Posts Tagged ‘congress theater’

Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team
Chicago hometowners, Rise Against, held two performances last month at the Congress Theater.  Both shows, a Thursday and Friday night, were overflowing with fans eager for the locals who are widely making themselves known across the globe. Fellow Chicagoans Alkaline Trio, California’s Thrice, and Jersey’s own The Gaslight Anthem rounded out the cost to cost rock.

The Gaslight Anthem has begun a steady build of Chicago Fans with recent visits alongside The Loved Ones and The Bouncing Souls.  Their Springsteen flare, catchy vocals, and charm continuously outshines their opening slot.  It won’t be long before shouts of,  “You should be headlining!”, turn into reality for The Gaslight Anthem.

Thrice and Alkaline Trio followed with a darker vibe, but no less sing-a-long credentials.  Alkaline Trio ended Thursday’s set with the Misfits “Astro Zombies” and included old favorites off  Maybe I’ll Catch Fire getting Chicago nostalgic of The Fireside Bowl/Metro days.cm2_0025_rise_against1

The last time I saw Rise Against may have been a Warped Tour or maybe a classroom at DePaul, but whatever the size of the room the group’s intensity remains the same.  Spinning microphones, high flying guitarists, and Tim’s power to get a crowd moving didn’t drop a notch between Thursday and Friday’s performance.  For two days Rise Against brought home the noise and Chicago gave them a warm welcome for it.

See photos from Thursday and Friday night’s shows

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

Bluegrass and blues are two distinctly American music forms, and for the first time Chicago gets a festival honoring both.

The Chicago Bluegrass And Blues Festival takes over the Congress Theater on November 22. I’m particularly excited because almost every band is from Chicago! The great lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Ha Ha Tonka, and Mike Mangione.

There’s also a “Last Banjo Standing” contest. Between now and October 16 listen to several local bands and vote for the one you think should take the stage.

To get you ready, each week until the inaugural festival one of the performing acts will be TLT’s Band Of The Week! This week it’s the David Grisman Quintet. He’s a legend in acoustic music circles and even created his own style of music. Called Dawg, it’s a mix of bluegrass, jazz, swing, Latin, and gypsy. Grisman’s “Dawggy Mountain Breakdown” is the theme song for NPR’s Car Talk.

GIVEAWAY: Each week I’ll be giving away two tickets to the festival! Details to come.

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