Photo Gallery: The B-52's And Tom Bailey Of The Thompson Twins (Friday, August 31, 2018 At Ravinia In Highland Park)

The B-52's - Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Labor Day weekend kicked off with two nights of 80s dance music at Ravinia on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st with Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins, The B-52’s and Culture Club. The three-hour-plus concert was a parade of hits starting with Thompson Twins’ “Love Is On Your Side” and “King For a Day,” closing with “Hold... 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: Chick Corea And The Akoustic Band (Thursday, August 23, 2018 At City Winery)

Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
Chick Corea & The Akoustic Band - featuring John Patitucci  (bass) and Dave Weckl (drums) - performed two shows Thursday, August 23rd to sold out audiences in Corea's first appearance at City Winery....
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Q&A Interview With Rench - A Gangstagrass Concert Preview (Sunday, August 26, 2018 At Bourbon On Division)

Q&A Interview With Rench - A Gangstagrass Concert Preview (Sunday, August 26, 2018 At Bourbon On Division)
Headed to town for a Sunday night set at Bourbon on Division in Wicker Park, we checked in with Gangstagrass producer Rench about tying together hip-hop and bluegrass, the importance of improvisation, bridging the cultural divide and much 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 »

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 »
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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... ...

Concert Review: Lollapalooza - Thursday, August 2, 2018 In Grant Park - Tyler Childers, Stars, The Wombats, Franz Ferdinand, Chvrches, Virgil Abloh And Arctic Monkeys

Concert Review: Lollapalooza - Thursday, August 2, 2018 In Grant Park - Tyler Childers, Stars, The Wombats, Franz Ferdinand, Chvrches, Virgil Abloh And Arctic Monkeys
Lollapalooza 2018 got off to a dry, but slow, start Thursday afternoon in Grant Park with performances by Tyler Childers, Stars, The Wombats, Franz Ferdinand, Chvrches (with special guest Matt Berninger of The National), Virgil Abloh, Arctic Monkeys and more... ...

Photo Gallery: Retro Futura 2018 - Modern English, Tony Lewis (Of The Outfield), Limahl (Of Kajagoogoo), Annabella Lwin (of Bow Wow Wow), ABC, Belinda Carlisle (Of The Go-Go's) (Wednesday, August 1, 2018 At Pabst Theater In Milwaukee)

Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's) - Photo by Philamonjaro Studio
ChicagoNow caught up with the “Retro Futura” tour on August 1st at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater. Headliners ABC and Go-Go’s frontwoman Belinda Carlisle closed the show following brief sets by 80s hitmakers Modern English, Tony Lewis (of The Outfield),  Limahl (of Kajagoogoo) and Annabella Lwin (of Bow Wow Wow). All of the artists embraced the nostalgia of their 80s past and connected with fans throughout. Photos of “Retro Futura”... Read more »
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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...