Category: Local Music Spotlight

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

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...

Q&A Interview With Jenn Jilbert - A Traumabond Concert Preview (Saturday, June 9, 2018 At Underground Lounge)

Q&A Interview With Jenn Jilbert - A Traumabond Concert Preview (Saturday, June 9, 2018 At Underground Lounge)
Celebrating the release of their debut EP Scratched Out, I spoke with Traumabond guitarist and vocalist Jenn Jilbert about the group's new music, an industrial rebirth in Chicago and much more...

Q&A Interview With Darryl Jones - A Darryl Jones Project Concert Preview (Friday, March 9, 2018 At Park West)

Q&A Interview With Darryl Jones - A Darryl Jones Project Concert Preview (Friday, March 9, 2018 At Park West)
Headed back to town for a performance with his seven piece backing band Friday night at Park West, I spoke with Darryl Jones about growing up in Chicago, and the importance of the music education he received at Chicago Vocational High School, touring and recording with Miles Davis and 25 years on bass for the Rolling Stones... ...
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Interview: Take The Reins (Saturday, January 6, 2018 at BrauerHouse in Lombard)

Interview: Take The Reins (Saturday, January 6, 2018 at BrauerHouse in Lombard)
Celebrating the vinyl release of their full-length debut Addiction By Subtraction Saturday night at BrauerHouse in Lombard, I spoke with Take The Reins about addressing relationships on the new album, taking advantage of their suburban locale and much more... ...