Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Starring Wiz Khalifa and Jezzy
Featuring DJ Drama, Rich Homie Quan, Mack Wilds, Ty Dolla $ign, Iamsu!, and Sage the Gemini.

For the third year in a row, Wiz Khalifa and the Under the Influence of Music Tour is lighting up stages across the country.
On August 5 in Tinley Park, Illinois at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre we all felt Under the Influence.

DJ Drama did this thing and kept the entire Amphitheatre turned up in between each show and the crowd was loving it.
Rapping, dancing, drinking and smoking many things were the theme of the night.
Each artist coming to the stage brought their own style and swag, turning the place up one after another.

Oh, but Jeezy and Wiz, what can I say, that’s who most people came to see.

Jay Wayne Jenkins, stage name JEEZY lit up the stage with a full performance including amazing moves, lights and smoke.

The huge Letters J E Z Z Y on the staged teased the crowd while DJ Drama pumped the place up and then brought out the artist.
Jeezy is one of the more successful artists to come out of Atlanta in the last decade and on August 5th we were reminded why.
Performing “Lose my Mind”, “Go Crazy”, “Who Dat”, “Get Ya Mind right” and “My Nigga” are just some that kept the place on fire.

Then it was back to DJ Drama, commanding the attention of everyone, tip up your cup, light up whatever your smoking, put your hands in the air………..the main
event.  Lights went out, fireworks on the main screen above the stage, his back to the crowd, wearing a black jacket with the words” “FUCK OFF” in white, a striped shirt
Featuring Pink Panther, skinny jeans and Nike’s and holding a gold microphone, Khalifa took the stage.  Smoking his own, he invited everyone there to light up with him and busted out “Roll Up” and “Work hard, Play Hard”.   One hit after another, smoke filled the air, Khalifa had the whole place turned up and we were all Under the Influence of something.

This concert rocked!!

Even though it was a Tuesday night, that didn’t stop fans from coming out, living it up, and being entertained by some of the best artists in the world.
If you missed it, betta get your tickets now, Under the Influence of Music Tour 2014 will be hard to beat.

Special thanks to Live Nation for the media access.

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UniverSoul Circus Returns to Chicago -- Tickets on sale now

UniverSoul Circus promises more fun-filled high-energy, distinctive artistry
and audience interaction under the big top
UniverSoul Circus is a Global Experience with Amazing Acts from China, Ethiopia, Chile, Colombia, Poland, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa

In 2014, UniverSoul Circus celebrates a major milestone – 20 unforgettable years of its unique brand of family friendly entertainment featuring a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts never before witnessed under the big top.  Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus redefined center ring with an amazing combination of fun-filled high-energy, distinctive artistry, and audience interaction. With its eye on future generations, UniverSoul Circus surges forward by presenting a breathtaking spectacle of performances on a global scale.
UniverSoul Circus returns to Chicago Wednesday, September 24 thru Sunday, October 19, in Washington Park.  

Tickets, starting as low as $17, are on sale now via or 1-800-345-7000.
“Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus started as a dream,” said CEO and Founder Cedric Walker. “From a single market in 1994, to amassing a worldwide following of millions, our steady growth, popularity and critical acclaim have exceeded my wildest expectations.  My dream of producing a singular entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy has turned into a reality, ten-fold,” Walker added.
Circus goers in Chicagoland will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. As has become customary throughout its 20 year history, UniverSoul Circus has virtually circled the globe to find the best and most unique talent to showcase under the big top.
Visual presentation of UniverSoul Circus Acts 2014
High resolution photos of UniverSoul Circus 2014
Official B-Roll video of UniverSoul Circus 2014
WHAT: UniverSoul Circus plays Chicago, IL
WHEN: Wednesday, September 24 thru Sunday, October 19, 2014
WHERE:  Washington Park -- 5531 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
TICKETS:  Tickets, starting at $17, are available now at and
1-800-745-3000. Children under 1 are FREE.
Visit for more info, show times, and schedules.  Also follow us on  and
About UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top three circuses in America along with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey and Cirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has garnered it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded 20 years ago in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

12 Reasons Lollapalooza 2014 was Unforgettable

by Sommer Thornton

Photo by Nick Simonite

I’m just coming down from Lollapalooza 2014. As one of the most popular music festivals in the country, Perry Ferrell’s progeny bears big expectations. Forget what critics say about the crowds being too big, or there being too many rap acts-blah blah. There’re haters who’ve forgotten the novelty of Lolla. Lollapalooza is a festival in the heart of downtown with 8 stages, over 100 acts, and incredible acoustics. Fans get an awesome show from their favorite artists and perhaps enjoy artists they may not hear otherwise.

