Saturday, May 23, 2015

Chicago's Windy City Lakeshake Fest to feature Florida Georgia Line

           Chicago's Windy City Lakeshake Fest to feature Florida Georgia Line

Chicago is getting its first major country music festival. Live Nation announced in a press release that the Windy City Lakeshake, a three-day, two-stage event, will take over the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island from June 19-21. Headliners will be superstars Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley.

Among the other singers already confirmed for the festival are Maddie and Tae, Ruthie Collins,
Clare DunnDavid Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, and Kip Moore. Many more acts will be revealed in the coming weeks as summer approaches.

Tickets for the event started to sale February 2 at 10 a.m. Three-day passes cost $199.50 plus service fees, while VIP packages are available for additional charges. Fans can find more information about ticketing at
Chicago previously had one-day country music festivals during the summer, but this will be the city's first multi-day, multi-stage event. Brian O’Connell, President of Country Touring at Live Nation, said in a statement, “Being a native Chicagoan, it has been a dream of mine to present a world class country music festival in my hometown. The backdrop of the beautiful skyline of Chicago, and the coolness of being right on the lake shore will enhance the incredible artists we have lined up for year one.”

Country music does have a strong fanbase in Chicago and the surrounding area, and Windy City Lakeshake organizers smartly put together a strong lineup of headliners that should bring large crowds to downtown. Florida Georgia Line are the hottest duo in country music, having scored seven straight Top-5 hits from their first two albums, Here's to the Good Times and Anything Goes.

Bentley, a Best Country Album Grammy nominee, has a dozen No. 1 hits to his credit, including his most recent smash, “Drunk on a Plane.” Paisley has been one of the most consistent performers in country music history since his arrival in 1999. The presence of artists like Monroe and Maddie and Tae, two of the genre's most promising female acts, provides optimism that the undercard will live up to the strong group of headliners.
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Joan Jett Opens Up for The Who Hits 50! Tour

 May 13, 2015
Venue:  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Artist: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Review and Photos by Anita Brodersen

Hall of Famer Joan Jett makes it back to the Windy City showcasing her Greatest Hits
“Rock and Roll is an idea and an ideal” said Jett giving her speech in April as she and her band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  What a year for this rock icon.  She and her band are now rolling around the U.S. with the legendary band The Who which simply means a perfect night of immense rock hits to fill an entire evening. 

As Joan Jett and the Blackhearts took stage it was just a punch one punch two of hit after hit.  She opened her set with her classic hit “Bad Reputation” then drove into songs like “Cherry Bomb”, “The French Song”, “Crimson and Clover”, and the Bruce Springsteen penned “Light of Day”. Joan also threw in one of her newer songs called” Make it Back” off her latest CD release called “Unvarnished”.  During her set there were photos of Jett displayed on the big screen behind the band showcasing her spanning career.
The crowd got on its feet when her biggest hit “I Love Rock and Roll” started and she ended the night with “I Hate Myself for Loving You”.

Check out The Who Hits 50! tour and see rock music at its finest.

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AMERICAN IDOL® returns this summer with its 14th consecutive American Idol Live! Tour.

                                              Photo credit: Lee Cherry

AMERICAN IDOL® returns this summer with its 14th consecutive
American Idol Live! Tour.
For the first time ever, enjoy an up close and personal evening spotlighting all Top 5 finalists from Season 14.
Special Guest Performances From Additional Season 14 IDOLS Confirmed.

 LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2015 - AMERICAN IDOL®, the most successful music competition show in television history, returns this summer with an unprecedented 14th consecutive national tour. The 37-show concert tour launches Tuesday, July 7 in Clearwater, FL, and stops in major cities, including New York, Chicago, Houston and Nashville before wrapping in Riverside, CA, on Friday, August 28th. Tickets are available now via

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Top Five IDOLS from Season 14. Entertainment Weekly said “Idol’s 14th season is pitch-perfect with finalists who truly command the stage.” Newly crowned winner Nick Fradiani along with Jax, Tyanna Jones, Rayvon Owen and Clark Beckham will showcase their individual artistry and talents in a never before “Storytellers” style show all set to a live band.

