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Outlaw Music Festival Takes Over Tinley Park

To no surprise, Willie Nelson is on the road yet again. This time, however, he’s decided to bring a few friends along. Last Friday, the cultural icon stopped by Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park as part of his third annual Outlaw Music Festival tour. Despite featuring lineups which vary date to date, the fest’s eighth […]

The Who Receive Warm Welcome From Frozen Tinley Park Crowd

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By now, you’ve likely noticed a similar trend within most of my recent write-ups: a heavy emphasis on weather. For those who have (wisely) kept their distance from the Midwest, I can promise that it’s far from an exaggeration. Given the unpleasant conditions during The Who’s May 21st outdoor performance at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, it […]

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Exceed All Expectations In Milwaukee Debut

No two Dead concerts are ever the same. For many, they aren’t just concerts, but rather phases to a perennial mecca, eternally woven deep into the cultural fabric of America. For the better part of the last five decades, fans have religiously traveled coast to coast and everywhere in between to follow the California jam-band and the incarnations of its former members. […]

Interpol Returns To The Windy City: Live at Chicago Theatre

Following an exhilarating set at Riot Fest just five months earlier, post-punk revival icons, Interpol, did not hesitate to return to Chicago for seconds. On February 7th, fans of all ages braved bitter coldness, packing the iconic Chicago Theatre to the brim for a very special performance. Currently on tour supporting their latest 2018 LP, […]

CRB Thaws Chicago Crowd During Thalia Hall Residency

Failing to distinguish the highway lines through a small opening on my frozen windshield, I came to terms with the fact that I may not make it to my destination. While it may sound overdramatic, Chicago was in the wake of a historically treacherous polar vortex, with temperatures falling (well) below zero. To make matters […]