Page 1

TEAM IMAGE Publisher��������������������������������������������� Paul Sorkin Editor-in-Chief���������������������������Brad Messinger Events & Advertising Manager������� Omar Hussain brad messinger paul sorkin Omar Hussain

Art Director/Copy Editor����������������� Mike Pruim Creative/Advertising Coordinator��������� Ivy Ataska Contributing Photo Editor��������Danielle Fornarelli

from the


Contributing Writers

With music festival season in full swing, it’s only appropriate that August is our official month of melody at IMAGE. It’s around this time each year when we get the chance to let loose with our music section and showcase a variety of eclectic elements that are sure to strike a chord with any music lover. We’ve compiled all of the best interviews, profiles, and pictures of 2010 to create what I consider the “Lollapalooza” of all music issues—the biggest and best batch of music content we have ever delivered! The stage is set by our cover story featuring DJ Tiesto. The world-renowned artist is well known for blurring the lines between genres and mesmerizing listeners with his musical prowess. His resume includes a performance at the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics, a Grammy nomination, and sold-out tours across the globe. See what the world’s hottest DJ has to say on page 50. Also in the mix, you’ll find an interview with American Idol standout turned superstar Adam Lambert on page 46, a chat with Creed about their ultimate hard rock reunion on page 38, and get to know Michael Jackson’s guitar goddess turned solo sensation, Orianthi, on page 42. We’ve also pulled some features right from our own backyard, with profiles on up-and-coming local talents DJ Pullano and NaPalm.

Andy Argyrakis, Nicole Moneer Guerrero, Katie Morell, Mike Pruim, Christy Collins, Danielle Fornarelli, Ashley Davis, Steve Starr

Fashion Photography Billy Rood

Event Photography Scot Scott

Model Jenna Lipps

Hair, Make-up, & Styling Carol Wood, Milan Richardson

Distribution BJ Baransky

invicta group Paul Sorkin

Jeremy Green

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Brad Messinger

Kevin Wielgus

Marketing Manager

Director of Sales

Ed Liceaga

Les Walgreen

Investor Relations Consultant

Director of Product Development

This is like the iPod Shuffle of music issues, packed with talent and full of surprises, so enjoy the diverse mix we have to offer this month.

Patrick Farah

Faraz Khan

Enjoy the issue!

Business Development Consultant

Information Systems Manager

Brad Messinger Editor-in-Chief Feedback:


music ISSUE | august 2010

214 W Ohio, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60610 Proud Printing Partner of STL Graphics Group, 1000 E. State Parkway, Suite A, Schaumburg, IL 60173

august 2010


volume 5 | issue 5



46 42  

6  From the Editor

your best image


  24  Lacuna Artist Loft Studios

  12  Design IMAGE | Some Like it Hot!

  64  Y Bar

  16  Fitness IMAGE | Pre-Workout Pick Me Ups

  76  Sushi Samba

  20  Drink IMAGE | BYOB Heaven


  66  Health IMAGE | The New Face of Plastic Surgery

  38  Creed

  70  IMAGE Profile | Matthew Bigelow

  42  Orianthi

  74  STARRlight | Evan Lysacek

  46  Adam Lambert


  50  Tiesto

  28  Harly

  58  Na Palm   62  DJ Pullano


music ISSUE | august 2010

Design IMAGE

collins designs Presents:

Some Like it Hot! (Featuring Marilyn Monroe, 1959) Movie in the park! This is one of my all time favorite things to do during the Chicago summer. I just cannot help myself; I exude southern hospitality! I drape vintage Wisconsin linens over Crate and Barrel’s “Ravinia” tables and anchor them with several colorful African blankets purchased from the Maasai tribe. The stage is set for a spirited group of moviegoers!   Our picnic area glows softly with flickering faux candles and twinkling string lights. Each individual nestles in on Asian-inspired floor pillows and clutches a basket lined in coordinating papers and filled with fried chicken from Harold’s


Music ISSUE | august 2010

The collins design team

Chicken Shack. From the Farmer’s Market, there are fresh fingerling potatoes, assorted cheeses and dips, and homemade pickles. Although we finish the evening with Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes and a ripe peach and blueberry cobbler, the inspiration does not stop there. While the actors and actresses usually steal the show, it is the setting—with its use of lighting, furnishings, colors, and fabrics, along with a vibrant soundtrack—that sets the mood and inspires us to bring the screen to life in our own interiors.   Here are some pieces inspired by Chicago’s Park District movie and soundtrack selections:



1 The Beatles (1960) An English rock band, formed


2 3 4






in Liverpool, was one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music and movies. British influences in interiors are seen here in this embroidered pillow. And God Created Woman (1956) …while God was doing that, man created this French settee, featuring actress Brigitte Bardot. Jimmy Hendrix (1967) Pop art, Cassette on Canvas. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning play was set primarily upstairs in a sexy southern bedroom. Our version of the iron bed is shown here. Brick Pollitt not included. Flower Drum Song (1957) Chinese American author C. Y. Lee inspired this musical which received six Tony Award nominations. The song “I Love Being a Girl” was sung in front of the ultimate feminine furniture item, this vanity by Drexel Heritage. The Neverending Story (1979) Fantasia is a fantasy world being destroyed by the Nothing, which represents the lack of imagination in the real world. Everyone needs a luck dragon... and a bright white and moonlike décor. Sex in the City II (2010) The sequel begins with Sarah Jessica Parker confessing that she has been “cheating on fashion with furniture!” Here, we are featuring that amazing Thomas O’Brien Hallings secretary in which Mr. Big had the gall to place a TV. The Goodfellas (1970 ) “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.” -Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955. The Gun lamp.



5 7 august 2010 | music ISSUE




Music ISSUE | august 2010

Pre-Workout Pick Me Ups By Nicole Moneer Guerrero

To be successful at anything you have to have a plan. Do I sound like a broken record yet? If you want to have an effective training session it’s important to fuel your body with the right nutrients. Do you ever find yourself dragging your ass to the gym? I think we all know that feeling. Whether you’re at the gym, a local health food store, or shopping online, you may be a wee bit overwhelmed with the plethora of products claiming to make you feel like the energizer bunny. So what do you take in this saturated, supplement-filled world to kick your energy up a notch? For starters, it’s going to require a little bit of trial and error on your part. Just like no two people are alike, no two products you see on the market are alike. You’ll need to figure out what will work best for you so let’s go over your options.  The first one is pretty easy: based on research, you need to stuff your face with some real food about 30-60 minutes prior to the beating your body is about to get. Let me define real food so we are all on the same page: a protein source and a carbohydrate. This will reduce the chance of your body going into a catabolic state, which means your tissues and muscles will be breaking down—not what we want. In order to avoid this, here are a few choices for you to consume pre-workout: august 2010 | music ISSUE



Proteins Choose one: chicken breast, protein shake, lentils, greek yogurt, edamame, egg whites, or low fat cottage cheese. If possible, steer clear of energy or protein bars. Most are loaded with additives and sugars and, since they aren’t “real” food, they are for the most part crapola.

Carbohydrates Choose one: brown rice, oatmeal, a whole grain bagel, rice cakes, sweet or red potatoes, couscous, and the list goes on.   If you already eat something similar to this and you still lack pizzazz, then let’s move on to some other ways to fuel up your bod.

when you go back on it you’ll be much more sensitive to it’s effects.

