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On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar & Ballast Point presents
On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting
Thursday, Aug. 275:30-7 PM
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588
 
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Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar in conjunction with our friends at Ballast Point will be hosting a special On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting on Thursday, August 27 between 5:30 and 7 PM. You’ll be able to meet the brewer Chris Klein to answer any and all Ballast Point questions and of course taste a selection of their specialty beers plus a new designed cocktail especially inspired for the summer.

We will be tapping the following special beers:

Calm Before the Storm- Cream ale with Coffee and Vanilla  5.5% ABV (16 oz/$7)

A coffee ale with a touch of cream.

Calm Before the Storm came from a quest for a warm weather alternative to their Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. Like its more robust cousin, we infuse a punch of flavor using cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. But this time, they added it to a lighter-bodied golden cream ale. The end result is a surprisingly bright, coffee-forward beer that’s perfectly refreshing.

Nitro Sculpin- IPA 7% ABV (16 oz/$7)

Inspired by their customers, employees and brewers, the Sculpin IPA is bright with aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon. Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. This delicious Ballast Point Ale took a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting.

Ginger Big Eye- IPA with Ginger 7% ABV (16oz/$7)

We this beer Ballast Point takes their year-round production Big Eye IPA and infuse fresh skinned, sliced ginger root into the beer post fermentation. The spicy Centennial hops used in Big Eye go very well with the spicy taste and aromatics from the fresh ginger root. The solid malt backbone of Big Eye also lends itself well to ginger, almost adding a candied component as it blends across your palate.

Thai Chili Wahoo White- Belgian Witbier with Thai Chili peppers  4.5% ABV (16 oz/$7)

Wahoo Wheat is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity.True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.

Victory at Sea- Imperial Porter w/Coffee and Vanilla 10% ABV (13 oz/$8)

A big porter crafted to weather any storm. Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. They infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.

Summer-inspired Cocktail –

Mexican Manhattan ($10)

Made with Ballast Point Horchata Vodka

For further information on Ballast Point: http://www.ballastpoint.com/

For further information on this event contact Patrick Gossett @ pjg0180@gmail.com 

Eclectic Evenings & Choice Cuts

Tues Aug. 25 – Evening Becomes Eclectic – DJ Zach Edwards

’60s rock through ’80s pop.


Weds Aug. 26 – The Burying Ground Gospel Showcase – DJ William Luck

Powerful Gospel music from 1950-1980



Thurs Aug 27 5:30-7pm – On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting

Maria’s and Ballast Point will be hosting a special On Point Tap Take-Over & Tasting. You’ll be able to meet the brewer Chris Klein to answer any and all Ballast Point questions and of course taste a selection of their specialty beers plus a new designed cocktail especially inspired for the summer.

 
Thurs Aug 27 – Everything merges with the night – DJs: Jillian Musielak & Tom Owens

Each month we will choose a card from the “oblique strategies” deck, as developed by Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt.  These cards contain simple phrases or cryptic remarks that can be used to inspire creative thought.  We will be using them to determine our musical theme each month.  As a general rule, we will be playing house, ambient, experimental, and psychedelic music from around the globe. This month’s card reads “ask your body.

 
Fri Aug 28 –  Super Cutz – DJ Joe Bryl

A night of dance beats galore featuring breakbeats from around the globe including funk, Latin boogaloo, house, Brazilian, techno, reggae, boogie, African, electro, jazz, acid and other beats for movin’ & groovin’.

 
Sat. Aug. 29 – Music, All styles: DJ Logan Bay

An eclectic electronic music journey


Sun Aug 30 – Bartender’s Choice

Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails

 
Mon Aug 31 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

Smooth Grooves & Eclectic Vibes

This week at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar…



Tues. Aug. 18 – The Luck of Lucien Presents: Smoothest Grooves in the Galaxy

The Immortal Smooth Daddy: The Luck of Lucien, brings to you a collection of funky and smooth music amassed from every corner of the galaxy. Offering you pleasure in 7 and 12 inches, 2nd Tuesdays at Maria’s promises to be an intergalactic evening of funky beats and sweet libations. Hot Wax for all.



Weds. Aug. 19 –  Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez

A compilation of house music to italo disco from new wave to alternative rock.



