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Review / Setlist | M. Ward @ City Winery

By: Alex Wood | Photo: @mrsjjcreamOne of the most talented and powerful songwriters in the modern folk scene, M. Ward often feels like a musicians musician, popping up in the liner notes of your favorite records without you realizing.Despite his prolific and collaborative tendencies, the guitarist has only gained a small but dedicated following, diehards...

Review / Photos / Video | Southern Soul Assembly @ Thalia Hall 3/24/17

Words: Tim Kelly | Photos: MIchael Lepek | Video: Nunu ZomotSeveral hundred people got a real treat in Chicago at the fantastic Thalia Hall in the Pilsen area as Southern Soul Assembly performed an intimate two-hour show for the sold-out house.  Southern Soul Assembly is basically a supergroup of southern rock singer songwriting giants: &...

Fifteen Chicago Area Theaters To Host Special Grateful Dead Movie Screening 4/20/17

You may have seen the The Grateful Dead Movie before, but in honor of it's 40th anniversary, it's being packaged like never before.Fifteen Chicago area theaters and about 500 nation wide will particpate in the annual Grateful Dead Meet Up At The Movies on April, 20th.The Jerry Garcia and Leon Gast-directed film, was filmed...

Tedeschi Trucks Band Members To Release All-Improv Album

Tedeschi Trucks Band just released an incredible live album and is touring Europe, while some of its individual members (who are not named Tedeschi or Trucks), are getting out there and releasing music and gigging on their own.Whose Hat Is This? was recorded live in Berlin in 2015, a totally improvised set led by...

Taking A Punch | The Charlie Hunter Interview

By: Carmel O'Farrell - @carmelocornCharlie Hunter.  The man has been a music world game-changer and for 20 years he has crafted a meaningful career, chock-full of collaborations and improvisation. His journey began in Berkeley, California and has brought him all around the world as he has fined-tuned his vision as an artist and...

LISTEN | Greensky Bluegrass Performs Latest Album, Covers Set In Aspen

 A post shared by Belly Up Aspen (@bellyupaspen) on Mar 23, 2017 at 9:26am PDTWednesdays are always casual in the land of Greensky, but yesterday was -- as they say --  casual af.  After all, they were at the notoriously casual Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado.After a happy birthday to Monica Bruzza,...

The Zombies Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Landmark Album at Thalia Hall in April

By: Robin ZimmermanIt would be easy to publish a puff piece on the Zombies' upcoming tour with a time of the season reference or two. But that would be doing the band a huge disservice. If recent reviews hold true, theyll be putting on a pair of stellar shows at Thalia Hall in April. ...

Photos / Recap | Big Sam's Funky Nation @ Martyrs' 3/17/17

By: Michael LepekNew Orleans may be a long way from the Emerald Isle, Martyrs' went the funk route with Big Sam's Funky Nation for their St. Patrick's Day celebration.Big Sam got his start as a member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  With this band, Sam is always high energy with his...

Summer Camp Music Festival Announces Late Night

Summer Camp Music Festival has officially announced the late night acts performing in the renowned Red Barn at this year's 2017 event. Also released are VIP packages (for those who want to experience #SCamp17 on a more exclusive level). Thursday night will feature TAUKing McGee (members of TAUK & Umphrey's McGee) and more, Friday...

The Great JRAD Brooklyn Bowl Media Roundup

Photo: Silver SandormanOne beautiful and reliable thing about JRAD is their steady stream of free, high quality video and audio recordings of their recent shows.  While we're so grateful for them, sometimes it hurts just a little to wait, especially after runs like the Brookfyn Bowl March extravaganza that  graced two mid-March weekends....