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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 »

Musicians who died in 2017

Mel Tillis overcame a problem with stuttering to become one of country musics greats.
We lost a lot of musical legends in 2017. As the greats from the classic rock era start to hit their 70’s and older, it’s sad but not surprising that they’re dying off. Here’s a gallery of photos and music from those who passed on this year:   Related Post: 2016 The year of musical... Read more »

My favorite concerts of 2017

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Gary Clark Jr. at Chicago Blues Fest. 
One of the best of the newer generation of guitarists.
On a Facebook music site, someone posed a question asking what was the best concert you saw this year? I saw about 20 shows this year. A few were memorable while others were a waste of time and money. These were the best I saw this year: Related Post: Stevie Nicks and the circle of... Read more »
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For Christmas Eve: Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth

For Christmas Eve: Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth
It’s Christmas Eve. One day to go until the big holiday. CHRISTMAS: A day of giving and receiving presents. How’s your shopping going? I was just at Best Buy looking for deals. There were more employees than customers. I take that as a good sign. CHRISTMAS: A day of solemn religion. Jesus’ birthday. CHRISTMAS: A... Read more »

Foo Fighters SNL medley is the greatest rock Christmas song of all-time

Foo Fighters SNL medley is the greatest rock Christmas song of all-time
I hate Christmas music. It’s not a bah humbug the season sucks kind of thing; I just think most of it is inane and a waste of whatever medium it’s on. Rock musicians should do what they do best and for almost all of them….no….for every single one of them, it isn’t Christmas songs. For... 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 »
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At what age do you stop finding new music?

At what age do you stop finding new music?
One of my favorite ongoing discussions is when do you stop finding new music. Age thirty seems to be the magic number. I feel it’s even younger. I always say it’s when you graduate college. The reasons are basically the same no matter the age. In those early years, you have a lot more free time and... Read more »

A long night with Bob Dylan

A long night with Bob Dylan
It was an old voice at a new building. What could go wrong? Bob Dylan, the poet of my generation, opened up the new Wintrust Arena, in Chicago’s McCormick Place area. The building itself looks beautiful on the outside. It was nicely lit up in purple lights…very attractive. And then you walked inside and blah. Plain.... Read more »

The connection of homelessness, music and gratitude

The connection of homelessness, music and gratitude
Imagine you’re living in a homeless shelter. You’re staying with three dozen other people. Three dozens other strangers. It’s not a normal way to live. It’s easy to find yourself depressed and in a state of despair. It’s hard to find a lot of positives. It’s hard to be grateful. Yet it always amazes me that... Read more »
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I didn't realize I was a big Tom Petty fan

I didn't realize I was a big Tom Petty fan
It seems like Tom Petty was always around. It didn’t matter where you were or what you were doing, Tom Petty was somewhere close by. That’s how I always thought about him. He was never one of my go-to musicians but more as background music. If I heard one of his songs on the radio, I wouldn’t... Read more »
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