Thurs. Aug. 20 – Middle Est Melodies & Garage Psych – DJ Catieo

Spinnin’ Middle Eastern melodies from the 60s and 70s, Les Mogul where Turkish folk meets fuzz rock, more of Omar Khorshid, Raks Raks Raks from Iran, Persian pop from the Pomengranates, Siluetler, Turkish garage rock, and experimental electronic music while dipping into psychadelic and rock n’ roll tunes from the 60s and 70s including Argentina’s Los Walkers, Los Moonlights, The Seasons, The Knights of Uruguay, and many other trippy rockin’ tunes.

Fri. Aug. 21 – Eclectic Ladyland – DJ Joe Bryl

An aural exploration into the wide reaches of recorded music showcasing the best in new releases, re-issues and rare crate diggin’ finds. Warm sounds, soothing cocktails and beers are flowing all night.

Sat. Aug. 22 – Future Is Cancelled – DJ Mike Broers

Pairs rare electronic jams with strange cinematic gems for this multimedia extravaganza.


Sun. Aug. 23 – The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Record Night – Host Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina plus special guests

Digging deep into little heard thrift store finds from the personal collection of some of Chicago’s groove merchants
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At Co-Prosperity – Homebrewer’s Ball: 4-7 PM



Mon. Aug. 24 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

Secret South Side Spins

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The “Don’t Stop the Draft” Happy Hour drink specials will feature our specialty summer draft cocktail selections from 4-7 PM. These cocktails include . . .
Rosemary Fizz 
Gin, House made rosemary simple, organic lemon juice
Tequila Sunset
Blanco Tequila, Aperol, Lime, Agave simple
Palmers Pint
House ginger peach infused vodka, Black tea & Organic lemonade
These draft cocktails are priced for the Happy Hour @ $5 (regularly priced @ $8 at non-Happy Hour times) and are perfect thirst quenchers for these hot and humid Chicago summers. Happy Hour Specials run weekly from Sunday through Thursday and from 4 until 7 PM.

Tues Aug 11 – Lechstafari

Spinning the best in funk, soul, Afrobeat, disco and boogie

Weds. Aug 12 –  Secret Crush – DJ Cotton Fantasy, Coach Orenstrong, Princey Baby

The infectious sounds of boogie, new wave, soul, and soft rock — all vinyl, all good vibes, all night. Come dance with us all night long. Bring your secret crush.

Thurs. Aug. 13 – Tropical Liaisons – DJ Alan Van Kowski

Join us monthly for bringing you the best in International Underground Dance Music. Traveling to Miami and Ibiza isn’t necessarily required.

Fri. Aug. 14 –  Spins & Needles – DJ Clark Quente

A night is dedicated to ‘the format of integrity’ – vinyl! That’s right kids; All vinyl. All night. From Mod rockers to psychedelic soul, from righteous jazz tracks to dub plates and Brazilian Tropicalia to tripped-out dance beats.

Sat. Aug. 15 – Stranger Days – DJ Logan Bay plus special guests


Electric, New Wave and just plain Weirdness

Sun. Aug. 16 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR

This is a journey into sound with local hip hop producer BEAT TRAVLR w/ special guests featuring hip hop/down tempo

Mon. Aug. 17 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

South Side Sound Dimensions

Tues. Aug. 4 – The Bored Enthusiast – DJ Perpetual Rebel

Exploring different genres and moods of tunes from jazz to funk to hip-hop to soul, to experimental

Weds. Aug. 5 –  The Shuttered Room – DJ Le Deuce

Every first Wednesday of the month playing a diverse set of post punk, synthpop, minimal wave, dark wave & electro

Thurs. Aug. 6 – The Global Griot – DJ Mwelwa

A global mix of reggae, morna, forro, semba, salsa, bachata, samba, merengue, afrobeat, ndombolo, rai, jazz, funk, son, soukous, blues, calypso, classical, rock, bhangra, zouk, house, soca, and various types of Arabic, Indian & African varieties

Fri. Aug. 7 – Smokey Joe’s South Side Soul Shack – DJ “Smokey” Joe Bryl

Featuring the best sweaty soul tracks, funk bombs, raucous R&B, and underground disco beats from the past and the present

Sat. Aug. 8 – Odd Style from the Numbered Streets – DJs Scrabblor & Dookie Blaster

Starts and ends with R&B and travels the beats between from hip hop to rock to jazz to disco.

Sun. Aug. 9 –  Bartender’s Choice

Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails

Mon. Aug. 10 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

New Sound Dimensions & Cool Cuts in Bridgeport

Tues. July 28 – Rebirth of the Cool – DJ David Tropicalazo

 
Digging deep with soulful, funky jazz. All on vinyl.
 
