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Recap & Photos | Cherry Poppin' Daddies @ Navy Pier

By: Philamonjaro Studio Cherry Poppin' Daddies wrapped up a handful of Midwest dates over Labor Day weekend as they continue to tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their debut release Zoot Suit Riot.Sharp-dressed and ready to play, there was plenty to see as well as hear.Performing at Navy Pier's...

Review / Photos | John Butler Trio @ Ravinia 8/30/17

Words & Photos: Zach StoneThe John Butler Trio blew my mind.It's that feeling when after pursuing live music actively for over a decade, something that was hiding in plain sight comes rushing into focus.Kicking off their set with "Cold Wind" from their 2014 album Flesh + Blood, Butler noted that Nicky Bomba is currently...

Photos / Video / Recap | Alanis Morrisette @ Ravinia

By: Philamonjaro StudioAlanis Morissette captivated her sold out audience at Ravinia Friday, August 25th with an energetic concert as she led her five piece band through her hits.Changing up between harmonica and guitar some numbers, her powerful and one-of-a-kind vocals were as strong as when she broke out in the US chart twenty years...

John Mellencamp Balances Dark and Light At Ravinia Performance

Words: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro StudioOn a Wednesday night at Ravinia -- dressed in black, like his collaborator Carlene Carters famous dad, Johnny Cash -- John Mellencamp wasted no time getting in tune for his second performance at the venue.  Surrounded by a smoke machine and a background of scrawled graffiti, the stage was...

Photos / Recap | Karl Denson Closes Tour in Denver With Free Show

By: Zach StoneWhat's better than a Karl Denson's Tiny Universe show in Denver?  A free KDTU show in Denver -- which actually went down this past Saturday at Leavitt Pavilion.There was an incredible Colorado sunset just prior to the band going on stage, a sign of great things...

Photos / Recap | The North 41 @ Lincoln Hall

By: Zach StoneFor a young Chicago band, playing the beautiful Lincoln Hall is a feather in the cap.  Headlining is a prize.  Getting the Saturday night slot -- that's the stuff that dreams are made of.The North 41 brought an excited crowd to the room last Saturday to showcase everything they've been working...

Violence At Northerly Island Prompts Security Review

Photos: Zach StoneYou may not have known it if you just came out to enjoy some music, but Northerly Island was the scene of a violent crime on the night of August 8th.Dropkick Murphys and Rancid were the headliners -- and though their music is on the aggressive side, our photographer Zach didn't...

The New Mastersounds Played Concord, Need Your Help

Photos: Zach StoneThis post was supposed to a straight recap of a funk filled Tuesday night in Chicago with The New Mastersounds.We'd share some of these photos, recap the show and generally recapture some of those good times.But yesterday, The New Mastersounds shared some emergency news via their Facebook page, and before we...

Photos / Video / Setlist | Billy Joel @ Wrigley Field 8/11/17

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotI'm not gonna lie, we haven't been kind to Billy Joel around these parts.  But I'm also gonna hand it to him, pretty sure Wrigley Field can be considered "his room" at this point, having played the venerable stadium more than any other act.So 2017, a year in which the ballpark...

PHOTOS | Summer Stomp Music & Camping Festival 2017

By: Zach Stone PhotographyThere's something about what Summer Stomp Music & Camping Festival is curating that just feels right.They are bringing people together for the right reasons, and celebrating a tight knit family of music and musicians, not to mention fans, up in McHenry County.It was my first time attending the festival,...