Nitric Oxide If you’re a bonafide GNC shopper or fan, then I am sure you have either seen or contested to the following Top 5 products containing Nitric Oxide (NO): 1. Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump 250 2. BSN NO-Xplode 3.VPX NO Shotgun 4.Universal Animal Stak 5. Controlled Labs White Flood.   NO generates the pumping action that will increase the volume of muscles. It also helps aid natural muscle growth

Pre-workout supplements are designed to give your body the nutrients needed to give you that extra push during your training sessions! Caffeine As society’s habitual pick me up, caffeine has been reported to amplify exercise performance if ingested beforehand. Whether it’s in the form of your morning coffee mug, aluminum can of energy, or pills waiting to be popped, caffeine has the ability to increase fat oxidation (in layman’s terms, it’s the ability to break down and metabolize fat and use it as a source of energy). NOTE: if you are a regular caffeine user, you will develop a tolerance over time that will minimize any impact on your performance. With that said, this may be one product that just doesn’t cut it for you and your workouts anymore. If that’s the case, try dabbling in some of the things I mention next. Otherwise, you may want to wane off of caffeine for a week or two at a time. You’re thinking, “Yea right, go without caffeine?” Try it sometime. Even though it will be a huge undertaking for you to withstand the headaches and irritability,


Music ISSUE | august 2010

and boosts your strength, endurance, and power. It actually helps you stay alert, encourages greater weight lifting capabilities, and helps improve your overall health which will lead to a good and potent life. NO is king!

branch chained amino acids Also known as BCAAs, these include the three indispensable amino acids (valine, leucine, and isoleucine) which make up one-third of muscle protein. BCAA supplements may help prevent the break down of muscle tissue, particularly during high intensity aerobic activity and they also aid in recovery post-workout. The body converts the BCAAs into two other amino acids (glutamine and alanine) which are then released in large amounts throughout the body. Conclusive human findings have shown that BCAAs have a direct performance enhancing effect during exercise. The muscles may also be able to use BCAAs as a source of fuel

when muscle glycogen levels are depleted. Pre-exercise 3 grams is essential for an anabolic effect. Most protein powders contain these; in addition, you can take them in pill and powder form. There are food sources from which you can obtain BCAAs, but in many cases some supplements are better than real food depending on dosage. Whichever way you choose to invest in this supplement, you won’t go wrong.

bee pollen Another winning choice is bee pollen. Bee pollen is sometimes called ‘the perfect food.’ Bee pollen benefits stem from the fact that it contains more than 96 different nutrients, including every single nutrient that is needed to sustain human life. It’s considered high in B vitamins and human performance studies clearly dismiss any efficacious use as an ergogenic aid during both aerobic and anaerobic activity. Now, if you’re allergic to bees then I don’t recommend taking this one...seriously. Pre-workout supplements are designed to give your body the nutrients needed to give you that extra push during your training sessions! Increased blood flow, better mental focus, enhanced muscle pumps, and increased energy are just a few reasons why more and more people are adding these types of products into their plans. Besides nutrition, supplementation is arguably the most vital factor regarding how fast you get results. Happy training! ■ References: Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements. Antonio, J et al., Springer Publishing, 2008.

Check out weekly workout tips at www.holosfitness. com. If you’re looking for new workout apparel, try For more information about Nicole's background, client testimonials, online nutrition programs, personal training, or to purchase workout DVDs, please visit www.nicolemoneer. com. Photo Credit: www.

Free delivery throughout Chicagoland. The FruitGuys service is available nationwide.

100% quality guarantee and FREE wellness tools included with weekly service For information, contact your Midwest Representative Aaron Smith 312-878-0737


BYOB heaven

BY Katie Morell


ith Chicago’s tough liquor license restrictions, there are hundreds of BYOBs all over the city—many with some of the best food in town. Here are a few bring-your-own establishments sure to please the most discerning of pallets:

Chilam Balam 3023 N. Broadway St. 773.296.6901 Celebrating its one-year anniversary in August, Chilam Balam is already a staple on Chicago’s BYOB scene. The Mexican restaurant may be a little


Music ISSUE | august 2010

difficult to find as it is tucked away on an underground floor on North Broadway in Lakeview, but once you are there, you won’t want to leave. Colorful walls decked out with eclectic art give the eatery a lively vibe, and most ingredients come from local farms. Plates are made to share, so have fun with various eats. Don’t leave without trying the goat!

Coast Sushi Bar 2045 North Damen Ave. 773.235.5775 A perfect date location with low lighting and stark colors, Coast Sushi

Bar is a popular BYOB mainstay in Bucktown. Even though its décor gives off a high-end vibe, prices are reasonable and the service is far from snooty. Make sure to try the White Dragon roll and Namasake Don. Yum.

Tango Sur 3763 N. Southport Ave. 773.477.5466 A delicious slice of Argentina right on Southport and Grace in Lakeview, Tango Sur is always sure to please. Want to set the scene for a romantic evening for two? Head inside and enjoy soft

candlelight. Out with friends but crave a great steak? Ask for a table outside on the restaurant’s flower-lined patio. In addition to its enticing atmosphere, Tango Sur also boasts some of the best Provoleta (cheese grilled with olive oil and red peppers) in the city, and if your date turns out to be crap, at least the servers are nice eye candy.

Lan’s Old Town 1507 North Sedgwick St. 312.255.9888 Located on Sedgwick in Old Town, Lan’s is a BYOB favorite, offering tasty Chinese

august 2010 | music ISSUE


drink IMAGE

Chilam Balam



home bistro


Music ISSUE | august 2010

food at affordable prices. The hot and sour soup is incredible (and very hot), as is the Szechuan Beef and Kung Po Chicken.

Cozy Noodles & Rice 3456 N. Sheffield 773.327.0100

Mixteco Grill 1601 West Montrose Ave. 773.868.1601 If you’re in the mood for a great meal with friends but don’t care much about atmosphere, head over the Mixteco Grill in Lakeview. Although this Mexican spot may not be highly-stylized (but is clean none the less), no one seems to notice because the food is so good. Some of the best items on the menu include the trout and lamb, both served with the eatery’s famous mole sauce. Reservations recommended.

Located on Sheffield just a few blocks south of Wrigley Field, Cozy Noodles & Rice is the perfect Thai eatery for the funky at heart. Every inch of the restaurant’s walls is decked out in vintage figurines, which makes for a great conversation starter for those on an awkward first date. The prices are rock bottom—often two for the price of one—and the food is delicious. Make sure to try the Basil Leaves and Green Curry.

(k)new Restaurant 2556 W. Fullerton Ave. 773.772.7721 www.knewrestaurant

HB Home Bistro 3404 N. Halsted St. 773.661.0299 An adorable storefront restaurant in the heart of Boystown, HB Home Bistro serves up fantastic food with a little French twist. Executive Chef Joncarl Lachman has rocketed the café to stardom in recent years with awards coming in from regional and national outlets. Don’t leave without trying the almond stuffed dates and pork knuckle pappardelle.

After closing Think last year, Chef Omar Rodriguez opened (k)new Restaurant last fall and has enjoyed excellent reviews ever since. The upscale eatery, located in Logan Square, offers contemporary American fare and, as an extra bonus, a prix fixe menu on Wednesdays. The duck breast, white asparagus salad, and beef tenderloin appetizer are divine.

Paprika Indian Gourmet 2547 W. Lawrence Ave. 773.338.4906

Antica Pizzeria Ristorante 5665. N. Clark St. 773.944.1492 Only celebrating its second anniversary in October, Andersonville’s Antica Pizzeria Ristorante has already made a splash with Chicago’s BYOB crowd. A wood-burning oven glows at the back of the restaurant as savory pizza scents travel from table to table. An evening at Antica isn’t complete without trying pizzas with the names Funghi, Fattoressa, and Pistacchio e Speck.

