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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...

Welcome To Tomorrow's Verse

Introducing Tomorrows Verse.Music doesnt end when the last note is played. It is with us constantly challenging the listener and calling them to action.It invites us to dig deeper and explore to contextualize the past, understand the present, and prepare for tomorrow.Tomorrows Verse exists to aid this process in whatever possible form....

Wrigley Weekend Is A Phish Poster Nerd's Dream

If you love rock related art -- specifically Phish related -- you'd be fortunate to be able attend a gallery or showing of the stuff you love.  This weekend in Chicago, there are at least three big events that a savvy lover of music and art can hit, as well as some interesting...

Setlist / Video | Tame Impala @ UIC Pavilion 6/9/16

Tame Impala's arena sized tour brought its arena sized visuals to UIC Pavilion last night.  Here are a few videos that capture the majesty of Kevin Parker and crew's 16 song live set in Chicago.  They're off to Bonaroo next. Thanks to Jason McGee. Edit this setlist | More Tame Impala setlists

Chicago Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Headliners, Featured Performers

By: Alex WoodChicago Jazz Festival released its 2016 lineup and theres a lot to look forward to for all music fans.The festival, which takes place at Millennium Park September 1-4, is entirely free to attend and will feature more than 40 artists at various locations around the park.Headliners for the festival will be Orbert Davis,...

Photo Essay | Juke Joint Festival 2016

Juke Joint Festival Boasts Great Jams from Over 100 Blues BandsWords: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattForget the big-ticket festivals -- long lines, superficiality, and craning your neck just to see who's on stage. For many, there's nothing better than heading down to the birthplace of the blues every April for Clarksdale, Mississippis Juke Joint Festival. ...