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The 2018 Juke Joint Festival In Words and Pictures

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Michael LepekA large Chicago contingent descended on Clarksdale, Mississippi for the 15th Annual Juke Joint Festival. But, long-anticipated balmy weather was not to be. Heavy overnight rains descended on the Delta on Friday into Saturday, ushering in cold, windy temperatures.Worse yet, much of Clarksdale was without power on the day...

PHOTOS & VIDEO | Matador! Soul Sounds & Hartswick/Cassarino Duo @ Martyrs' 3/22/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotIn this age of funk-and-soul supergroups, it seems like a pick-up band can materialize -- full of a handful of musicians sourced from a pool of well-known jammers -- at any time and for any reason.This group of road warriors is ready to be drawn into battle at...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | JGB @ Park West 3/16/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotFormer Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals is no stranger to the Chicago area.  He appears frequently as a special guest with the local Dead tribute staple Terrapin Flyer.But it's been a minute since he's brought his JGB project through the city -- so it was nice to get a...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Turner Hall 3/1/18

Photos: Adam MiszewskiI'm going to say it.  Beyond just their name, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has a jambandy aesthetic that makes String Cheese Incident seem reserved, self-serious and demure by comparison.But good on them for just embracing the fuck out of it.  And you can't say the audience hasn't responded. The...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | Stanley Clarke @ City Winery 3/21/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotAs a music veteran, Stanley Clarke can fly a little bit under the radar, but when he pops up you best pay attention.The man is an absolute beast on the bass.  City Winery goers were treated to a full-on clinic during his March visit with his talented touring ensemble....

PHOTOS | Fleshtone @ Beat Kitchen 3/3/18

By: Philamonjaro StudioOn a Saturday night in Chicago, fans were treated to a rare concert by New York's favorite garage punk band, The Fleshtones.Having first debuted at CBGB in 1976, they were a part of the beating heart of the NYC punk scene.In 2018, the band harnessed energy from that storied era when they touched...

Photos / Recap | Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl

By: Michael LepekIt's nice when you can scratch a couple items off the bucket list.  On a recent trip to New York City, I was able to go for a pair: experiencing a show at the original Brooklyn Bowl and seeing a live performance of the seminal West Coast funk-jazz (or is it jazz-funk?)&...

Recap / Photos | Whitney @ Thalia Hall 2/15/18

By: Heidi PetersWhitney is a band that's all about love, so a hometown Valentine's runs suites them fine.  I caught the third and final night of the series at Thalia Hall, and all the pieces were in place, save for their trademark pause for a kiss, which was notably absent.Maybe it was lip...

Photo Gallery | Exodus 40 Live, A Celebration Of Bob Marley's Landmark Album

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotWe've been doing some "housecleaning" this week, getting up some long-simmering contributions.I guess its appropriate that we had just celebrated Bob Marley's birthday as well, since we've got a bunch of great shots from Nunu's visit out west, where he as able to capture the Exodus 40 Live Concert, a celebration of...

SETLIST / PHOTOS / VIDEO | Marilyn Manson @ The Riv 2/6/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotMarilyn Manson has no doubt captured some headlines, and that hasn't changed recently after bassist Twiggy Ramirez was subject of some serious rape allegations.But the tour continues, and it hit Chicago's Riviera Theatre this week.  Nunu was on hand to capture the spectacle.As with everything that was once...