Category: Local Music Spotlight

A look at some of the artists making waves throughout the city of Chicago

Photo Gallery: Darryl Jones Jams From The Heart (Saturday, February 9, 2019 At The Promontory)

Darryl Jones Jams From The Heart Benefit - Live at The Promontory, Chicago (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
In addition to performing with artists like Miles Davis and Sting, since 1993 Chicago native Darryl Jones has handled bass duties for the Rolling Stones. This past Saturday night, the south sider, and Chicago Vocational High School graduate, performed alongside artists like Nicholas Tremulis and more in support of musician Brian Messiah as part of the "Darryl Jones Jams From The Heart" benefit at The Promontory. Photos by Philamonjaro Studio...

Photo Gallery: City Winery Best of 2018 (Featuring: John Hiatt, Howard Jones, Joe Pug, Alejandro Escovedo, Brian McKnight, Terri Nunn, Dennis Quaid, Graham Parker, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Max Weinberg And More)

Photo Gallery: City Winery Best of 2018 (Featuring: John Hiatt, Howard Jones, Joe Pug, Alejandro Escovedo, Brian McKnight, Terri Nunn, Dennis Quaid, Graham Parker, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Max Weinberg And More)
Contributing photographer, and City Winery Chicago house photographer, Philamonjaro shares a few images representing a cross section of artists who performed at City Winery in 2018. Featuring: A.J. Croce, Terri Nunn of Berlin, Brian McKnight, Chick Corea, Dennis Quaid, Howard Jones, Keb’ Mo’, James Hunter Six, Keller Williams Duo, Sérgio Mendes, The English Beat, The Zombies... Read more »

Q&A Interview With Femdot (Friday, December 21, 2018 At Lincoln Hall)

Q&A Interview With Femdot (Friday, December 21, 2018 At Lincoln Hall)

Gearing up for his first set at home in Chicago since Lollapalooza, I spoke with rapper Femdot about his summer appearance on stage in Grant Park, performing with a full backing band, endowing a partial college scholarship and what's in store for Friday night's show at Lincoln Hall with opening acts L.A. VanGogh and Shawnee Dez... ...

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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 »

Wu-Tang Clan Manager Tareef Michael on Chicago Anti-Violence Coalition And The Breaks Music Festival (The Breaks Vol. II - Saturday, September 8, 2018 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview)

Wu-Tang Clan Manager Tareef Michael on Chicago Anti-Violence Coalition And The Breaks Music Festival (The Breaks Vol. II - Saturday, September 8, 2018 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview)
Just about one year ago, legendary New York rap collective Wu-Tang Clan performed their 1993 debut studio album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in Chicago at Riot Fest 2017. One month before that performance, Wu-Tang manager Tareef Michael arrived in Chicago on a mission to gain a more informed perspective on news reports of the... Read more »

Photo Gallery: Jay O'Rourke Live At JBTV (Friday, August 17, 2018)

Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Chicago’s own Jay O’Rourke and band – Frank Raven (vocals, harmonica), Grant Tye (guitar), Klem Hayes (Bass) and Ed Breckenfeld (drums) – played their second of three concerts last week at JBTV in support of the new release Sumpthin’ Good. The group also performed in support of Frank Raven’s new Lucky Cat.  Photos of Jay O’Rourke live at JBTV by Philamonjaro Studio. For more,... Read more »
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Photo Gallery: Moonrise Nation and The Sea And Cake (Thursday, August 16, 2018 At Jay Pritzker Pavilion In Millennium Park)

The Sea And Cake - Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events wrapped up their free summer music concert series on Thursday August 16th with Moonrise Nation and The Sea And Cake. Oak Park natives Moonrise Nation warmed up the crowd with a collection of sultry, original arrangements from their July debut Glamour Child. Well into their second decade, hometown veteran indie rockers, and Thrill Jockey... Read more »

Concert Review: Smashing Pumpkins and Metric (Monday, August 13, 2018 At United Center)

Concert Review: Smashing Pumpkins and Metric (Monday, August 13, 2018 At United Center)
For over three hours Monday night, in their return home to Chicago, a partially reunited Smashing Pumpkins lineup, featuring original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, looked back on their first five albums in unparalleled fashion... ...

Podcast Preview - Liner Notes: A Musical Storytelling Series (Records Thursday, August 9, 2018 At GMan Tavern)

Podcast Preview - Liner Notes: A Musical Storytelling Series (Records Thursday, August 9, 2018 At GMan Tavern)
Metro and Smartbar Director of Publicity, and "Liner Notes" host, Shannon Nico Shreibak talks about the August installment of the live podcast series which sees members of Chicago's art and music community telling the stories behind the albums that have had a profound impact upon them. This month's episode records Thursday at 7PM at GMan Tavern and is free to attend...
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Professor Moptop: The Dawn Of The Beatles (Saturday, June 23, 2018 At FitzGerald's In Berwyn)

Professor Moptop: The Dawn Of The Beatles (Saturday, June 23, 2018 At FitzGerald's In Berwyn)
Prepping the release of his first book the Textbook Beatle Project, WXRT's Professor Moptop hosts "The Dawn of The Beatles" Saturday at FitzGerald's. Saturday's lesson features a thorough dissection of the Beatle history that falls between the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met and the end of 1963, with a performance of era appropriate selections by John San Juan and Tom Szidon...