Category: Chicago Live Music

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 »

Umphrey's McGee Returns to Chicago for Three Night New Year's Eve Stand: Joel Cummins Q & A

Umphrey's McGee Returns to Chicago for Three Night New Year's Eve Stand: Joel Cummins Q & A
Rock show curators and handsome deviants Umphrey’s McGee are coming back to Chicago for their first hometown New Year’s run since 2009/2010, and it’s sure to be a party.  Their three-day Uptown stand kicks off at The Riv tomorrow night, then moves to The Aragon for both Friday’s show with The Motet and Saturday’s three-set... Read more »

Five Ways to Stay Safe at North Coast Music Festival from Chicago's Own Safety Crew

Five Ways to Stay Safe at North Coast Music Festival from Chicago's Own Safety Crew
Chicago is drunk. Let’s be honest, of all the cities you’ve ever gone, you know it’s true.  And that’s cool, we get it. It gets cold, but then also hot, and we just…we need to drink about it.  Not to say this is promoted behavior, but it is just kind of a right of passage... Read more »
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Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park

Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park
It’s that time of year again for Summer’s Last Stand! Whether you’re a seventh year Coastie, down since the inaugural rager, or this will be your first time joining in on the fun, SET TIMES ARE REASON TO CELEBRATE!!! It’s when the real planning starts (and shit-talking with your friends who like that other band... Read more »

Hood Smoke Album Release: Rough Around the Hedges with Special Guest Makaya McCraven at The Hideout

Hood Smoke Album Release: Rough Around the Hedges with Special Guest Makaya McCraven at The Hideout
Jazz fusion in 2016 is a tough realm to define.  It lies somewhere between the traditionalist syncopation of simple, crisp, and innovative tastes of improvisation, and the multitasking derivatives of today’s fast-paced world who demand more layered production in their compositions.  Chicago’s jazz/pop quintet Hood Smoke’s most recent offering, Rough Around the Hedges (click to stream), stretches... Read more »