The Premise I almost never make New Year’s resolutions but this one seemed like it would be fun and help me work on my TV addiction. Basically, it sums up as “see live music at least once a week”. Living in Chicago, there are enough venues and options that should make this doable. Heck, I […]Read more "My Year of Living Musically"
Why It Was Great: This show was Cheap Trick’s triumphant return home 2 days before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Over the years I’ve seen them at least 5 times (probably many more) at venues ranging from free shows at Chene Park in Detroit to a main stage gig at Riot […]Read more "5. Cheap Trick – Metro – April 1, 2016"
Why It Was Great: This is a show I took a flier on since it was on Jukely and turned into one of those unexpected gems. The crowd was almost all hard-core fans who knew every song. I didn’t know any but by the end of the night I was filling up my Spotify playlists […]Read more "4. Ike Reilly Assassination – Double Door – March 18, 2016"
Why It Was Great: I had seen these guys open for Frank Turner a few times and they killed every time. This was a chance to see them headlining a small venue with an enthusiastic crowd of their own supporters. And they killed. Again. Highlight: Musically the highlight was either Private School-if you don’t dance […]Read more "3. Arkells – Subterranean – November 12, 2016"
Why It Was Great: This was the last show of the now-extended-to-four-days Lollapalooza weekend. G, Chris and I (along with a few Chris’s friends) headed up early and got up pretty close. The weather was perfect and the crowd was anticipating something great and the band didn’t disappoint. Highlight: It’s tough to pick just one. […]Read more "2. LCD Soundsystem – Lollapalooza – July 31, 2016"
Why It Was Great: Frank. In a bar. Don’t need to say much more. It was a short set as Frank had just flown in from Latvia and this would be 1 of 4 shows he would play in 24 hours (I made it to 3) but the place was packed to the rafters with […]Read more "1. Frank Turner – Double Door – July 28, 2016"
Griffin tells me I should blog about the concerts I go to I don’t know if I have that much to say but thought I would at least publish my “Best of” list for 2016. Before I start listing my top shows, here’s my 2016 stats (mostly from memory): 56 bands 32 individual shows 2 music festivals Every […]Read more "First blog post"