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Spotlight Show: Paul Abella Trio @ Salt Creek Wine Bar

Who says a jazz band can't play rock music? Certainly not Paul Abella, who brings his Trio (which of course has four members), to Brookfield's Salt Creek Wine Bar tonight (Friday, July 8th).It looks like a jazz band... It sounds like a jazz band... Abella's polyrhythmic Latin-infused percussion, the fat hollowbody sound of Mitch...

Nickson's Lobster Fest: Serious Eating, Mr Blotto and More

Nickson's in La Grange is a place for some truly legit food. If you haven't experienced the Elk Burger, you are missing out on one of the most uniquely delicious burgers in Chicagoland.But this week, brothers and co-founders Nick and Rich Baca will be adding a New England flair to the menu as they...

The Phish Waves Soundcheck from Bethel: Stream and Download

Now that Superball IX has come and gone... 8 sets packed to the brim with all of your favorite tunes, you may be wondering: what was the best jam of the festival?In my opinion, the best jam that emerged from the holiday weekend was actually performed five weeks ago -- and showcased as a part...

Phish Visual Song Charts - Leg One Summer 2011

I'm warning you right now. Don't click on the link below unless you are a total Phish nerd. You will be sorely disappointed. Seriously. Don't click.OK.... now that its just us geeks, let me explain to you what you're about to see. The Barn has compiled a list of all songs performed on leg...

Tangled Up In Brixie's

It's Melvin and Friends tonight at Brixie's. Game on!For your drinking pleasure, here's a list of the 105 different varieties of beer on tonight's menu at Brixie's.

The Gospel According To Melvin: A Barn Presents Mix Tape

While The Barn's recent interview with Melvin Seals intended to shed some light on the Jerry Garcia Band catalog, Melvin made it clear that the Jerry tunes weren't the only thing he's been up to lately.I took this as an open door to explore some of the other projects Melvin has been involved with,...

Summer Camp Sunday: A Review In Chart Form

It took a little while, but I'm ready comment on my experience at Summer Camp Music Festival this year. I'll withhold detailed comment on the weather or conditions, but there is enough to say about the music, even with my Sunday only pass, to get on the page. So, in keeping with The Barn's sub-theme...

Symphony Sunday: My Morning Jacket / Chicago Youth Orchestra @ Lollapalooza 8/5/07

There is something special when the worlds of rock and classical music collide. After months of preparation, the end products are only performed a handful of times, creating something truly unique for the lucky attendees. The Barn will feature a different rock / symphony fusion weekly over the next several weeks in a new feature: Symphony...

Stevie Ray Vaughan @ Chicago Blues Fest 6/7/85: Stream and Download

It's Blues Fest Friday here in Chicago. Here's a Retro Jamming feature that will take you back aways. We're going way back to Blues Fest 1985 to hang with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Just a reminder of the top shelf talent that will be on display this weekend and every June on the most...

Friday Linkafication: Google Doodle Phish Edition

Last week, I called Paul Simon a "class act", after reading this, I may have to reevaluate. Disclosure, in no way does it reduce the awesomeness of the video below.A bevy of Prince covers in honor of his birthday earlier this week.The blogs at The Trib offer an interview with funkiest of the...