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Umphrey's McGee Show Cut Short | Photos & Setlist

Photos: Zach StoneLast weekend, Phish fans were graced with near perfect weather at Northerly Island. A good thing, too, as many in attendance will surely remember their weather-impacted inaugural run in 2013.So forgive the flashbacks if some of the same folks also made it out to see Umphrey's McGee on the big stage...

James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt Join Forces At The Ballpark

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt is a pairing that calls for Ravinia rather than baseball stadium, but fine production and outsized talent seemed to close the gap on a Monday night in July at Wrigley Field.You can forgive them for not bringing record breaking Dead & Company crowds, but those in attendance got a...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | International Dylan Tribute @ City Winery 6/29/17

Photos & Video: John 'Nunu' ZomotThat's a happy group, huh?It's what happens when a group of touring musicians meet up with a bunch of Chicagoans to celebrate the music of The Bard under the moniker of The International Bob Dylan Tribute.Under the leadership of Dewey Paul Moffit, this late June event at City...

Photo Gallery | Taste Of Chicago 2017

By: Philamojaro StudioBen Harper and the Innocent Criminals headlined The 37th Annual Taste of Chicago along with Passion Pit, The O'Jays, Caf Tacvba and Alessia Cara.A treasured institution for decades, the diverse program is free to the public, and the musical line up represented a cultural cross section as varied as...

Toronzo Cannon Returns For Bluesday Tuesday at Fitzgerald's

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos & Video: Michael LepekAlligator recording artist Toronzo Cannon is on the fast track towards a Chicago blues ambassadorship.His touring schedule for the last month has covered everything from Switzerland and Mont-Tremblant, Canada to blues festivals in Butte, Belgium and beyond.But, Cannons busy schedule also means that his Windy City...

Photo Gallery | Taste Of Westmont Offers Four Hours Of Classic Blues

By: Howard GreenblattIt may seem unlikely, but Westmont, Illinois was the Blues Capital of the World for four hours on Sunday afternoon.Taste of Westmont honored former resident Muddy Waters in their yearly tribute with a collection of some of Chicagos finest Blues artists -- including performances by members of his former band...

PHOTOS / RECAP | Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ House Of Vans 7/13/17

By: Philamonjaro StudioHouse of Vans Chicago continued their series of showcase concerts on the July 13th with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.Already making a name for itself with line-ups heavy on skater culture (think: thrash/punk/hip-hop), House of Vans demonstrated its broader tastes with Bradley, an honest-to-goodness ...

Tom Petty & Chris Stapleton Make Perfect Pair At Wrigley

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotWhile there is a growing number of bands who can actually celebrate their 40th anniversary, there are far fewer that are able to do so in an iconic baseball stadium.Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are on the short list, and they brought the show to Wrigley Field at the...

Rebirth Brass Band Highlights 'Live On The Lot' Debut At Temperance Brewing

By: Michael LepekLIVE ON THE LOTTemperance Brewery in Evanston, IL hosted its first "Live on the Lot" concert, welcoming a packed house of enthusiastic beer and music fans ready to shake their thing to The Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans.What was supposed to be a small tap room performance quickly sold...

Photos | Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four & Toys That Kill @ House Of Vans

By: Philamonjaro StudioHouse of Vans Chicago presented its second Summer Concert Series show on Thursday June 22nd with Chicago punk band Lawrence Arms headlining, and Minneapolis' Dillinger Four and L.A.'s Toys That Kill providing support.Each set was high energy working fans up into a wired, sweaty frenzy. One of Chicago's newest music...