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Photo Gallery & Videos: David Crosby's Summer In Chicago 2014

Photos: Michael KaizWhen a pair of David Crosby shows scheduled for this past February at City Winery were postponed for "unforeseen circumstances", you'd be forgiven if you happened to swallow hard and try not to think of the worst. Indeed, those circumstance turned out to be a heart operation... another trial in what has amounted...

Photo Gallery & Video: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ City Winery 6/25/14

Photos: Rickie KostinerPreservation Hall Jazz Band is a lot of things. An institution. An unbelievably great time. A slice of the real New Orleans. A wide range of tones, sounds and rhythmns. Now I can officially add to that list: photogenic.Yep, there is something about seeing generations of men, who embrace, live and tour...

Photo Gallery & Video: Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Park West 6/26/14

Photos: Rickie KostinerRobert Randolph dropped into town for another in a series of electrifying Chicago performances and Rickie Kostiner was on hand to capture some of the exciting moments for a photo gallery for The Barn.SetlistIntro, Motions, Working Title, All That Matters, Payback, La Tormenta, Fly, Blankets, Freak OutPark West proved to be a...

Photo Gallery: Phish @ nTelos, Portsmouth, VA 7/30/14

It was a bit of a disappointment to learn that one of the top live music photographers in Chicago would be heading back east this summer, but I wished Mr. Adam McCall the best of luck as he relocated back to Maryland.Sure, we're a Chicago-based blog, but when somebody this talented offers stunning shots...

Setlist / Review / Photos / Video / Audio: Greensky Bluegrass @ Bell's Brewery 6/7/14

Photos: Eric FischerTruly outstanding shows don't just achieve that status by virtue of a single song choice or inspired jam. The best of the best are a collection of moments -- some arising spontaneously as the music is created, some as punctuation in the continuing narrative of the band's career.Over the course of the...

Photos / Recap: Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion @ City Winery 6/23/14

Photos / Reporting: Heidi PetersGinger Baker's early set at City Winery on Monday was only six songs, but like a true jazz band those tunes were stretched into well over an hour of musicStarting with Wayne Shorter's classic composition "Footprints" the band dived headlong into a jazz that was dominated by percussion.After exploring many rhythmic...

Review & Photo Set: Jack Johnson & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes @ Northerly Island 5/31/14

Words & Photos: Ashley M. DowningFirstMerrit Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island has quickly become my favorite large venue in Chicago. It reopened last summer after extensive renovations and it now ranks as one of the best spots in the country to see a live show.It sits on the shore of Lake Michigan tucked away...

Review / Photos: Everyone Orchestra & Van Ghost @ Park West 5/16/14

Words & Photos: Ashley M. DowningOn a brisk Friday evening in May, The Park West in Chicago kicked off its summer season with a wild, music filled event. This show was presented as the official Summer Camp Music Festival pre-party, with all of the musicians in attendance scheduled to play at upcoming fest the following...

Photo Gallery: Goat @ Thalia Hall 6/13/14

You may want to sit back for this one.Let's start at the beginning. There is a band from Sweden who call themselves Goat.Why Goat? I'm glad you asked. Here's how they explain themselves:Goat are a collective who hail from a small and very remote village called Korpolombolo in deepest darkest Sweden. Legend...

Review / Photos / Setlist: New Mastersounds at House Of Blues 6/7/14

The Growth Of Their GrooveWords: @312mrg | Photos: Ashley M. DowningSustained interest in a band is not accomplished easily. To achieve it, a band must be creative, considering the myriad of musical levers at play in a community where one size will not fit all. Tour t0 tour changes in approach or sound, setlist switch-ups, even...