“I want to know not how do you think I was feeling when I wrote this song, but how did this make you feel?”
Homegrown’s Aaron Williams had to pivot online when the pandemic threatened to shut down the annual local music celebration last summer. This weekend, the fest returns in person to Lisle with favorite alums and plenty of new music.
Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park. Homegrown celebrates local artists. Brian McKnight and Ruben Studdard hit Ravinia and Bitter Jester preps for week two of its summer series.
Premiere: Wild Gravity injects a little optimism into our recovery with debut single, video ‘Comatose’
Ken Ugel and Phil O’Reilly try an uplifting tactic with the debut single from the new project Wild Gravity.
“Capturing people online is cool,” said Phillip-Michael Scales, “but capturing those fans who are going to see live music — catching up with those people is huge.”
After shifting to a virtual songwriting contest last year, the Bitter Jester Music Festival is back full force and in person this summer.
Post-grunge/nu metal rockers Puddle of Mudd head the lineup at Afterlife Music Hall; the Bitter Jester summer concert/contest series returns; Underbelly Hours host a local showcase; and Tina Jenkins Crawley inspires at Gospelfest.
Some days can be a dream. Others can feel like a disaster. OK Cool’s delightful and relatable new video for the recent single “Divers” captures that feeling.
Lit introduced one of the catchiest earworms of the last few decades in the summer of 1999. This weekend, the band brings “My Own Worst Enemy” and more to headline the Ultimate ’90s Fest in Lombard.
Sound check: Backyard Tire Fire returns to Aurora; Foghat at the Arcada; Geekd, The Shades and JORDY’s tour
Americana rock band Backyard Tire Fire plays The Venue’s outdoor stage, Mundy Park; Christian Moreno headlines the first night of the Separate Waves II art/music showcase; and Foghat takes the Arcada Stage.
If you’ve watched the trailer for the short film “Valentine,” you might recognize some familiar faces from the local music scene in it.
Phillip-Michael Scales moved from Chicago to Nashville two years ago, but as live shows are returning, he’s jumping at the chance to head back to Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights for a show next week.
Heavy metal rockers celebrate the birthday of the late Ronnie James Dio; country and folk artists play Chill Nation in Buffalo Grove; Everclear heads up Summerland Tour; Tony Ocean plays the suburbs; and catch new music from Everyday Fantastic.
Deerfield musician Todd Kessler presents his final showcase (for now) at Hey Nonny; Long Play Music Festival brings hits to Loves Park; Buffalo Grove Brewing hosts a patriotic concert in Long Grove.
Christian Moreno’s pandemic year turned into a time of artistic expression and discovery.
Des Plaines-born Wolf Rd puts its pop-punk on stage; music on the menu at Long Grove Strawberry Fest; Reece Brunke’s livestreaming benefit; and Side Street gets behind the cameras.
Sammy Cannillo and a team of bands and artists from Chicago and the suburbs are bringing the tunes to Chicago’s Pride month with an eye toward giving back.
The roster’s a little shorter for this music season, but here’s a quick look at the fests you should check out — from Homegrown in Lisle to Chicago’s Lollapalooza.
The Arcada Theatre’s new summer lineup, House Music Saved My Life’s 10th anniversary, Underbelly Hours’ local showcase, and three ways you can help podcasters and musicians.
With the high-energy sound that’s a hallmark of The Mild West’s music, “Rendezvous” plays on the very human need for connection, a riff on something that’s been lacking for many of us over the last year.