Archive for June 2012

Chicagoland Festival Forecast: City and Suburban Summer Festival Highlights - Friday, 6/29/12 - Sunday, 7/1/12

Chicagoland Festival Forecast:  City and Suburban Summer Festival Highlights - Friday, 6/29/12 - Sunday, 7/1/12
This is your guide to catching great live music, under the sun at the best outdoor summer festivals throughout the city and suburbs... This weekend, electronic dance music takes over Montrose Beach, Ben Folds Five serenade singles at the World's Largest Block Party, Joe Pug, the Waco Brothers, Marcia Ball and more head to Berwyn for the American Music Festival, plus Joe Walsh, Steve Miller Band and ZZ Top celebrate ribs in Naperville... All of this plus much more......

Concert Preview: The Sometimes Family (EP Release Party) Sunday, 7/1/12 at Double Door

Concert Preview: The Sometimes Family (EP Release Party) Sunday, 7/1/12 at Double Door
Indie soul quintet, The Sometimes Family celebrates the release of their Fun With Heartbreak EP this Sunday night at Double Door...

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/29/12 - Sunday 7/1/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/29/12 - Sunday 7/1/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend...  Ministry returns for two shows in Lakeview, The Scorpions rock the lakefront, plus Sarah McLachlan, The Hives and Jimmy Buffett.  All of this plus much more...
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Concert Preview and Ticket Giveaway: David Gray Live at House of Blues (Part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series - Saturday, 6/30/12)

Concert Preview and Ticket Giveaway: David Gray Live at House of Blues (Part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series - Saturday, 6/30/12)
British singer-songwriter David Gray returns to the intimate confines of House of Blues as part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series in support of a great cause this Saturday night...

Concert Review: Bootsy Collins Live at Cubby Bear (Thursday, 6/21/12 - With Setlist)

Concert Review: Bootsy Collins Live at Cubby Bear (Thursday, 6/21/12 - With Setlist)
The Mothership made an encore appearance Thursday night in Lakeview as Bootsy Collins took to the Cubby Bear stage for a night of P-Funk, solo hits and more...

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/22/12 - Sunday, 6/24/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/22/12 - Sunday, 6/24/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  Temperatures rise as Aerosmith and Cheap Trick arrive in town for "The Global Warming Tour..."  Gospel Fest makes itself at home amidst new digs in Bronzeville's Ellis Park with a performance by The Blind Boys of Alabama amongst many others... The Green Music Fest takes over Wicker Park with headliners Dinosaur Jr. and The Raveonettes...  Plus, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Booker T. Jones and Toad the Wet Sprocket make themselves available throughout the suburbs.  All of this plus much more...
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Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/15/12 - Sunday, 6/17/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/15/12 - Sunday, 6/17/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend... festivals, festivals, festivals:  Moby and Skrillex headline the Spring Awakening Festival at Soldier Field, The Hold Steady and Chris Robinson hit Taste of Randolph, while Kenny Wayne Shepherd swings through Aurora... Not to mention area appearances by Al Green, Jimmy Cliff, and the Gin Blossoms...  All of this plus much more...

Concert Preview: Taste of Randolph (Friday, 6/15/12 - Sunday, 6/17/12))

Concert Preview:  Taste of Randolph (Friday, 6/15/12 - Sunday, 6/17/12))
The West Loop's signature outdoor street fest returns this weekend featuring live music by Los Campesinos, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Hold Steady and many more... ...

Concert Review: Bush - Live, Acoustic From The Q87.7 Underground Lounge (Wednesday, 5/30/12 At The Cubby Bear)

Concert Review: Bush - Live, Acoustic From The Q87.7 Underground Lounge (Wednesday, 5/30/12 At The Cubby Bear)
Wednesday afternoon, in front of a select group of only fifty lucky winners, Bush performed a special, live acoustic, lunch time set with new Chicago alternative radio station Q87.7 at the Cubby Bear. ...
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Concert Review: Snoop Dogg Live at The Venue - Thursday, 5/24/12 (Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN)

Concert Review: Snoop Dogg Live at The Venue - Thursday, 5/24/12 (Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN)
Fresh off throwing out the first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field before Thursday's Twins-White Sox game, Snoop Dogg arrived in "the region" for a show at The Venue in Hammond, Indiana. ...
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