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Phil Takes Chicago | 10 Bullets, 30 Photos, 5 Videos & 2 Streams

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotAt age 77, there's little that Phil Lesh needs to prove.  And that's the genius of the Grateful Dead bassist, he doesn't fall comfortably into any narrative.  His very appeal lies in his ability to march to his own beat (bass lines?). So rather than try to recount the entirety...

Review / Photos / Video / Setlist | Fleet Foxes @ Chicago Theatre 10/3/17

By: Alex Wood | Photos: Zach Stone (10/4 show)Despite finding critical and commercial success throughout their career, Fleet Foxes have had it tough.The band emerged as leaders of a folk renaissance in the music scene with their self-titled, 2008 debut, bringing a Simon & Garfunkel brand of acoustic music back into the mainstream.Yet before the...

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...

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...

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,...