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Andrew Bird Leads Power Lineup At Ravinia

Words & Photos: Zach Stone | Videos: the1stMikeCOn a beautiful Sunday night, in a park-like setting, Andrew Bird capped an evening of music that brought together a diverse lineup that demonstrated how just how powerful diversity could be in any of its forms.Bird started his set all by himself, but...

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...

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...

Recap / Photos | Blues On The Fox 2017

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Michael LepekOn a beautiful, breezy June evening, a pair of powerhouse performers kicked off Auroras 21st Annual Blues on the Fox festival in fine fashion.Rising star Shemekia Copeland, along with the iconic Mavis Staples, treated the crowd to a satisfying mlange of music, which ran the gamut from blues and...

REVIEW | Yonder Mountain String Band - Love. Ain't Love

By: Nick DraperWhen it comes to Yonder Mountain String Band, a Colorado-based jamgrass band that manages to balance both a modern and throw-back sound, most acolytes will lead with tales of their live performances. They bring true talent and emotion on stage, traits that have netted them no shortage of boosters over the years....

Review / Videos / Full Show Audio | U2 @ Soldier Field 6/3/17 & 6/4/17

Words: Alex Wood | Photo: @tbergnationU2 sold out two shows at Soldier Field as part of their Joshua Tree Tour, with sets centered around a full performance of their seminal 1987 album.The stage setup matched the bands epic sound, featuring a gigantic, rounded screen the entire width of the football field, in addition to a smaller,...

Review | North Mississippi All Stars @ Lincoln Hall 5/18/17

By: Brian Lirot We arent proud to be back here in Chicago We are humbled... Those were the words spoken by guitarist Luther Dickinson before The North Mississippi All Stars spilled a night of soulful blues-rock down the spines of a packed Lincoln Hall.Luther and brother Cody opened the...

REVIEW / PHOTOS | Spafford & Mungion at Bottom Lounge 4/8/17

Photos: Tara Gracer2017-04-08-SPAFFORD-Chicago-104Explore tomorrowsverse's photos on Flickr. tomorrowsverse has uploaded 2734 photos to Flickr.It's time to talk about the J word again.Unlike many publications, we're happy to acknolwedge jambands -- to keep our finger on the pulse and look twice at the last few lines of festival bills.  ...

Review / Photos | Robin Trower @ Copernicus Center 4/29/17

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard Greenblatt_DSC3622Explore tomorrowsverse's photos on Flickr. tomorrowsverse has uploaded 2648 photos to Flickr.With driving rain and high winds, it was not a fit night for man or beast. But inside the Copernicus Center, Robin Trower proved why he has been a guitar God since the mid-sixties. The 72-year old...

Review & Photos | The Zombies @ Thalia Hall 4/13/17

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Howard GreenblattIt seemed fitting that historic Thalia Hall played host to the Zombies Odessey and Oracle tour dates in Chicago. As they celebrated the 50th anniversary of this iconic album, Pilsens beautifully refurbished venue was the perfect place for a still-vibrant band to showcase their timeless masterpiece.They kicked things off...