Meet Jordan Wesolek, a three year Logan Square resident and the drum and guitar technician for the Blue Man Group.
I’m an instrument technician. I work for the Blue Man Group as the drum and guitar technician.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid … an astronaut or a paleontologist.
How long have you lived in Logan Square?
About three years now.
What brought you to the neighborhood?
I moved to Chicago for an internship and that landed me around Armitage and Drake. Just the atmosphere and the environment … it’s a really neat place to be and it’s not overwhelmingly expensive either. But yeah, the environment and all the art, music, and culture. All the friends that I have met through work were also living in the area.
What are some of your favorite hangout spots?
How did you get involved with the Blue Man Group?
I moved up to Chicago for an internship, and I was interning at a recording studio called Electrical Audio on Belmont and California. One of the engineers there became a good friend of mine and was working at the Briar Street Theater at the time. I was able to get a job there, working a house staff position and eventually he got onto the North America Tour, which he did for two years. When he was done with that, he had called and asked if I wanted to join. So, it’s a prime example of how knowing the right people can really help out. This whole job just kind of fell into my lap. It’s awesome. I get to travel a good chunk of the year and then come home for the summers and holidays to relax.
What bands or artists have you been listening to lately?
Lately I’ve been listening to Foals and Local Natives.
If you could invite one person, dead or alive, to diner who would you pick and why?
I really love space and the idea that it could potentially go on forever. It’s just so overwhelming and blows my mind. So I would say probably, Buzz Aldrin. Someone that’s been up there and has looked down. It’s just something that really blows my mind and I can’t even comprehend it. It’s a beautiful thing, you know? I’ve been watching this series on Netflix lately called When We Left Earth. It’s about the early NASA missions and the Space Race. It’s nuts how quickly things have progressed in a short amount of time and all the technology we have developed specifically to get into space. It’s pretty awesome.
If you had to choose only one food item to eat for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Hummus. Does that count? Can I do humus and pita, kind of like a combo thing? I don’t want just spoonfuls of hummus. So yeah, hummus and pita.
Where can neighbors learn more about you?
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