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John 5 and the Creatures Live in Chicago

April 16, 2017

What more can you ask for spending this Easter Day with my family and now spending the night with John 5 and the Creatures here at Reggies Chicago. I've been looking forward to this show for months now as John 5 will not be around Chicago again until Open Air Chicago July 14th with Rob Zombie. Ma... (Read More)

The Revivalists with Atlas Road Crew

March 22, 2017

Being a new fan of The Revivalists, I was looking forward to their first tour stop in Pittsburgh. The show was sold out with a diverse mix of all ages. The Revivalists music appeals to a wide variety of people, so I wasn't surprised by either the size or the makeup of the crowd. The eveni... (Read More)

Southern Avenue with Nightgown

February 20, 2017

Monday evening was unseasonably warm for February in Pittsburgh, but the evening was going to get a bit hotter with some Memphis blues and some funk/jazz coming from the show at Club Cafe on the Southside. Southern Avenue was visiting with a local Pittsburgh band, Nightgo... (Read More)

Breaking Benjamin and Wilson at Disney's House of Blues

January 15, 2017

According to Benjamin Burnley, of Breaking Benjamin, "I have the mic, so you have to listen to every word I say!" And, the crowd did that all night - rocking out to the hit machine that Breaking Benjamin has become.

This show was one that a lot of people were re... (Read More)

Andres Lecaros | Guitar Tech of The Gods!

February 3, 2017

Lecaros is based out of Orlando, FL, but originally hails from New Jersey. Between touring with Marc Rizzo of Soulfly and working with Gus G, on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, he took a little bit of time to sit down with UnRated Magazine and share some of the experience of being a guitar t... (Read More)

Luisa Maita and Bossa Tres Bring Brazil To Chicago

October 4, 2016

Martyrs night clubs was the perfect setting for sounds of Brazil.  A Chicago club hosting a dimly lit atmosphere of intimacy.  The sounds of the night began with Chicago's Bossa Tres, fronted by Marcus Olivea who is originally from Brazil. Olivea heads the trio of surdo percussion and cavaq... (Read More)

Kaaboo Del Mar 2016 Experience | Part 2

September 15, 2016

KaaBoo Del Mar, Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pam and I were getting into the swing of things by Saturday. By now I knew not to expect to get into the photo pits, to take it easy and was looking forward to t... (Read More)

Jake Bugg with Syd Arthur in Millvale, Pennsylvania

September 23, 2016

Mr. Small's is one of my favorite music venues. In its former life it was a Catholic church, now renovated and re-purposed into an 850 capacity venue. I opted for the balcony experience for this show. Food and drinks were included in the extra ticket price as well as a seat up high fro... (Read More)

Kaaboo Del Mar 2016 Experience | Part 1

September 22, 2016

KaaBoo Del Mar, Thursday Night, September 15, 2016

I believe Kaaboo Del Mar was my first music festival experience. Being new to the music festival experience I was like a hungry person with eyes bigger than their stomach. I made an impossib... (Read More)

Robert Glasper Trio Live at the Jazz Showcase Chicago

September 11, 2016

Pianist, Robert Glasper, started his set at the Chicago's renown Jazz Showcase with about a ten minute monologue of music jokes and 'hip talk' that was barely audible on a mike that probably should have been turned up.  This was a bit distracting as the audience anticipated music rather than ... (Read More)

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