Posts By: Carmel

Show Review: 3 Nights of Umphrey’s McGee in ChicagooOooOooOOoo

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Umphrey’s McGee threw a celebration for their triumphant return to the Riviera Theater from February 20th to the 22nd.  It had been a long wait since their last three night run of shows in Chicago and the build up was almost unbearable.  Needless to say, the creative energy was flowing all weekend and these concerts showcased some of… Read more »

Summer Camp 2014 Welcomes: Manic Focus

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Manic Focus is a producer that mixes original tracks laced with pure soul. This artist brings a melody to EDM that results in a sound that is not full frontal, but rather a gradual progression of synths, beats, and sassy samples. His soundscapes take you on a stimulating journey by intertwining genres; reinventing everything from… Read more »

Previewing The Summer Camp 2014 Late Night Shows in the Red Barn

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And now… your closing line up… for each night of Summer Camp Music Festival 2014… drum roll please… LIVE BANDS IN THE RED BARN!!!! Every year Summer Camp picks the best of the best for their Late Night Shows in the Red Barn, sometimes even mixing and matching heavy hitters from different bands to form… Read more »

Five Easy Ways to Prepare for Summer Camp 2014

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So the second round of artists has officially dropped and you couldn’t be more excited for for Summer Camp 2014, right?!?!  While it may be a bit early to start packing, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how you can start preparing TODAY!  With less than 100 days left until… Read more »

Show Review: Dopapod & Spread at The Cubby Bear in Chicago

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I spent last Saturday night at the Cubby Bear, located just across the street from Wrigley Field. This notorious Chicago bar was comfortably filled for Dopapod and Spread to play a long night of improvised music. Now this particular show came highly recommended by some of my most respectable friends in the jam scene. Plus… Read more »

Show Review: Keller Williams with More Than a Little in Chicago

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Keller Williams played two very different sets of music at the Park West in Chicago on Friday, January 17th. The first was a familiar, one man band version of the multifaceted performer, but for the second set Keller lead an extremely entertaining funk band that appropriately calls themselves More Than a Little. The first set… Read more »

Show Review: Umphrey’s McGee NYE in Denver

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Denver was a busy city on New Year’s Eve.  The String Cheese Incident was playing their 20th anniversary show just outside the city while Pretty Lights was headlining EDM extravaganza, Decadence in the heart of downtown.  Umphrey’s McGee, on the other hand, was wrapping up a four night New Year’s run at Fillmore Auditorium.  I… Read more »

My First Miracle

A long Chicago winter had finally concluded and warm breezes teased us as we hurried through the streets of Lincoln Park that Friday night.  Rico and I were on our way to see a funk band.  We stopped for dinner on the way so we were running a little late. By the time we arrived at the… Read more »