This is my 5th year covering Lollapalooza’s VIP experience. Thanks to Toyota, I was hooked up with Lolla Lounge perks. Call me biased, but the amazing performances and the VIP perks made this year epic. 

12 Reasons Lollapalooza 2014 was Unforgettable

#12. Friday I was able to watch Lorde, AFI, Blood Orange, and Arctic Monkey and not miss Rihanna at the Eminem Show! 

Photo by Jack Edinger

#11. Awesome after parties all over Chicago. 

Lollapalooza brings out celebrities and artists that aren’t even on the bill. Some just come for the shows, some pop up on stage, others rock after-parties in some of Chi-town’s hottest lolla venues. The Hard Rock Hotel hosted The Sound of Your Stay, a lolla getaway with special lounge and game  areas, an open bar, and a DJ sets from DJ White Shadow, Joe Jonas, GroupLove, and Mia Moretti. 

Band members from Fitz & the Tantrums, Cage the Elephant, Blood Orange, Phantogram and Young the Giant stopped by the Sound of Your Stay, and mingled with press, fans, and sponsors over drinks and banging beats.

The Sound of Your Stay also brought night parties with performances from Lykke Li, Smallpools, Betty Who, and Delta Rae. Other after-parties around the city had performances and appearances from the Glitch Mob, Nelly, Sam Ronson, Nas, Iggy Azelea, Skrillex, and Gramatik. 

Photo by Jack Edinger

#10. Eminem

Eminem brought the heat on night one of Lollapalooza giving fans an electrifying set and a glimpse of his upcoming Monster tour with Rihanna. Rihanna made a surprise appearance and the crowd went crazy. She sang three songs with Eminem who gave fans old and new hits from his new album “The Marshall Mathers LP2. 

#9. The Perry Tent was a non-stop EDM-trip-hop rave! 

Z-Trip, Flosstradamus, Glitch Mob, Zedd, and Joachim Garraud rocked the stage with thrilling light shows. It attracted hundreds just wanting to juke it out.  

#8. Skrillex , Z-Trip, Calvin Harris really need no description, but since their mainstream success, let’s just say their live shows are bananas!

Check out the complete set from Skrillex from Lollapallooza 2014 courtesy of Redbull!

#7. Easy Living in the Lolla Lounges  

Citi partnered with local restaurants to give concert goers a one-of-a-kind VIP experience. 

A special area adjacent to the stage was cornered off and multiple food and drink vendors were set up in a lounge area complete with cabanas, a huge yard, and unlimited food and liquor.  Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Dobel Tequila, Bacardi Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Ruffino Procescco all had open bars. The Lolla Lounge even offered mini spa treatments from Kiehl’s Salon. 

While it was hard to take photos of the stage from the cabanas, it was great watching the show from shaded seating raised above the crowd. Did I mention the Lolla Lounge also had air conditioned bathrooms?

Photo by Jack Edinger
#6. Nas, Chance the Rapper w/ R. Kelly, Childish Gambino – Screw what people say about rap acts at Lollapalooza. Nas gave the crowd hits from Illimatic to Nastradamus. Childish Gambino hit the stage hard and gave a rap-star worthy showcase of his emo hip-hop hits. 
Chance the Rapper closed out the Perry Tent on Sunday with an R&B infused rap show. Chance even surprised fans with the Piper himself, R. Kelly who sang Bump & Grind & Ignition- what!!! Chi-town was proud. 

Check out the electrifying full set from Childish Gambino at Lollapalooza 2014 courtesy of Redbull TV! 

Check out the full set from Chance the Rapper at Lollapalooza 2014!

#5. Shuttles!! Big thanks to Toyota and Citi! The Lolla Lounge had VIP shuttles that took concert goers to the other side of the festival in two minutes. The golf cart shuttles were always available and took a secluded route outside the grounds, on the sidewalk along Lake Shore Drive. 

That made it really easy to get across Grant Park to see a concert going on at the same time. I was able to catch Trombone Shorty on the Bud Light stage, and then catch Cage the Elephant on the Samsung Galaxy Stage. 

#4. Toyota Presents, Soundwave with SpinMedia. A tent was set up for SpinMedia bloggers to interview lolla performers and up-and-coming artists.  Fans got up close and personal with musicians and also got to peep the new Toyota Corolla and Yaris. Vic Mensa, Killer Mike, and Royal Blood are just a few acts that stopped by and performed. 

