Posts in category "Local Music Spotlight"

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... ...

Q&A Interview With Jason Narducy - A Split Single Concert Preview (Saturday, April 5 at Schubas)

Q&A Interview With Jason Narducy - A Split Single Concert Preview (Saturday, April 5 at Schubas)
Headed home for a record release party Saturday night at Schubas, I spoke with Evanston native and former Verbow frontman Jason Narducy about his latest project Split Single and the release of the debut album Fragmented World earlier this week… ...

Concert Preview: Jammin' on Ashland 2 (Thursday, February 20th at Temple Bar)

Concert Preview: Jammin' on Ashland 2 (Thursday, February 20th at Temple Bar)
This Thursday night, don't let the weather keep you away from a great night of live music for an even better cause.  "Jammin' on Ashland 2" at Temple Bar features an eclectic evening of country infused rock courtesy of Nick Lynch, the scorching blues guitar of Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues and the horror/hilarity of metal masters Beast Warrior - with proceeds to benefit the MaeBell Ward Foundation in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association... ...
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Concert Preview: Ariada Live at Cubby Bear - Saturday, November 30, 2013 (An Interview With Michael Tassone)

Concert Preview: Ariada Live at Cubby Bear - Saturday, November 30, 2013 (An Interview With Michael Tassone)
Capping a busy 2013 that featured the release of their debut EP, Ariada (formerly The Outfit) celebrates alongside Hero Monster Zero and more Saturday, November 30th at the Cubby Bear... ...

Oh The Optimist: A Q&A Interview With Morgan Foster of Common Shiner (An Abbey Pub Concert Preview - Friday, November 22, 2013)

Oh The Optimist:  A Q&A Interview With Morgan Foster of Common Shiner (An Abbey Pub Concert Preview - Friday, November 22, 2013)
Gearing up for a show Friday night at Abbey Pub in support of their most recent album release Before They Sold Out (Part 2), Common Shiner vocalist and guitarist Morgan Foster checked in via email earlier this week - a conversation that touched on a sense of optimism present in the band's songs as well as the effect that the city of Chicago itself has on Common Shiner's songwriting process...

Interview: Gordon Robertson of The Damn Choir (A Creatures of Habit Kickstarter Review)

Interview: Gordon Robertson of The Damn Choir (A Creatures of Habit Kickstarter Review)
Having recently returned from a recording session in New York with producer Bryce Goggin, Gordon Robertson talks about The Damn Choir's forthcoming album release as well as an ambitious Kickstarter campaign (complete with several levels of incentives for fans that choose to participate) designed by the local artists to crowd-source their new project and tour...
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Concert Preview: Julie Meckler - Queenshead Release Party (Thursday, September 26 Live at The Hideout)

Concert Preview: Julie Meckler - Queenshead Release Party (Thursday, September 26 Live at The Hideout)
Local (by way of France) singer-songwriter Julie Meckler celebrates the release of her debut, full-length album Queenshead Thursday night at The Hideout... ...

Concert Preview: Local H (Saturday, September 7 with Purple Apple at Metro - A Farewell to Brian St. Clair)

Concert Preview: Local H (Saturday, September 7 with Purple Apple at Metro - A Farewell to Brian St. Clair)
Continuing a busy year that has seen them tour in support of their seventh studio album as well as a recent EP, local alt-rock duo Local H returns home to Chicago for a special show Saturday night at Metro to recognize the forthcoming departure of longtime drummer Brian St. Clair...

Concert Preview: Simpleton & Cityfolk Live at Lincoln Hall - Saturday, July 13 (An Interview with Geoff Glenn)

Concert Preview: Simpleton & Cityfolk Live at Lincoln Hall - Saturday, July 13 (An Interview with Geoff Glenn)
As local alt-roots quartet Simpleton & Cityfolk gear up for a record release party Saturday at Lincoln Hall, I chatted via email earlier this week with vocalist/guitarist Geoff Glenn about the local recording process for the No Man is an Island album, working with Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines and much more... ...
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"Funk Rock Soul" Concert Preview: funky METERS, The Greyboy Allstars and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound Live at Congress Theater (Friday, April 19)

"Funk Rock Soul" Concert Preview: funky METERS, The Greyboy Allstars and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound Live at Congress Theater (Friday, April 19)
Friday night, in conjunction with CIMMfest, check out an eclectic evening of live music as New Orleans' funky METERS descend upon the Congress Theater alongside local soul-punks JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, San Diego jazz/funk outfit The Greyboy Allstars and more...
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