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Dead & Company @ Wrigley - Quick Reference Guide

Almost two years of being a band, Dead & Company makes its Chicago debut this weekend -- the first time Grateful Dead members have played at Wrigley Field.  Guess the Cubs had to win the World Series first.As you can imagine there's no shortage of hoopla, both bad and good surrounding the event....

More Than Just Jam: Reflecting on Summer Camp with Aqueous

By: Nick Draper | Photos: Tara GracerFor their fifth year at Summer Camp Music Festival, the New York based jamband Aqueous offered some of the best sets of the whole program. I sat down with Mike Gantzer, guitarist and vocalist, to hear his reflections on what it is that made their Summer Camp sets so...

Rebirth Brass Band Highlights 'Live On The Lot' Debut At Temperance Brewing

By: Michael LepekLIVE ON THE LOTTemperance Brewery in Evanston, IL hosted its first "Live on the Lot" concert, welcoming a packed house of enthusiastic beer and music fans ready to shake their thing to The Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans.What was supposed to be a small tap room performance quickly sold...

Photos | Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four & Toys That Kill @ House Of Vans

By: Philamonjaro StudioHouse of Vans Chicago presented its second Summer Concert Series show on Thursday June 22nd with Chicago punk band Lawrence Arms headlining, and Minneapolis' Dillinger Four and L.A.'s Toys That Kill providing support.Each set was high energy working fans up into a wired, sweaty frenzy. One of Chicago's newest music...

Dawes Headlines Taste Of Randolph [Photos]

By: Philamonjaro StudioLos Angeles folk rock band Dawes headlined the closing night of Taste of Randolph 2017 with a sixty minute set as they pass through Chicagowhile on an extentive tour schedule.Their music is thoughtful and personal with tight harmonies back-to-basics melodies.  Their short festival set -- amidst a longer tour...

Song Premiere | Ryan Joseph Anderson's "Molly The Flood"

This Friday marks the release of City Of Vines, the second LP from Chicago singer-songwriter Ryan Joseph Anderson.We are happy to premiere the track "Molly the Flood" from the forthcoming album, a slice of expertly produced Americana brimming with warmth and some killer hooks.  Think of the folkier early Wilco mixed with...

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...

Photos / Video / Recap | The Wailers + Mungion @ Sideouts 6/10/17

By: Zach StoneThe Wailers were a legendary headliner, but openers Mungion provided as much fireworks at an early summer night at Sideouts Bar & Eatery in Island Lake.While the City of Chicago may claim Mungion nowadays, the band also has ties near this McHenry County location and that connection was...

PHOTOS / RECAP | The 2017 Chicago Blues Festival

Words: Robin Zimmerman | Photos: Michael LepekFrom the new Muddy Waters mural on State Street to inspired appearances by second-generation performers, the Windy Citys vibrant blues legacy was on full display at the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival.2017 marked the inaugural year at the Millennium Park location. But, as blues fans made their way around the...

Roll Tape! Should “Record Everything” Replace “Keep Your Publishing” As A Band’s Golden Rule?

By: Steven Jurgensmeyer, Founder/Editor at AllMusicBooks.comIt was a trend started forever ago, in jazz dens, bluegrass festivals and folk haunts. Fans would recordsecretly and not so secretlytheir favorite musicians of the day, who plied their trade set after set, night after night. The Grateful Dead famously took that notion to the Nth...