In addition, 19 Entertainment, Inc. has also confirmed that select IDOLS from Season 14 will join the tour in various cities as special guest performers. To kick things off, Top 10 favorite Joey Cook will join the tour for the first 6 nights in Clearwater, Sarasota, Melbourne, Orlando, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2015 Tour Dates:


    LOCATION                VENUE
7     Clearwater, FL     Ruth Eckerd Hall
8     Sarasota, FL     Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
9     Melbourne, FL     King Center for the Performing Arts
11     Orlando, FL     Hard Rock Live
12     Fort Myers, FL     Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
14     Fort Lauderdale, FL     Parker Playhouse
15     Jacksonville, FL     Florida Theatre
17     Nashville, TN     Ryman Auditorium
18     Louisville, KY     The Kentucky Center - Whitney Hall
19     Durham, NC     Durham Performing Arts Center
21     Richmond, VA     Carpenter Theater
22     Morristown, NJ     Mayo Performing Arts Center
24     Chautauqua, NY     Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
25     Bethlehem, PA     Sands Bethlehem Event Center
28     Worcester, MA     Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
29     Hampton Beach, NH     Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
30     Portland, ME     Maine State Pier
1     Atlantic City, NJ    

Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus
2     Red Bank, NJ     Count Basie Theatre
3     Providence, RI     Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS)
5     New York, NY     Beacon Theatre
7     Detroit, MI     MotorCity Casino Hotel
8     Chicago, IL     Chicago Theatre
9     Indianapolis, IN     Murat Theatre
10     St. Louis, MO     Peabody Opera House
12     Grand Prairie, TX     Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
13     Houston, TX     Bayou Music Center
14     San Antonio, TX     Majestic Theatre
16     Mesa, AZ     Mesa Arts Center
18     San Diego, CA     Humphrey's
20     Los Angeles, CA     Orpheum Theatre
21     Reno, NV     Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
22     Santa Rosa, CA     Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
23     San Francisco, CA     Warfield Theatre
25     Seattle, WA     McCaw Hall
27     Saratoga, CA     The Mountain Winery
28     Riverside, CA     Fox Performing Arts Center

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The Dollyrots with Bowling For Soup at The Bottom Lounge on June 23

The Dollyrots are a punk rock band but their CDs are very pop. Rah rah rah. Kelly is sugar sweet but mischievous and might sucker punch you if you're dumb enough to try her patience. Which she has a lot of, if she hasn't been visiting her friends Jack, Jim or Jameson. She likes to do girl things like grow plants and sew up her t-shirts and crochet and make strawberry cakes. But she also likes to play her basses til they are sprinkled with blood and drives soo fast she's not allowed behind the wheel. She likes to get carsick reading and writing postcards from the road. Her favorite guy is Quito, her dog, who you'll meet after the show if you come see the band on tour. She loves Irish punk rock, girl groups, and anything off the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. And she smells great.

Then there is Luis... Luis is mysterious. And very smart. He is one of those guys who you meet and think maybe you'd join his cult. I hear he has his own religion, based on the Sun God so it's not really a stretch. Ask him about it sometime; he'll tell you about freaking that room full of people out while rambling about western religion while on some weird head trip. He is also known to get feisty when he's hungry or afraid he's getting sick. It's really easy to get Luis to flinch, he's not crazy about people touching him. Maybe it's because he was abducted by ETs when he lived in Ecuador as a child. He likes good Brit punk, music of the early 90's because it's honest and don't forget Chuck Berry and Patsy Cline. On the road he likes to read parts of books he never finishes and stare out the window. He's good to talk to.

When The Dollyrots entered the studio in late 2013, the punk pair of Kelly Ogden [vocals, bass] and Luis Cabezas [guitar, vocals] brought someone else along for the ride. Ogden was actually pregnant with the couple’s first child River throughout the entire process, making it unlike any recording experience they enjoyed this past decade. As a result, they tapped into something very special for their fifth full-length album, the aptly titled Barefoot And Pregnant [Arrested Youth/Hunnypot Records].

