Archives for the month of: October, 2015

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Festivals are my absolute favorite way to go a spend a weekend or day with my friends, eat good food, and listen to awesome music. The Chipotle festival in 2013 was in downtown Chicago and was free! The food was awesome, and the music was even better! First up was The Mowglis and they killed it, later on was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., he’s not one of my favorites, but standing in the crowd next to us was one of the guitarists from The Mowglis! He was so nice and really laid back. Then, what everyone was waiting for was Walk The Moon. They put on an amazing show and everyone was into it!

Since the stage was pretty small it was an awesome show with a personal feel. Definitely one of the best small festivals that’s been to Chicago! I’m still waiting for the festival to come back, it’s 3 different locations every year. One of the really cool things about this festival is that it’s not only for music lovers, but for foodies as well. They have world class chefs come in and do demonstrations for an hour and entertain. It’s really a neat idea for a festival!

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Once I started appreciating rock and roll, and also blues, I became more interested in The Black Keys. Dan Auerbach may not be as good as Hendrix, but the “funk” or beat of their music is unbelievable. I have not yet been able to see The Keys live yet, but next time they come to Chicago I’ll be there. From what I’ve watched on YouTube, their concerts are crazy and full of energy which is what I love so much about festivals and concerts.

Their two best albums by far are El Camino and Brothers. Their newest album, Turn Blue, has not impressed me. Their sound changed from dirty blues rock to sounding more commercialized or pop. It’s understood though that bands and artists go through phases in different times of their life which you also need to consider. Although, when I watched the interview or jam session with him and Matt Sweeney, one of Rick Rubin’s guys, he shows Matt all these awesome blues riffs and really showed his skills at guitar.

One thing that made me like Dan even more was when he talked about old guitars having soul and have a story behind it. Every guitar has an owner and a story to go along with it which is exactly right. When you look at his guitars, they look used and abused, but that just shows how much time he puts into playing and living his passion through music.

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During my time at Lollapalooza Chicago 2015, Paul McCartney was definitely the star of the whole weekend. The crowd went on for what seemed to be for miles. He played some of his solo songs, and also some Beatles songs. He finished it off with Hey Jude, but came back out for a finale which, to name a few, consisted of Helter Skelter and Get Back featuring Alabama Shake’s Brittany Howard. Sir Paul made July 31st a night that I would not forget!

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