Ballad of Big Nothing - Q&A Interview With Jessica Lea Mayfield (Friday, March 20, 2015 At The Athenaeum Theatre)

Ballad of Big Nothing - Q&A Interview With Jessica Lea Mayfield (Friday, March 20, 2015 At The Athenaeum Theatre)
Headed to town Friday night alongside Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers performing the songs of Elliott Smith, I spoke with singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield about the three year process of recording an album of Smith covers, working together with Seth Avett on that album and what exactly it is that keeps the songs of Elliott Smith relevant nearly twelve years after his death...

Concert Review: Leon Russell Live At City Winery (Wednesday, February, 25, 2015)

Concert Review: Leon Russell Live At City Winery (Wednesday, February, 25, 2015)
Over the course of ninety minutes Wednesday evening, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell proved why he's one of his generation's most underrated storytellers during the second of two sold out concerts at City Winery... ...

Q&A Interview With Gary Louris - A Jayhawks Concert Preview (Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, 2015 With Dawes At Tivoli Theatre In Downers Grove)

Q&A Interview With Gary Louris - A Jayhawks Concert Preview (Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, 2015 With Dawes At Tivoli Theatre In Downers Grove)
Headed to town for two special shows alongside Dawes this week at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, I spoke with Gary Louris about work on his second solo album and about what keeps The Jayhawks fun twenty years in...
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Concert Preview: Jammin' On Ashland 3 - Bigg Otis Blues, Beast Warrior and Nick Lynch - A MaeBell Ward Foundation Benefit (Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Temple Bar)

Concert Preview: Jammin' On Ashland 3 - Bigg Otis Blues, Beast Warrior and Nick Lynch - A MaeBell Ward Foundation Benefit (Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Temple Bar)
This Thursday night in Chicago's north side Lakeview neighborhood, support the fight against Alzeheimer's as MaeBell Ward Foundation presents "Jammin' on Ashland 3," an eclectic evening of performances by Rob Blaine's Bigg Otis Blues, local metal stalwarts Beast Warrior and former American Idol contestant Nick Lynch... ...

Man At Work - Q&A Interview With Colin Hay (Concert Preview - February 20th - 22nd At City Winery)

Man At Work - Q&A Interview With Colin Hay (Concert Preview - February 20th - 22nd At City Winery)
Gearing up for the Tuesday release of his twelfth solo album Next Year People and a series of three live shows at City Winery, I spoke with singer-songwriter Colin Hay about the level of difficulty involved with forging ahead in a solo career following time in a band like Men At Work as well as the level of exposure brought to his solo career by appearances in the hit sitcom Scrubs... ...

Q&A Interview With "The Soul Queen Of New Orleans" Irma Thomas (Concert Preview: Sunday February 15, 2015 at Thalia Hall)

Q&A Interview With "The Soul Queen Of New Orleans" Irma Thomas (Concert Preview: Sunday February 15, 2015 at Thalia Hall)
Headed back to town for a rare Chicago appearance as part of the "Blues at the Crossroads" tour, I talked with the "Soul Queen of New Orleans" Irma Thomas about the art of telling a story, some of her earliest Chicago memories, the state of New Orleans as we approach ten years post-Katrina, and the role of HBO's Treme in exposing a new generation of music fans to the roots of a wide variety of modern music...
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Concert Review: Billy Idol (Saturday, February 7, 2015 At The Riviera Theatre)

Concert Review: Billy Idol (Saturday, February 7, 2015 At The Riviera Theatre)
Saturday night in Uptown, the fist pump was in full effect as Billy Idol led a tight, five piece backing band through nearly two hours live on stage at the Riviera Theatre... ...

Q&A Interview With Kristina Cottone - A Honey And The 45s Concert Preview (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lincoln Hall)

Q&A Interview With Kristina Cottone - A Honey And The 45s Concert Preview (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lincoln Hall)
Performing Saturday at Lincoln Hall in support of their latest release, MAD, I spoke with Honey and the 45s vocalist/guitarist Kristina Cottone about Jack Kerouac and direction as a theme, the difficulty of boiling down a wide range of musical influences on their latest EP and just what 2015 holds for the local quintet... ...

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music
Keeping with the spirit of the season, I spoke with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, Kristina Cottone of Honey & The 45's, singer songwriter Mike Doughty, saxman Frank Catalano, bluesman Tom Holland and drummer Steve Luongo about their thoughts on Christmas music and some of their favorite holiday tracks... ...
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Q&A Interview With Robin Zander and Steve Luongo - A Robin Zander Band Concert Preview (Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles)

Q&A Interview With Robin Zander and Steve Luongo - A Robin Zander Band Concert Preview (Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles)
Headed to town for a pair of shows this weekend at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, I spoke with Cheap Trick vocalist/rhythm guitarist Robin Zander and drummer Steve Luongo about their partnership in the Robin Zander Band, covering The Who, an affinity for Christmas tunes and how passion for the music and having fun playing it define the Robin Zander Band...