“Well, our goal for 2013 was to make a new record and have a baby,” smiles the frontwoman. “We accomplished both. It’s straightforward punk rock. We didn’t overthink anything, and nobody was looking over our shoulders. The end result is an album that shows where Luis and I are at right now. It’s honest. The album literally grew as my belly grew.”

That said, a raw vitality courses through each of the tracks. With production by the band and John Fields [Jimmy Eat World, Miley Cyrus, Andrew WK], The Dollyrots’ signature spirit shines through in snappy guitar riffs, irresistible hooks, and punked-out percussion courtesy of none other than Stacy Jones. Despite bouts of morning sickness and exhaustion, Ogden would record vocals at home in a closet, capturing an intimacy like never before, while Cabezas took over the engineering duties himself.

“It’s a little rough around the edges in a good way,” he explains. “It’s playful, but it doesn’t sound too computerized or digital. It nods to our influences. We really made it sound as vinyl-y as it could.”
That organic power comes through on the title track and first single. Kicking into a fast beat, it quickly morphs into a sly and sharp anthem. The writing even happened as the duo drove home from a Pixies concert in Los Angeles.

“Kim from The Muffs was on bass, and I was not going to miss that,” laughs Ogden. “After seeing her kill it that night I was inspired to write a funny punk song about being pregnant. The phrase Barefoot And Pregnant has some negative connotations though. It makes you think of fifties housewives who had no option other than to stay home barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. We feel totally the opposite about pregnancy. It’s an F-U to the idea that when you have a kid your life is over and that’s all women are good for. We’re not afraid to flaunt parenthood and still rock.”
And rock they do. “First World Anarchist” emanates a riotous energy as it hilariously examines what Ogden refers to as “the only anarchy most people experience in the States and the UK”, i.e. breaking arcane societal rules like wearing white after Labor Day.

Simultaneously, the band financed the effort through PledgeMusic, receiving overwhelming support from their diehard fan base and keeping everyone updated on each step of the process. Not only did they meet their goal, but five percent of the excess profits will be donated to MusiCares.

“We knew the album couldn’t suck, because people had already pre-ordered it through Pledge before recording began,” Cabezas goes on. “The fans have become family. It’s a direct relationship that’s helped us as artists because we’re not responsible to anyone but them. Even though we weren’t on the road last year, by making an album this way we got closer to everyone who believes in us because we owed them a kick-ass record.”

They’ve built this incredible audience through tireless touring and recording. Forming in 2000 while still teenagers, they’ve become true punk stalwarts. They released their debut Eat My Heart Out in 2004 via Lookout Records followed by 2007′s Because I’m Awesome and 2010′s A Little Messed Up both for Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records. Then, the band dropped their self-titled fourth album on their very own Arrested Youth Records. Along the way, they played the Vans Warped Tour a staggering seven times and saw placements on CSI: NY, Easy A, Raising Hope, Disney’s Brave, Greek, and numerous other films and television shows.

At the end of the day, there’s a heartfelt message at the center of Barefoot And Pregnant. “The fans know everything we do so completely,” says Ogden. “I hope the music inspires them to do whatever they feel passionate about in life. I want them to feel empowered to be themselves because great things can happen when you allow yourself to follow your animal instincts.”

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Slipknot/Stone Sour Acoustic- Corey Taylor Live at The Bottom Lounge on July 11



