Archive for February 2012

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/2 - Sunday 3/4

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/2 - Sunday 3/4
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, lots of great live blues to catch so take your pick of Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Coco Montoya or Shemekia Copeland.  And the month of March also signifies the annual onslaught of Irish acts in the city.  That starts this weekend with appearances by The Chieftains and The Tossers.  Plus, check out the Reverend Horton Heat or Béla Fleck.  All of this plus much more... ...

An Interview With Rachelle Ferrell - A Chicagoland Concert Preview (Saturday, 3/3/12 at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire)

An Interview With Rachelle Ferrell - A Chicagoland Concert Preview (Saturday, 3/3/12 at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire)
Heading to town for two shows this Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, I had the opportunity to chat with Rachelle Ferrell last week about the state of the music industry, the role of music in today's society, her forthcoming album Art and Soul and much more...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 2/24 - Sunday 2/26

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 2/24 - Sunday 2/26
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs… This weekend, Van Halen brings a different kind of truth to the west side, Los Lobos makes a weekend of it in Arlington Heights and Bettye LaVette brings her soulful sound to the Old Town School.  All... Read more »
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Guns N' Roses Concert Review - "Up Close and Personal Tour," Live at House of Blues Chicago - Sunday, 2/19/12 (With Setlist)

Guns N' Roses Concert Review - "Up Close and Personal Tour," Live at House of Blues Chicago - Sunday, 2/19/12 (With Setlist)
Billed as a "once in a lifetime" concert, Guns N' Roses arrived in Chicago Sunday night for a sold out show at the intimate House of Blues, part of the band's current "Up Close and Personal" tour.  ...

Joe Ely Live at Fitzgerald's - A Berywn Concert Review, 2-17-12 (With Setlist)

Joe Ely Live at Fitzgerald's - A Berywn Concert Review, 2-17-12 (With Setlist)
It's generally easy to tell in the live setting when a performer is mailing it in and when a performer still cares and remains engaged with the music he is creating.  Friday night at Fitzgerald's, even in his fifth decade of releasing recorded music, Joe Ely proved resoundingly, once again, that he is most certainly an example of the latter as he kicked off the first of a two night stand in west suburban Berwyn...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 2/17 - Sunday 2/19

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 2/17 - Sunday 2/19
This is your weekly guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, Guns N' Roses arrive in town for a rare club appearance, Joe Ely clamps down in Berwyn and The Jayhawks rock the Vic.  All of this plus much more...  ...
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An Interview With Megadeth's David Ellefson - A Gigantour 2012 Chicago Postscript

An Interview With Megadeth's David Ellefson - A Gigantour 2012 Chicago Postscript
Last Friday at the Aragon Ballroom, I had the chance to sit down with bassist and Megadeth co-founder David Ellefson in advance of Megadeth's appearance later that night with Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil as part of the 2012 Gigantour.  Our conversation hit upon topics like the return of Gigantour, playing in Chicago, Megadeth's often politically charged lyrics and much more...

Gigantour 2012 Chicago Concert Review: Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Friday 2/10/12

Gigantour 2012 Chicago Concert Review: Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil Live at the Aragon Ballroom, Friday 2/10/12
Metal is at its best amongst the sweaty, smoky confines of an indoor club.  So it was amidst those conditions that the Gigantour returned to the Aragon Ballroom on Friday for the first time since 2008.  ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 2/10 - Sunday 2/12

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 2/10 - Sunday 2/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, lots of metal to choose from as Testament rocks Libertyville and the Gigantour brings Megadeth, Motörhead and more to Uptown.  Plus Bill Cosby, the sold out return of The Darkness and much more...
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Sebastian Bach Live at The Cubby Bear - Wednesday, 2/8 Chicago Concert Review (With Setlist)

Sebastian Bach Live at The Cubby Bear - Wednesday, 2/8 Chicago Concert Review (With Setlist)
As I've written many times, rock n' roll is at its best when it works a crowd into a frenzy and is completely unpredictable.  In that regard, last night's Sebastian Bach show at the Cubby Bear was a throwback.  ...
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