Cara's Basement
Finally. A podcast that REALLY rocks. Eavesdrop on casual conversations with rock stars, actors, authors, comedians...any one who entertains. Your host is longtime Chicago radio personality Cara Carriveau.

Johnny just became a father and totally gushes about his little girl. He also talks music, but clearly he's a very excited new Daddy! Goo Goo Dolls play Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago on Monday, July 24th. He mentions that he and his family will be in town for a few days so keep your eyes peeled from some Johnny sightings!


Barry Manilow has sold over 85 million albums worldwide and been nominated for a grammy every decade since the 1970's. He has a new album, "This Is My Town: Songs Of New York" coming out April 21, 2017. And he pperforms at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL May 17, 2017.

Direct download: Barry_Manilow_Interview_With_Cara_Carriveau.m4a
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Keith Semple

You may have seen him front 7th Heaven or with his band Semple in Chicago.  Now the world is experiencing Keith Semple's amazing vocals on The Voice.  He is on Team Adam.  Though he can't spill any dirt on how he progresses on the show, he does share a funny story about running into The Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Reznik in the bathroom!  Cara spoke with Keith October 20, 2015 as the knockout rounds air on The Voice.  Keith is actually in Chicago watching these episodes since they are pre-recorded.  He describes getting to see Gwen Stefani's reaction to his performance(s) and more!

Team Semple on Facebook

Direct download: Keith_Semple_The_Voice.m4a
Category:musician -- posted at: 11:00am CST

DEVO founding member Gerald Casale

Devo performs at The Arcada Theatre in St Charles, IL Saturday June 21, 2014.  This show is a benefit for the family of Robert Casale, Gerald's brother, who passed away suddenly earlier this year.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Devo perform the legendary experimental music the band created between 1974-1977.  This is the first time in 30 years many of the songs have been performed live.

In this conversation in Cara's Basement Gerald Casale talks about losing his brother, about his winery, golf, Devo's experience jamming at Lollapalooza and what to expect at the show this Saturday!

Direct download: Devo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm CST

Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes play Riot Fest in Chicago this Saturday (9/14/13).  They come on stage right after Blondie.  OMG!!  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Violent Femmes first album...where did the time go?

Listen to this quick conversation in the middle of a band rehearsal and you will find out what to expect during Riot Fest (surprise!) and the future of the band, among other things.  Great songs, great band, and a great interview!

Direct download: Violent_Femmes.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 1:08pm CST

Eddie Money

Eddie Money plays an unplugged show at City Winery in Chicago Friday, August 9, 2013.  

Direct download: Eddie_Money_Interview.mp3
Category:musician -- posted at: 3:23pm CST

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight!

Jack Hues from Wang Chung finally explains what it means to Wang Chung tonight!!!

Wang Chung has a new album out, TAZER UP...get info at www.WangChung.com

Wang Chung plays with The Fixx at the Arcada Theatre in St Charles, IL Friday July 26 2013

Direct download: Wang_Chung_1.mp3
Category:musician -- posted at: 4:09pm CST

Nazareth's Dan McCafferty

Nazareth is an amazing band, in from Scotlant to play a live show Friday, June 7 2013 at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL.  Tickets start at only $29.

In this conversation with the lead singer Dan McCafferty you will find out the only country on the planet that Nazareth has never played, his whiskey recommendations and also the backstory on two of the greatest rock songs of all time: Love Hurts and Hair Of The Dog.

Direct download: Nazareth.mp3
Category:musician -- posted at: 2:58pm CST

Adam Ant

Wow, for the second time in 6 months....a conversation with pop culture/music icon Adam Ant!  His new album "Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter" has been released (in fact a double-vinyl edition came out just this week).  He is currently on tour.  He played Chicago back in October but in this conversation spills the beans about coming back!

Listen to find out who Adam would like to play him in a movie about his life, how he suprised everyone (including himself) by moving to Tennessee, who he idolizes, if/when his documentaries (yes, there's TWO) will be released, if he'd get plastic surgery, and more.  One very lucky fan, Sandy Maxx, even got to sit in on this interview.

I must apologize for the poor sound of my mic (technical issues arose but I didn't want to cancel this interview!).  Adam sounds fine, though!  :)

Direct download: Adam_Ant_2013.mp3
Category:musician -- posted at: 4:27pm CST

UFO happens to be one of my favorite bands so it was a thrill to have a conversation with Paul Raymond as their recent tour kicked off in Chicago!

Category:general -- posted at: 2:48am CST