Arguably one of the best Indian restaurants in the city, Paprika Indian Gourmet is a Lincoln Square favorite. The family-owned eatery serves up piping hot veggie somosas, naan to die for and mouth-watering mattar pannir (green peas, cheese, and tomato sauce). Also tasty are the crab cakes, butter chicken, and chicken korma. ■

Katie Morell is a freelance writer based in Chicago.

august 2010 | music ISSUE


Your best IMAGE | Lacuna Artist Loft Studios

Miami nights in chicago An evening of entertainment while heating up the Chicago night, South Beach style. Photography by Scot Scott


igh atop a a sizzling 6000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace, soulful live music permeated the air while a variety of people admired the breathtaking panoramic view of the skyline. This was the scene earlier this month when Chicago’s finest congregated at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios (2150 S. Canalport Avenue) for Miami Nights in Chicago, presented by Luxe Lifestyle Productions.  Guests nibbled on cuisine by Sunda, Natalino Restaurant, and Chef Ron Geiger as they enjoyed a live Latin band, music by DJ Gus from Y Bar, a dance performance by Urban Vibe, and a special bikini runway show by M.GO Fashion Salon. They also had the chance to participate in a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle for a chance to win tons of great prizes Proceeds from the event will benefit The Princess in You Foundation, a cause committed to empowering and motivating young women by providing them with the tools they need to succeed, and Jimmy Insulin 1-1 Diabetes Support.  After the rooftop festivities died down, atendees traveled to the luxurious Y Bar lounge to finish off the night. It’s safe to say that the first event at this new hidden secret venue in Chicago was a tremendous success!


Music ISSUE | august 2010

Check out additional photos at

august 2010 | music ISSUE


Your best IMAGE | Lacuna Artist Loft Studios

Miami nights in chicago 2150 South Canalport Avenue Photography by Scot Scott


Music ISSUE | august 2010

Check out additional photos at

harly photography by Billy Rood

Photographer’s website: Model: Jenna Lipps | FORD Models Styling by Milan Richardson | Artists by Timothy Priano Makeup & Hair by Carol Wood

Jewel Neck Mesh Pullover Pointelle by Alexander Wang, $475, Available at Nordstrom, 520 N Michigan Avenue Black Bikini by Victoria’s Secret, $26, Available at Victoria’s Secret, 900 N Michigan Avenue Suede Thigh High Boot by Jimmy Choo, $1,800, Available at Nordstrom 520 N Michigan Avenue

Large Bandana Worn as Top, $24, Available at Nordstrom, 520 N Michigan Avenue Lennon Style Sunglasses, $40, Stylist’s Own Vintage Greaser Jacket, $78 , Stylist’s Own Black Trousers by American Apparel, $75, Available at American Apparel, 46 E Walton Strapped Platform Heel by Gucci, $1,225 and Bit Belt by Gucci, $620, both available at Gucci, 900 N Michigan Avenue

Sleeve Draped Sweater Dress by Alexander Wang, $525, Available at Nordstrom 520 N Michigan Avenue Vintage Leather Fingerless Gloves, $38, Stylist’s Own

Black and White Striation Dress by Betsy Adams, $225, Available at Nordstrom, 520 N Michigan Avenue. Chain Necklace by Bijou, Not For Sale Vintage Greaser Jacket, $78 , Stylist’s Own Black Leather Bootie, $98, Available at Zara 680 N Michigan Avenue

Cocktail Dress by Carmen Marc, $565 Available at Nordstrom, 520 N Michigan Avenue. Black Leather Bootie, $99, Available at Zara, 680 N Michigan Avenue


Creed stages the ultimate hard rock reunion. By Andy Argyrakis

During Creed’s initial run throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the group sold an astounding 35 million records while racking up hit after hit like Higher, My Own Prison, With Arms Wide Open, and My Sacrifice. The guys went their separate ways when singer Scott Stapp treaded the solo route while guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall started up the new band Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy. But now the core foursome is back together after a half decade hiatus. And the bellowing hard rockers are picking up right where they left off, starting with the new CD “Full Circle” (Wind-Up) and continuing with a “20-10” reunion tour at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL on Sunday, August 15 for a mere $20 in the pavilion and $10 on the lawn. IMAGE Chicago recently called Tremonti at home just prior to loading up the buses to discuss the band’s latest disc, some ultra-cool giveaways along the way, and how they’re giving back to fans in this tumultuous economy.

IMAGE: How did you guys actually get back together in the first place? Tremonti: Scott called our management and facilitated us all meeting and getting together after all those years and immediately we talked about putting a tour together. Six years gives everyone enough time to grow up and we’ve all had kids in the meantime. We realized there are not that many folks who’ve done as much as we’ve done and it’s such an exciting thing to tour arenas and amphitheatres.

IMAGE: Is everyone getting along these days, especially considering there was tension the first time around? Tremonti: We’re good and much different than the old days now that we all have families and kids. When we’re off tour, I don’t see anybody except for Scott Phillips because he lives down the street. Everybody’s always so busy that we lose track of one another, but that makes it easier on relationships and we appreciate the time together doing what we love and not being forced into a situation when we’re on a bus on top of each other for 24 hours.

IMAGE: How has having a family changed your life? Tremonti: It sure takes a toll on the guitar playing, but it’s a blessing. Having kids is the best thing that ever happened to me—and it’s true—you have to make sure your time is well spent. During any time off, I’m making the most of it. I’m writing a song or playing guitar instead of watching TV. [My family] was on the road pretty much the whole time last summer and it’s pretty much the same this summer, but school starts in August, so my oldest son won’t be able to do the second half.

IMAGE: After such a long break, how were you able to transition back to Creed full time? Tremonti: It’s been kind of like a fire drill. [Last summer] we had planned our tour first and then decided to make a record after the fact, which meant we were on a limited time frame and it felt like a whirlwind. And as this tour with Creed is done, we’re back to making an Alter Bridge album, but I think forced deadlines like that heighten your sense of imagination, which is good for me as a songwriter.

record, but we’ll still play songs from older records as well and switch it up.

IMAGE: How did

IMAGE: What was your goal with the newest CD “Full Circle?” Tremonti: We wanted to show everyone we weren’t just sitting idle over the last six years but were developing ourselves as musicians and as songwriters. We didn’t want to sound complacent or like a band willing to just play the old songs. We wanted to keep it relevant and we knew that when Creed put a new record out, there were going to be a lot of ears and eyeballs on it. It was a very quick process that turned out to be a lot of fun.

you guys come up with such fanfriendly prices? Tremonti: We got a call our from our manager who had a brainstorming session with Live Nation and they came up with the concept. The year is 2010 and the economy’s taken a nose dive to the point where everybody’s suffering. Nobody’s taking into account that ticket prices continue to rise when they should be drastically reduced. We don’t have to blow everything up all night long. Fans want to see us play songs, and with a good light show, we’ll be able to play our songs for people who can afford $10 or $20 ticket prices. People deserve to get out and have a good time without stressing out about spending money.

IMAGE: What’s your take on so many IMAGE: Creed’s always had really

tours being canceled this summer?

inspirational songs in the past, but how would you describe the lyrics these days? Tremonti: I think it’s about overcoming obstacles and getting past trying times in your life. I think the songs Rain and Overcome are about getting through and putting your head down to push through any situation. We had to do that to get back together and become relevant again, so we’re getting out there and trying our hardest.

Tremonti: I hear it all the time and it’s a shame. At the same time, I think artists are reconsidering the way to go about touring the next time. It’s fun to see a huge spectacle like U2 or The Rolling Stones, but with a giant show like that, you’re going to pay a premium. For a band like us, we figure people want to see and hear the songs live, not explosions, so we’ve made it affordable.

