Posts in category "Music"

Garth's Got Friends in Low—and High-Flying—Places

Garth's Got Friends in Low—and High-Flying—Places
After a 13-year hiatus from performing,  the country star produced a humdinger of a comeback. The Garth Brooks World Tour opened with seven sold-out nights at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Noting how long he’d be out the game, Brooks during his press conference on September 4, 2014, remembered the venue by its previous name of the Rosemont... Read more »

Stargazing in Chicago

Stargazing in Chicago
I have contributed to over six-dozen national and international publications as a writer and photographer, covering world leaders, famous actors, athletes and rock stars, alike. Enclosed you’ll find one-of photos of my weekly entertainment escapades. Gosh, I love my work! Check back often as I add more images to my gallery.

F*cking AWESOME: Thrift Shops No Longer Getting a Bad Rap (or Maybe They Are--Depends on How You Look at It)

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So I’m watching the Macklemore video “Thrift Shop” for the first time the other day. The clip shows the rapper hitting the clubs all decked out in his Sunday Best, complete with green alligator shoes on his feet and a girl on each arm. Although he looks the part of baller, he’s rapping the praises... Read more »
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Chaka Khan at Chicago's Millennium Park on July 28, 2013

Chaka Khan at Chicago's Millennium Park on July 28, 2013
There were no empty spots left even on the lawn as 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. before a capacity crowd in Millennium Park on Sunday. The newly slender Chicago native opened the show with the Prince remake “I Feel for You” before going into an attitude laced version of “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me.”... Read more »

'Lt. Dan' Raises Money for Military Veteran and Quadruple Amputee a 'Magic House'

'Lt. Dan' Raises Money for Military Veteran and Quadruple Amputee a 'Magic House'
Just as “Lt. Dan,” his character in the movie Forrest Gump, regained walking ability through what Tom Hanks’ “Gump” called “magic legs,” actor Gary Sinise is attempting to give a real-life veteran Taylor Morris similar independence.  Morris, an explosive ordinance disposal tech, lost all four limbs when he accidentally stepped onto an improvised explosive device... Read more »

Rihanna at United Center on March 22, 2013

Rihanna at United Center on March 22, 2013
After arriving over four hours late to Barrington High School on Friday afternoon March 22, 2013, Rihanna hit the stage later that evening almost another hour late to her sold-out show at the United Center. Apparently, fans are willing to wait for the pop-star diva. Question is, Is she worth it?
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B96 Jingle Bash 2012 at Allstate Arena on December 15, 2012

B96 held its annual Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena, featuring Justin Bieber, Afrojack, Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY, Cody Simpson, Calvin Harris, Ryan Beatty, and Austin Mahone. The soldout show also showcased the remix talents of B96 deejays Flipside, Metro and Spin. Despite high fan anticipation for Bieber, whose impending appearance intermittently flashed on... Read more »

A Hudson Holiday: Jennifer Hudson Fetes Michigan Avenue Magazine at HOB

All photos shot by Cindy Barrymore
Chicago native Jennifer Hudson celebrated the holidays by feting Michigan Avenue Magazine at the House of Blues on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, marking the second time former American Idol contestant has appeared as the publication’s cover girl. The invitation-only event, dubbed “A Hudson Holiday,” required that all attendees bring a new unwrapped book or toy for... Read more »

Flashback: My 'Last Dance' with Donna Summer—The Venue in Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 8/23/09

All Photos By Cindy Barrymore
I was such a sweet, innocent kid growing up in Lincoln Park (still am!) that it never dawned on me or my parents to worry about the music I was listening to. Looking back on the times, there were very few songs that I think would set Tipper Gore off enough to slap them with... Read more »
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Flashback: My Weekend Riding Aboard the Soul Train, Remembering Don Cornelius

Last September Don Cornelius was honored in Chicago's Millennium Park with a street named after him. The event also celebrated Soul Train's 40th anniversary.

Photo by Cindy Barrymore
Last month when Don Cornelius died, a flood of memories rushed my head. After much thought I realized that, in hindsight, his influence helped bring me into focus on what I wanted to do in life. My desire to work in entertainment began to click in the early 1980s, foremost with the influence of Michael... Read more »