| Oct 12, 2013
After each performance of "Pullman Porter Blues," the lobby of the Goodman Theatre has been alive with talk both wistful and outraged, a weird if understandable mix given the complex legacy of George Pullman and the rail car company he created here....
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:18 AM
This is your invitation to the 15th annual Songs of Good Cheer holiday singalong that Eric Zorn and I host with a band of terrific musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music.
I know what you're thinking. Talking "Jingle Bells" before Halloween is...
| Oct 5, 2013
Word got around last week that John Lennon's guitar was up in Bau Graves' office at the Old Town School of Folk Music and so the worshipers began to come.
There were students and teachers, accomplished players and humble pluckers, a parade that came...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:32 PM
DNAinfo Chicago reports: The Great American Songbook meets the Golden Age of Rail Travel in a newly-announced partnership between Old Town School of Folk Music and Pullman Rail Journeys. For its Chicago-to-New Orleans service on restored Pullman rail...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Ed Holstein is back in the family business, which is folk music, and that comes as welcome news to his friends and fans, who have been worried about him for a year.
Their concern finally abated a few months ago when Holstein sent an e-mail to a few...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:22 AM
The 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago opened with a thunderbolt Thursday night at Millennium Park, thanks to the apparently inexhaustible energies of 76-year-old Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra.
Playing music that pulsed...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Dana Hall's Black Fire: Chicago drummer-composer Hall continues his exploration into music of unjustly overlooked pianist-innovator Andrew Hill. 9 p.m. Tuesdays in September and October at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10 at 312-642-6805 or...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 11:10 AM
A few big outdoor shows remain, but most of the action moves back indoors in the next few months. Here are 10 concerts (arranged chronologically) leading the way:
Replacements: The revered if ever-mercurial Minneapolis band broke up on stage at a...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:59 AM
After decades of complaints about the poor acoustics and dismal production values at Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival launches a new era on Thursday.
That's when the 35th annual event begins, with all outdoor performances unfolding in...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column: First thing in the morning on Aug. 18, 2003 — 10 years ago Sunday — I stumbled bleary-eyed but eager to my desk in the attic and, with a few keystrokes, uploaded the following to the Tribune's......