IMAGE: What inspired you guys IMAGE: What kind of set list should fans expect this summer? Tremonti: With the first tour, people were wanting to hear all the old songs they were familiar with and we only played a couple of the new songs. But now that they’ve gotten airplay and people are more familiar with it, the new tour will probably be a full tour about the

to donate the opening show’s sales to the Nashville flood victims? Tremonti: We’ve got a lot of ties in Nashville between recording the last Creed and Alter Bridge records there. With so many other issues going on right now, like the oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti, it got swept under the rug a bit and they could use some support.

IMAGE: You guys are also giving away a motorcycle and guitar on this tour that I heard were valued at $80,000! Tremonti: That bike is incredible! I’ve seen a lot of high end bikes, but this is the biggest rear wheel production on any motorcycle. The bike design is incredible and whoever wins this is one lucky person. The PRS guitar has the same paint job as the Orphan bike and you can register at shows or at The bike will be on display throughout the tour and you can take pictures with it.

IMAGE: How would you describe Creed’s IMAGE?

Tremonti: I’d say it’s an average, blue collar, down to earth kind of image. We don’t really have an image and people always joke that after we’ve sold so many millions of records, nobody knows what the hell we look like. It’s always been about the music and not the image.

IMAGE: What’s your take on coming back to the Chicago area? Tremonti: I think Chicago and Houston are our two biggest fan bases. I have a ton of family that lives in Chicago, so my guest list will be at least 60 people! We always try to prove ourselves when we come to town and the audiences are great. ■

Creed headlines the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL on Sunday, August 15. For additional details, visit www. and

Chicago’s ONLY Thursday night destination...



224 W. Ontario // 312.274.1880 // 21+ at the door for no cover // For table reservations e-mail

Michael Jackson’s guitar goddess springboards to solo stardom. By Andy Argyrakis

Even though it would be easy to assume Orianthi sprung to solo stardom as a result of being the guitarist in Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” band (and starring in the subsequent movie), the 25-year-old goddess was actually making music since she was just six. In fact, she scored a record deal with Geffen Records long before hooking up with the King of Pop thanks to time on stage with Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, and Carrie Underwood, which led to the recording of her official debut disc “Believe.” Though the Jackson comeback never came to fruition because of his untimely death, Orianthi picked up the pieces to write and record some new tunes on the brand new album “Believe II.” On the heels of this life-changing experience, she tells IMAGE about her experience during a recent chat from the road.

IMAGE: What should concertgoers expect whenever you take the stage? Orianthi: There is lot of rock and lots of guitar solos, but I just like to have fun. My whole goal is to inspire kids to get into music and pick up the guitar, so they can expect a lot of high energy rock songs and to have a lot of fun.

wound up jamming and he invited me on stage in front of ten thousand people and we jammed for like forty minutes! He asked me to play the solo for “The Game of Love” and it was pretty crazy the whole night. Once again, he was a super cool guy and very encouraging.

all the band-oriented video games helped get kids into playing music? Orianthi: I think it’s cool that “Guitar Hero” is coming out because it’s getting kids to hear older songs and they can learn about an artist through that. After playing that game, they may want to pick up the real thing. I have a lot of guitar solos in my songs that will hopefully inspire more [kids] to get into guitar. I couldn’t imagine life without it!

IMAGE: You’re still relatively young by music business standards, but you seem to be a veteran player already. Orianthi: I’ve been playing guitar for 18 or 19 years, basically since I was 6. I played piano before that when I was 3, so I can’t remember not playing music. It’s something I’ve always just loved and I couldn’t imagine a day going by without picking up my guitar or writing or creating.

IMAGE: What was it like being able to play with so many of your idols, starting with Steve Vai and then Santana? Orianthi: It was pretty crazy. [Opening for Steve Vai] was first support slot ever and I was so nervous because he’s like one of the best players in the world. But Steve’s been super encouraging; he’s listened to my demos and we even wrote a tune called “Highly Strung” together that’s on my new record. He’s an awesome guy and an incredible player. [As for Santana], I couldn’t feel my legs I was so nervous! He’s the reason I wanted to play electric guitar and I got to meet him at a soundcheck. I just thought I was going to get a guitar signed, but we


music ISSUE | august 2010

IMAGE: What are your fondest memories

“Believe” in the title? Orianthi: I just think it’s so important to believe in yourself. Without that, you can’t move forward or be what you want to be. Fear holds a lot of people back, but they need to get themselves out there and take risks. Some play it safe, but I want to put records out and travel the world, which, being a female, is not easy.

of being involved in his “This Is It” movie? Orianthi: It was a real honor to work with Michael and everybody. He had so many incredible musicians who’ve been playing such a long time and I was able to learn off them. We felt like family and I’m in contact with all of them. I remember watching Michael being so amazing in the way he would instruct people and it was just an incredible time in my life.

IMAGE: What are some of the biggest

IMAGE: How did the movie expand your

challenges you face as a girl with a guitar? Orianthi: I get judged lot more and I have to play twice as hard to get respect. From the vibe I’ve gotten, some guys come and just look at you until you play twice as hard for them and then they know you’re okay.


IMAGE: Why do your CDs have IMAGE: From your perspective, how have

make him happy and everyone happy, so a lot of nights I wouldn’t sleep and I’d just practice every part. It made me step up as a musician and it was such an honor. I wish he was still with us.

Orianthi: So many people saw the movie and I get emails from quite a few that are just getting into it. I’ve been getting a lot of support from his fans and it’s been great. They’ve been coming out to the shows we play and it’s really great.

IMAGE: Who have been some of your

IMAGE: What type of course did your

female musical influences? Orianthi: Bonnie Raitt and Jennifer Batten. I remember seeing [Jennifer] when I was 10 on TV playing a concert with Michael Jackson and thought she was the coolest thing ever just ripping it up with girl power.

career take after Michael passed away? Orianthi: I actually started making “Believe” in L.A. in 2006, then I went on the [MJ] audition and then the record was ready to be released. We were gonna sell it at the O2 shows Michel was going to play in London. But my band from the beginning is still with me now and we just love playing.

IMAGE: Speaking of MJ, what led you to joining his band?

Orianthi: I actually got an email first

IMAGE: How would you describe your

from Mike Bearden, his musical director, who wanted me to come in and play. He showed videos of me to MJ and I thought “wow, this is really incredible,” though it didn’t sink in at first. He wound up hiring me that night and it was an amazing three months. It was like boot camp with so many songs to learn and Michael was all about perfection. I felt like I was thrown into the ocean being the youngest one there and I wanted to


Orianthi: It’s colorful and I just want to have fun. In the clothes I have and the music I play, I love the ‘80s when it was more acceptable to have more hair spray and solos. It’s just about having fun and expressing myself with music and fashion. I like quirky, rock n’ roll fashion, but it’s really all about color. My music is also very colorful with multiple textures. ■

photos by Andy Argyrakis

On his post “American Idol” career, where punk meets glam galore. By Andy Argyrakis

TIESTO Tearing up the turntables with

By Andy Argyrakis

He’s often referred to as the “biggest DJ in the world” and that isn’t just record label hype or personal ego getting in the way, but a genuine fact backed up by plenty of evidence. Known just as Tiesto these days (no “DJ” introduction required), his resume includes a smash hit remix of the Delerium/Sarah McLachlan single “Silence,” a performance at the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, a Grammy nomination, along with sold out tours across the entire globe. The beat genius can also add another critical triumph to the cap as his fourth studio CD “Kaleidoscope” (Ultra) recently debuted, accompanied by a slew of special guests including Jónsi from Sigur Rós, Nelly Furtado, Tegan and Sara, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, and Emily Haines from Metric. Here’s more from the wildly diverse genrebouncing wizard, who called IMAGE from New York to talk about the new tunes, the Windy City, and his lauded legacy.

