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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.  ...

Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses) Live at the Vic Theatre - 7/19/11

Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses) Live at the Vic Theatre - 7/19/11
Steve Earle’s is one of the more amazing stories in recent music memory.
Having been jailed in 1994 on drug and firearm charges, it was anyone’s guess whether Earle would ever resume his career as a songwriter and recording artist.  Earle, who long followed the lead of his mentor Townes van Zandt both musically and recreationally, seemed to be on pace to finish up his life just as his infamous mentor had. But neither addiction nor jail could kill Steve Earle. Since then, a 1995 comeback has turned into the second half of a career that has seen a total of fourteen live and studio releases in the last sixteen years. ...
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