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Back To The Video Store Speakeasy Pop-Up

Back To The Video Store Speakeasy Pop-Up

The creative minds behind Bucketlisters, known for their successful ventures like The Golden Girls Kitchen and The Malibu Barbie Cafe, are delighted to introduce their latest immersive experience: the [Back 2 The Video Store Speakeasy](https://bucketlisters.com/experience/back-2-the-video-store-a-90s-speakeasy-bar-chicago), debuting on Friday, August 25th. This captivating pop-up endeavor will transport you back to the nostalgic era of browsing movie aisles before the age of streaming. However, there's a modern twist: an exquisitely stocked bar offering a diverse range of cocktails and mocktails. With a vintage-style membership card in hand, guests can wander through the store, choosing their cinematic gem (paired with a themed beverage) inspired by iconic releases from the 90s and 2000s. Once a selection is made, it's off to the counter where a skilled Videotender will craft the perfect libation, all without the worry of any late fees. Adding to the excitement, the beloved Throwback Movie Club is set to make a triumphant return during the pop-up's duration. A lineup of timeless classics such as Mean Girls, Back to the Future, Clueless, Good Burger, and more will grace the screen atop one of Wicker Park's finest rooftops, promising an unforgettable cinematic journey. Get your spot, [here](https://bucketlisters.com/experience/back-2-the-video-store-a-90s-speakeasy-bar-chicago).

The Voice Of The Golden Girls

The Voice Of The Golden Girls

In the vibrant world of music, there exists a luminary whose voice has left an indelible mark on the hearts of millions. Meet Cindy Fee, a gifted singer and performer known for her enchanting melodies and the captivating emotions she weaves through her music. Born into a family with a passion for the arts, Cindy's musical journey began at a young age. Growing up in a nurturing environment that encouraged creativity, she found solace in song and discovered the unique resonance her voice possessed. As a child, Cindy would harmonize with the chirping birds outside her window and sing along to the rhythm of raindrops on her rooftop, signaling the emergence of an extraordinary talent. With her heart set on sharing her musical gift with the world, Cindy embarked on a dedicated pursuit of her dreams. As a teenager, she joined local choirs and participated in talent shows, her voice gaining recognition for its radiant timbre and emotional depth. Little did she know that these early experiences would set the stage for her future success. In her pursuit of excellence, Cindy honed her vocal prowess and embraced a diverse range of musical styles. From soulful ballads to catchy pop tunes, her vocal versatility knew no bounds. This versatility became her greatest asset as she ventured into the competitive world of jingle singing. Cindy's mesmerizing voice soon graced the airwaves through commercials, as she lent her talents to various advertising campaigns. Her ability to infuse jingles with a sense of warmth and familiarity earned her accolades and endeared her to audiences far and wide. Her voice became the melody that lingered in the minds of listeners, breathing life into products and forever connecting her name to the art of jingle singing. Additionally, Cindy had the privilege of collaborating with the renowned country music legend Kenny Rogers. Their duet, 'I Don't Want To Know Why,' was featured on Kenny Rogers' 1984 album titled 'What About Me?' The song showcased their musical chemistry and further solidified Cindy Fee's reputation as a talented and versatile singer. As the world became enchanted by Cindy Fee's vocal magic, destiny had something even grander in store for her. A serendipitous moment arrived when she was approached to perform a theme song for a new TV show called 'The Golden Girls.' Little did she know that this would be the turning point of her career. With heart and soul, Cindy sang the timeless anthem, "Thank You For Being A Friend," capturing the essence of friendship and love in every note. The song soared to heights of popularity, becoming an emblem of the beloved television series and etching her name into the hearts of fans worldwide. As the theme song resonated across generations, Cindy Fee became synonymous with the heartwarming camaraderie of 'The Golden Girls.' Yet, her artistry did not rest solely on this iconic theme song. Cindy continued to craft her path in the music industry, showcasing her unique flair as a solo artist. Her discography became a tapestry of emotions, with each song weaving stories of love, life's joys, and the wisdom of experience. Beyond her musical endeavors, Cindy Fee's compassionate spirit led her to contribute to charitable causes, using her platform to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Her commitment to giving back illuminated the depth of her character and endeared her to a legion of devoted admirers. As time passed, Cindy Fee's name became legendary, and her songs remained eternally etched in the collective memory of music enthusiasts. Her voice, like a beautiful echo, continued to enchant audiences, bringing a touch of magic to every performance. From the humble beginnings of a young girl with a dream to the resplendent heights of a musical icon, Cindy Fee's journey is a testament to the transformative power of music. Her legacy lives on, an everlasting symphony that reminds us of the beauty and wonder that lie within the human soul. The musical odyssey of Cindy Fee will forever inspire generations to find their own voice and create melodies that resonate with the world.

Cosmic Country

Cosmic Country

Music is ever-changing, building on the past to bridge the gap to the future. Musician Daniel Donato is invoking his musical heroes in his own music, giving him a genre of his very own. He calls it “cosmic country.” Donato, a 25-year-old Nashville native, has distilled those life lessons into his debut album, “A Young Man’s Country,” his proper introduction to the general musical audience. Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium in a mere two days and produced by guitar-ace Robben Ford, the record weaves outlaw country, Grateful Dead-style Americana, and first-rate songwriting into a singular form Donato calls “21st-century cosmic country.” Chicago Scene caught up with Donato before a gig at Chicago’s Bourbon on Division in Wicker Park. “They think there’s something that tips the scale in ways they don’t understand,” Donato said about his music style. “But what actually tips the scale is the amount of thought and analysis I put into my work and art, all of which is taken from the lessons of my life.” Since the age of 12, Donatto has lived, breathed, and immersed himself in all things music. At 16 he became the youngest musician to regularly play the iconic honky Tonk Robert’s Western World while gigging with the Don Kelley Band. It wasn’t long before he was busking on lower Broadway in Nashville, playing eight hours a day on weekends for tips. It was after one of those days’ sessions that he got the nerve to sneak into Robert’s Western World on a night when house act The Don Kelley Band was playing. He said that night changed him, forever. “It was the first time I ever saw a band that was that good up close,” Donato said. “So I’m literally watching them play and I’m crying. I decided right then that I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world.” Incubated to the sounds of the Grateful Dead, educated by some of Nashville’s finest players and having more than 2,000 shows under his belt and a social media presence, Donato is a trailblazer. The message of his songs contains the central tenet of Donato’s “Cosmic Country” ethos, which is about finding the courage to blaze your own path. To learn more about Donato and his “comic country” music, [click here](https://danieldonato.com/).