| Sep 27, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The question on Justin Roberts' lips summed up the angst of an ever-anxious music world: "Why would anyone want to purchase a record ever again if you can just listen to it for free?"
The Chicago-based, Grammy-nominated kids musician was discussing...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The Balkun Brothers, based in West Hartford, have played over 100 gigs in the past year (their busiest yet), and though primarily New England shows, they've also recently branched out to Texas, Tennessee and California. They released...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:22 PM
In many ways Thursday, it was as if Rick Vito had never left Kutztown University. Rick Vito in file photo He moved around the stage at Schaeffer Auditorium with the energy and verve of a college student. Friends in the......
| Aug 29, 2013
| 11:39 AM
The past few years have been tough on drive-in movie theater owners, who have been forced to chuck their 35 mm projectors in favor of newer digital models if they want to continue to feature the latest releases. The switch-over costs money — money...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 9:40 AM
In the ’70s, the Allman Brothers got branded with the Southern Rock iron — the arguably unfortunate subgenre of music they created — by a callous music industry indifferent to subtlety, even if their own music sounded nothing like the...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 2:12 PM
"I need some ladies up here," declared Howlin' Wolf, as channeled through Rick Stone, at Black Ensemble Theatre on Sunday. Such moments of audience participation are not unusual at Black Ensemble, a theater long focused on the provision of a darn good...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Now that regime change is under way at WBEZ 91.5 FM, let's consider the music that became something of a four-letter word at the station: jazz.
Last month's announcement that Torey Malatia resigned as president and CEO of Chicago Public Media —...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 12:03 PM
Almost two years ago 2nd Ward alderman Bob Fioretti stood in the rain on a South Wabash Avenue corner and held up a street sign that read “Buddy Guy Way.”
Those who have carped about the proliferation of honorary street signs in Chicago over...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Like baseball and swimming pools, outdoor music festivals —such as ShedFest in Highland Park — have long been synonymous with summer.
This year's two-day version put on by The Shed, a private musician's club, will be Friday and Saturday...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Blues singer John Hammond was nearing the end of his delightful set Thursday as the first music performer at McCoole's Arts and Events Place in Quakertown when he paused to ponder the setting. John Hammond at McCoole's Arts and Events......
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Next Tuesday will be a tough night for Chicago singer-impresario Geraldine de Haas and her husband, bassist Eddie de Haas. But it should be quite gratifying, too.
A large segment of Chicago's jazz community – top singers, pianists, saxophonists,...