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Oter Finn- Replacer
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The Perks- Tyrantula
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Phoebe Hunt and The Gatherers- Pink and Blue
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X-Ray Mary
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Sleepersound- Slow Moon
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Sons Of Ra- Two Something For Someone
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Nomadic Horizon-Nomads
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Broken Robots- Dimes and Quarters
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Aaron Williams Band- Ash
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From The Start- Sorry Is For Suckers
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Kylah Eason- Paranoid
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Aaron Kelly- No Reception
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What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town has teamed up with the Joliet Public Library to do a series of podcasts to bring you some insight as to what the library has to offer te community. There are many staff memebers who are memebers of various art groups and commitees dedicated to brightening the great City of Joliet. The library actually offers the public a recording studio where this series is being recorded. We at WGDIDJT has always tried to bring awareness to the hidden greatness of those building a positive environment.

In this third installment we learn a little bit about The Art Movement Inc as well as The Joliet Art Commission. Our guests were Eryn Blaser, Dante Di Bartolo, Sue Regis, and Erick Deshaun Doris. These people are absolutely relentless in their efforts as artisits and community leaders. This information is very exciting to those of us who have made Joliet our home court for the performing and visual arts. It seems like we've been making enough noise to get the attention of those who can help get this to this next level.

Your host,

Tom Maslowski

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What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town is recorded at Third City Sound on the third floor above Chicago Street Pub in Downtown Joliet. Many of the Joliet musicians began meeting each other at this iconic music venue. Without the Pub, there may not be any of this magic that inspired us to preserve this era in music. In the crowd watching us play were other friends who were also doing great things. We thought it would be a good idea to document anyone giving their all to bring some sort of light and beauty to Joliet. We believe that any listener can enjoy our podcast no matter where you're from.

We had an absolute blast on this interview with Death and Memphis founders, Paul Garcia & Steev Custer. These two are hilarious. Steev and Paul work so well together. It's no wonder they've been around as long as they have. We get to hear yet another perspective on the art of creating music from these two life long friends. We did goof around a little....Check out their in studio acoustic versions of some Death and Memphis tunes before and after the interview. 

Your hosts,

David Francis & Tom Maslowski

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What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town is recorded at Third City Sound in Downtown Joliet on the third floor above Chicago Street Pub, the original hub for local music.  

We hope to shed a little light on the great people of this city because it's easy to go unnoticed. We’ve also met a few people they aren’t from Joliet that come here to collaborate with us. These are the kinds of people that can help get the word out about the new wave of culture that’s begun to form. There are all kinds of opportunities presenting themselves that are exciting for entrepreneurs and consumers alike. In other words, there’s something for everyone, and we’ll be talking about it.  

Our guest is a film maker from Aurora Illinois. Colin Parker came to Third City Sound to have a few of us Joliet musicians put together a movie score for his film Fish Eye. He’s got a brand new horror short that he’s working on called The Pleasure Matrix. He wants to let us know about what he’s up to with this psychological terror tale!  

Your Hosts,

David Francis & Tom Maslowski

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