CIVL Service: Saving Our Independent Music Venues

CIVL Service: Saving Our Independent Music Venues
Our beloved independent music venues bring their own personalities to the Chicago music scene like a bunch of cousins who know how to party. When they get together, they share the aux cord cooperatively, celebrating eclectic, yet superb, music tastes across the board. They nurture us and we wouldn’t be the same without any of... Read more »

Free to Experience with Jennifer Hartswick

Free to Experience with Jennifer Hartswick
One of the improv music scene’s most dynamic performers is coming to Chicago this weekend and you don’t want to miss it. Extraordinary trumpet player and home to one of the most robust and powerful voice boxes around, the lovely Jennifer Hartswick will be joining Melvin Seals & the Jerry Garcia Band at Park West this Saturday.... Read more »

Ween at Riot Fest: Better Than That Band Over There

Ween at Riot Fest: Better Than That Band Over There
It felt great to see Ween being Ween again at Riot Fest. After some time off for health and sobriety, this was their first 2019 show and they wasted no time making fun of stuff, wailing guitar solos and exchanging witty onstage banter that suggested the break served its purpose. These guys were having a blast.... Read more »
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Get the Net! Riot Fest App Now Available

Get the Net! Riot Fest App Now Available
Ok, first of all, I had the app before it was cool. Ok, so I actually just had last year’s still downloaded by mistake. Don’t be like me. Be smart, download the 2019 app today, and start making your schedule ASAP. Live in the now, man. Get the net! It’s as easy as clicking here for iOS or Android here. For... Read more »

2019 Riot Fest Schedule Announced

2019 Riot Fest Schedule Announced
Friendly rock n’ roll contrarians Riot Fest have announced their 2019 schedule and it’s printed on a Goose Island beer called “Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale.” This approach is the first of its kind, according to Chicago-based beer magazine October. These beers will be available at the festival. Stacked to the gills with huge, diverse names that all... Read more »

2019 Werk Out Music & Arts Festival: Saturday Photo Gallery

2019 Werk Out Music & Arts Festival: Saturday Photo Gallery
The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival (WOX) celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend at Thorneville, Ohio’s Legend Valley Campground. Attendees came from around the country to celebrate in near-perfect weather. Host band The Werks recently announced a fall hiatus, with these being their last shows of 2019. Saturday’s vibe was friendly and fun, with mermaids on site... Read more »
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Marco Benevento Shares New Single, "Say It's All the Same"

Marco Benevento Shares New Single, "Say It's All the Same"
Pianoman Marco Benevento has released his second single and an accompanying video off his new album, Let it Slide, titled, “Say It’s All the Same.” Featuring bassist Karina Rykman on dual-vocals with Benevento and drummer Dave Butler assisting on a trio of authentic lip-whistling, the three bandmates have a total blast together and it shows.... Read more »

Joe Russo on The Divided Mind

Joe Russo on The Divided Mind
With a penchant for all things deep-cut, drummer Joe Russo is full of surprises. His musical improv is like an onomatopoeia of the way he lives his life; daring, busy, often collaborative and with a cadence of passionate intensity. His assertive delivery complements his readiness to protect the things he loves, set to destroy anything standing in... Read more »

You Brought the Sunshine: Rest in Pickin, Jeff Austin

You Brought the Sunshine: Rest in Pickin, Jeff Austin
All photos by Kelley Lauginiger || Jeff Austin Band, 2/13/15 at Thalia Hall For most of my life, I’ve correlated happiness with a daytime Yonder set in the sunshine. I’m talking that hootin, hollerin, jitterbug kinda feeling; that old school, whiskey in your Camelback, hiked three miles through the wet, drippy mud at Marvin’s Mountaintop... Read more »
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Local Piano Guy Does OK: Umphrey's Joel Cummins Treats Tonic Room to a Sold Out Solo Delight

Local Piano Guy Does OK: Umphrey's Joel Cummins Treats Tonic Room to a Sold Out Solo Delight
Last weekend, rockers Umphrey’s McGee took the Midwest by storm, ripping through raucous material with fiery abandon from Fort Wayne to Detroit. Trailblazing an eventual path to the west coast, the six-piece kicks off tonight at the gorgeous Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA, after leaving Michigan in embers and taking a small break to recoup. If... Read more »