Chicago Farmer Stories

The Barn's Best Of The (First Half) of 2013

Since we didn't publish our Best of 2012 list until February of 2013, I'm pleased as punch to get a jump on this post prior to July 31st -- it's our list of our best albums of the first half of the year...Many thanks to @WeirScrewed for contributing this list which I (Steve - @thebarnpresents) will...

Setlist / Recap / Video: Todd Snider & Chicago Farmer @ SPACE, Evanston, IL 3/16/13

Contributed by @WeirScrewedThe songs of some artists are snug like a warm blanket. Todd Snider is a prime example. He has worn the role of traveling stoner troubadour quite well over the years and the packed house at SPACE on Saturday night attested to this. Judging by how much of the crowd was singing along...

Preview: Cornmeal's Holiday Ramble - Martyrs 12/27/12

Ive already stuck this in the calendar, but I think an event of this caliber warrants a front page post, too. So many members of The Barn's favorite groups are coming together on this evening at one of our favorite venues. I'm guessing there's a deliberate use of the term Ramble here,...

Turkey Day Music Festival? Thanksgiving Weekend Live Music In Chicago!

Every summer, interesting festivals overtake the music landscape in and around Chicago. While the festival calendar dries up after Labor Day, leave it to the area's best venues to make our holidays seem like mini-festivals of their own. And with Thanksgiving more of a homecoming style occasion, the program leans delightfully local.We've...

Review, Stream & Download: Ragbirds & Chicago Farmer @ SPACE 7/15/22

Chicago Farmer and The Ragbirds @ SPACE - Evanston, IL July 15, 2012For a small town man from just south of Peoria, Cody Diekhoff sure has adapted to life as Chicago Farmer. The folk singer with a one-man-show was an appropriate choice to open up for The Ragbirds as just a few days earlier his reincarnation folk...

Whippersnap Music & Arts Festival Announces Headliners, Lineup Details For 2012: funky Meters, Railroad Earth, Particle

UPDATE (5/22/12): The location of Whippersnap Music and Arts Festival 2012 has changed to Lyran Park, 4781 S. Bend Rd. in Rockford, ILThe Whippersnap Festival is back this year with some quality headliners, an action-packed undercard and a few more surprises in store.This year's festival will be held July 19th, 20th & 21st at Lyran Park in...

Show Preview: Greensky Bluegrass & Strange Arrangement 1/27/12 @ Park West

Every once in a while, a confluence of forces lead to a live music experience with so much potential, its legend begins to form even before a single note is played.Do you feel that? Its the sensation of the stars aligning for one such event. This Friday (1/27), Strange Arrangement and Greensky Bluegrass convene at...

An Embarrassment Of Riches: Thanksgiving Weekend In Chicago

Months ago, I was pumped about the announcement of two night Umphrey's McGee run in Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend. Little did I know at the time, but by the time this extended weekend would arrive, that party would start in Chicago well before UM takes the stage, and continue all the way through to Thanksgiving...