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Concert Preview: The 2013 World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at Old St. Pat's)

Concert Preview: The 2013 World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at Old St. Pat's)
Looking for a way to keep celebrating the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win this weekend?  Join nearly twenty thousand Chicagoans and head downtown for the 29th annual "World's Largest Block Party" at Old St. Pat's (featuring performances by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phil Vassar, Gretchen Wilson and more).  Earlier this week, I talked with Old St. Pat's pastor, Father Tom Hurley and Vintage Blue frontman, Ben Bassett in an effort to figure out what it is exactly that makes the block party an annual stand out in an increasingly crowded Chicago summer festival landscape... ...

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Friday, May 3 Concert Review

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Friday, May 3 Concert Review
Friday afternoon along the flooded banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis's Tom Lee Park, Hall & Oates, Alice in Chains, The Wallflowers, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sheryl Crow, Deftones, The Joy Formidable and more performed on a cool and rainy first day of the Beale Street Music Festival... ...

The Worst Chicago Concerts of 2011

The Worst Chicago Concerts of 2011
I try to stay away from dwelling on the negative in this space.  There are already plenty of places on the internet where one can go to find bitter, vitriolic music writing.  That said, while I saw an amazing amount of great live music in 2011... there were a few duds.  So from Chuck Berry to Charlie Sheen, here are the concerts that made me cringe in 2011... ...
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The Best Chicago Concerts of 2011

The Best Chicago Concerts of 2011
I truly believe it when I say that Chicago is one of the greatest live music cities in the country.  Memphis?  Nashville?  Austin?  New Orleans?  All great... But I'd put Chicago right there with any of them.  As Chicagoans, we truly are lucky to have the opportunity to see so much great live music night in and night out at scores of oustanding and unique venues.  From Paul McCartney to Ben Harper (and everywhere in between), here are the concerts that moved me in 2011 and made me consistenly remember why live music is my favorite thing in the world.  ...

Dave Matthews Caravan Day 1 of 3 Live at Lakeside - Chicago, 7/8/11

Dave Matthews Caravan Day 1 of 3 Live at Lakeside - Chicago, 7/8/11
Would tens of thousands of fans be able to make it into the venue in an efficient manner using only 79th and 87th streets (the Lakeside venue sits on a parcel of land along the lakeside between 79th and 87th)?  Would a venue that has sat largely vacant and covered in debris from an old steel mill for the past twenty years even be ready for tens of thousands of concertgoers? Amidst many questions concerning the first time venue, the Dave Matthews Caravan rolled into Chicago’s southside for day one of three on Friday...
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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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