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Lollapalooza Returns To Grant Park With An Epic Lineup You Won’t Want To Miss!

How can you not be excited by an all-star lineup featuring four days of the worlds best musicians hitting the stage one after another? Lollapalooza is THE music festival in the Chicago area each and every year. This year’s lineup leaves our jaw’s on the floor as they manage to pack endless amounts of talent into one 4-day weekend. The headliners include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino (I personally can’t wait… Keep Reading

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Chicago Open Air Returns With a Hard Hitting Lineup

This spring brings another must-see event from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, Chicago Open Air Presents a massive stadium show with headlining sets from chart-topping acts including System Of A Down, Tool, The Cult and Ghost, plus more appearances from today’s biggest hard rock and metal artists. The event is co-produced by Live Nation and will take place at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. Looking at this lineup… Keep Reading

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Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Wisconsin

After the dust settles, all we are left with is our memories. It’s been almost two weeks since Northern Invasion closed out its 4th year. It was my first year in attendance and it has taken me awhile to really formulate into words what was such a great experience. I went into this weekend with only knowing a handful of the artists. I checked out everyone ahead of time and… Keep Reading

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Eaux Claires Festival Goes Against The Grain

This years Eaux Claires Festival, in Eau Claire Wisconsin, will boldly test how much of a festival fan you truly are. This summer on July 6th and 7th, Eaux Claires will hold their 4th annual music festival on Foster Farms in North-Western Wisconsin.   The only catch is that this year they are opting out of the big-overly dramatic lineup announcement and will keep it a secret until attendees show… Keep Reading

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Fourth Annual Northern Invasion, Somerset, WI May 12th/13th!

Northern Invasion is coming back to it’s Somerset campsite with an amazing lineup! I don’t know how they managed it, but Northern Invasion managed to bill one of the best lineups I have seen in years. The headliners for the two night show contain some of Rock’s biggest names from the last two decades. Headlining Saturday night is the prog/heavy metal syndicate Avenged Sevenfold.  Closing out the night with Avenged… Keep Reading

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Judah & the Lion, The Riviera Theatre, Chicago

“We never wanted to be a cool band” lead singer, Judah Aker, explained far past the point of offering this as new information to the audience. After witnessing the variety of footwork (a leprechaun jig, a tribal rain dance, and everything in-between) and stage outfits (calling up comparisons to lumberjacks, Duck Dynasty, and 90’s workout videos), that much was clear to the audience.   Much about this Nashville band’s message,… Keep Reading

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Bully, Thalia Hall, Chicago

The female fronted punk-rock band blew the crowd away on Tuesday. Big Ups opened the night with a fierce almost too intense set. Now don’t get me wrong…. Big Ups did a great job.  They entertained the crowd, made a few new fans, and warmed up the room for Bully. Frontman Joe Galarraga did a great job of exploiting his energy on stage.  Jumping from one side to the other and… Keep Reading

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Ben Folds, Riviera Theatre, Chicago

The Riviera Theatre and it’s attendees reveled in the night with Ben Folds and his piano. Ben, looking sharp as ever, took the stage with poise and a shaggy beard and filled the air with the echoing beauty of his grand piano. From the first touch of Ben’s band-aid covered fingers to the cold ivory the crowd stared in awe.  They sang along to every inch of every song.  They… Keep Reading

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Chicano Batman, Thalia Hall, Chicago

Chicano Batman’s brings a holistic experience to Thalia Hall. The crowd erupted once frontman/multi-instrumentalist Bardo Martinez played the first notes on his keyboard. I don’t have a long history with Chicano Batman.  I have heard the name around different places and have heard a few songs as they streamed across my path. But when I was given the chance to see them up close and personal, through my camera I… Keep Reading

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Clutch, Eagles Club, Milwaukee

Clutch bring their psychedelic rock n’ roll to a packed Eagles Club, Milwaukee. From the first notes of ‘Cyborg Bette’ the crowd was in full swing.  The stage was dimly lit.  The crowd was already sweating from packing in tight to get closer to the front of the stage.  The band filled the stage and cheers filled the room once lead singer Neil Fallon was visible on stage.  They opened… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 3, Union Park, Chicago

