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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 – Day One

| September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Industry reports indicate summer festival attendance is down across the country, but Riot Fest’s healthy crowds show that the 15-year-old homegrown punk and indie rock festival is not suffering from a lack of dedicated fans. Friday’s RF 2019 kick-off delivered a virtually sold-out crowd (it was packed) in Douglas Park in near-perfect September weather. Day One […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 Day Two

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 Day Two

| September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Day 2 of the 2019 edition of Riot Fest arrived and the prevailing vibe of the day was Metal! Earth scorchers Slayer eviscerated Douglas Park during what is sure to be their final Chicago performance before calling it a career. In fact, the Riot stage could have been re-christened All Metal – All The Time […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 Day Three

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 Day Three

| September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Day Three in Douglas Park proved as worthy as the first two, and the incredibly healthy and dedicated crowds dodged the morning storms by minutes as the gates opened at Ogden and Sacramento. Our day started with Oakland’s Ultra Q, and it was all good from there, capturing sets by “house band” Ganser (as seen […]

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Photo Gallery: Bush and Live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Bush and Live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The ’90s were celebrated in full force on Friday night. This year marks the 25th anniversaries of two records: Live’s Throwing Copper and Sixteen Stone from Bush-that emerged from that decade’s “alternative” scene. The previous quotation marks are certainly tongue in cheek, seeing as how there was nothing out of the ordinary about distorted guitars […]

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Photo Gallery: ZZ Top with Cheap Trick at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: ZZ Top with Cheap Trick at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 8, 2019 | 1 Comment

That “lil old band from Texas” found its way into the southwest suburbs of Chicago Saturday. ZZ Top has hit the road in celebration of 50 years as a band. The trio, know for excessive facial hair and boogie-infused blues, plowed through five decades of hits and crowd favorites, delivered with a charming dollop of […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Squeeze at The Chicago Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Squeeze at The Chicago Theatre

| September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Squeeze Chicago Theatre August 31, 2019 When alt-pop superheroes Squeeze last visited Chicago, the group performed at the Vic Theatre in support of 2017’s LP The Knowledge. On Saturday night at the venerable Chicago Theatre, the band led by singer Chris Difford and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook hosted a considerably larger crowd for its “The Squeeze […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Thursday August 22, 2019 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park Full disclosure… August 5, 1982 I was forever ruined by Iron Maiden. That was the day of the band’s legendary appearance on the shores of Lake Michigan at ChicagoFest. I had already seen the band several times at that point, but that night was […]

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Photo Gallery: Converge and Cloud Nothings at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: Converge and Cloud Nothings at House of Vans

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

This past weekend saw the final installment of the Vans House Parties. The Chicago location of House of Vans has curated a half a dozen or so events through the 2019 spring and summer seasons and chose, like their swan song, to not go gentle into that good night. The West Loop multi-use venue most […]

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Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| August 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

Tinley Park set the musical way back machine for a sojourn deep into the ’90s. Like it or not, many Pumpkin’s and Oasis fans came to hear the music of their youth. In the end, the night was a celebration of the modern era and the salad-days. Hollywood Casino Amphitheater played host to two of […]

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Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

| August 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

Eddie Spinelli captured Queen with Adam Lambert in a 2 hour sold-out show at United Center. As expected Lambert channels the ghosts of Freddie Mercury with aplomb, featuring original members Brian May and Roger Taylor running through a set of hits and deep cuts.  

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019 Day One

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019 Day One

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Day One of Lollapalooza brought near perfect weather to Grant Park and thin crowds in the opening hours, quickly filled in to near capacity status mid-day. Evidently some people had to work, but they arrived after lunch. The days highlights included SRO field level crowds in the T-Mobile Stage bowl for Irish songwriter/activist Hozier, some […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019 Day Three

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019 Day Three

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lollapalooza has become somewhat synonymous with weather related evacuations. Yet, here we are at Day Three and somehow not a single drop of rain has fallen. Sunny skies and the occasional passing cloud, accented by Chicago’s iconic skyline, proved to be the perfect canvas for performances from headliners Twenty One Pilots, plus Judah & The […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019 Day Four

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019 Day Four

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sunday was arguably the busiest day at Lollapalooza 2109. Grant Park felt like it was filled to capacity as concertgoers packed the city’s front lawn. Day 4 wrapped up an extended weekend of live music that found Flume headlining the north end of the park and additional performances throughout the day from fest founder Perry […]

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Live Review/Photo Gallery: John Paul White at Lincoln Hall

Live Review/Photo Gallery: John Paul White at Lincoln Hall

| July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

John Paul White Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL Thursday, July 25, 2019   After a rough patch on the road due to illness that caused cancellation of shows in Kentucky and Tennessee, lucky fans saw John Paul White return to Chicago on Thursday night in good health and good spirits at Lincoln Hall. “How are you […]

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Photo Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels and Rope at RiverEdge Park

Photo Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels and Rope at RiverEdge Park

| July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests  Blackberry Smoke and Shovels and Rope at a sold-out RiverEdge Park in Aurora just as the cool breezes retook Chicagoland.   Set List t01 Made Up Mind t02 Do I look Worried t03 Hard Case t04 It’s So Heavy t05 I Walk on Guilded Splinters t06 […]

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