Corey Taylor has got a lot to say, which is precisely why millions affectionately know him as “The Great Big Mouth.”
The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman never minces words either on record or on stage, and that’s what’s solidified him as one of hard rock’s most important singers. Corey’s words have helped carry Slipknot and Stone Sour to multi-platinum status, solidifying both bands as veritable pop culture presences. From Slipknot’s Grammy-winning “Before I Forget” to radio hits such as Stone Sour’s “Through Glass,” his voice and lyrics continue to resonate with fans worldwide. However, he’s only begun to truly say what’s on his mind.
Iowa stays in his heart. Born and raised in Des Moines, in many ways, Corey’s never left. He started Stone Sour at 19, and the band grew to become a local favorite. However, Sipknot soon came calling. Approached at his night job by the nine-man metal maelstrom, Corey joined Slipknot. Combining a cathartic, chaotic growl with an undeniable and unforgettable melodic sensibility, he created a sound that the world had never heard. Oscillating like a guillotine from guttural growls to infectiously invasive choruses, Corey instantly clicked with a generation on Slipknot’s now legendary 1999 self-titled debut. Songs like “(sic)” and “Surfacing” became anthems of disillusionment, while “Wait and Bleed” and “Purity” showed just how much range Corey has. The album swept hard rock by storm, quickly reaching platinum status and scaring the world into belief. Performing blistering sets on Tattoo the Earth 2000 and OZZfest 2001, Corey and Slipknot’s second record, Iowa, ripped through the Billboard Charts and reinforced the phenomenon.
For Corey, it’s about creating music that lasts and, of course, saying something. “Nobody is only one side,” he says. “Everybody is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. I don’t want to be that cardboard cutout rock star. I never have, and I never will. I want to be the guy who wants to have it all. I want to be David Bowie. I want to be Trent Reznor. Those are the people I aspire to be. At the end of the day, I merely want to be a great songwriter who has no fear when it comes to creating. The older I’ve gotten, the better my writing’s gotten. I take more risks, and I say more than I’ve ever said in the past.”
In 2002, he got to show the world more than just Slipknot, resurrecting Stone Sour with the band’s self-titled debut. A worldwide tour followed and “Bother” became a bona fide crossover hit appearing on the Spiderman soundtrack and lighting up radio charts. The album brought listeners closer to Corey. “Stone Sour was there before Slipknot,” he continues. “I got a chance to really show another side of myself with songs like ‘Bother.’ I wrote that on an acoustic guitar years before, and I never lost sight of those roots.”

The nine-headed metallic hydra returned with its most critically acclaimed album, the Rick Rubin-produced Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. The record’s third single, “Before I Forget” led to Slipknot’s first Grammy. Then came Stone Sour’s sophomore album, Come What(ever) May in 2006. The world got to experience just how diverse of a songwriter Corey was on the likes of radio hits, “Through Glass” and “Sillyworld.” His lyrics went deeper than ever, covering everything from relationship struggles to political disarray in poetic fashion. He explains, “The older you get, the more you feel like you understand yourself—you know your limits, you know your boundaries and you know how far you can take it. The darkness comes when you realize there are so many lines you can cross. That’s really what it comes down to. The more you know yourself, the more you can go there. I think that’s why it’s gotten easier for me to do that.”
It became even easier for Corey to be honest on Slipknot’s fourth masterpiece, All Hope Is Gone in 2008. The record debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band launched a worldwide tour that saw them headline Europe’s most revered festival, Download, play Madison Square Garden and end on Halloween with Fangoria and Sipknot’s partnership, “Trinity of Terrors.” All Hope is Gone is a landmark record for the singer. Fourth single, “Snuff,” was Slipknot’s fastest top five debut, and the music video paired Taylor with legendary A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell, bridging the gap between Taylor’s love of classic films and music. Plus, the Fangoria connection brought things full circle for the lifetime horror fan. “I’m such a horror geek, comic geek and action figure geek. I’m inspired by so much—from Hunter S. Thompson and Quentin Tarantino to The Dark Knight and Halloween. Just show me something that doesn’t suck, and I’m happy,” he laughs.
He once again ventured into new territory with Stone Sour’s third offering, Audio Secrecy, when it hit shelves in September 2010.Propelled by hit single “Say You’ll Haunt Me,” Audio Secrecy saw Corey open up like never before. In addition, he’s jammed live with everyone from Korn and Slash to Alice in Chains and Travis Barker. It’s all been a part of the Corey Taylor legacy, which continues to grow as he works on solo music and Stone Sour. He concludes, “If I choke myself off, I’m not going to be able to live and breathe this. I can’t just be the angry guy in Slipknot or the dark guy in Stone Sour. People have to hear the other music as well because it’s a big part of the story.”
They will, and they won’t forget it. Corey’s also prepping his literary debut, Seven Deadly Sins, a personal, poignant, and twisted take on what it means to sin. “I’d been threatening to write a book for a long time, and I just went for it,” he declares. “I think people are going to be really surprised, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.” The book, due out July 2011 via Da Capo Press, effectively guts the idea of “Sin”. In this insightful often hilarious tome, Corey dissects why classic “transgressions” aren’t really sins at all but human characteristics. He calls for a dogmatic restructuring, showing us what the real sins are in the process. His prose moves at light speed, debunking myths and proposing another way of thought with a philosophical sensitivity and a razor sharp wit.
The book is just another piece of the Corey Taylor enigma. He sat behind the board, producing Walls of Jericho’s 2008 EP, Redemption, and he’s written with both Halestorm and Rev Theory. He even hosted the 2009 and 2010 Kerrang Awards alongside Anthrax’s Scott Ian. His interests also continue to stretch far beyond music. “I’ve been a Colts diehard since I was a kid, and I’ll also never stop watching WWE wrestling,” he laughs. “I also can’t stop devouring history books—whether they’re about WWII or the Italian Renaissance, everything is an influence. You have to take from every source that you can. It’s the only way to really make relevant and real art.”
Corey leaves off, “I came from Des Moines, and I get to live a dream that I never would’ve imagined. As an artist, a friend, a father and a songwriter, I’ll never stop challenging myself. You can be whatever you want. I’m living proof. Just the fact that I have a career should tell you that anything is possible.”
Thankfully, he’ll never run out of things to say. – Rick Florino
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Miranda Lambert coming to Chicago with Kenny Chesney on June 6th. At Soldier Field

