Sometimes wishes do come true 

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I got tickets to see Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats and Kings of Leon play together at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park on August 12. Wishes do come true! Two of my favorite bands playing at the same venue 🤘🤓

The last two times I bought tickets to see KOL, the shows were cancelled. Please, if there is a God, don’t let them cancel the kick-off show of their new tour! 

I think of the time I saw Nathaniel Rateliff at Chicago Theatre and was shocked by how close my seats turned out to be. It’s not the 4 th row, but 28th row is still pretty darn good! 

August can’t get here fast enough, I have so many concerts I am looking forward to seeing! Not to mention Lollapalooza! It’s hard to contain the excitement 😀

Young The Giant: Home of the Strange Tour

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I went to see Young The Giant featuring Ra Ra Riot as their opening act at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

The vibe was great, for the most part. My only frustration was the two girls standing next to me, speaking so loudly, you could hear them over the music and the crowd. How Rude?! I mean, at least go stand in the back or STFU so everyone around you can at least enjoy the show. Other than that, nothing but your typical concert annoyances ;P

Ra Ra Riot were fun and energetic! I didn’t realize how many instruments made up their band. Their cello player had a hollow cello – like it was only the outline, how f-ing cool is that? During their second-to-last song, Young The Giant surprised band and the crowd by joining the stage, oh and there was a kitty!

Young the Giant’s performance melted my face off. I was on Cloud 9, rocking out, dancing, singing along, and had a great night – and so did YTG! Their final show of the Home of the Strange tour. They had 2 encore sets, that had the entire crowd jumping! I think my favorite moment was the surprise Champagne and Remix to Ignition. Second-most-favorite moment was I Got. I loved that they played a few good songs from their first album.

Check out a few snaps from last night’s show

Lolla 2015

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Now that the hype for Lollapalooza has somewhat died down, I feel like now I can actually discuss it without someone scoffing about the headliners. Haters gonna hate. Every year I hear people bash the lineup of Lolla and I will admit that I have been one of those people. And its usually because I am jealous that the person boasting about the lineup had gotten tickets to Lolla. The tickets sell out so fast! I couldn’t get 3-day passes, so I opted for 2 single-day passes instead.

Paul McCartney! whaaAAAAT? I believe this may be Lolla’s greatest performance yet. And then to close out the festival with my favorite band, Florence + the Machine?! OK, Lollapalooza, you win. Take my money. Then add Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Gary Clark Jr, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Marina & The Diamonds, Of Monsters and Men, TV On The Radio makes it even more worth my while.

I am also looking forward to some up-and-coming artists like George Ezra, Misterwives, Shakey Graves, FKA Twigs, Father John Misty, and Tove Lo.

I can’t wait to write about my fav performances later this summer! Stay tuned…

Greatful Dead to Play at Soldier Field

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Yep, that’s right, Greatful Dead are coming together for one last reunion. A three-day series of shows in Chicago! Unfortunately, Jerry Garcia will not be returning from the dead, but I’m sure he will be with the Dead in spirit 😉

Filling in is Phish’s front-man, Trey Anastasio, and Bruce Hornsby will be playing keys.

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Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Tour at United Center, Chicago

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The entire show was an experience to remember! The dress code was formal/costume. There were a lot of masquerade-type costumes, some really out there costumes, and others just dressed to impress. Even the band was dressed up!

Prior to the show we were treated to the musical stylings of DEVO and digital composer between sets. As we were patiently awaiting the band to take stage, we took notice of all the mirrors on the ceiling and giant balloon drop. I also noticed cannons for confetti! I knew it would be a good show! Arcade Fire was introduced by a man in a reflective disco-ball suit with light refracting in all directions leading to the opening song Reflektor. They went on to play several songs from Suburbs with Reflektor songs generously sprinkled throughout the set. I knew Arcade Fire had been doing a different cover song for each city they played in. I came rushing back from a bathroom break to find MAVIS STAPLES on stage! I was pleasantly surprised, and kind of shocked that not many people in the audience around me knew her name. Do your self a favor and Google her name if you aren’t familiar.

Anyway, I have more photos to upload, but here are a few pics for you to check out.

Jack White Live at Chicago Theater

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I was pretty bummed I wasn’t able to get tickets to see Jack White play in Chicago, but then I heard on the radio that XRT would be broadcasting the concert, LIVE! I almost forgot, and luckily saw XRT’s update in my newsfeed to remind me. I immediately tune in and boy, am I glad I did! QUICK – here’s the LINK

I am listening to the concert on the radio and I imagine it as if Jack White is giving me a private concert. I ask him, “Have I heard this before?” Jack’s reply, I imagine going something along the lines of, “Yeah, but not like this.” And then he would continue to play. I was listening to a White Stripes original played in a style I was not familiar with, but it wasn’t something I recognized until 2/3 of the way through the song! It takes an extremely talented musician to pull that off.

I’ve seen Jack White in concert before and he puts on an amazing show, and right now I am only listening and I can tell I am missing a moment in Rock History – but hey, at least I heard it! (Thank you WXRT)

Jack played songs from his new album, along with Deadweather, Raconteurs, White Stripes hits and even a few classic cover songs. He played “You know, I know” by [the original] Hank Williams and I pictured the old folks that I used to watch two-stepping around the dance floor at the shows my dad used to play in. I may have gotten up and danced around my living room.