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Lettuce & Galactic Team For Different Flavors Of Funk

Words: Kevin Kelly | Photos: Michael LepekFor a chilly night in Chicago, it didn't take long for the Riviera Theatre to heat up as Galactic hit the stage.  Shortly after 9pm, Stanton Moores ever-consistent rhythm signaled a punchy start to the show, as each of Galactic's core members grabbed at least one shining moment...

PHOTOS / VIDEO / RECAP | Remembering Bowie @ The Vic

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotWhen pianist Mike Garson hooked up with David Bowie in 1972 years ago on the US leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour, the initial gig was supposed to last just eight weeks.Over four decades later, even after Bowie's passing, Garson is leading a tour celebrating the body of work that he remained...

Photos / Recap | Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl

By: Michael LepekIt's nice when you can scratch a couple items off the bucket list.  On a recent trip to New York City, I was able to go for a pair: experiencing a show at the original Brooklyn Bowl and seeing a live performance of the seminal West Coast funk-jazz (or is it jazz-funk?)&...

Photos / Recap | Uriah Heep at Arcada Theater 3/10/18

By: Philamonjaro StudioNext year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic English hard rock band Uriah Heep, but even at 49 the band shows no signs of slowing down.On Sunday, March 11th, the band gave all it had at St. Charles' Arcada Theater.The 75-minute concert featured both beloved older material and a smattering...

Premiere: Jared Rabin's 'Back To You'

Jared Rabin is the type of artist that I feel like I should have already known before he was put on my radar a few weeks ago.  He's from Chicago, he plays out frequently at many of the usual haunts (I even spotted his name on a few old festival lineups), and his music...

Celebrate Halfway To North Coast With a Look Back at the 2017 Festival

How do you cover an event like North Coast Music Festival?That's the question that we asked ourselves as we collected our thoughts and sorted through the hundreds of Zach Stone photos that captured every part of the grounds, some sweet crowd shots and a great majority of the on-stage action.Let me assure...

The Infamous Stringdusters & Leftover Salmon Join Forces @ Park West

[instagram id="BfULrGzHnN1"]Infamous Stringusters are still riding high from an unexpected Grammy win.Leftover Salmon is prepping the release of a record of their own, and are as creative as possible with their live appearances in Chicago lately.Of course, they'd meet up for a pair of co-headline gigs on a February...

Photos / Video | Robert Plant @ The Riviera 2/21/18

By: John 'Nunu' Zomot | Additional Video: Wyatt BrakeRobert Plant is the rare classic rocker who seems to have entered a long creative peak, long after his classic-rocking Zeppelin heyday.Touring behind the fall's Carry Fire, he and the magnificent Sensational Shape Shifters touched all points along his quality solo career, but also left room...

Recap / Photos | Whitney @ Thalia Hall 2/15/18

By: Heidi PetersWhitney is a band that's all about love, so a hometown Valentine's runs suites them fine.  I caught the third and final night of the series at Thalia Hall, and all the pieces were in place, save for their trademark pause for a kiss, which was notably absent.Maybe it was lip...

Crosby Wows At The Winery

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotCity Winery has seen its share of big stars playing its small stage -- almost such that it has become their trademark.But when David Crosby touched down for a performance this past fall, that point was really driven home.Everything about the man is not just huge, it's superstar huge. ...