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Jethro Tull and Yes at Ravinia: A week of fifty year old progressive rock

Jethro Tull and Yes at Ravinia: A week of fifty year old progressive rock
The summer concert season is coming to an end. We’re down to the last two weeks of the Ravinia Festival in suburban Highland Park. This was the week of fifty’s at Ravinia. It started with Jethro Tull bringing their fiftieth anniversary tour to the north burbs. It ended with Yes bringing their fiftieth anniversary tour... Read more »

Amplified Chicago Blues: The story of how the blues migrated to the north

Ray Flerlage was a local photographer who took thousand of pictures of the Chicago Blues scene. His photos are like a history book of that era.
This weekend is one of the best musical events in Chicago each year. The Millennium Park area will host the 35th annual Chicago Blues Fest. Among the past performers have been Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and last years headliner, Gary Clark Jr. There will be more than one hundred acts over... Read more »

Homeward Bound: Paul Simon's final tour

Homeward Bound: Paul Simon's final tour
Do you have a musical bucket list? Yanno…musicians you want/need to see before they or you die? I know it’s more than a little morbid but if you’re in my age range (mid-60’s) and you grew up listening to the musicians of the 1960’s-70’s, you aren’t going to get many more chances to catch some... Read more »
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Live music preview for 2018

Live music preview for 2018
2017 was a pretty good year for live music, especially if you’re a fan of classic rock. 2018 looks to be just as good. Here’s a peek at some of the shows that will highlight the year. Keep in mind we haven’t heard the schedule for Wrigley Field, Ravinia, Blues Fest, Lolla and Pitchfork.  ... Read more »

The Avett Brothers at the Chicago Theater: A night of real Americana music

The Avett Brothers at the Chicago Theater: A night of real Americana music
It’s 1995. Radio programmers and music journalists are looking for a term to pigeonhole what is considered a new form of American music. They came up with the term “Americana” to describe the melding of many different genres of music. In reality, the music goes back decades before the mid 90’s. If you heard the... Read more »

Do you have musicians you want to see in concert before they or you die?

The Fab Faux is considered one of the best Beatles tribute bands. They're led by Will Lee, who played for more than 30 years with the David Letterman band, and Jimmy Vivino, the bandleader for Conan O'Brien. They'll be playing in Chicago in early October and for $40, I'll probably be able to take this one off the list.
In the last few years, musicians have been dying off in what seems to be record numbers. David Bowie. Glenn Frey. Prince. Lou Reed, Keith Richards….oh wait Keith is still here. But you get the point. The musicians of my generation are now in their seventies or close to it so their shelf life is... Read more »
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Stevie Nicks and the circle of life

Stevie Nicks and the circle of life
Good music makes you nod your head and tap your feet. It can be as simple as a guitar, piano, violin or a drum beat. Great music is deeper. It makes you relate to it. It brings back memories of your past. It reaches you. It makes you feel….good or bad. It gets down into your soul.... Read more »

Music for an eclipse

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We're hoping for a "Sunny Afternoon" but I'm afraid it will be mostly cloudy.
We’re just hours away from the eclipse. People are traveling all over the world to see the sun and moon come together. For some of us, it’ll be our last chance to witness this phenomenon. It’s easy to find a viewing party….and if there’s a party, there needs to be music. Here’s some tunes to... Read more »

The Whorification of Wrigley Field

The Whorification of Wrigley Field
It was September 4, 2005. Jimmy Buffett played the first of two shows at Wrigley Field, in Chicago. Wrigley had been used as a home field for other sports teams besides the Cubs. The Chicago Bears of the NFL and the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League had played their games there. This... Read more »
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Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones "Exhibitionism"

The Stones Logo.
I said yeah…yeah…yeah…WOOOO! Since April, The Rolling Stones traveling museum piece “Exhibitionism” has been at Chicago’s Navy Pier. It takes a look at more than fifty years of one of the greatest rock bands in music history. You’ll find everything from a look at their earliest lofts in England to guitars, posters and concert clothing.... Read more »
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