IMAGE: What inspired you to call the

it’s a pretty 24/7 party kind of lifestyle. When you want to be top DJ, you have to sacrifice a lot during the day so you can be on top of your game at night.

record “Kaleidoscope” and how does that word apply to the sounds inside? Tiesto: The reason I called it that is because when you look into a kaleidoscope, you can turn it, twist it and make all sorts of different figures with the light on the other side. And that’s how the album came up as well. I worked with a lot of different artists to make something special and I couldn’t make these songs without these collaborations. There’s a concept behind it and that’s to work with a lot of different artists who could bring something extra to the songs.

IMAGE: How did you get hooked up with your all-star list of fellow artists?

Tiesto: For most people, I went to their live shows and hung out backstage, but management also helped. I had a wish list of all the people I wanted to work with and got in touch with them one by one.

IMAGE: Let’s start chatting about your list of collaborators with Jónsi from Sigur Rós. Tiesto: I saw them at the Chicago Theatre last year and the show was just amazing. I actually saw them three times that year, but Chicago was the best time I saw them and the atmosphere was amazing. His voice is very pure and so crispy clear, plus he’s easy to work with. I think his voice adds an extra instrument on my music.

IMAGE: What’s your take on tag teaming with Tegan and Sara?

Tiesto: I already worked with them before on a remix and they’re such natural singer/songwriters, which actually translates well to dance music. The energy totally came over and I think they should go all dance. They’re very powerful vocalists and artistically have a lot of flavors. I think they should totally switch!

IMAGE: How about hooking up with Nelly Furtado? Tiesto: I met her in Miami at a music conference and we got to hang out. She’s really into dance music and it’s such a natural collaboration.

IMAGE: What can we expect from your live show when these songs hit the stage?

Tiesto: I have an amazing production on tour that’s the biggest we’ve ever had in the U.S. after always being a little smaller than Europe because the venues [in America] are smaller. But this tour is different and I’ve stepped up my game a lot. There are amazing effects, visuals, screens, and sound.

IMAGE: Why do you think your audiences overseas are especially so enormous? Tiesto: In Europe, dance music is huge already and has been for almost ten years now. In the U.S., it’s just started, sort of like how it took awhile for hip-hop to be accepted.

IMAGE: Do you prefer traveling on the road or setting up in a club for a long running residency? Tiesto: When I’m on the road it’s a lot of fun, like a crazy fun road trip. But when I’m in one place, I get more work done and I have more time to myself to relax during the day. It’s easier to be in one place, but I like the diversity of being in a club one day, a stadium the next and then the beach. That’s what makes this so amazing!

IMAGE: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Tiesto: If I have any, I’m just like everybody else. I like to hit a movie or the beach or not do much at all. But it’s a pretty 24/7 party kind of lifestyle. When you want to be top DJ, you have to sacrifice a lot during the day so you can

be on top of your game at night. But I don’t mind it. I’ll sleep when I’m old!

IMAGE: What’s your take on being called “the biggest DJ in the world” by so many critics? Tiesto: Well, it’s flattering. It’s a nice title, but I don’t know if it’s true. I know my shows are always good and I give it my best, plus they’re packed and people care, which is the most important part.

IMAGE: What’s your IMAGE? Tiesto: I think my image is very classy with a little edge. I basically like to shop anywhere and I like funky stuff. My favorite brand is Gucci- they have really nice clothes at the moment— and I like stores where there’s a bit of everything. If I have a couple brands of different shirts and pants, I can choose and make combinations.

IMAGE: What do you like most about Chicago?

Tiesto: There are a lot of things I really

like about it. I really like the city and I always stay at a nice hotel in the center. It’s cool walking around there—shopping and the lake are always nice. The restaurants are amazing—a lot of great sushi—and the people are nice and beautiful. The women in Chicago are some of the most beautiful in the whole country.

IMAGE: Looking back on your career so far, what do you consider the top highlight? Tiesto: There are so many highlights it’s been crazy. One is, of course, the opening ceremony to the Olympic Games, but also the fact that the music’s been so successful it’s allowed me to travel around the world.

IMAGE: Who would you like to work with that you haven’t already? Tiesto: Basically, I don’t really care if you’re famous or not. I just want to work with people I can learn something from. If they’re cool and can do something with a track I couldn’t do myself, then that’s my wish list right there! ■

NOW OPEN IN SOUTH LOOP Roosevelt & Canal Bourbonnais





South Loop

TEXT tantoday to 67463 for exclusive offers


* Try 5 levels of beds for free. Must be used in 7 consecutive days. New clients only. No purchase necessary. Present coupon at any store to redeem. Photo ID required.



* Use any level 1– 3. Present coupon at any store to redeem.

UNLIMITED TANNING still just $19.99 a month TM

Ultra Tanning Lounges.

music IMAGE

by mike pruim

Na Palm (aka Craig Steven Palm) didn’t begin his career with music lessons, childhood dreams or garage band practices. He started out life on the path laid out before most suburban kids: get good grades, go to college, get a job. It was only after his family lost everything in the first crash of the 2000s that his belief in the suburban ideal was shaken. The family was forced to move in with Craig’s grandparents. Craig was eighteen, about to go off to college.


raig adjusted well to college life. It was at college late night after hours parties where Na Palm was born: the room huddled around as he flowed with ease, freestyling to ladies and battling (and besting) any challengers. Until this point, Craig had no musical background whatsoever; everything was pure instinct.   After college, Craig tried the white-collar route, all the while developing his lyrical skills at studios around Chicago. By the summer of 2009, Na Palm had released his first mixtape and was a regular performer in the Chicago club scene. However, his 9 to 5 was suffering from his split focus. As Craig agonized over the idea of giving up his music for his day job, he got a call that changed everything.   Seven months prior, a friend had given a copy of “I’ll Take Everything” to Dan Morrell of Chicago’s B96. Dan closed his set with “I’ll Take Everything” for a full month. Na Palm’s


Music ISSUE | august 2010

decision to leave the dull, grueling work world was made. Shortly afterward, Chicago trading legend ‘Roo’ signed Na Palm to an exclusive development deal with his indie label Tricoastal. But Na Palm’s story is really the the story of him and his crew. Team Na Palm is composed of six friends who’ve pooled their resources, time, and skills to help Craig be the best that he can be in his field.   Recent Chicago shows include a performance at The Palace, a headlining act at Manor, and a birthday bash blowout at Enclave—if the Chicago club has a pulse, then Na Palm has performed there. Starting on August 6th, Na Palm will debut his first national tour in Cincinnati at The Play By Play Cafe. Check out current hits and download the “Dirty Girls like Dirty Beats” mixtape for free at Read on to learn more from the man himself. Beat boxing sound effects not included.


