Posts in category "Local Music Spotlight"

God's Gonna Cut You Down: An Interview With Frank Catalano (Concert Preview: Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin Live at Andy's Jazz Club - Thursday, April 16 Through Saturday, April 18, 2015)

God's Gonna Cut You Down: An Interview With Frank Catalano (Concert Preview: Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin Live at Andy's Jazz Club - Thursday, April 16 Through Saturday, April 18, 2015)
Riding high on the success of his series of collaborations with former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Grammy Award winning saxophone player, and Chicagoan, Frank Catalano celebrates the duo's most recent release God's Gonna Cut You Down Thursday through Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club... ...

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... ...

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... ...
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'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... ...

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 Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)

Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)
Getting ready to celebrate the recent release of their new EP, Veva, Hold On, Saturday night at Metro, I spoke with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club about the power pop sounds on the local quintet's latest project... ...
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Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)
Saturday marked the opening of Labor Day weekend with performances by Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more on the second day of the popular fifth-annual hip-hop and electronic dance festival known as North Coast Music Festival... ...

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
In part two of my interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, we delve into the ongoing series of Smashing Pumpkins album reissues and discuss the future of rock and roll in the social media era.  Billy Corgan performs a rare solo set Saturday night at Ravinia... ...

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
Gearing up for a show Saturday night in Highland Park, I spoke with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan about what it's like to look back on his work with Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan and more over the course of the last twenty-five years as he prepares for a rare solo performance at Ravinia... ...
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Concert Preview: 2014 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28)

Concert Preview: 2014 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28)
Celebrating it's thirtieth anniversary, the World's Largest Block Party returns to the West Loop this weekend featuring live performances from Guster, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Mowgli's, Vintage Blue, Third Eye Blind and more.  I spoke with Old St. Pat's pastor, Father Tom Hurley and Vintage Blue singer/guitarist Ben Bassett about what it is that sets the Block Party apart from the rest of the Chicago neighborhood festival scene... ...