Weds. July 29 – Pretty All Right Night hosted by Pilsen-based label (Pretty All Right) with DJs Tom Owens & Jillian Musielak

 
Spinning tapes from the underground, along with electronic, experimental, ambient, beats, industrial, & Chicago house
 
Thurs. July 30 – Soulphonics – DJ Rich Ang

 
Deep, soulful, and old school house.
Fri. July 31 – Cover 2 Cover – DJs Tony Medina, David Tropicalazo & Joe Bryl

 
A night of little heard cover versions unearthing little musical offerings that pay tribute to their forefathers original incarnations and beginnings.
 
Sat. Aug. 1 – Sonorama – DJs Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca

 
The Sonorama crew will be featuring the rhythms of mambo, rumba, cumbia, guaracha, garage, rock and other musical genres of Latin America and the shocking cinematic treasures of Mexican horror films and Lucha Libre wrestling
 
Sun. Aug. 2 – Bartender’s Choice

 
Maria’s expert mixologists mix up the tunes and cocktails
 
Mon. Aug. 3 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

 
Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

Don’t Stop the Draft – Happy Hour Specials

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents:

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Don’t Stop the Draft – Happy Hour Specials
Starting Sunday August 94 to 7 PM
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL. 60608, 773-890-0588

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar will be kicking off it’s Happy Hour specials beginning Sunday, August 9. Our “Don’t Stop the Draft” Happy Hour drink specials will feature our specialty summer draft cocktail selections from 4 until 7 PM. These cocktails include . . .

Rosemary Fizz 
Gin, House made rosemary simple, organic lemon juice

Tequila Sunset
Blanco Tequila, Aperol, Lime, Agave simple

Palmers Pint
House ginger peach infused vodka, Black tea & Organic lemonade

These draft cocktails are priced for the Happy Hour @ $5 (regularly priced @ $8 at non-Happy Hour times) and are perfect thirst quenchers for these hot and humid Chicago summers.

These Happy Hour Specials run weekly from Sunday through Thursday and from 4 until 7 PM.

Cusp Feature About Maria and all the Other Stuff..

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A lovely piece by Cusp magazine about Maria, the bar and all the other stuff.

Smooth Grooves & Other South Side Scores

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…

Tues. July 21 –  The Luck of Lucien Presents: Smoothest Grooves in the Galaxy

The Immortal Smooth Daddy: The Luck of Lucien, brings to you a collection of funky and smooth music amassed from every corner of the galaxy. Offering you pleasure in 7 and 12 inches, 2nd Tuesdays at Maria’s promises to be an intergalactic evening of funky beats and sweet libations. Hot Wax for all.
 

Weds. July 22 – The Burying Ground Gospel Showcase – DJ William Luck

Powerful Gospel music from 1950-1980
 

Thurs. July 23 – Rare Groove Night – DJ John Jacobs

A catalogue of Soul, Funk, Jazz, and Disco music that is relatively obscure or difficult to source.
 

Fri. July 24 – Super Cutz – DJ Joe Bryl

A night of dance beats galore featuring breakbeats from around the globe including funk, Latin boogaloo, house, Brazilian, techno, reggae, boogie, African, electro, jazz, acid and other beats for movin’ & groovin’.
 

Sat. July 25 – Stranger Days – DJ Logan Bay

Electric, New Wave and just plain Weirdness
Sun. July 26 –  The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Record Night, Part VI – Host Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina plus special guests

Digging deep into little heard thrift store finds from the personal collection of some of Chicago’s groove merchants
 

Mon. July 27 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)

INTRODUCING THE LUMPEN RADIO APP…

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Lumpen Radio ( WLPN ) is almost on the air at 105.5FM in Chicago as we work on getting our Tower lease figured out. But now WLPN can be listened to at any time on the iPhone and ipad. Please download our new radio app developed by our friend, Josh Habdas, at the App Store. Download here or do a search for Lumpen Radio and it will be there! If yer using android we will eventually get an app for ya. But in the meantime all desktop and mobile users can still listen to Lumpen Radio live at lumpenradio.com.

Bridgeport Beats and South Side Spins This Weekend

Sat. July 18 – Future Is Cancelled – DJ Mike Broers

Pairs rare electronic jams with strange cinematic gems for this multimedia extravaganza.
 

Sun. July 19 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR

This is a journey into sound with local hip hop producer BEAT TRAVLR w/ special guests featuring hip hop/down tempo
 

Mon. July 20 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) along with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay)