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Performance times have been announced for the 40-plus bands playing the second annual Chicago Open Air festival, July 14, 15 and 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago.

The Chicago Open Air music lineup leads off with a rare U.S. festival appearance from rock legends KISS (headlining Friday) as well as one of the first solo performances from Ozzy Osbourne (headlining Sunday) since the final Black Sabbath tour, where he will reunite with guitarist Zakk Wylde after a decade apart. Rock heavyweights Korn will headline Saturday. General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com and no service fee tickets are available at all Chicago-area Kuma’s Corner locations.

Chicago Open Air band performance times are as follows (subject to change). Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day.

Friday, July 14

Main Stage BlackCraft Stage
9:50 PM KISS 7:10 PM Meshuggah
8:20 PM Rob Zombie 5:30 PM The Dillinger Escape Plan
6:15 PM Megadeth 4:00 PM Vimic
4:40 PM Anthrax 2:50 PM Suicide Silence
3:20 PM Falling in Reverse 1:50 PM Whitechapel
2:20 PM Crobot 12:50 PM Code Orange
1:20 PM Hell or Highwater 11:50 AM Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15

Main Stage BlackCraft Stage
9:35 PM Korn 7:20 PM Clutch
8:05 PM Godsmack 5:40 PM Body Count
6:25 PM Seether 4:15 PM Mushroomhead
4:50 PM Steel Panther 3:00 PM Dragonforce
3:35 PM Avatar 2:00 PM Pig Destroyer
2:30 PM Metal Church 1:00 PM Black Map
1:30 PM Cane Hill 12:00 PM ReverbNation Battle Of The Bands Winner

Sunday, July 16

Main Stage BlackCraft Stage
8:25 PM Ozzy Osbourne 7:20 PM Slayer
6:25 PM Stone Sour 4:35 PM Behemoth
5:05 PM Lamb of God 3:10 PM KYNG
3:40 PM Amon Amarth 2:00 PM DevilDriver
2:30 PM Hellyeah 1:00 PM Norma Jean
1:30 PM Demon Hunter 12:05 PM Whores.
12:30 PM DED 11:15 AM Aversed

In addition, festival producers have announced an exclusive ReverbNation Battle of the Bands Contest, allowing one lucky unsigned act the chance to perform at Chicago Open Air. The submission period ends on Friday, June 30 at 11:59 PM CT. A winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday, July 5. For more details and to enter, please visit:
https://www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=18578&in_preview_mode=true&show_s1=true

Loudwire has also premiered the latest installment in Chicago Open Air’s “The Vikings Are Coming!” animated video series, which highlights Amon Amarth and the Vikings bringing all the great metal bands to Chicago. See the video here: https://www.facebook.com/LoudWire/videos/1820678767960714/

In addition to music, a number of special events, onsite attractions and festival partners make Chicago Open Air a must-attend destination. Here is a list of what attendees can expect.

Chicago Open Air Kickoff Dinner: Danny Wimmer Presents will be hosting the official Chicago Open Air Kickoff Dinner, held at Kuma’s Corner (2900 W. Belmont) on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. For $50, attendees will be treated to burgers, appetizers and beer, and will have the chance to hang out with host Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. A limited quantity of only 100 tickets will be available at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

Gourmet Man Food: Festival attendees can savor a variety of local and regional cuisine throughout the weekend including selections from Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Crème of the Crop, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky’s Donuts, Kuma’s Corner, Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish), and Yum Dum. Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors will include: Aporkalypse Now, Porkchop, The Big Cheesy, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Master of Patties, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza) and The Cheesies Truck.

Headbangers Bier Hall: Presented by Decibel Magazine, this unique metal themed dive bar is returning to Chicago Open Air. Headbangers Bier Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Revolution Brewing (Chicago – Fist City, Rev Pils), Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend.

Chicago Open Air will feature a variety of unique entertainment offerings to go along with its incredible music, food and beverage lineup, including the Monster Energy Experience (featuring signings with Chicago Open Air artists), the Jack Daniel's Experience, The Music Experience, Ellefson Coffee House, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden, Heavy Tiki Bar, Kuma’s Corner, BlackCraft apparel shop, FYE Fan Experience (hosting artist signings and pop-up performances with artists from participating record labels Roadrunner, Century Media / Another Century, Nuclear Blast / SharpTone Records, Spinefarm and Razor & Tie), Fxck Cancer and the Dyin 2 Live Dreams program, and Take Me Home animal rights advocacy foundation.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

Chicago Open Air sponsors include: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, FYE, Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home Animal Rescue, The Music Experience, Roadrunner Records, Century Media Records and more to be announced.

Website: www.ChicagoOpenAir.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chiopenair
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chiopenair
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chiopenair


About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. With 580,000 fans attending all DWP festivals in 2015, and 10 billion media impressions, DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, among others.
www.DannyWimmerPresents.com

About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

About Toyota Park: Toyota Park is located at 7000 South Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, IL. It’s the heart of soccer for much of the Midwest and a must-see destination for world-class concerts and other sporting events. Toyota Park is conveniently located in Bridgeview near I-294 and-I-55, within an easy drive from every corner of the Chicago area. Just 15 miles from Chicago's Loop, Toyota Park offers ample parking and is served by PACE buses and shuttle links with the nearby CTA Midway Orange Line station.
www.toyotapark.com

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 21:14

Robben Ford at SPACE

“If you would shut off your phones, you might enjoy it more……”

This is the day of the cell phone, and in being so, there really needs to be some type of etiquette applied from time to time. I have also been guilty of this myself. When you are watching someone perform ANYTHING, turn off your phone. And the guy on stage shouldn’t have to tell you that either. That happened. I messaged my friend mid set, too.

Okay, but what about Ford's recent show at SPACE in Evanston? Robben Ford is one monster guitar player and hasn’t lost a step. He has played with people ranging from Miles Davis to Kiss. His solo work is very Blues based. Before you even hear a solo, you’ll notice that Ford is also a solid rhythm player. His singing falls right in there, too. Robben is a very precise musician in terms of rhythm. It’s easy to see how he got a lot of the work he has through the years.

Guitar players tend to get judged on their soloing abilities. No problem there. Ford was stepping out on an early 50’s Gibson Les Paul Gold Top. He had his classic Dumble amplifier and tone for days. I know, it’s not the guitar. I know, it’s not the amp. It’s that solid phrasing and the respect for what he is playing. The effects he used were completely unnecessary. He could have easily plugged straight in.

Bassist Brian Allen did his fair share of soloing throughout the set. I would also say he didn’t overplay. Bass players who overplay lose their role from time to time. I didn’t hear that.

Wes Little finished off the trio on drums. Little is a powerhouse type of drummer. A heavy hitter, he also gets a great jazz vibe when needed. He stepped forward for a couple solos, one longer than the others that really showed his chops. I think it takes some seasoning to play like that, to be able to hit hard and yet just right. Even the loudest crashes were musical. Ford even sat behind his amp while Wes took his solo. He may have been in a safe place there.

With an amazing song repertoire that includes “Worried Life Blues”, “High Heels and Throwing Things”, “Can’t Let Her Go”, “When I Leave Here” and so many more, it was surreal at times watching this legend play in such an intimate setting. Ford included a songs from his latest release Into the Sun, which I recommend picking up.

Other than Robben Ford having to tell the people watching to shut off their phones, it was a great show. His calling out cell phone abusers was actually kind of funny, anyway. On second thought, using your phone during a performance might be more sad than anything. When you are watching a musician playing at the top of their game…right in front of you - Pay Attention!

 

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