IMAGE: Was it difficult to get your first gigs when you started freestyling in college? na palm: Actually, I was never a serious rapper in college. I was strictly a frat boy late night freestyle kid that was always clowning and would have big groups huddled around me at parties. I had never put a pen to paper until I moved to Chicago a good year after I graduated. My brother (and now manager) Michael Palm, kept urging me to lay some rhymes down over beats and see where it went because the gift was there. And even then, it was almost like a new way to get paid to party, if you will. We were just wingin’ it and hoping it may go somewhere. For a year or so, I was getting booked at local hot spots as word spread that I put on a good live show and was bringing out a solid crowd; all the while trying to hold down focusing on being at work in the morning (which didnt work out well, ha). Places like Enclave, Stone Lotus, Krem, Crobar, Griffin, and many others were taking notice...and it snowballed from there. IMAGE: Were you anxious about leaving your full-time job to start rapping exclusively? na palm: This was never a childhood dream of mine or something that was expected to happen, so there was never really any pressure on me, which a lot of people find crazy. But when the opportunity came for me to be able to focus full-time, my whole outlook on life changed. I feel blessed to wake up and do what I do. I was a gifted salesman in the 9 to 5 arena (I had an insurance sales position for a couple years and a high pressure medical device sales job for a year), but both suffered because of my split focus and partying tendencies. En route to sales calls via highway, I used to write rhymes on napkins, receipts, and anything I could find in the car; then go home and compose a song from the ideas I had jotted down. I would take on a different persona. I took off the tie and became a whole different person when I escaped with my pen and paper; it was liberating. So, yes, as my buzz grew around the city and the dream came closer to a reality, I was very anxious to be able to be a full time artist. Best decision we ever made. My whole craft got taken to another level and my “team” was forming around me...finally the pieces of the puzzle were coming together. IMAGE: How did you get involved with Chicago trading legend ‘Roo’ and was his help instrumental in starting your career? na palm: Roo absolutely changed my life. He went to U of I with my brother, Mike, and they were good friends. He took a grain of sand and turned it into a castle of an opporuntity for me (and all of us involved). My brother and I had started this on our own and made a name for

ourselves on the club circuit for a year or so. Mike had the connections and the vision and I had the gift. We actaully took a solid year off of doing no shows and trying to find a producer to take us to the next level. We then hit a wall and found we didnt have the funding to make this happen the right way. Music production and hourly studio time is expensive and I didnt want to just rap over beats to say I was a rapper—I wanted to be great. The game-changer was when B96’s DJ Dan Morrell played my track “I’ll Take Everything.” That was a big milestone for us. That gave me the hope that if I was not even giving 100% of my time to music and still made it on a giant radio station, we could really do this. Roo is the smartest person I know and most generous person I have ever met. He has a business shark state of mind and built his fortune on taking it seemed only right for him to take another risk, especially because he is very passionate about music and grew up playing in a band himself. I was stressed— basically living check to check—and he changed my life by putting the confidence in me to have me quit my job and go for it. IMAGE: You work with a tight group of friends. How did you all end up collaborating together? na palm: I wouldn’t be doing people justice if I mentioned some names and not others, because so many have helped along the way; but let’s just say that I have one of the best record deals in the game. Roo decided to go all in and start his own empire-in-the-making. He signed me as the springboard artist (planning to sign others once I take off) and made me 50-50 partner in Tricoastal records. After meeting my prodigy producer and fellow Chicagoan Na’el Shehade, Roo saw the chemistry we had and the quality of the tracks we were pumping out. Na’el was our missing link. We then signed on Lenny Hooks, who is an amazing asset to the team. He is a veteran producer and hook writer that has been in the industry for a long time. On the non-musical end, I have several of my best friends and my brother hustling with our own management on marketing, booking upcoming tours, organizing merchandise, etc. Everyone on the team is a close and trusted friend that is very passionate about the success of us all. We truly believe like we can’t be stopped. It’s funny seeing peoples reactions now as they see us makin’ hella noise on our own...they didn’t give us a chance when we started. We have the indie hustle mindstate (without the major label woes) and always will until we say we are done. This is just the beginning...I will gurantee that. IMAGE: What inspires you when you rap? I take pride in being very “real” when I write music. There are different processes for every artist. Sometimes I

august 2010 | music ISSUE



IMAGE: Do you prefer to freestyle or perform songs

let the beat tell the story. If it makes me move and wanna party, it will be a party record for clubs. If Lenny writes a concept for a hook that I can vibe with, I will feed off that and fill in the story. If I had a rough breakup, or a loved one passed, or something happened in my life, I will build on that and spill my heart through the pen. My mixtape “Dirty Girls Like Dirty Beats” has a great range of different tracks on it. I want to prove to the world that I am way deeper than just a “party rapper.” That just happens to be the stage in my life where the music took off. Everything I spit is within my lifestyle, though. I went to college, was from a middle-class normal family, drive a Taurus, dont have much money or any of that flashy stuff; so I dont rap about it. These next few years are gonna be one hell of a ride though, so the party ain’t stoppin anytime soon. As I grow older, my sound will evolve and I am excited for that. I wanna be like Mick Jagger. I wanna be doing this for a long, long time if I am blessed enough to.

that you spent more time putting together? na palm: I was born for the stage and love performing, so I love the performing part of music the most. If I could perform every night, I would. It’s like a drug to me to be able to have a crowd chanting and screaming for another song. The lights, the crowd, the’s unparalled in any other field. Even pro athletes would like to see what it’s like to be rock stars or rappers. I can’t believe I am lucky enough to be able to do this for a living. To be able to have your own thoughts, feelings, and musical arrangements heard by the mass public is incredible. I have people message me that some songs changed their life or they have me on repeat in their car or at their parties...that is what keeps me going. I don’t write music for other people, I write what feels good to me. And when that inspires or affects others, it can’t be put into words how special that is. Freestyling is almost like a habit for me. It just goes hand in hand with my daily activities. Whether it be me making fun of a friend or just feeling a beat on the radio and spitting it out, that will always be in my blood. A true MC can adapt and flow off the top of his head, so I definitely take pride in that. I can also safely say that I have never been defeated by another challenger...haha. IMAGE: What’s your IMAGE? na palm: Na Palm is actually a derivative of my full name Craig Palm. That name in itself is not just a stage name or a persona. It is a brand. We plan on building this music thing out into many other opportunites that will come our way. I want to represent having a good time and living on the edge. I want people to know that it’s okay to party and let long as you get your shit done too. The balance of both is key. It’s okay to take chances and follow your heart. It’s okay to be yourself and be original and not take yourself too seriously all the time. I want my image to be respected

I can’t believe I am lucky enough to be able to do this for a living.


Music ISSUE | august 2010

and followed for generations to come. I’m not Eminem. I’m not Mick Jagger. I’m Na Palm. My goal is to make music that people can feel good listening to. Whether it be a slow jam or a party track, I want them to feel it deep inside. I want to be mentioned as one of the greatest entertainers and vibrant music artists when the day is done. I don’t see anything stopping me with the team I have behind me. It’s only going to get better from here as more people get to know my name. ■


DJ Ryan Pullano

by mike pruim


Music ISSUE | august 2010

DJ Ryan Pullano isn’t new to the music industry. With a wide variety of musical styles and influences, he hits the Chicago scene with gusto. He’s done his fair share of traveling the country dropping beats, but it’s here in our own Windy City that he calls home. IMAGE got a chance to ask Pullano his thoughts on the ever-changing music scene, his solution to bringing back his favorite jams from the past, and what he thinks will be the newest music trend to hit the clubs. IMAGE: What is your musical style and how is it affected by various popular songs and radio play?

