What's Goin' Down In Downtown J- Town was started by David Francis and I, Tom Maslowski. We intended on interviewing the areas musicians. We felt there was some genuinely inspiring music being made. It deserved to be documented and somewhat preserved for future generations to discover. We moved on to interviewing absolutely anyone in Joliet working to make this city a better place. It actually is a great pace. We wanted to let the world know why. It was time for people to stand up and be proud of the culture growing here. There is, in fact, a renaissance taking place in Joliet. We are teaming up with The Joliet Public Library for a very special podcast series. There are so many things the library is doing to help usher this new era in. A lot of what they offer is an opportunity for you, citizen of Joliet, to contribute. 

In this episode, we learn about Project Burnham. Anneta Drilling, the Local History and Genealogy Librarian, gives us a bit of background on Daniel Burnham’s life. We here all about Project Burnham from Head Library Director Megan Millen and Communications Director Mallory Hewlett. The library is getting a makeover! New technology, study/meeting rooms, the reopening of closed off areas, and much more. Discover what the library has instore... 

 

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For the last two and a half years, this podcast has been featuring interviews from musicians, artists, brewers, chefs, event organizers, and business owners. Our hope was to show everyone that Joliet isn't just a crime ridden city. There is a renaissance beginning here. 

We are joining forces with The Joliet Public Library to bring you a very special podcast series. We’ll get to explore all that the library has to offer. Having this institution behind our efforts is one of the greatest victories to our cause. Join us in discovering the greatness of the JPL and the great City of Joliet. 

In the first episode, Catherine Adamowski Deputy Director and Megan Millen Executive director fill us in on what we can expect in the near future of the Joliet Public Library. 

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Tom Maslowski 

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At this point,we haven't done very many podcast episodes. 2019 was definitely slower in that department. But, we did start a new radio show broadcasted from WCSF 88.7fm out of The University of Saint Francis. It's caleed the Local Music Bonanza. We exclusively feature musicians that are not signed to a major label. Most of the bands are from Joliet, many of which have been interviewed on our podcast. We have also teamed up with The Joliet Public Library to start doing a whole new series on some of the history of Joliet. I cannot wait to dig into some of the rare artifacts and memorabilia the Library has to offer.

David Manchen is the frontman for A Dozen Paces. These guys play at The Drunken Doughnut quite a bit. You'll find them all over the area as well. I'd say the Doughnut is thier home court. David has been doing his part in keeping this vast music scene going by putting together Spotify and You Tube playlists of all of the areas artists. He had great performances during his interview. I think we'll be hearing alot from David in the years to come.

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We love Chicago Street Pub. We keep going back not only for the music. I do love personally love there potato soup and bistro beef. One of my favorite seasonal stouts are tap every year when it comes out(Founders KBS). But those aren't the only reasons either. It's the great times we have with the great friends we've met at The Pub. Dave requested that he give his first interview.....to us. This a perfect example of a typical night there. Seven people at the end of the night on a slow Wednesday. We had originally planned on recording in the studio like normal, but we figured what the hell. We wanted to make yet another attempt to get Ben Burkey to exercise his comedic tendencies in public(phrasing). We hope you can appreciate the good time we had recording this. Chicago Street Pubians, you will love this most.

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What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town is recorded live at Third City Sound on the third floor above Chicago Street Pub. Our goal is to keep you informed in real time about the Joliet Renissance. There's music, art, beer, food, history.....

Tawnie Cisneros and Nicole Mikuzis are a part of The Joliet Montessori School. They found some time to fill us in on what the Montessori philosophy is. They have some of the most innovative educational methods out there. I had no idea how old this educational method was. And, honey. We also learned about honey.

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David Francis & Tom Maslowski

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What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town is recorded live and uncut at Third City Sound in Downtown Joliet on the third floor above Chicago Street Pub. We are so grateful to know all of the folks doing such fantastic things in our city. We feel like it should be our duty to keep you informed of this renaissance.

