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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)

Black Sabbath Brings `The End` to Chicago | Fall 2016

September 4, 2016

Black Sabbath's massive worldwide "The End Tour" lit upon Chicagoland on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL. Billed as "The Final Tour of the Greatest Metal Band of All Time," Sabbath lived up to its reputation, delivering ... (Read More)

James Durbin brings his Riot On Sunset tour to the Windy City!

July 26, 2016

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist James Durbin from Santa Cruz, CA rolled into Chicago to showcase his new songs of all original rock material off his 3rd full length album "Riot On Sunset." This is his first independent release. The 27 year old bleached blonde hair singer has h... (Read More)

Chicago Open Air 2016

July 15, 2016

Chicago Open Air was by far more than just your average live concert festival, it was an entire event that literally catered to the metal music lifestyle. Catering to metal and industrial music lovers, this event clocked in more than 75,000 fans in attendance during its t... (Read More)

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