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Chicago Blues Fest 2019 In Review [Photos & Recap]

By: Howard GreenblattThe City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events hosted the 36th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park. The weather was mostly beautiful, the crowds were enthusiastic and the music was hot.Across multiple stages and three packed days, there was so much action, we couldn't contain it all ...

Chicago Blues Fest 2019 In Review [Part Two]

By: Howard GreenblattIf you're starting here, you came in the middle of the story.  Check out Part One here.Born in 1935, Mary Lane knew (and sang with) greats like Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush and Elmore James, but her greatest success may be yet to come with the recent release of her hot...

Review | Andrew Bird @ The Green Mill 4/2/19

Words: Alex Wood | Video: the1stMikeC | Photo: @andrewbirdmusicAndrew Birds Chicago roots ensure that his shows in the city are always more than simply another performance. The songwriter is notorious for choosing some of the citys best venues, from 4th Presbyterian Church to Chicago Theatre to the Hideout, and delivering an unparalleled live experience regardless....

Review & Photos | Post Animal @ Metro 12/15/18

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Billy AndresCan a band have contradictory influences?Let's say a band has got a DIY, carefree punk side... the last thing you'd also expect to hear complementing it is the mellow 70s pop of Paul McCartney or Steely Dan. Well, that's what's up with Post Animal, who spent an enjoyable evening...

PHOTOS & RECAP: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival 2018

By: Michael LepekNestled between towering buildings of New Orleans and in the shadow of historic Gallier Hall is a grassy acre of green space known as LaFayette Square. The park serves as a lunchtime spot for the bustling downtown crowd as well as a gathering place during the spring and summer.  Folks come to...

PHOTOS / RECAP | MC50 @ Metro

By: Howard GreenblattFifty years ago MC5 rolled out the soon-to-be iconic album Kick Out the Jams. It was truly a space where music and ideas would marry -- their manager John Sinclair was founder of the anti-racist, anti-war, anti-capitalism, pro-revolution White Panther Party.And, yes, MC5 was a badass, anti-establishment band. They will forever...

The Top Ten Moments In Chicago Phish History

Phish returns this weekend to Allstate Arena.  The former Rosemont Horizon has played host home of some memorable shows, including five previous Phish performances dating back to 1995.Chicago has long been a Midwest stronghold for the band, even more so in recent years as the band has scaled back its touring.  And like...

JJ Grey & Mofro + Blackberry Smoke Cap Inagural Concert Season at Gallagher Way

Look around and youd see plenty of grey hairs in Gallagher Way as the sun was fading on an early August evening.So sure, the kids arent flocking to see JJ Grey & Mofro and Blackberry Smoke, but given the nice-sized, yet decidedly older, crowd that assembled on a Thursday night in the shadow of...

Marcus King Does It All At Thalia Hall

[instagram id="BoPMwCRA4KJ"]I guess it takes a certain type of music fan to have multiple new Southern Rock bands on your radar in the year 2018. Yeah, Ive got a soft spot for the sound and Im always ready for another take on the venerable sub-genre.But these days, its Marcus King and his...

PHOTOS: STS9 In Milwaukee 9/21/18

By: Adam Miszewski (Adjomi Photography & Design)Milwaukee's Riverside Theater typically provides fans ample opportunities for jams in the fall.STS9 made it a stop on their 2018 Fall Midwest swing and the five-piece went right to work using the space to its full advantage.Adam was on hand, and there may be no photographer...