Posts in category "Concert people"

Chicago Bluegrass: Q & A with The Grasstronauts Guitarist Lee Syrjanen

Chicago Bluegrass: Q & A with The Grasstronauts Guitarist Lee Syrjanen
It’s funny that the city of Chicago is actually a bluegrass-laden village of love.  Well, it always feels that way when you’re at a bluegrass show at least.  Everyone knows each other, at least for those hours, and everyone’s celebrating one mutual friend: the music, as we forget the day’s troubles and give into carefree... Read more »

15 Shades of Trey

15 Shades of Trey
Before getting hip to soliciting 100 BMG CD’s for a penny, the third album I bought with my own (babysitting) money was Harvest, by Neil Young.  I  just about broke my seventh-grade Walkman flipping between the anti-war lyrics and upbeat tempo of Are You Ready for The Country?, and the hopeful frustration of the human condition within Heart of... Read more »

5 Characteristics of a Chicago Music Snob

5 Characteristics of a Chicago Music Snob
After Lollapalooza, but pre- North Coast, it seems appropriate to poke fun at our music snob friends.  We all have a few… and they just get music on a different level than the rest of us do.  They would explain, but you still wouldn’t get it.  Sorry. How do you identify which of your Chicago... Read more »
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5 Reasons to go to Spring Awakening

5 Reasons to go to Spring Awakening
If you are a hardcore EDM fan, this list does not apply to you.  You already bought your tickets months ago and requested Friday, June 14th as well as Monday, June 17th (recovery day) off of work in preparation for this weekend.  This list is for those of you that are on the fence and not sure if you... Read more »

Four Quarters of Shred & An Hour With Joel Cummins: An UMBowl IV Preview

Four Quarters of Shred & An Hour With Joel Cummins: An UMBowl IV Preview
              Ahhh…UMBowl Week is upon us, Chicago.  While it’s fair to say we get Buffalo Bill amounts of insanely good music through our fair city, there’s just something even more special about a homecoming, you know?  Even though Umphrey’s McGee got their start at Notre Dame, they gained the... Read more »

Get a Taste of Tribe Tour: STS9 to Tickle Chicago's Musical Palate this weekend

Get a Taste of Tribe Tour:  STS9 to Tickle Chicago's Musical Palate this weekend
Every time I see Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9), it is a blast.  I can’t think of another band who I have seen in so many various capacities: inside, outside, sharing bills at one event with hip-hop acts, and the  next with bluegrass and jam bands, acoustic output vs. plugged-in, in the daytime, and then... Read more »
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What I Learned at North Coast: 5 Moves Every DJ Makes

What I Learned at North Coast: 5 Moves Every DJ Makes
Over Labor Day weekend I luxuriated in the VIP of the North Coast Music Festival thanks to my press pass. One of the perks was access to the VIP section in the crowd for every stage. You can see it on the map displayed here- it’s basically the front left (if you’re standing on the... Read more »

Eight More Signs You're Too Old for Lollapalooza

Eight More Signs You're Too Old for Lollapalooza
It’s Lollapalooza time again in Chicago and with it comes a new crop of people that used to be cool who are now ready to cross the too-old threshold. Welcome! We’ve been waiting for you. Don’t feel bad, we have chairs! And adjustable beds! Last year I gave you 10 signs that you’re too old... Read more »

SXSW Survival Guide

SXSW Survival Guide
Festival Preparation  1. Do research beforehand and make yourself aware of all the places that offer free food and free drinks because there’s many! You may have to wait in one long line to get the wristband the first day you get there but it is totally worth it. (Shout out to Pure Volume/Tito’s Vodka... Read more »
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5 Last Minute Gifts for your Music-Loving Parents

5 Last Minute Gifts for your Music-Loving Parents
The most difficult person to buy gifts for is always your parents. (Especially if, like me, you know absolutely nothing about them despite having shared a home with them the duration of your formative years.) But, when you enter adulthood, you realize that a paisley tie for dad and a two sentence card hand-made from... Read more »