#3. I became a new fan of Phantogram, Rebelution, Chromeo, Fitz & the Tantrums, Royal Blood, and Blood Orange because of their eccentric live shows. These bands are bubbling commercially, some are more underground, but Lolla fans showed them crazy love, packing their shows. 

Check out the full set from Phantogram!  

Check out some of the set from Fitz & the Tantrums! 

#2. Kings of Leon, Avett Brothers, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People and AFI killed their shows, and had a blast on stage. Fans showed mad love for these headliners, and the artists reciprocated the love by playing amazing sets. 

Check out the full set from Cage the Elephant!  

Check out the live set from the Avett Brothers  at Lollapalooza 2014! 

Check out the full set from Kings of Leon at Lollapalooza 2014 courtesy of @KOLfanpage! 

#1. Outkast

Photo by Will Rice
I’m a huge Outkast fan, so my expectations were high. There was a moment during their concert Saturday, where I had to soak in what I was experiencing: the backup singers donned in black leather and big curly afros belting out hooks and doing the hustle; Andre 3000, who has been sorta absent from the music scene for a few years, singing dressed in a black jumpsuit and blond wig (that’s old Andre like we like him) ; and Big Boi two-stepping with Sleepy Brown;  and I thought, “this isn’t real”, “they can’t be performing all this live,” “This sounds too damn good!”

Photo by Will Rice
This was one of the best Outkast performances I’ve seen, heard of, experienced, anything. The acoustics were on point, the rapping was precise, and the two front men were kicking it on stage as if they’d never left. Outkast did all the best songs from their 6 albums from “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” to “She Lives in My Lap”, even hits from their side projects like “Cryptonite” and “Players Anthem” with UGK. The best part was that the group took fans on a journey from boogying, to hip hop consciousness, to the land of aquemini, then to funky stankonia, down to the love below, with a speakerboxxx party in between.     

Check out the best performance from Outkast you’ll ever see! 
Part 1

Part 2

Honorable Mention 

Malia Obama – She didn’t perform, but the fact that the President’s 16-year-old daughter hung out at Lolla and most people didn’t care lets you know this was one of the coolest festivals in the world.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

David Bowie Is

September 23, 2014–January 4, 2015
David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. More than 400 objects from the David Bowie Archive, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades, are brought together for the first time.
Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theater, and contemporary culture, and the exhibition subsequently focuses on his creative processes, shifting style, and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film. Multimedia installations incorporating advanced sound technology produced by Sennheiser, original animations, continuous audio accompaniment, and video installations immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Bowie’s artistic life. David Bowie Is was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and has embarked on an international tour with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as the only US venue.
Organized chronologically, David Bowie Is traces the artist’s evolution from his years as a teenager in the 1950s to the early 2000s when he retired from touring. Before the surprise release of the 2013 album The Next Day, Bowie had not released an album since Reality in 2003. On display are more than sixty stage costumes including the Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972), designed by Freddie Burretti; Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973); and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the Earthling album cover (1997). Bowie’s many personae are amply documented through photography, graphic designs, models of concert sets, visual excerpts from films, and live performances, including his starring role in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and his appearance on Saturday Night Live (1979), as well as music videos for songs such as “Boys Keep Swinging” (1979) and “Let’s Dance” (1983). Alongside such prominent examples are more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores, and diary entries, which help reveal the evolution of his creative ideas. His chameleonic character transformations throughout the years are central to his contribution to contemporary culture and highly relevant to contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman, Wu Tsang, Janelle Monae, and Lady Gaga.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue edited by Victoria and Albert Museum curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, which includes contributions from leading experts in musicology and cultural history and benefits from its reliance on and full access to the David Bowie Archive.
This exhibition is overseen in Chicago by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Ticket Information

Tickets on sale now!
Individual tickets are $25 for adults and teens, $10 children (age 7–12), and free for children 6 and under.
Price includes museum admission.
Admission to the museum without David Bowie Is access is $7 (free for children 6 and under).
For all ticket questions call the Bowie Hotline at 312.397.4068

Also happening that same day.

