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Stage Buzz: H.E.R.; Blues on the Fox, Pansy Division, FEAR,

| June 15, 2023

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram appears at Blues on the Fox

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter H.E.R. has numerous accolades to her name. 25 Grammy nominations with five wins, an Academy Award, and an Emmy. And she’s only 25 years old. Now, the singer brings her passion and heart-wrenching soul to the Chicago Theatre for a sold out show this Thursday, June 15 at 8 PM.

Taste of Randolph returns for its 26th anniversary featuring delicious food from over 16 restaurants along with a lineup featuring the biggest names in Chicago house music and the hottest up-and-coming bands. The three-day festival includes performances from Digable Planets, The O’My’s, Jamila Woods, Jacob Banks, Chris Lorenzo, Joshwa, Derrick Carter, Gashi, Super Duper Kyle, and more. The party starts Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18th. $10 suggested donation. Get all the details here.

Queercore pioneers Pansy Division have been openly singing about LBGTQ issues, sex, and relationships all with their brand of skewed humor for the past 32 years. With support from Green Day, who took the young punks with them on tour, and Nirvana, who loved the band’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” cover dubbed “Smells Like Queer Spirit,” Pansy Division brought their in-your-face, unapologetic sound to larger audiences. These trailblazers are now celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album Undressed on their current tour, which swings by Chicago’s Beat Kitchen on Saturday, June 17th at 8 PM. Get tickets here.

FEAR is a legendary punk rock band that helped shape Californian hardcore punk. Known for raging anthems like “I Love Livin’ in the City” and “Fetch Me One More Beer,” the band is also infamous for their chaotic 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live, which earned them a place in punk rock history books. 46 year later, the band remains as abrasive as ever. Catch the iconic band during their Reggie’s performance with Bastard Squad, The Krank Daddies, and Lollygagger on Saturday, June 17 at 8 PM. You can still get tickets here.

An Aurora tradition, Blues on the Fox returns in 2023 with an impressive line-up (eclipsing Chicago Blues Fest in some areas) over two days, including Jimmie Vaughan, Kenny Neal, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, tickets are exceptionally affordable ($25-$35). If you love the many shades of the blues as we do, grab your tickets for RiverEdge Park.

-Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

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