Category Archives: Concert Review

Paul McDonald at Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe

Paul McDonald Music City Roots

I have only watched American Idol a handful of times.  While I have never become hooked onto it, I did find an artist in Season 8 that I really liked, Paul McDonald.  He’s a real cool dude with a raspy voice and a folk-rock, bluesy style of song.  While I loved his covers of Maggie May and Folsom Prison Blues on Idol, I believe that McDonald has enough talent and ability to captivate audiences on his own merit.

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The Joy Formidable at JBTV Studios

JBTV Joy Formidable

One of the things I love about living in the Chicago area is the many music venues the city offers and the allure they give for bands to come visit. Continue reading →

Fitz & the Tantrums w/ Walk the Moon @ the Metro 11/22

I’m not usually one to be front and center at concerts, but at the Fitz & the Tantrums with Walk the Moon concert I found myself exactly there.  Not that I don’t love to be fully engulfed by the experience (trust me, I do), but I’m more of an observer, in that I like seeing how concerts affect everyone else.  However, after my front row experiment, I’m now adding another Do to my Concert DOS and DON’Ts and that is to mix up where you stand. Continue reading →

The Civil Wars w/ Milo Greene @ the Vic Nov. 6

I had some pretty high expectations for the Civil Wars show at the Vic.  First off, the Vic only shows really well-deserving artists.  You could even get this sense from the music they played before and after each set.  In fact, I wish they had the song and artist playing displayed somewhere.  So, I was expecting only the best.  I wasn’t expecting, however, for there to be two incredible acts that still have me thinking back to their performances, but that’s exactly what happened.

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Andrew Belle @ the Apple Store Nov. 3

With my birthday coming the following week, I was almost ecstatic when I found out during the last week of October that Andrew Belle was performing on November 3rd at the Apple Store. Continue reading →

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