Sat, Sep 20, 2014
6:30 pm

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago invites you to artEdge 2014, celebrating the opening of the exhibition David Bowie Is. This exclusive event offers a first access preview of the exhibition and an incredible dinner, followed by a special concert featuring acclaimed musician Bryan Ferry. Proceeds from artEdge will support MCA exhibitions, performances, and education programming.
This event is expected to sell out. Reserve your table today.
artEdge Cochairs:
Nancy Crown
Caryn Harris
Liz Lefkofsky
Cari Sacks


Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Lead support for the Chicago presentation of the exhibition is provided by Kenneth and Anne Griffin, Andrea and Jim Gordon, Margot and George Greig, Cari and Michael Sacks, and Helen and Sam Zell.
Major support is provided by Signature Group Holdings, Inc./Helen and Sam Zell.
Additional generous support is provided by Robert and Sheryl Bellick.
Presented by Louis Vuitton.

Thompson Chicago is MCA Chicago’s Exclusive Hotel Partner.
Sound experience by Sennheiser.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mikey Wax's show at Evanston's SPACE Tuesday, September 9th


Pop/rock artist Mikey Wax's show at Evanston's SPACE Tuesday, September 9th, supporting artist Brendan James. Mikey's label debut album just released on Toucan Cove/Universal Music, and has been building solid momentum. The first single "You Lift Me Up" just passed 3 million Spotify streams, and has hit the Billboard top 100 radio airplay chart. It is receiving airplay on stations around the country, and is about to begin receiving spins on SiriusXM's The Pulse starting next week.  Additionally, Mikey will be American Airlines featured "Artist Of The Month" this October, where his music will reach over one million unique listeners on all flights.
In the TV/film world, Mikey has an upcoming song feature in the ABC Family show Switched At Birth. He also just wrote & performed the end-title track for the upcoming motion picture The Road Within starring Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan & Zoe Kravitz.  Prior to being signed, Mikey's music had been featured on So You Think You Can Dance, the NBC Olympics, Dance Moms, & Pretty Little Liars, among others. He also has performed over 200 house concerts in his fans homes nation-wide, & now hosts 100,000+ social media fans.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Moving Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Berwyn Proska Park, August 7-11, 2014
The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
and has been touring the country for almost thirty years.

This weekend the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be in Berwyn, IL, at Proska Park from August 7-11, 2014.  Berwyn is located just outside of Chicago with a simple commute by train (Blue Line or Pink Line), and bus (CTA or Pace). The City of Berwyn with Mayor Robert J. Lovero, and the Combined Veterans of Berywn, American Legion 256, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2378, Italian American War Veterans Post 1, Cicero Berwyn Vietnow, Welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts

More info at Berwyn's Moving Wall Facebook

About | Schedule | Directions

In remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 30th Anniversary of The Moving Wall Berwyn Park District and surrounding communities, are paying tribute to the Fallen Soldiers and surviving veterans of the Vietnam War and all VETERANS.

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” ~President Harry S. Truman
Photo highlights from the ceremony on August 7, 2014.

About The Moving Wall
"The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for almost thirty years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of "The Wall." He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

A Sponsor is any organization or group of individuals that wants The Moving Wall to visit their area and is willing to do the work to make the local arrangements as described in "Scheduling a Visit of The Moving Wall." Sponsors are frequently civic groups, schools, or veterans' organizations. Sponsoring normally requires months of planning by dozens of local volunteers. More can also be found at The Moving Wall Wikipedia and The Moving Wall official website.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Katy Perry Teamed Up with Staples for "Make Roar Happen" in Support of Teachers

Katy Perry will be in Chicago at the United Center on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8

As the presenting sponsor for the North American leg of Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, Staples and global pop music superstar Katy Perry have teamed up to “Make Roar Happen” in support of teachers, parents and students throughout the country during later summer’s back-to-school season. Staples has a proud history of supporting education in America through its teachers and students, and it is continuing its commitment by today announcing that it is donating $1 million to, an organization which funds U.S. classroom programs in local communities across the U.S. Additionally, Customers are invited to join the effort by donating $1 to at their local Staples store. The proceeds will benefit a teacher’s project within their local market.

Staples and Katy are also joining forces in the following ways:
·         Customers who spend $10 or more at their local Staples store will receive a unique code to enter online at for a chance to win two tickets to a concert on the North American leg of Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour.

·         Beginning June 25, Staples is conducting a national sweepstakes where students can create and upload a video to ‘Roaring’ about their educational goals, inspirational teachers, and/or how education has positively impacted their lives. The winners of the sweepstakes will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry and attend her performance at Staples Center on September 19.
o   To enter the sweepstakes, students can upload videos at Entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM ET on September 3. Students are also encouraged to share their videos on their social channels using the hashtag #MakeRoarHappen.
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