Archive for March 2015

Letters to Embers destine to burn bright

Letters to Embers destine to burn bright
The new indie folk trio called “Letters to Embers,” performed their first public performance on March 7th in New Lenox. About the band, press release quote. “Letters to Embers is a 3-piece indie band in Chicago’s south suburbs. For Matt McKinney, Miriam-Rose LeDuc, and Molly Rose, what started as an after-hours songwriting circle is now... Read more »

Casting Crowns raises the roof at the NIU Convocation Center

Casting Crowns raises the roof at the NIU Convocation Center
I’ve been a Casting Crowns fan for years, but didn’t see my first Crowns concert until February 27 at Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center. Five days later, while I was still talking about what a great show it was, lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall announced on social media that doctors had found a solid mass, thought... Read more »

Punch Brothers perform to sold out crowd at Riviera Theater

Punch Brothers perform to sold out crowd at Riviera Theater
Saturday night February 28, we attend the Punch Brothers concert at the historic Riviera Theater in Chicago. This location built in 1917 as a movie theater, was transformed into a night club in the mid-80’s and now a premier concert venue. It has an audience capacity of 2,500. I think we were nearly at capacity.... Read more »
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Sidewalk Prophets perform intimate "Family Room" show

Sidewalk Prophets perform intimate "Family Room" show
From the minute you walked in to the Sidewalk Prophets “Great Big Family Room” show at Calvary Church in Orland Park last Thursday night, you knew it wasn’t going to be your typical concert. “The band was there to greet us!” said Mary Farrell, of New Lenox. Lead singer David Frey, rhythm guitarist Ben McDonald,... Read more »

A Daughters Donation: A Gift of Love

A Daughters Donation: A Gift of Love
What do you do when your 12 year old daughter tells you she wants to donate her hair to kids with cancer? Do you beam with pride, cry with joy; hug her, Google donation options, all of them? Well that’s what I faced a few days ago. Last Saturday, I took my daughter Bethany to... Read more »

Joyful Noise Presents: The Panic Squad

Joyful Noise Presents: The Panic Squad
Review and photos by Ben Marks (photojournalist intern) Saturday evening, as part of the Joyful Noise Presents series, Panic Squad performed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. The Panic Squad is a fresh, clean, funny improvised comedy group from right here in Chicago. Their act used audience participation, on stage and off, to create... Read more »
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Kennedy Cup Championship round two moves to the Southwest Ice Arena

Kennedy Cup Championship round two moves to the Southwest Ice Arena
A full capacity crowd was on hand February 28, as the second game of the Kennedy Cup playoffs to place at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood. When Providence Catholic High School stepped on to the ice they knew it was due or die for there hockey season. Benet Academy knew they were only one win away from becoming this years Kennedy... Read more »