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Taking A Punch | The Charlie Hunter Interview

By: Carmel O'Farrell - @carmelocornCharlie Hunter.  The man has been a music world game-changer and for 20 years he has crafted a meaningful career, chock-full of collaborations and improvisation. His journey began in Berkeley, California and has brought him all around the world as he has fined-tuned his vision as an artist and...

The Zombies Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Landmark Album at Thalia Hall in April

By: Robin ZimmermanIt would be easy to publish a puff piece on the Zombies' upcoming tour with a time of the season reference or two. But that would be doing the band a huge disservice. If recent reviews hold true, theyll be putting on a pair of stellar shows at Thalia Hall in April. ...

Photos / Recap | Big Sam's Funky Nation @ Martyrs' 3/17/17

By: Michael LepekNew Orleans may be a long way from the Emerald Isle, Martyrs' went the funk route with Big Sam's Funky Nation for their St. Patrick's Day celebration.Big Sam got his start as a member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  With this band, Sam is always high energy with his...

18 Artists Performing 18 Different Chuck Berry Songs

Chuck Berry passed away on Saturday at age 90.  It may be easier for him to stake the claim as the "inventor of rock and roll" than any other musician.Look no further than the artists who have adopted his songs into their own repertoire.  And it's not just one tune.  Sure there...

Stream Or Download | The Dead Play Chuck Berry

Creative archive.org user Eyesoftheworld94 has uploaded another notable collection to the site with the recent news..While the Dead themselves only performed four different Berry songs publicly, he's included a soundcheck take on "Thirty Days" from 12/12/73 and selections from various solo and special projects -- Jerry Garcia Band, Kingfish, Mother...

Ravinia's 2017 Lineup, Ranked

Ravinia Festival released its schedule of shows for 2017 yesterday.  Along with its perennial classical programming, there's once again some more popular forms to supplement the symphony.  True, they tend to book acts that are past their sell-by date, but there's still some fun-in-the-park experience for a BYOB venue with a flat...

Photos / Recap / Video | Los Lobos & Ryley Walker @ Tivoli Theatre 3/14/17

By: Heidi Peters PhotographyLos Lobos had already re-scheduled a pair of show in Downers Grove once (these were originally set for mid-February), so when guitarist David Hidalgo injured himself prior to their March dates... the show must go on.Luckily Dave Alvin of The Blasters has had enough history with the band to fill in...

Photos | Keller Williams @ Park West 3/10/17

Photos: Zach StoneKeller Williams & Leo Kottke joined forces for a pair of sets, and a little collaboration at Park West on Friday night.Zach Stone was on hand for Tomorrow's Verse to capture some of Keller's kinetic solo performance.The Shut The Folk Up & Listen Tour is a perfect name for a pair...

What's In A Winterlude? A Look At Four Wilco Shows In Chicago

Photos: Zach StoneAfter Wilco's summer stop in at Pritzker Pavillion. I had a good long thought about the bands pure Chicago-ness.There was plenty of Summer Lovin' from their hometown fans on that evening, but Wilco has traditionally funnelled its love of the city into a winter residency -- dubbed Winterlude -- and by Februrary...

Trey's Solo Run By The Numbers (And The Video)

Photo: Patrick Jordan @treyanstasioThe three solo and acoustic shows that Trey Anastasio performed last week were indeed a rarity.  Thanks to a handy spreadsheet put together by @bizarchive, let's break down exactly how these fit in with the rest of his solo ouvre.52: number of complete or partial solo and acoustic sets publicly...