Author: Phil Solomonson

Days before winning his 2020 GRAMMY award for Best Country Solo Performance for “Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson played a 70-minute concert in Ontario, California for Inland Empire fans.  Willie opened the show with “Whiskey River,” his 1973 hit single. Willie and the audience kicked off in unison, singing the lyrical plea, “Whiskey River take my mind.” From that opening verse on, the night was a huge celebration of his music and career as America’s larger-than-life, living country legend. The audience had a pure adoration for him. Framed within the stage’s backdrop of a Lone Star flag, his eight-piece…

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G. Love & Special Sauce kick off the new year on the road for a 40+ date Juice tour, his ninth studio recording of the same name released in January. Chicago fans were not disappointed, having braved the first snowstorm of the year for the cozy confines of Thalia Hall in Pilsen, Chicago. Worth suffering the elements, the audience was treated to a great preview of the new material as G. Love performed half of the new songs. Opening the show, G. Love started the set playing the first two songs solo, perched on a tall stool and armed only…

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Thursday, November 21st The Last Waltz 2019 Tour came to the landmark Chicago Theatre 43 years to the week of the original final farewell concert of The Band. The 1976 Winterland Ballroom concert and subsequent Scorsese film are hailed as one of the most celebrated music milestones that still lives on decades later. Forever, the soundtrack will be in the most respected ranks of great 20th-century rock music. The three-hour concert (plus a thirty-minute intermission) covered the classic songs played at the original performance. Featuring a stage backdrop and lighting loosely replicating the same 1976 stage craft with three overhead…

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The Oh Sees kicked off their Face Stabber tour with three sold-out nights at San Francisco’s Chapel with special guest Prettiest Eyes and LFZ. This is the fitting location as San Francisco was their former home base prior to L.A. Founder John Dwyer and sole original member of Oh Sees is the band’s visionary and the focus on stage. He thrashes his guitar and slams about the stage uncontrollably while musically keeping it together. He is intense, prolific, and like a hurricane. Coupled with duel drummers Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone, bassist Tim Hellman, and Tomas Dolas on Keys, this quintet delivers…

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