Posts in category "Interviews"

Q&A Interview With Gary Louris - A Jayhawks Concert Preview (Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, 2015 With Dawes At Tivoli Theatre In Downers Grove)

Q&A Interview With Gary Louris - A Jayhawks Concert Preview (Wednesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 26, 2015 With Dawes At Tivoli Theatre In Downers Grove)
Headed to town for two special shows alongside Dawes this week at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, I spoke with Gary Louris about work on his second solo album and about what keeps The Jayhawks fun twenty years in...

Concert Preview: Jammin' On Ashland 3 - Bigg Otis Blues, Beast Warrior and Nick Lynch - A MaeBell Ward Foundation Benefit (Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Temple Bar)

Concert Preview: Jammin' On Ashland 3 - Bigg Otis Blues, Beast Warrior and Nick Lynch - A MaeBell Ward Foundation Benefit (Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Temple Bar)
This Thursday night in Chicago's north side Lakeview neighborhood, support the fight against Alzeheimer's as MaeBell Ward Foundation presents "Jammin' on Ashland 3," an eclectic evening of performances by Rob Blaine's Bigg Otis Blues, local metal stalwarts Beast Warrior and former American Idol contestant Nick Lynch... ...

Man At Work - Q&A Interview With Colin Hay (Concert Preview - February 20th - 22nd At City Winery)

Man At Work - Q&A Interview With Colin Hay (Concert Preview - February 20th - 22nd At City Winery)
Gearing up for the Tuesday release of his twelfth solo album Next Year People and a series of three live shows at City Winery, I spoke with singer-songwriter Colin Hay about the level of difficulty involved with forging ahead in a solo career following time in a band like Men At Work as well as the level of exposure brought to his solo career by appearances in the hit sitcom Scrubs... ...
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Q&A Interview With "The Soul Queen Of New Orleans" Irma Thomas (Concert Preview: Sunday February 15, 2015 at Thalia Hall)

Q&A Interview With "The Soul Queen Of New Orleans" Irma Thomas (Concert Preview: Sunday February 15, 2015 at Thalia Hall)
Headed back to town for a rare Chicago appearance as part of the "Blues at the Crossroads" tour, I talked with the "Soul Queen of New Orleans" Irma Thomas about the art of telling a story, some of her earliest Chicago memories, the state of New Orleans as we approach ten years post-Katrina, and the role of HBO's Treme in exposing a new generation of music fans to the roots of a wide variety of modern music...

Q&A Interview With Kristina Cottone - A Honey And The 45s Concert Preview (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lincoln Hall)

Q&A Interview With Kristina Cottone - A Honey And The 45s Concert Preview (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lincoln Hall)
Performing Saturday at Lincoln Hall in support of their latest release, MAD, I spoke with Honey and the 45s vocalist/guitarist Kristina Cottone about Jack Kerouac and direction as a theme, the difficulty of boiling down a wide range of musical influences on their latest EP and just what 2015 holds for the local quintet... ...

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music
Keeping with the spirit of the season, I spoke with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, Kristina Cottone of Honey & The 45's, singer songwriter Mike Doughty, saxman Frank Catalano, bluesman Tom Holland and drummer Steve Luongo about their thoughts on Christmas music and some of their favorite holiday tracks... ...
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Q&A Interview With Robin Zander and Steve Luongo - A Robin Zander Band Concert Preview (Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles)

Q&A Interview With Robin Zander and Steve Luongo - A Robin Zander Band Concert Preview (Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles)
Headed to town for a pair of shows this weekend at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, I spoke with Cheap Trick vocalist/rhythm guitarist Robin Zander and drummer Steve Luongo about their partnership in the Robin Zander Band, covering The Who, an affinity for Christmas tunes and how passion for the music and having fun playing it define the Robin Zander Band...

Q&A Interview With Scott Lucas of Local H (A Scott Lucas & The Married Men Holiday Concert Preview: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at The Hideout)

Q&A Interview With Scott Lucas of Local H (A Scott Lucas & The Married Men Holiday Concert Preview: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at The Hideout)
Busy as always, I chatted this week with Local H frontman Scott Lucas about early work on the band's eighth studio album, this week's release of the second installment of Local H's Awesome Mix Tape covers series, a holiday themed show he has coming up Saturday night at Hideout with his side project Scott Lucas & The Married Men, a Local H New Year's Eve show at Cubby Bear and more... ...

Q&A Interview With Peter Wolf - J. Geils Band Concert Preview (Thursday, December 11, 2014 with Bob Seger at United Center)

Q&A Interview With Peter Wolf - J. Geils Band Concert Preview (Thursday, December 11, 2014 with Bob Seger at United Center)
Headed to town with his longtime group the J. Geils Band as the opening act for Bob Seger Thursday night at United Center, I spoke with Peter Wolf about radio as a gateway to the blues, working with artists like Neko Case and Merle Haggard in his solo work and what exactly it is that keeps the J. Geils Band exciting for him after more than forty-five years... ...
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Seven Questions With Eddie Spaghetti - A Supersuckers Concert Preview (Friday, November 20, 2014 at Red Line Tap)

Seven Questions With Eddie Spaghetti - A Supersuckers Concert Preview (Friday, November 20, 2014 at Red Line Tap)
Headed back to town for a set Friday night at Red Line Tap in Rogers Park, I spoke with Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti about his band's long running relationship with Willie Nelson, their new album Get the Hell and whether or not that record lives up to the Supersuckers' reputation as the self-proclaimed "greatest rock n' roll band in the world...
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