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The Best Chicago Concerts of 2011

The Best Chicago Concerts of 2011
I truly believe it when I say that Chicago is one of the greatest live music cities in the country.  Memphis?  Nashville?  Austin?  New Orleans?  All great... But I'd put Chicago right there with any of them.  As Chicagoans, we truly are lucky to have the opportunity to see so much great live music night in and night out at scores of oustanding and unique venues.  From Paul McCartney to Ben Harper (and everywhere in between), here are the concerts that moved me in 2011 and made me consistenly remember why live music is my favorite thing in the world.  ...

The Jayhawks with Everest Live at Taste of Chicago - 7/2/11

The Jayhawks with Everest Live at Taste of Chicago - 7/2/11
The Jayhawks played the Taste of Chicago for the third time last week as the headliners of WXRT’s annual free concert. In 1993, the band performed in support of their acclaimed major label debut album Hollywood Town Hall with both Gary Louris and Mark Olson in the fold as the opening act for Matthew Sweet.  By the time they played The Taste again in 2000 (again as the opener for Matthew Sweet), Mark Olson had left the band to pursue solo interests...

Loretta Lynn with Court Yard Hounds Live at Taste of Chicago - 7/1/11

Loretta Lynn with Court Yard Hounds Live at Taste of Chicago - 7/1/11
Something old.  Something new… But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That was the lesson learned Friday afternoon at The Taste of Chicago as Court Yard Hounds opened up for 76 year old country legend Loretta Lynn. It’s an adage Lynn has clearly been wise to follow and one that her opening act would be wise to think more about...
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The Lemonheads with Material ReIssue Live at Taste of Chicago - 6/28/11

The Lemonheads with Material ReIssue Live at Taste of Chicago - 6/28/11
Taste of Chicago music bookings this year appear to have been done in a fairly shoddy manner.  Last Sunday’s performance by Soul Asylum was announced only weeks before the actual show (and was absent entirely from the city’s initial press release touting the 2011 music schedule) and left many fans scratching their heads. Bookings of major acts in years past (Stevie Wonder, Counting Crows, etc.) have been replaced this year by acts, who while by no means bad, have a far smaller appeal.  The city went this route in an apparent effort to decrease attendance and spend less on security (at least for the time being while Mayor Emanuel decides whether to resurrect a previously announced plan aimed at beefing up The Taste and charging admission).   The Lemonheads last performed at Petrillo Bandshell as part of The Taste of Chicago on the 4th of July in 1994 at the peak of their popularity to a massive swell of people that filled the lawn section along Lake Shore Drive.  Material Issue last played the Bandshell on the 4th of July in 1991, ironically as the opening act for The Replacements who finished that show by breaking up onstage and never playing again...