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Review / Photos / Video | Southern Soul Assembly @ Thalia Hall 3/24/17

Words: Tim Kelly | Photos: MIchael Lepek | Video: Nunu ZomotSeveral hundred people got a real treat in Chicago at the fantastic Thalia Hall in the Pilsen area as Southern Soul Assembly performed an intimate two-hour show for the sold-out house.  Southern Soul Assembly is basically a supergroup of southern rock singer songwriting giants: &...

Photos / Recap | Big Sam's Funky Nation @ Martyrs' 3/17/17

By: Michael LepekNew Orleans may be a long way from the Emerald Isle, Martyrs' went the funk route with Big Sam's Funky Nation for their St. Patrick's Day celebration.Big Sam got his start as a member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  With this band, Sam is always high energy with his...

Photos / Recap / Video | Los Lobos & Ryley Walker @ Tivoli Theatre 3/14/17

By: Heidi Peters PhotographyLos Lobos had already re-scheduled a pair of show in Downers Grove once (these were originally set for mid-February), so when guitarist David Hidalgo injured himself prior to their March dates... the show must go on.Luckily Dave Alvin of The Blasters has had enough history with the band to fill in...

Photos | Keller Williams @ Park West 3/10/17

Photos: Zach StoneKeller Williams & Leo Kottke joined forces for a pair of sets, and a little collaboration at Park West on Friday night.Zach Stone was on hand for Tomorrow's Verse to capture some of Keller's kinetic solo performance.The Shut The Folk Up & Listen Tour is a perfect name for a pair...

What's In A Winterlude? A Look At Four Wilco Shows In Chicago

Photos: Zach StoneAfter Wilco's summer stop in at Pritzker Pavillion. I had a good long thought about the bands pure Chicago-ness.There was plenty of Summer Lovin' from their hometown fans on that evening, but Wilco has traditionally funnelled its love of the city into a winter residency -- dubbed Winterlude -- and by Februrary...

Photos / Setlists | Pink Talking Fish & Crosseyed & Phishless @ Park West 3/11/17

By: Tara Gracer PhotographyPink Talking Fish are exactly as advertised. and sometimes a little more.As implied by their name, the band delivered a roller coaster mix of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish covers over two big sets in Chicago on Saturday night.Tara Gracer was on hand to capture all the action from...

Steward Copeland's Work Returns To The Chicago Opera Stage

Words: Philamonjaro Studio | Photos: Liz LaurenChicago Opera Theater (COT) presented Stewart Copeland's "The Invention of Morel" in a co-world premiere with Long Beach Opera for three nights: February 18th, 24th and 26th at the Studebaker Theater in The Fine Arts Building 410 South Michigan Ave.Rock fans remember Copeland as the...

Photos | Here Come The Mummies & The North 41 @ House Of Blues 2/18/17

Sure there are a lot of funk bands out there?  But there's probably only one that bill themselves as "the world's premier undead funk ambassadors".Here Comes The Mummies brought their mummified funk to a fairly packed House Of Blues on Saturday night.The super talented Tara Gracer was on hand with her camera...

Review / Photos | Mark Farner and the N'rg Band @ Arcada Theater

By: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro StudioThe interior of Ron and Rick Onestis Arcada Theater catches the eye with its gold-trimmed balcony and rose-colored ceiling, flanked with floating Cirrus clouds. This beautifully restored building once faced the possibility of demolition, yet here it stands, stately and timeless, thanks to the two brothers....

PHOTOS / VIDEO / RECAP | Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Park West 2/3/17

By: Michael Lepek | Video Nunu ZomotHow do you make the perfect gumbo? You need a calculated balance of ingredients, stirred in the pot in the precise order.That is exactly what Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue created at The Park West on Friday February 2nd. On a night off from their current tour with...