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James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt Join Forces At The Ballpark

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt is a pairing that calls for Ravinia rather than baseball stadium, but fine production and outsized talent seemed to close the gap on a Monday night in July at Wrigley Field.You can forgive them for not bringing record breaking Dead & Company crowds, but those in attendance got a...

PHOTOS / VIDEO | International Dylan Tribute @ City Winery 6/29/17

Photos & Video: John 'Nunu' ZomotThat's a happy group, huh?It's what happens when a group of touring musicians meet up with a bunch of Chicagoans to celebrate the music of The Bard under the moniker of The International Bob Dylan Tribute.Under the leadership of Dewey Paul Moffit, this late June event at City...

Photo Gallery | Taste Of Chicago 2017

By: Philamojaro StudioBen Harper and the Innocent Criminals headlined The 37th Annual Taste of Chicago along with Passion Pit, The O'Jays, Caf Tacvba and Alessia Cara.A treasured institution for decades, the diverse program is free to the public, and the musical line up represented a cultural cross section as varied as...

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...

Photo Gallery | Taste Of Westmont Offers Four Hours Of Classic Blues

By: Howard GreenblattIt may seem unlikely, but Westmont, Illinois was the Blues Capital of the World for four hours on Sunday afternoon.Taste of Westmont honored former resident Muddy Waters in their yearly tribute with a collection of some of Chicagos finest Blues artists -- including performances by members of his former band...

Five Big Thoughts On Three Big Phish Shows | Northerly Island 2017

[instagram id="BWkc_g5A4QV"]When Phish kicks off an unusual summer of touring in your town with three shows -- and then delivers -- there are no small thoughts.  So, here are five big ideas taken away from the Northerly Island 2017 run.1. Can one song make an entire run?Let's talk...

PHOTOS / RECAP | Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ House Of Vans 7/13/17

By: Philamonjaro StudioHouse of Vans Chicago continued their series of showcase concerts on the July 13th with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.Already making a name for itself with line-ups heavy on skater culture (think: thrash/punk/hip-hop), House of Vans demonstrated its broader tastes with Bradley, an honest-to-goodness ...

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...

MEDIA / SETLISTS / RECAP | Dead & Company @ Wrigley Field 2017

We'll have a more in-depth review of the weekend's music in a bit -- but before we get to that, we wanted to share some great media from the weekend, including a set of incredible photos contributed by John "Nunu" Zomot.  His eye for the event and access produced some truly memorable images.Seeing...

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....