Category: Local Music Spotlight

A look at some of the artists making waves throughout the city of Chicago

'Rise Against Day' Proclamation In Chicago Kicks Off Release Of New Album 'Nowhere Generation'

'Rise Against Day' Proclamation In Chicago Kicks Off Release Of New Album 'Nowhere Generation'
“Happy Rise Against Day, everybody!” said Rise Against singer and rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath last Friday in Wicker Park. 20 years in isn’t a point most punk bands either aspire to or reach, which made Friday’s release of the ninth Rise Against studio album Nowhere Generation, now available via streaming platforms and on CD, vinyl... Read more »

A Look Back At TUTS Chicago (A Photo Gallery By Howard Greenblatt Featuring Buddy Guy, Sun Ra, Savoy Brown And More)

Workers pose at now defunct Chicago venue Tuts (Photo by Howard Greenblatt)
Behold… a look back at one of Chicago’s most iconic music nightclubs: TUTS Chicago. 40 years ago, TUTS began a memorable run of concerts featuring a diverse roster of artists like The Cramps, The Replacements, Richie Havens, Commander Cody, The Violent Femmes, The Go-Go’s, The Stray Cats, The Alarm and more. Here is a peek at... Read more »

Nicholas Tremulis On Turning 60 And The Importance Of Improvisation (A Nicholas Tremulis And The Prodigal 9 Concert Preview - January 9, 2020 At City Winery)

Nicholas Tremulis On Turning 60 And The Importance Of Improvisation (A Nicholas Tremulis And The Prodigal 9 Concert Preview - January 9, 2020 At City Winery)
While it’s a steadfast desire to push his music forward that’s defined the career of Chicago’s Nicholas Tremulis, turning 60 has provided a good reason for a rare look back. Since his debut on a pair of major label albums released by Island Records in 1985 and ’87, Tremulis has worked with an impressive array of... Read more »
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Photo Gallery: City Winery Chicago Best of 2019 (Featuring: Booker T. Jones, Dave Davies, Brie Darling, Joan Osborne, Digable Plantets, Dave Mason, Robbie Fulks, Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm And More)

Booker T. Jones Live at City Winery Chicago (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
A 2019 City Winery Chicago Concert Photo Gallery. Some Favorite Moments (By Philamonjaro Studio) City Winery Chicago had a memorable year of live performances ranging anywhere from Joan Osborne and Rhiannon Giddens to Booker T. Jones and 10,000 Maniacs, alongside local favorites like Funkadesi, Toronzo Cannon, Corky Siegel, Robbie Fulks and more. More about the photography: www.philamonjaro.com https://www.facebook.com/philamonjarostudio https://www.instagram.com/philamonjaro/... Read more »

41st Annual Chicago Jazz Fest - Frank Catalano Quartet, JuJu Exchange And More (August 29 - September 1, 2019 In Millennium Park)

Frank Catalano Quartet - 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
Photos of the 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival – featuring The Frank Catalano Quartet, The JuJu Exchange, Latino-America Unida, Freddy Cole, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, George Freeman and Billy Branch and many more –  by Philamonjaro Studio. For more, visit Philamonjaro online at http://www.philamonjaro.com/

Photo Gallery: Darryl Jones Jams From The Heart (Saturday, February 9, 2019 At The Promontory)

Darryl Jones Jams From The Heart Benefit - Live at The Promontory, Chicago (Photo by Philamonjaro Studio)
In addition to performing with artists like Miles Davis and Sting, since 1993 Chicago native Darryl Jones has handled bass duties for the Rolling Stones. This past Saturday night, the south sider, and Chicago Vocational High School graduate, performed alongside artists like Nicholas Tremulis and more in support of musician Brian Messiah as part of the "Darryl Jones Jams From The Heart" benefit at The Promontory. Photos by Philamonjaro Studio...
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Photo Gallery: City Winery Best of 2018 (Featuring: John Hiatt, Howard Jones, Joe Pug, Alejandro Escovedo, Brian McKnight, Terri Nunn, Dennis Quaid, Graham Parker, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Max Weinberg And More)

Photo Gallery: City Winery Best of 2018 (Featuring: John Hiatt, Howard Jones, Joe Pug, Alejandro Escovedo, Brian McKnight, Terri Nunn, Dennis Quaid, Graham Parker, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Max Weinberg And More)
Contributing photographer, and City Winery Chicago house photographer, Philamonjaro shares a few images representing a cross section of artists who performed at City Winery in 2018. Featuring: A.J. Croce, Terri Nunn of Berlin, Brian McKnight, Chick Corea, Dennis Quaid, Howard Jones, Keb’ Mo’, James Hunter Six, Keller Williams Duo, Sérgio Mendes, The English Beat, The Zombies... Read more »

Q&A Interview With Femdot (Friday, December 21, 2018 At Lincoln Hall)

Q&A Interview With Femdot (Friday, December 21, 2018 At Lincoln Hall)

Gearing up for his first set at home in Chicago since Lollapalooza, I spoke with rapper Femdot about his summer appearance on stage in Grant Park, performing with a full backing band, endowing a partial college scholarship and what's in store for Friday night's show at Lincoln Hall with opening acts L.A. VanGogh and Shawnee Dez... ...

Chicago Jazz Fest 2018 (Thursday, August 29, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018)

Chicago Jazz Fest 2018 (Thursday, August 29, 2018 - Monday, September 3, 2018)
This past Labor Day weekend marked the 40th anniversary of The Chicago Jazz Festival, as curated by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Jazz Institute of Chicago.   Jazz Fest week was kicked off with shows at neighborhood venues like Constellation, Links Hall, The Hungry Brain, Fred Anderson Park (produced by The Birdhouse), Hales Franciscan... Read more »
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Wu-Tang Clan Manager Tareef Michael on Chicago Anti-Violence Coalition And The Breaks Music Festival (The Breaks Vol. II - Saturday, September 8, 2018 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview)

Wu-Tang Clan Manager Tareef Michael on Chicago Anti-Violence Coalition And The Breaks Music Festival (The Breaks Vol. II - Saturday, September 8, 2018 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview)
Just about one year ago, legendary New York rap collective Wu-Tang Clan performed their 1993 debut studio album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in Chicago at Riot Fest 2017. One month before that performance, Wu-Tang manager Tareef Michael arrived in Chicago on a mission to gain a more informed perspective on news reports of the... Read more »