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There’s something magical about Ravinia. It’s a sprawling open-air venue with lush green lawn nestled amidst tall shady trees. As the sun goes down, dozens of candles flicker to life as the audience members settle into their blankets and lawn chairs to be serenaded by their favorite musical artists under…
A line up of multi-talented artists made their Ravinia debut this past Sunday for a night of music for the romantics, the lovers and even the unloved.  “Thank you for letting me break your hearts for a little while,” introduced us to Rachel Yamagata who took to the stage as…
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:00

Sharon Jones Steals Thunder at Wheels of Soul Tour

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Sunday’s show at Ravinia in Highland Park was a triple bill. First up was Doyle Bramhall II. Bramhall’s father is known for his association with Stevie Ray Vaughan. That said, his music is very much in the vein of Vaughan and Hendrix. His outfit was a hot four piece band…
“His Way – Sinatra’s Centennial Celebration” is really more of a tour de force of the unbelievably talented Ron Hawking. This recipient of the 2014 Chicago Music Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award has spent over a decade building and honing a repertoire of spot-on impressions of over a dozen of America’s…
"I was so much younger then - I'm younger than that now."  This is from the chorus of the opening song, "My Back Pages" by Bob Dylan. Those words were pretty much the theme of the evening during the solo performance by Roger McGuinn, the founder of The Byrds, at…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Elvis Sighting – At Starved Rock: Michael St. Angel

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You might not think of Starved Rock as a place to get your rock on, but last weekend the popular national park was jumpin’ to The King’s music during a three-day event that had premiere Elvis Presley impersonator Michael St. Angel belting out one classic after another. Often making the…
It’s been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV (“Styx:  The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live” DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel).  Now comes time for a brand new live event that’s set to premiere on AXS TV on…
Northshore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie was host to yet another spectacular Elvis Presley birthday celebration, The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular. This time celebrating birthday number 80, there was even a more special air around the theater. Fans filled the seats to capacity and sat back for a…
Slide guitarist Sonny Landreth and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar shared the same stage in a mostly duet performance. Sonny opened the show solo for four songs. He was then joined by Cindy Cashdollar. Mr. Landreth’s performance was not disappointing. His playing style is quite unique. He wears the slide on…
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