NEW YORK (AP) — Country Living's choice for the first person ever to be on the cover of the magazine is apropos: Miranda Lambert.
The country superstar is featured on the cover of the June issue and also is the guest editor for the publication.
The home and lifestyle magazine says it has never featured a person on its cover in its 36-year history. The issue explores how country music influences country style.
Lambert also talks about her husband Blake Shelton's green thumb; he plans to plant tomatoes and strawberries, and they plan to make jam.
Country Living is the latest publication that normally eschews celebrities to put one on its cover; Cooking Light had Michelle Obama as its face earlier this year.
The issue hits newsstands later this month.
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Kenny Chesney's Bus Reaches One Million Miles coming to Chicago June 6

Kenny was a scrappy East Tennessee kid who wasn’t afraid to chase a dream. Along the way, the songwriter/entertainer covered a lot of ground – from county fairs and beer joints to multiple nights in NFL Stadiums. Rolling out of St Louis, Mo. to Des Moines, Iowa, Kenny saw his original tour bus roll over 1,000,000 miles.

“Talk about heavy,” he laughed. “We were on Interstate 64 headed west, just passing exit 24 – and all those zeros just rolled over. It was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it – and the bank had no business lending me the money ‘cause all I owned was a little pickup and my guitar. But I knew if I

owned my bus, we could keep doing this, keep bringing the music to the people!”
The white Silver Eagle is the subject of “If This Bus Could Talk” on The Big Revival.
“I always thought it was important, no matter what happened, to keep Moby on the road. He’s seen it all – and it reminds me and the guys who’ve been here from the beginning where we came from. Right now some of the No Shoes Radio folks and the tech people are riding it, but we park it right up front... and everybody who walks by just smiles.”

Scoring four CMT Video Music Awards nominations for Video, Male, Collaboration, CMT Performance, and with three more stops on The Big Revival Tour this weekend alone, there’s plenty of highway in front of Kenny – and Moby. And that’s just the way they like it.
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 Kenny with With Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice & Old Dominion
5:00 PM
Sat Jun 06, 2015

Soldier Field

Chicago, Illinois
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