Archive for May 2012

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/1/12 - Sunday, 6/3/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/1/12 - Sunday, 6/3/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  June begins and the summer festival circuit hits its stride with Buckcherry in Bridgeview at Throttle Fest, The Jayhawks in Aurora at Hop Juice Fest, and Craig Finn, The Besnard Lakes, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and more all weekend in Bucktown/Wicker Park at the Do-Division Street Festival... Not to mention appearances by Drake, The Cult and Naughty By Nature.  All of this plus much more...

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight (Memorial Day Edition): City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 5/25/12 - Monday 5/28/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight (Memorial Day Edition): City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 5/25/12 - Monday 5/28/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this Memorial Day weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  Summer Camp kicks off the festival season with Umphrey's McGee, Jane's Addiction and more in central Illinois... De La Soul get things started Friday on the south side, John Primer heats things up on the north side, Bob Saget arrives in the region and the party continues Monday with performances from Kelly Hogan and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  All of this plus much more... ...

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 5/18/12 - Sunday, 5/20/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 5/18/12 - Sunday, 5/20/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, lots of suburban options give you every reason to stay away from the NATO induced madness downtown as Huey Lewis takes over Hammond, Vanilla Ice tears it up in Lincolnshire and Freddy Jones Band heads toward Downers Grove.  Meanwhile in Chicago, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello arrives in town just in time for the NATO summit and two weekend shows.  Plus, Joe Pug launches a two night stand at Lincoln Hall.  Busy weekend... All of this plus much more...
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Concert Review: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Live at the Cubby Bear (Thursday, 5/10/12 in Chicago)

Concert Review: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Live at the Cubby Bear (Thursday, 5/10/12 in Chicago)
Lakeview made their funk the P-Funk Thursday night as The Mothership descended upon the Chicagoland area once again...

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday 5/11/12 - Sunday 5/13/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday 5/11/12 - Sunday 5/13/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend sees a ton of great shows as St. Vincent arrives in Lakeview, Andrew Bird sells out the acoustically perfect Auditorium, while Freedy Johnston and Sebastian Bach roll through the suburbs.  All of this plus much more...

Interview: A Q&A with Sebastian Bach (A Cubby Bear North Concert Preview - Saturday, 5/12/12 in Lincolnshire)

Interview: A Q&A with Sebastian Bach (A Cubby Bear North Concert Preview - Saturday, 5/12/12 in Lincolnshire)
Headed to town for a show this Saturday at Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire, I had the chance to chat with former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach in mid-February following a Chicago concert appearance.  Taking place only days after the recent death of Whitney Houston, our conversation touched on topics like the state of rock radio, Sebastian's long history performing in Chicago, his new album Kicking & Screaming and mortality... ...
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Concert Review: Old 97's - A Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Cubby Bear - Saturday, 5/5/12

Concert Review:  Old 97's - A Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Cubby Bear - Saturday, 5/5/12
Noon Cubs start at Wrigley + Cinco de Mayo + Old 97's live at Cubby Bear = A drinky Saturday night in Wrigleyville...

Event Preview: Third Annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night (Wednesday, 5/9/12 at the Palmer House Hilton)

Event Preview: Third Annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night (Wednesday, 5/9/12 at the Palmer House Hilton)
This Wednesday at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and wife Jenny will take part in the third annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night. To raise awareness and money for "Strike Out 22Q" and assist other Chicagoland charities, the event will feature a performance from 2010 American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox, the Sinatraesque vocal stylings of John Vincent, appearances by Cubs players, both silent and live auctions and more.  ...

Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 5/4/12

Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 5/4/12
This week, random thoughts on a stellar lineup for the Do-Division street festival headlined by Besnard Lakes and The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and details on a performance by onetime American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox for a great cause as part of Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster's third annual Dempster Family Foundation Casino Night on Wednesday, May 9th...
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Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 5/4/12 to Sunday 5/6/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 5/4/12 to Sunday 5/6/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, M83 arrives in Uptown, the Old 97's celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Cubby Bear, Allen Stone and Kids These Days get the Chicago festival season started in the South Loop, Rammstein torches Rosemont and "Weird" Al returns to Merrillville.  All of this plus much more...
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