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Kamasi Washington Joins Herbie Hancock During Impeccable Hometown Performance

The date was February 5, 1952. An 11-year-old pianist by the name of Herbert Jeffrey Hancock anxiously awaited taking stage at the Chicago Symphony Hall to perform the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 26 in D major, K. 537. This performance single handedly pushed the young musician to further expand his curiosity in […]

Photo Recap: John Mayer at Fiserv Forum

On August 6th, 2019, legendary singer/songwriter John Mayer graced the stage at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum for nothing short of an electrifying evening of music. While the full written review of Mayer’s performance is coming soon, feel free to enjoy a visual recap below. Tickets and additional information for John Mayer’s 2019 World Tour can be […]

Santana Celebrates Woodstock, ‘Supernatural’, & Life During Tinley Park Concert

It was August 16th, 1969. A wild-haired, 23 year-old guitarist by the name of Carlos Santana peered out into the horizon at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. At his feet stood an infinite sea of individuals – all of whom made a special pilgrimage to celebrate three full days of peace […]

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 […]