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Setlist / Audio / Video | Dead & Company @ Alpine Valley 7/10/16

Dead & Company returned to Alpine Valley for the second of two shows on Sunday.  Although attendance was down from the Saturday show, the band continued their trend of trotting out huge Grateful Dead favorites.The traditional Sunday "Samson" opened the show, and the second set was a huge "Sugar Magnolia" --> "Sunshine...

Setlist / Photos | Shoe Farmer @ Durty Nellie's 7/8/16

By: Dale Foster PhotoGrateful Dead was on a lot of Midwesterner's minds with two nights of Dead & Company rolling through Alpine Valley over the weekend.In the Chicago area, if you were looking for a preview of sorts, one great option was Palatine's Durty Nellies on Friday night.Old Shoe has made a name...

Setlist / Photos / Audio | The Decemberists & Shakey Graves @ Taste Of Chicago 7/8/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioPortland, Oregon's The Decemberists contrasted the hip-hop and alt-rock of the first two nights of The Taste, with a pleasing take on indie-folk for the Grant Park crowd.Front man Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, and keyboardist Jenny Conlee combined for soaring and dramatic melodies, wrapped up in folksy narratives.  ...

Photos | Kongos & Elle King @ Taste Of Chicago 7/7/16

By: Philamonjaro StudioDespite a threatening sky, music fans stuck it out in a mild rain to see the double bill of The Kongos and opener Elle King on the second day of the annual Taste Of Chicago.Both acts shared an unbridled energy on stage, with hooks and ...

Photos & Recap | The Roots, Donnie Trumpet & Chance The Rapper Kick Off Taste Of Chicago 2016

By: Philamonjaro StudioThe 36th Annual Taste of Chicago opened last night with excitement in the crowd and a handful of on-stage surprises.Grey skies threatened, but the weather held out this night for a packed Chicago audience.The opening night headliner was Grammy Award winning band The Roots, belting out their...

Ten Highs & Lows Of Grateful Dead Night at U.S. Cellular Field

The White Sox hosted the infamous Disco Demolition night back in the 70s and in more recent years welcomed Elvis and Country Music fans to the ballpark.  One year after Fare Thee Well graced another of the city's sports stadiums, the team welcomed Deadheads to the park for the first ever Grateful Dead Night...

Setlist / Video | Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with Warren Haynes @ Ravinia 6/26/16

Lots of folks headed to Indiana after two nights of Phish at Wrigley.  Of those who stayed in the Chicago area, quite a few decided to hit up a Grateful Dead related event at Highland Park's Ravnia Festival on Sunday.Warren Haynes, along with drummer Jeff Sipe, former Garcia Band vocalist Jaclyn La...

Riot Fest Announces Schedule, Additional Performers | WIN TICKETS!

By: Alex WoodShortly before single day tickets went on sale for Chicago's Riot Fest, festival organizers annouced the daily schedules, including a few surprise additions to the already massive lineup.Amongst the bands added are The Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley performing Bob Marley's Exodus in full, The Bronx, Fucked Up and The...

Photos | Wayne Baker Brooks @ Buddy Guy's Legends 6/17/16

By: Howard Greenblatt Wayne Baker Brooks plays the blues and he plays it fast and loud. Making an appearance at Buddy Guy's Legends -- a South Loop institution -- kept the packed crowd riveted, up and dancing for the both the up-tempo rockers and the simmering slow blues.  Brooks made the...

Wicker Park Festival Announces Lineup

By: Alex WoodWicker Park Fest organizers have announced the headliners for the 2016 summer street festival taking place July 23 and 24. This year's headliners will be The Mountain Goats, Com Truise and Antibalas on Saturday and Rocket From The Crypt, Ought and Alvvays on Sunday. With three stages set up along Damen...