Its important for communities to come together to make this world a great place to live. Even though Blue Island Beer Company isn't a Joliet establishment, they've been a large part of our community. They've poured their beers at a number of Joliet festivals including Hopstring Fest. You can find them at Joe's Beverage Depot on Jefferson, and on tap at Chicago Street Pub. They also host a ton of Joliet music at their brewery. We're big fans of what they do, and they're big fans of Joliet. We have a mutual commitment to community so we thought we'd have em on the show. I think a J-Town field trip is in order!

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We want you to be able to see the things we see in all of the people we've met while playing music, and now through doing these interviews. Our hub at the moment is Downtown Joliet. It's got this buzz around it. The city is starting to wake up. We will be doing our best to keep you up to date on What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town.

In Episode 55, we talk to Dan Dougherty. Dan's a comic strip artist. A damn good one, too. He's responsible for the cereation of Beardo, Touching Evil, and Floppy Cop. There's more, but I'll just post his website link below.....

He's also a guitarist and singer. He does just about all of the writing in his bands Workhorse Kings and On the Off Chance. He talks a little about his newest project in the recording studio now. Dan played a couple of songs during the interview for us.

Also, Bill was the guest host. He runs the studio. He's responsible for recording many of Joliet's latest releases. And, he isn't showing any signs of slowing down either. He's a stellar bassist, also. VV for life, yo.

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It's What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town's second anniversary. On February 23, 2017 our first episode was released on Facebook featuring Riverhorse. Since then we've also become a community events page on Twitter and Instagram. We also have begun a radio show called The What's Goin' Down In Downtown J-Town's Local Music Bonanza on WCSF 88.7 from The University of Saint Francis. We play music from unsigned musical artists from Joliet as well as band from all over the country that have played in Joliet. We record our show live at Third City Sound on the third floor above Chicago Street Pub. The Pub was what remained a community hub in a dismal Joliet for years. It's finally starting to pay off as this great city is waking up once again. Our goal is to keep you as informed about it as possible in real time.

Ava Suppelsa has played in and around Joliet for a bit. You've seen her at The Pub. She's been at the Tim Placher Shindig at the Shanty. This coming Monday February 25th, 2019 she'll be opening the year's first Local Music Monday at the Rialto Square Theater. Ava has become a Nashville songwriter with great success penning songs for other performers. We were more than happy that she agreed, and had time, to give us an interview. Within our standard two songs per artist, she was cool enough to give us an impromptu performance of a song she wrote for herself. She's also gonna be playing at John Condron's Hot Seat Concert Series at Tribe's Ale House Sunday February 24th, 2019. We enjoyed our time with Ava...you will, too.

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David Francis & Tom Maslowski

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We record our podcast on the third floor above Chicago Street Pub at Third City Sound in Downtown Joliet. We wanna keep you informed of all the positive things that are happening in our city. There is constantly new music coming out. New businesses are opening. Fest keep getting planned. We would like to show you a great time!

We had such a great time hangin out with Casimer Kolasa for this episode. His band Sunwise is really cool. They are a Joliet based heavy band. It's not really metal, but they bring it just the same. He's a good dude that always comes out to shows and supports everyone's events. He rebooted the old favorite Mustache fest in November of 2018. It was primarily heavier music held at two different venues in Downtown Joliet. Elder Brewing Company kicked it off....Chicago Street Pub closed it out. Casimer is gonna be back at Elder Brewing on January 18, 2019 for the release of the new Sunwise album, Mistakes Were Made. He also owns Wilmington Collision. We get into that a little bit, too.

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We're excited to release the first of four parts to The Steel City Stories II. Alex Hoffer hosts this event that was held at Elder Brewing Company's first anniversary party in November of 2018. It was a great night of some of Joliet's favorite songwriters taking turns playing they're own tunes. They did four rounds just as they did in the first Steel City Stories. There was a mix of musicians that had done the first one along with new comers to the event. They were Brian Motyll, John Condron, Allison Flood, Chris Flood, Jrossgreen, Pete Jive, Alex Hoffer, and Eric Totherow in that order. Brent James of the Righteous Hillbillies made an appearance, too towards the end of the night. He'd been hangin out in the crowd when somebody had asked him to jump on up. We'll fill ya in on it when we release that round. We love listening to these folks play. It's cool to hear them play without bands, or to hear songs evolve over time. We hope you'll feel the same.

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