Category: Concert Reviews

Reviews of live concerts at various venues throughout the Chicagoland area.

Concert Review: Echo & The Bunnymen and Jonathan Jackson Of Enation (Saturday, November 24, 2018 At The Vic Theatre)

Concert Review: Echo & The Bunnymen and Jonathan Jackson Of Enation (Saturday, November 24, 2018 At The Vic Theatre)
Following successful recent area appearances at Riot Fest in 2015 and at Northerly Island alongside the Violent Femmes in 2017, Echo & The Bunnymen returned to Chicago Saturday night for a headlining set at the Vic Theatre. While the group is touring in support of their new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon (October, BMG),... Read more »

Photo Gallery And Review: J Mascis And Luluc (Tuesday, November 20, 2018 At City Winery)

J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. live at City Winery Chicago (photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
Guitar stalwart J. Mascis performed a rare solo set Tuesday night at City Winery with opening act, Australian indie duo Luluc... ...

Photo Gallery: Thievery Corporation (Wednesday, November 7, 2018 At House Of Blues)

Thievery Corporation live at House of Blues Chicago (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
Thievery Corporation performed their first of two shows in Chicago Wednesday night in front of a full house at House of Blues. A Thievery Corporation performance is more than merely a concert – it’s a celebration of life through music. Founding members Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, along with their usual live musical entourage, delivered a high energy 1... Read more »
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Photo Gallery: The Joy Formidable (Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Acoustic Duo At JBTV, Electric Trio At Lincoln Hall)

Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable live at Lincoln Hall (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
Welsh alternative power trio The Joy Formidable, featuring vocalist/guitarist Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd Davies on bass, and drummer Matthew James Thomas, hit Chicago Saturday for a full schedule of performances. Starting at 12:30 in the afternoon, Saturday’s slate began at JBTV for an acoustic taping and continued with another unplugged set as the pre-show teaser/meet-and-greet prior to a sold-out... Read more »

Photo Gallery: Ghost (Thursday, November 1, 2018 At The Aragon Ballroom)

Ghost (Nameless Ghouls) live at the Aragon Ballroom (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
One night removed from Halloween, Ghost celebrated for over two-and-a-half hours on stage in Chicago...

Photo Gallery: Gorillaz (Tuesday, October 16, 2018 At United Center)

Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Photos of Gorillaz live at United Center by Philamonjaro Studio. For more, visit Philamonjaro online at http://www.philamonjaro.com/
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Photo Gallery: Simple Minds (Saturday, October 13, 2018 At The Pabst Theater In Milwaukee)

Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
For just over two and a half hours in Milwaukee Saturday night, Simple Minds worked through two sets that hit upon virtually every corner of their catalog, including their brand new studio album Walk Between Worlds (the group's eighteenth)... ...

A Riot Fest 2018 Recap With GWAR, Andrew W.K., Gary Numan And Clutch

A Riot Fest 2018 Recap With GWAR, Andrew W.K., Gary Numan And Clutch
Riot Fest 2018 went off without a hitch last week on the city's southwest side in North Lawndale's Douglas Park. We spoke with GWAR's Beefcake the Mighty, Andrew W.K., Gary Numan and Clutch frontman Neil Fallon about what makes Riot Fest unique... ...

Chicago Jazz Fest 2018 (Thursday, August 29, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018)

Chicago Jazz Fest 2018 (Thursday, August 29, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018)
This past Labor Day weekend marked the 40th anniversary of The Chicago Jazz Festival, as curated by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Jazz Institute of Chicago.   Jazz Fest week was kicked off with shows at neighborhood venues like Constellation, Links Hall, The Hungry Brain, Fred Anderson Park (produced by The Birdhouse), Hales Franciscan... Read more »
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Photo Gallery: The B-52's And Tom Bailey Of The Thompson Twins (Friday, August 31, 2018 At Ravinia In Highland Park)

The B-52's - Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Labor Day weekend kicked off with two nights of 80s dance music at Ravinia on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st with Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins, The B-52’s and Culture Club. The three-hour-plus concert was a parade of hits starting with Thompson Twins’ “Love Is On Your Side” and “King For a Day,” closing with “Hold... Read more »