Pullano: I started out DJing with a love for dance and electronic music. That influence has remained with me since day one, but my musical style has continued to evolve. If I had to put it succinctly, I would say my style is eclectic. Music and style are both dynamic by nature so I believe it’s a necessity to evolve to stay current or even ahead of the times. Lately, mainstream radio hits along with mashups seem to be what is hot amongst the Chicago crowds, so I have adapted my style to incorporate a good portion of both. Some DJs see popular songs as “cheesy” but if you’re not playing songs to the liking of the majority then how well are you really doing your job? The beauty of djing is that you have the ability to use a remix of a song to keep your sound fresh while at the same time appeasing the crowd’s demands. IMAGE: Do you prefer to play at larger or smaller venues? Why? Pullano: You would think the answer would be larger venues, but in actuality the quality of the crowd is much more important than quantity. Regardless of where I’m at, if I have a crowd that is out to have fun, receptive to my music, and jumping to my every mix, it really doesn’t get much better than that. Sometimes being in a smaller venue allows you to personally connect with the people much easier. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve played at some venues with 2000+ people all going crazy from start to finish and that is a feeling that is unparalleled by anything I’ve ever experienced. I guess when it comes down to it, the energy of the crowd is what really makes the difference. IMAGE: What kinds of music did you listen to while growing up? Do you still play some of their music now? Pullano: Growing up I guess you could say I was more of a “rocker.” My dad and both brothers play the guitar and I eventually started playing in the 6th grade. I even was in a band named the Basement Boys! I grew up with quite a few influences but a lot of it was based around what I liked playing on guitar. I listened to bands like 311, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Living Colour, and Smashing Pumpkins. I also was into classic rock like Led Zepplin and Jimmy Hendrix; 80s glam

rockers like Poison, Skid Row, and Extreme; and heavy metal like Pantera and Metallica. To this day, I still listen to all these groups and love throwing in a modern day remix of some of their songs in my current DJ sets. I didn’t really get into electronic music until my cousin introduced me to The Prodigy. The minute he showed me their album “Music For The Jilted Generation” I was hooked on electronic music! IMAGE: Who do you think will be the next big thing on the music scene? Pullano: I feel music is very cyclical in what is popular and have noticed a slow resurgence of dance music as of late. Hip hop has dominated the scene for a while now and I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon, but dance and even dance remixes of hiphop songs are starting to gain much more traction than before. If I had to bet on a long shot, Breakbeat and even Dubstep might start peeking their heads into the mainstream soon. If they do break through, no pun intended, watch out kids! IMAGE: How does Chicago’s musical style compare to those in other cities that you’ve DJed? Pullano: Since Chicago is the birthplace of house music, you would think it would be very “housey” compared to other cities, but I personally haven’t seen this. Most other cities and even countries I’ve played at tend to be much more into high energy house and dance music than Chicago is. Lately, Chicago seems to be influenced more by LA and Vegas in which mashups, hiphop, and even throw back party jams are very prevalent in the club scene. However, I recently was in Vegas over a holiday weekend and I did notice a lot more dance music being played than ever before. Could this be a sign? I hope so. IMAGE: How would you describe your IMAGE? Pullano: My IMAGE could be summed up in one word…money! No, totally kidding. When it comes down to it, my IMAGE is fun. Fun is really what it’s all about isn’t it? We work hard all week only to have fun on the weekend. My personal opinion is that if you can’t have fun and enjoy what you do, then is it really worth doing? I consider myself very fortunate to have found a job and lifestyle in DJing that allows me to have an incredible amount of fun week after week with some of the best people this city has to offer.

august 2010 | music ISSUE


Your best IMAGE |Y-Bar

Best of Y-Bar Thursdays 224 West Ontario Street Photography by Scot Scott


Music ISSUE | august 2010

Check out additional photos at

like what you see?



Airfares | Car Rentals Cruises | Hotel Reservations

august 2010 | music ISSUE


Health IMAGE

the New

Face of Plastic Surgery Dr. Shah steps up to the plate with innovative, new techniques that have changed the face of the industry. by Ashley Davis


Music ISSUE | august 2010


t is hard to know what to expect when arriving at the office of facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah. Dr. Shah’s reputation precedes him; I am fully aware that he is a top surgeon in the field of facial plastic surgery. Dr. Shah has recently moved his Fifth Avenue, Manhattan practice to his hometown of Chicago, and now I visit his office in hopes of learning more about how Dr. Shah is changing the way doctors practice plastic surgery.

  While I wait to meet with Dr. Shah, I scan the waiting room. It is decorated with modern, clean furnishings—attractive, but not overly-fussy. There are a few patients waiting, but the mood is calm and serene. Naturally, I begin to look at the others waiting and ponder what might be bringing them to see Dr. Shah today. To my left, there is young, attractive girl who looks as if she has just walked off the runway. Perhaps she has. Across the room is a fifty-something woman, impeccably manicured and decked in Chanel. I cannot decide who here is coming in for a follow up after a procedure or who might be a new patient. I don’t have much time to wonder, though, because a nurse calls me back for my meeting with the doctor.   Dr. Shah greets me, and I am immediately struck by how tall he is; he looks a little over six foot. He has a youthful face, which could easily pass for someone in his 20s, but there are enough subtle signs of aging—such as the scattered gray hairs and smile lines—to reveal his age, which is perhaps more accurately somewhere in the late 30s or early 40s range.   We briefly begin to discuss his background. After attending undergrad and medical school in the Chicago area, Dr. Shah was selected to a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at both New York University and Cornell. He was later recruited to stay at NYU as a professor of facial plastic surgery at NYU, and ultimately established his practice on Fifth Avenue.   It was there that Dr.Shah developed and pioneered his unique techniques, including his innovative use of Botox to shrink pores and combat facial oiliness as well as his discovery of the platysma muscle, which has changed the way facelifts are performed. While Dr. Shah enjoyed great success in New York, his dream was not to base a practice on Fifth Avenue, but on Michigan Avenue near his family and friends.   Two years ago, Dr. Shah did just that. His office lies rather unassumingly atop one of Chicago’s most prestigious buildingsWater Tower Place, and, according to Dr. Shah, lacked a sign on the door until very recently, giving it the air of an exclusive club. Now, one may point out that they have yet to hear Dr. Shah’s name on the radio, or see it on a billboard. This appears to have been very much intentional. Dr. Shah is not a fan of advertising and has found himself the subject of a vast whisper campaign from those in the know. It seems that patients have no august 2010 | music ISSUE


Health IMAGE

trouble telling their friends and family about Dr. Shah through word of mouth.   Reading through his long list of accomplishments and discoveries, it seems that Dr. Shah is one of those rare individuals that comes along once in a blue moon—young, confident, exceedingly talented and educated, eager and passionate about his craft, and destined to change it forever. It is easy to compare him to perhaps a young Coco Chanel or Yves Saint Laurent, setting up shop quietly amidst the bustle of Chicago’s Gold Coast; a master craftsman changing the way we view and accept what is beautiful.   It is clear that Dr. Shah does not fit the mold of a stereotypical plastic surgeon. But then what is it that makes Dr. Shah stand out among the rest? For the answer, ask a random sampling of people for their views on plastic surgery today, or what frightens them about having something done. You will likely hear much of the same sentiments, such as a dire fear of looking plastic, cheap, fake, and obvious. It also seems that plastic surgery practices have become more and more like factories in recent years. Volume and numbers are valued over craftsmanship—a quantity not quality approach. Dr. Shah’s practice is the antidote; a boutique, where every patient is treated with the utmost attention. In fact, Dr. Shah will only operate on one rhinoplasty case per day, in order to ensure the highest level of precision and care.   Unique to Dr. Shah is his fervent desire to create the most natural results possible. “Each nose requires a uniquely tailored approach to create the most beautiful and natural results. No two noses are the same. Sometimes I will leave a slight elevation on a nasal bridge to create the most natural and beautiful harmony on the face. Patients do not want to look like they have had plastic surgery,” he says. It is at this point that I ask, “Why concentrate on faces?” He replies,