Day 3 at Pitchfork Music Fest was one for the books! In typical fashion I arrived right before the opening act came on.   I wasn’t sure if Sunday’s lineup could live up to Saturday, but a few acts had caught my eye and I was excited for those.  I arrived at the photo pit for Kilo Kish.  I went through and checked out all of the artists prior to… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Fest Day 2, Union Park, Chicago

Join me!… as I reminisce on the second day of Pitchfork Music Festival The Sun was in full swing, and it made it hot and sweaty for all in attendance on Saturday. Day Two was probably the one I was looking forward to the most.  It was also the most crowded day with more people in attendance than either Friday or Sunday.  I have to assume it is mostly due… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1, Union Park, Chicago

Pitchfork Music Fest brings their annual showcase of musicians back to Union Park. Take a moment with me and let us rewind to Thursday the 13th of July.   I was anxiously anticipating the start of the festival the next day when I received an email asking if I would be interested in photographing the legendary Screaming Eagle of Soul that night. For those of you who don’t know who… Keep Reading

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United We Rock Tour, Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Chicago

Both REO and Styx brought nostalgia back to life for a packed crowd. It was a sweaty night in Chicago, and the bands only turned it up as the night went on. I managed to hit some traffic on my way to the show and came in a bit late only to catch the tail-end of Don Felder’s set.  He capped it off with a cover of ‘Hotel California’ complete… Keep Reading

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Pitchfork Music Festival Coming To Chicago This Weekend!

Don’t Forget!!  Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Union Park this weekend! In its 12th year Pitchfork Music Festival brings some amazing musicians to Chicago over the course of the three days.  With headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange you don’t want to miss a single day. You also won’t want to miss some of my personal favorites that I can’t wait to see. Madame Ghandi is going… Keep Reading

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Punch Cabbie, Live Wire Lounge, Chicago

Punch Cabbie brings the noise to LiveWire Lounge! The lights dimmed as Punch Cabbie took the stage and the fans cheered in excitement. Punch Cabbie played with fire tonight.  After much excitement from the three opening bands, Punch Cabbie started their set around 12:30am. LiveWire Lounge is a small venue, but the room was filled with fans ready for the impending onslaught to their ears.  Overall the band sounded tight.… Keep Reading

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Tool, Allstate Arena, Chicago

Tool captivates the arena with unbeatable live performance. Maynard and the gang took stage as the fans jumped from their seats. In typical fashion for the last few years, Tool kicked off their set with ‘The Grudge’ from their 3rd full length release Lateralus.  It was the only song I was allowed to photograph, but it is also a 9 minute song so I didn’t mind, until being there in… Keep Reading

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Sigur Rós, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Sigur Rós brings two full sets and an amazing light show to the Auditorium Theatre. The trio took stage with high anticipation from the crowd. Sigur Rós started the night off with some slower, softer songs.  They opened the set with ‘Á’ which is a newer unreleased track.  The audience watched in awe as the mood for the evening was set.  The band managed the emotion in the room through… Keep Reading

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Dreamcar, Vic Theatre, Chicago

Dreamcar delivers new sounds to the Vic Theatre! The intimate crowd took to cheers as Dreamcar took the stage. You never would have thought that this super-group formed only months ago.  Jumping right into their album opener ‘After I Confessed’ the band was on point showing how professional and talented they are.  Fronted by AFI’s famed vocalist Davey Havok, his voice melts the highly emotional 80’s esque style without flaw. He is… Keep Reading

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Coheed and Cambria, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Coheed and Cambria rock sold out show in Chicago! Claudio and the gang never cease to amaze their fan base as they play their entire 2005 album Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV. In typical fashion, the setlist was the entire album played in order.  Frontman Claudio Sanchez took the stage and played ‘Always & Never’ on his acoustic guitar.  The photos I took during the song don’t do the emotion proper justice.  Claudio sang… Keep Reading

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