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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Undercard Picks

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Undercard Picks

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns for its 14th year in to historical Douglas Park at Chicago at Ogden & Ashland. From its humble beginnings in small clubs to its current incarnation as a classic punk and hip-hop celebration each Fall, Riot Fest has a connection to Chicago like no other festival. Here are some of our must-see […]

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Photo Gallery: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at BMO Harris Pavillion

Photo Gallery: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at BMO Harris Pavillion

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The famous Beatles second drummer was joined (“with a little help from his friends”) in Milwaukee by and a famous band including Colin Hay from Men at Work (“Who Can It be Now”, “Land Down Under”), Steve Lukather from Toto (“Africa”, “Hold The Line”, “Roseanna”), Gregg Rolie from Santana (“Black Magic Woman”, “Evil Ways”) and […]

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Stage Buzz: Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Arcada Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Arcada Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hard rock pioneers Deep Purple are one of the fortunate bands that have had multiple legendary, Hall Of Fame members, and Glenn Hughes (who replaced Roger Glover/and Ian Gillan) performed with the band as co-lead vocalist (with David Coverdale) in their California Jam heyday (1973-1976), is a favorite for many DP fans. After musical stints […]

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Stage Buzz: Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel at Bottom Lounge

Stage Buzz: Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel at Bottom Lounge

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like the Davies (The Kinks) and Gallagher (Oasis) brothers, Jay and Mike Aston have had a hard time getting along both personally and legally, so Gene Loves Jezebel has been offering two touring versions of the band for quite some time. Like the two versions of UB40, it’s “hard to keep track of players without […]

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Photo Gallery: Fall Out Boy and Rise Against at Wrigley Field

Photo Gallery: Fall Out Boy and Rise Against at Wrigley Field

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the entirety of the concert going season this summer at Wrigley Field, it has been the “away” teams that have dominated. Well, all that changed this past weekend when home-towners Fall Out Boy brought their Mania Tour to the baseball cathedral at the corner of Clark and Addison. The Chicago natives also bolstered up […]

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Stage Buzz: The Way Down Wanderers at City Winery

Stage Buzz: The Way Down Wanderers at City Winery

| September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Way Down Wanderers City Winery Chicago Sunday, September 9 Recalling the sounds of WLS’s vintage Barn Dances with more modern nu-grass like the Avett Brothers and The Ghost of Paul Revere, Chicago’s Way Down Wanderers live it and play it authentically as a modern folk band blessed with layered and rich harmonies and soul. […]

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Photo Gallery: Metallica at The Kohl Center

Photo Gallery: Metallica at The Kohl Center

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli brought his all-weather gear to a rain soaked Kohl Center in Madison for Metallica’s North-American tour, Fall kick-off. Heavy effects and pyro complimented a set balancing old classics and newer material, including a surprise cover of “Stupid Girl” by Garbage. Set List Hardwired Atlas, Rise! Seek & Destroy Cyanide Fade to Black Now […]

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Stage Buzz Q & A: Ed Kowalczyk of Live

Stage Buzz Q & A: Ed Kowalczyk of Live

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On the surface, it resembles any other cleverly-conceived summer shed tour – alt-rock powerhouse Live co-headlining a massive jaunt with folk-rocking combo Counting Crows, celebrating the 25th anniversaries of both. Great bang for your concert buck, all told. But to Live leader Ed Kowalczyk – who acrimoniously quit the band in 2009, then later rejoined […]

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Photo Gallery: Govt Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Govt Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured an evening of roots and jam bands in the shadow of Interstate 80 in Tinley Park with 3 bands that also seem to enjoy each other’s company.   Govt Mule Avett Brothers Magpie Salute

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Stage Buzz: Bourbon and Beyond

Stage Buzz: Bourbon and Beyond

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The second annual Bourbon & Beyond festival returns to Champions Park in Louisville, KY, Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 with the perfect blend of bourbon, food & music not found anywhere else in the world. If bourbon, food, music, and camping is appealing to end your summer festival season, then Bourbon & Beyond […]

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Live Review: Zebra at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Zebra at Arcada Theatre

| September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Zebra The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Friday, August 31, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Luciano J. Bilotti The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles continues to reinforce its reputation as an essential musical hub in the greater Chicago area. On Friday, the Arcada welcomed ‘80s hitmakers and New Orleans hard rockers Zebra for […]

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Photo Gallery: Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch with Nothing More and Bad Wolves at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery: Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch with Nothing More and Bad Wolves at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured nearly 5 hours in Tinley Park Wednesday with one of the most acclaimed metal tours of the summer featuring Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch with Nothing More and Bad Wolves. All photos by Ed Spinelli Breaking Benjamin Five Finger Death Punch Nothing More   Bad Wolves

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Media – September 2018

Media – September 2018

| August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

WXRT morning man Lin Brehmer is more than just a friendly voice on 93.1 FM every day, he is your “best friend in the whole world,” a moniker he has used now for several years.  “But I usually say it in a pathetic ‘why don’t I have any friends at all’ whine,” he points out. […]

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Photo Gallery: Judas Priest with Deep Purple at Hollywood Casino Amphtheatre

Photo Gallery: Judas Priest with Deep Purple at Hollywood Casino Amphtheatre

| August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli spent a muggy summer night in Tinley Park capturing two pioneers of British metal. Judas Priest   Deep Purple  

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Live Review: Ariana Grande at The Vic Theatre

Live Review: Ariana Grande at The Vic Theatre

| August 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Towards the end of Ariana Grande’s performance at the Vic Theater Wednesday,  her manager, Scooter Braun, came onstage and interrupted the singer’s rendition of “God Is a Woman,” from Grande’s just released Sweetener (Republic Records) album. Bragging like a proud parent, Braun informed Grande that she had the number one song (“Woman”) from the number […]

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