Music ISSUE | august 2010

“Our faces are our unique fingerprint on the world; they define who we are. It is a privilege to change or enhance someone’s identity, to make them more confident.” It is such an earnest and profound answer, I almost cannot tell if he is being serious. But, of course, he is.   Dr. Shah is perhaps most known, at least in Chicago, for his work with noses— specializing in a gamete of rhinoplasty types. But today, I am especially interested in hearing about facelifts, specifically his work with the discovery of the platysma muscle. Through some research, I learned a little about this procedure. This new discovery is the next evolution of facelifts. The first facelifts pulled and tightened

only the skin, which was ineffective for a number of reasons. The next evolution was to pull back the fascia or fibrous layer on the face and was called a SMAS technique. This is currently the most popular facelift technique in use today. It has the benefit of not putting tension on the skin, however, it still creates a “windblown tunnel effect” (one need not look much farther than Us Magazine to see the evidence of this plastered all over Hollywood).   I ask Dr. Shah to explain why his technique, which he developed with a colleague in New York, is superior. Dr. Shah speaks about his procedures as a scholar and explains how he discovered that the platysma muscle, which was thought to be only in the neck, actually extends into the face. By sliding back

this muscle, a youthful face and jawline can be revealed. “Youth has a softness, a roundness. It isn’t hard, pulled, or gaunt,” he says. “With the platysma muscle, I have the ability to give women and men a restoration of youth without the consequence of looking ‘done.’” He pulls up some before and after photographs to show, and I am indeed impressed, the results are beautiful and above all else, natural. I think back to the fifty- something woman in the lobby, and wonder if she is perhaps a seventy-something woman who has received one of Dr. Shah’s facelifts.   After a while, it is time for Dr. Shah to head to the operating room. I am fortunate enough to have prearranged a quick peak into the operating room with his office. I am given scrubs and brought into the OR. There, Dr. Shah has already begun his surgery, a rhinoplasty. It is an incredibly calm environment; Dr. Shah works mostly with soft music playing in the background. He has photo after photo of the patient displayed in front of him, showing different views and a myriad of proposed changes. As I watch, Dr. Shah glances at the photos often, making slight adjustments here, a small change there. This does not feel like watching a surgery, but rather like watching a sculptor work on his masterpiece. Seeing Dr. Shah work is a great end to my day. It brings home all that I have learned about him. After all, thousands of physicians inject Botox every year, but Dr. Shah was the only one that discovered its effects on pores and oil control. And hundreds of facelifts are performed every year, but Dr. Shah was the only one who decided to go the extra mile and make the process even better. After all I have seen and heard, I have no trouble believing that Dr. Shah will change the way things are done in plastic surgery. But can he do it alone? I think so. ■

summer is here pink lemonade active lifestyle beverage

IMAGE profile

Matthew Bigelow:

photographer extraordinaire By Danielle Fornarelli


s one of Matthew Bigelow’s models, I have seen first-hand that his passion for photography commands attention. Not only is he an artist, but he is also a doer. He takes pride in his work and he is meticulous about the way he approaches his photoshoots. I have watched him sit and obsess over lighting for hours, fiddling with wires and stands, until he is finally able to smile when he has achieved the perfect shot. Check out a sample collection of his photographs on the next page, and you too will see the magnificent artistry of a photographer on the rise.

IMAGE: When did you know you wanted to be a photographer? BIGELOW: Growing up, I was always surrounded by creativity. My father, who has been an outstanding inspiration in my life, has an amazing talent in advertising. As you can imagine in this scenario, I have always had a love for art in one form or another. I would say the incident that sparked my career in photography was when I borrowed a little point-and-shoot from my sister. I found myself intrigued as well as inspired by what could be created through the lens of a camera. IMAGE: How would you label your style of shooting? BIGELOW: I’m not really comfortable placing a label on my style. I believe that my style(s) continues to evolve over time. My goal is to always try to keep an open mind in both shooting style and content alike, never really falling subject to one particular way of doing things. I believe that this will best allow me to express my creativity in the multitude of opportunities with which I’m presented.

IMAGE: How do you get your inspiration to create stories out of your photo shoots?

BIGELOW: Inspiration surrounds us from every direction. Sometimes it’s just a matter of opening our minds and soaking it up. While inspiration can result from a simple trip to the grocery store, there are other times when it will require five cups of coffee and a night at the local book store. Sometimes things just tend to pop into your head, clear as day. Other times it helps to sit down with a pen and paper and put the pieces together, one by one, until the story begins to emerge.


Music ISSUE | august 2010

Check out additional photos at

IMAGE: Do you plan on doing a gallery showing one day? BIGELOW: When the opportunity is presented, I would love to do so. I think galleries are a great way to observe the opinions and critiques of fellow artists, which is something that is very important to me. Keeping an open mind to variations in methods and techniques is a key element in allowing yourself to grow as an artist.

IMAGE: Where and what would you like to shoot next? BIGELOW: The pages of my notebooks tend to fill up fast, so new projects are always just around the corner. Stay tuned to IMAGE Chicago Magazine for more info!

IMAGE: Where did you study photography? BIGELOW: I have never had the opportunity to attend a professional photography school. The vast majority of what I have learned has been through hands-on experience, experimentation, and observation. I am always eager to soak in as much information as possible, as I believe that there is always room to learn. I have always lived by the motto, “The moment that we believe we know it all, is the moment that we cease to progress, both as artists and human beings alike.”

IMAGE: Where would you like to be in ten years in regards to your career? BIGELOW: I learn something new about photography and the opportunities it presents almost every day. With this understanding, the only thing that has become certain is my passion to grow in this field. I want to be led by the experiences photography presents me, rather than set a goal with no flexibility.

IMAGE: What was your favorite shoot, and why? BIGELOW: The most memorable event that sticks out in my mind has to be my first trip to New York. I have always been intrigued by the city of New York, so the thought of the trip on its own was exciting for me. If that wasn’t enough, it was the first opportunity that I had been presented with to travel and get paid for my work. The trip gave me the opportunity to work with some amazing models, meet some wonderful new people, and take away from it some invaluable life lessons that I will will carry with me the rest of my days. august 2010 | music ISSUE



Evan Lysacek skates into chicago by steve starr

O At 21, he placed fourth in the 2006 Olympics and in 2009 he became the first man in 13 years to win the World Championship in Los Angeles...


Music ISSUE | august 2010

lympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek was born June 4, 1985, in Chicago. When he was eight, his grandmother bought him his first pair of ice skates. At 21, he placed fourth in the 2006 Olympics and in 2009 he became the first man in 13 years to win the World Championship in Los Angeles, thrilling his admirers with his talent and grace, and always adorned in revealing costumes by famed designer Vera Wang.   In the 2010 season of the glamorous television show Dancing With The Stars, Evan, partnered with the beautiful Anna Trebunskaya, dazzled his audience with extreme leaps and his newly acquired hoofing skills. His presence on the floor was further enhanced in spectacular outfits that sometimes embarrassed him but frenzied his fans.

  Lysacek’s passions are cars and charity work, in particular the Ronald McDonald Charity Houses, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics, and Figure Skating in Harlem.   Evan Lyscaek was in town to attend the Chicago Film Festival Tribute and Award Ceremony for Ron Howard. Ron was the true star of the evening, but there were hundreds of eyes following Evan’s every movement.

Steve Starr is the author of Starrlight-Glamorous Latin Movie Stars of Early Hollywood published by First Flight, Picture Perfect–Art Deco Photo Frames 1926-1946 published by Rizzoli International, and writes and photographs for several publications. Visit www.SteveStarrStudios. com or email ssstarrlight@








Your best IMAGE |SushiSamba

Paul Sorkin’s Birthday bash at the sucarcane lounge 504 North Wells Photography by scot scott


aul Sorkin, CEO of the Invicta Group and Publisher of IMAGE Chicago magazine, celebrated his birthday at the Sugarcane Lounge at SushiSamba Rio on Friday, July 16th. Eddie G. made a special DJ appearance and guests were able to choose from a variety of delicious appetizers, samba rolls, and raw bar selections.


Music ISSUE | august 2010

Check out additional photos at

it’s that time again...



...get your baseball tickets now. Sports | Concerts Theatre | Vegas | Broadway august 2010 | music ISSUE


August IMAGE Chicago Magazine  
August IMAGE Chicago Magazine  

Music Issue featuring Tiesto, Adam Lambert, Creed, Orianthi, and more