Category: Live Music

2019 Riot Fest Schedule Announced

2019 Riot Fest Schedule Announced
Friendly rock n’ roll contrarians Riot Fest have announced their 2019 schedule and it’s printed on a Goose Island beer called “Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale.” This approach is the first of its kind, according to Chicago-based beer magazine October. These beers will be available at the festival. Stacked to the gills with huge, diverse names that all... Read more »

Marco Benevento Shares New Single, "Say It's All the Same"

Marco Benevento Shares New Single, "Say It's All the Same"
Pianoman Marco Benevento has released his second single and an accompanying video off his new album, Let it Slide, titled, “Say It’s All the Same.” Featuring bassist Karina Rykman on dual-vocals with Benevento and drummer Dave Butler assisting on a trio of authentic lip-whistling, the three bandmates have a total blast together and it shows.... Read more »

Joe Russo on The Divided Mind

Joe Russo on The Divided Mind
With a penchant for all things deep-cut, drummer Joe Russo is full of surprises. His musical improv is like an onomatopoeia of the way he lives his life; daring, busy, often collaborative and with a cadence of passionate intensity. His assertive delivery complements his readiness to protect the things he loves, set to destroy anything standing in... Read more »
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Hablot Brown to Bring Sultry Soul Vibes to Schubas 12/14

Hablot Brown to Bring Sultry Soul Vibes to Schubas 12/14
Los Angeles Based Trio Hablot Brown Coming to Chicago Los Angeles has always been the breeding ground for surf-music and high-quality production, in the worlds of R&B and hip-hop especially. Groovy trio Hablot Brown takes influence from all three as well as jazz, rock, house, and more to offer a unique, soulful sound fit for... Read more »

OctFest : Exclusive Beer and Music Festival at Brooklyn Hangar September 9th

OctFest : Exclusive Beer and Music Festival at Brooklyn Hangar September 9th
Collaborations are the new normal. Why not link up two of America’s favorite past-times: music and beer? Pitchfork, “the most trusted voice in music,” and October, a leading beer culture website, have announced the first ever OctFest: an epic one-day music and beer festival, featuring eight musical artists and 40 breweries from around the world. Slated... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park

Set Times Announced for North Coast Music Festival: September 2-4 in Chicago's Union Park
It’s that time of year again for Summer’s Last Stand! Whether you’re a seventh year Coastie, down since the inaugural rager, or this will be your first time joining in on the fun, SET TIMES ARE REASON TO CELEBRATE!!! It’s when the real planning starts (and shit-talking with your friends who like that other band... 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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Hood Smoke Album Release: Rough Around the Hedges with Special Guest Makaya McCraven at The Hideout

Hood Smoke Album Release: Rough Around the Hedges with Special Guest Makaya McCraven at The Hideout
Jazz fusion in 2016 is a tough realm to define.  It lies somewhere between the traditionalist syncopation of simple, crisp, and innovative tastes of improvisation, and the multitasking derivatives of today’s fast-paced world who demand more layered production in their compositions.  Chicago’s jazz/pop quintet Hood Smoke’s most recent offering, Rough Around the Hedges (click to stream), stretches... Read more »