Archive for November 2011

Rock For Kids - 23rd Annual Rock & Roll Auction - Friday, December 2 at Park West

Rock For Kids - 23rd Annual Rock & Roll Auction - Friday, December 2 at Park West
Tis the season for giving... And if you're a music fan in Chicago, there's no better way to do it than to help Rock for Kids help local kids this Friday at Park West at the twenty-third annual Rock for Kids Rock & Roll Auction.  This year's auction features items from Paul McCartney, Wilco and more... And live music fans will be drooling over contributions from Lincoln Hall, the Grammys and more...

Cathy Richardson's "Wheel of Fortune" - A Black Friday Concert Preview (Friday, 11/25 at Fitzgerald's)

Cathy Richardson's "Wheel of Fortune" - A Black Friday Concert Preview (Friday, 11/25 at Fitzgerald's)
One of Chicago's finest vocalists returns to the area for a special Black Friday concert at Fitzgerald's.  I caught up with Cathy Richardson as she returned to Chicago last weekend to chat about this "Wheel of Fortune" show which will be heavy on audience participation and aim to raise awareness and money for local charity Coat Angels...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Black Friday 11/25 - Sunday 11/27

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Black Friday 11/25 - Sunday 11/27
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, forget shopping and spend Black Friday in the city with Umphrey's McGee or Ike Reilly, Kid Rock hits up House of Blues and the eighties continue their stranglehold on the suburbs with area appearances from Jackyl and Eddie Money.  All of this plus much more...
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Back in Black: A Guide To Catching The Best Live Black Wednesday Music In Chicago On A Budget

Back in Black: A Guide To Catching The Best Live Black Wednesday Music In Chicago On A Budget
Black Wednesday... one of the biggest bar nights of the year in the city of Chicago. Tired of amateur hour at the bars?  Well, here are ten great ways to catch live music within the confines of some of the city's finest clubs.  Check out Flosstradamus at Lincoln Hall, Naked Raygun at Metro and much more... And in case that's not enough, how about five ways to get awfully drunk, awfully cheap, throughout Chicago, via trolley crawls, moustache parties, a turkey testicle festival, charity benefits and more...

Guns N' Roses Live at Allstate Arena - 11/15/11 Chicago Concert Review

Guns N' Roses Live at Allstate Arena - 11/15/11 Chicago Concert Review
For the first time since the 2008 release of Chinese Democracy (following Rosemont appearances in 2002 and 2006 with different lineups), Guns N' Roses arrived in the Chicagoland area to perform at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night. ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 11/18 - Sunday 11/20

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 11/18 - Sunday 11/20
This is your guide to great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, Fitz & The Tantrums arrive in town for a mini residency at Metro, Norm Macdonald brings his comedic stylings to St. Charles and Furthur rolls Bob Weir and Phil Lesh into Rosemont. All of this plus much more. ...
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Fifteen Minutes With Fitz: An Interview With Fitz & The Tantrums' Michael Fitzpatrick

Fifteen Minutes With Fitz:  An Interview With Fitz & The Tantrums' Michael Fitzpatrick
Heading to Chicago for three sold out shows at Metro (Saturday, November 19th, Sunday November 20th and Tuesday, November 22nd), Fitz & The Tantrums frontman Michael Fitzpatrick joined me on the phone in October for an insightful conversation on "Snowpocalypse," Lollapalooza, success, the internet, the band's future and much more.  ...

Five Minutes With "The Spaceman" - A "No Regrets" Interview With Original KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley

Five Minutes With "The Spaceman" - A "No Regrets" Interview With Original KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley
In Chicago for an impressive show on Wednesday, November 9th that drew on his KISS, Frehley's Comet and solo material, Ace Frehley sat down with me backstage at House of Blues to chat about his feelings on the city of Chicago, his time with KISS and the recent release of his new book No Regrets...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 11/11/11 - Sunday 11/13/11

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 11/11/11 - Sunday 11/13/11
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week, Mastodon decimates Uptown, Ray Davies works out the kinks at the Chicago Theatre, Judas Priest rides into northwest Indiana and Paul Simon attempts to show that, at 70, he is indeed still crazy after all these years.  All of this plus much more... ...
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Ace Frehley Live at House of Blues - 11/9/11 Chicago Concert Review

Ace Frehley Live at House of Blues - 11/9/11 Chicago Concert Review
It was about thirty seconds into the show when somebody about ten feet in front of me on the general admission floor at House of Blues breathed fire... KISS fans are a rare breed and from that moment on, I knew seeing original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in such an intimate venue for the first time would at the very least be... interesting.  What I wasn't prepared for was just how good it would be. ...