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Setlist / Recap / Photos / Video | Umphrey's McGee @ The Riviera 12/29/16

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Tara Gracer PhotographySimilar Skin opened Umphreys McGees first of three nights back home in Chicago, and with that, all felt right again. While 2014 doesnt seem like that long ago, too many Umphreaks felt like its been forever since the last true multi-night run in our beloved city.The classic...

Summer Camp Music Festival Announces Initial 2017 Lineup

Summer Camp Music Festival has officially released the initial round of artists performing at the 2017 festival.  May 26th-28th at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL looks like it will be one for the books. Included are Summer Camp staples, moe. and Umphrey's McGee, along with solo projects from Trey Anastasio and...

Preview & Ticket Giveaway | UM Afterparty with Marcus Rezak & Friends 12/29/16

Thursday, 12/29! Harmonica Dunn & Tonic Room host an Umphrey's McGee Afterparty ft. Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine & Stratosphere All-Stars with Greg Fundis (Fareed Haque, Old Shoe), Paul Mutzabaugh (Heather Headley, the Renegades), Chris Clemente (Kick The Cat), Emily Clark (The Passing Fancy), Christian Rogala (Supernatural Beings), and Marty...

Review / Setlist / Video | Andrew Bird @ Fourth Presbyterian Church 12/15/16

By: Alex Wood | Video: the1stMikeC | Photo: @jamesrichardsivAndrew Birds Gezelligheid performances at Fourth Presbyterian Church are a tradition of sorts in Chicago, ringing in the holiday season with a solo performance from the violinist as gorgeous as the intimate setting itself.Having attended at least one of Birds church dates nearly every year...

Discussions Underway For Music Festival At White Sox Park

Last summer, the music world was bowled over by the runaway success of Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day Festival.Despite not having headlined at a Chicago venue bigger than a theatre, headlining and curating a festival style event at the south-side MLB ballpark (the now newly christened Guaranteed Rate Field) proved to...

LISTEN: Ryley Walker Plays New Tune, Explains Improv on NPR's World Cafe

Ryley Walker is a top contender for Tomorrow's Verse artist of the year in 2016.  Local, versatile, improvisation-loving and extremely prolific, we are so happy to see that he's still creating.In fact, he explains in interview bits between songs in this World Cafe performance, that he prefers to keep wriring to "keep his brain...

VIDEO: Railway Gamblers on Audiotree

Full disclosure:  I know some of the guys in Railway Gamblers personally.  Some of them have even submitted stories for the site.But I think that fact sort of proves my point.  Earlier this year, I was given a rough mix of one of the first cuts from the forthcoming A...

Summer Camp Music Festival Announces 2017 Dates & Location

After some rumors and thoughtful deliberation, the 17th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will remain at its home, Three Sisters Park, in Chillicothe, IL.We are very excited to see what's in store for the festival in 2017.Summer Camp Music Festival Founder and Director, Ian Goldberg, released this statement today:Dear Summer Camp...

Review / Setlist / Video | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats @ Chicago Theatre 12/7/16

Words: Alex WoodPhoto: senecameridthNever was the powerful mass appeal of recent Nathaniel Rateliff single S.O.B. more apparent than his Chicago Theatre performance on Wednesday evening.Hosted as the annual WXRT Big Holiday Concert, Rateliff and his band, The Nightsweats, were joined by soul legend Mavis Staples for what turned out to be a...

A Proposed Lagunitas Music Venue Could Be Exactly What You're Looking For

When Lagunitas Brewery expanded production from its California homebase into Chicago, the city got more great beers and a fun, art-filled Taproom.But one thing that the company made a priority in its Petaluma location, that didn't quite make it to the Midwest:  musicAnd not just music... great music.  Now that&...