Category: Jam Bands

Aqueous Returns to Chicago: Mike Gantzer Q &A talks Martyrs' on Saturday, Drummer Rob Houk, and Upcoming AQ Releases

Aqueous Returns to Chicago: Mike Gantzer Q &A talks Martyrs' on Saturday, Drummer Rob Houk, and Upcoming AQ Releases
Groove Rockers Aqueous embark upon Chicago this weekend to share their exploratory live show on their national Random Company Tour.  The last time they were here, they were trying out drummer Rob Houk live for the first time downtown at the original Mother’s, after he jumped in the van that morning in Cincinnati, OH, immediately after quitting... Read more »

The Boys Are Back in Town: Umphrey's McGee to Play Two Shows at North Coast Music Festival, Q &A with Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee

The Boys Are Back in Town: Umphrey's McGee to Play Two Shows at North Coast Music Festival, Q &A with Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee
Chicago Umphrey’s fans have been in dire need of some home-turf face-melting.  Even though it’s pretty common for Umphreaks to hit the road following their favorite band, it used to be just as common to catch them at home upwards of five times a year.  This weekend’s late night at the Concord theater will break... Read more »

LOCKN' 2016: Phil & Friends details, Chatting with Pete Shapiro, Garcia's Forest and More!

LOCKN' 2016: Phil & Friends details, Chatting with Pete Shapiro, Garcia's Forest and More!
Nothing is really more spiritual than the first time listening through Terrapin, and that’s just how the gooball melts.   I gotta say though, I felt that same hopeful way  when I found out about the Grateful Dead reunion shows last year with Trey, and hands-down am even more excited about this upcoming LOCKN‘.  The... Read more »
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LOCKN Festival: New Artists Announced including Neal Casal's Circles Around the Sun (First Ever Live Show)

LOCKN Festival: New Artists Announced including Neal Casal's Circles Around the Sun (First Ever Live Show)
With Lockn 2016 fast-approaching its juicy end of summer slot (August 25-28), we’re starting to see the glory of the full lineup take shape.  With what already began as a monumentally badass gathering of today’s iconic rockers including Phish, Ween, Umphrey’s McGee, Gary Clark Jr, JRAD, and My Morning Jacket, to just name a few,... Read more »

Traces of Natalie Cressman: Chainsaw Set to Tear the Roof off Tonic Room This Saturday 11/21

Traces of Natalie Cressman:  Chainsaw Set to Tear the Roof off Tonic Room This Saturday 11/21
As a lady artist myself, I jump at the chance to support women in any way I can, and especially women in the arts.  But I wasn’t just excited about this Q & A opportunity because Natalie Cressman offers the feminine mystique alone, but because she’s a vibrant character, talented across so many facets of... Read more »

Joe Russo on Life after Furthur, Why You Should Catch JRAD While You Can and How He's Ready for the Duo to Reunite (!!!!)

Joe Russo on Life after Furthur, Why You Should Catch JRAD While You Can and How He's Ready for the Duo to Reunite (!!!!)
Early on in their Deadicated bromance, the five members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead said they’d only keep the project going if it was fun.  I guess that means it  must be good times for them, as they’ve been successfully touring since January 2013  and only improving improvised communication and evolving their way through the... Read more »
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Turbo Suit + Joel Cummins Forecasted to Meld the Musical Colors of the Rainbow at NCMF '15

Turbo Suit + Joel Cummins Forecasted to Meld the Musical Colors of the Rainbow at NCMF '15
Diverse, hometown music festivals like North Coast don’t typically stack up this phat and honestly it’s a blessing.  Labor day gives us that perfect stretch back into real life, only after experiencing some of that existential new-new with the homies over the summer.  But , one challege we’ve all faced in the trying times of... Read more »

If Tauk was a Team on NBA Jams, They'd be on Fire! : A Pre-Show Q & A and a few words about 10/4 at The Abbey

If Tauk was a Team on NBA Jams, They'd be on Fire! : A Pre-Show Q & A and a few words about 10/4 at The Abbey
Sometimes things just work out how they’re supposed to.  When Tauk, 4-piece instrumental rock/jam fusion outfit, found out they were double-booked with Banda Chilacachapa, a very lively, mariachi-esque group in large numbers, at the Abbey Pub October 4, there was some concern about the size of the Green Room,  and the stage itself.  How could they fit there and would... Read more »