Archive for January 2012

The Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, Joe Pug, Paper Thick Walls, Great Divide and More... A Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest Concert Review - Live at the Congress Theater, Saturday 1/28

The Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, Joe Pug, Paper Thick Walls, Great Divide and More... A Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest Concert Review - Live at the Congress Theater, Saturday 1/28
"A summer festival brought indoors for the Chicago winter."  That's what was listed on the poster for Saturday's event and it served as kind of a lofty mission statement in a way. Well... as seventeen acts (including the Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, Joe Pug, Paper Thick Walls and more) took to the stage Saturday night at the Congress Theater, I'd say the event was an overwhelming success.  ...

Rise Against Live at the U.I.C. Pavilion - Friday 1/27, Chicago Concert Review

Rise Against Live at the U.I.C. Pavilion - Friday 1/27, Chicago Concert Review
Led Zeppelin used "The Ocean" as a metaphor for their live audience ("Singing to the ocean...).  Friday night at the U.I.C. Pavilion, Tim McIlrath sang out to the ocean in what is likely Rise Against's largest headlining appearance in Chicago thus far.  For just over an hour and a half Friday, the give and take between band and fan was impressive capping another homecoming for one of the city's biggest groups...

Kathleen Edwards and Hannah Georgas Live at Lincoln Hall - Thursday, 1/26 Concert Review (With Setlist)

Kathleen Edwards and Hannah Georgas Live at Lincoln Hall - Thursday, 1/26 Concert Review (With Setlist)
Maybe it was the Templeton Rye... maybe it was an unusually attentive audience at what is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues in the city... Whatever it was, Kathleen Edwards was on fire Thursday night at Lincoln Hall...
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Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/27 - Sunday 1/29

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/27 - Sunday 1/29
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Buddy Guy wraps up his annual January residency with three more sold out shows at Legends, Rise Against brings a call to action to the west side, and the Drive-By Truckers bring a rocking taste of the south to Bucktown to wrap up the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival.  All of this plus much, much more... ...

Great Divide and Paper Thick Walls - A Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival Concert Preview (Saturday, 1/28 at Congress Theater)

Great Divide and Paper Thick Walls - A Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival Concert Preview (Saturday, 1/28 at Congress Theater)
As the 2012 Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest draws to a close, fans have one more night of music to look forward to when 17 bands (including Great Divide, Paper Thick Walls, Joe Pug, Dawes, The Drive-By Truckers and more) perform on three stages Saturday night at the Congress Theater.  ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/20 - Sunday 1/22

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/20 - Sunday 1/22
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, the highlight of January rolls on as Buddy Guy continues his annual monthlong residency at Legends, Sound Tribe Sector 9 arrives for two shows in Bucktown and The Kills rock The Riv.  All of this plus much more...  ...
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Elisa Grace - Saturday 1/21 at Subterranean - A Concert Preview

Elisa Grace - Saturday 1/21 at Subterranean - A Concert Preview
It's kind of hard to write about Elisa Grace without mentioning the fact that she's... um, gorgeous.  That said, touring in support of her self-titled, debut release, I can't wait to see her this Saturday (January 21, 2012) at Subterranean to see if her unique melding of rock and pop with a touch of country holds up as well live as it does on record. ...

The Luck of Eden Hall - Friday 1/20 at Abbey Pub - A Concert Preview

The Luck of Eden Hall - Friday 1/20 at Abbey Pub - A Concert Preview
Looking for some live psychedelic rock this weekend?  Well look no further than The Luck of Eden Hall's record release party on January 20th at Abbey Pub.  Celebrating the release of Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2, The Luck of Eden Hall will be performing Friday night with fellow Chicagoans I Lost Control and The Bright White. ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/13 - Sunday 1/15

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/13 - Sunday 1/15
This is your guide to catching the best live music throughout both the city and suburbs... This weekend, Buddy Guy continues his annual run of January shows at Legends, the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival takes over the city's club scene bringing with it laughter and rock and Alejandro Escovedo arrives for two shows in Lincoln Square.  All of this plus much more...
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Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/6/12 to Sunday 1/8/12

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 1/6/12 to Sunday 1/8/12
This is your guide to the best live music throughout both the city and suburbs... This weekend, three tremendous days of live blues kick off 2012 as Buddy Guy begins his annual residency in the South Loop at Legends, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials rock Rosa's, Ronnie Baker Brooks brings it in Berwyn... Not to mention area appearances by Wu-Tang Clan and Local H.  All of this plus much more...