Posts Tagged ‘House of Blues’

Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

Who knew just $35 could do so much?  That’s the incredibly affordable pricGavin Rossdalee of a ticket to Dare 2 Dream this Thursday at the House Of Blues.  The most important aspect of this event is that a portion of the proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois.  But it’s going to be a great show, too – you’ll see Gavin Rossdale (formerly of Bush) with Lovehammers and Relief opening.

Dare 2 Dream starts early, 5pm…so skip out of work and help out a much-deserving cause while rocking on a Thursday evening in Chicago!  Get ticket information HERE and listen to details about the concert here:

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Glenn Murray, NBC Chicago Street Team

Soul has returned to Chicago, and its name is Aniba Hotep & the Sol Collective. The group opened last Thursday at the House of Blues for Mint Condition and the positive reviews are still flowing in to the band’s website and its Facebook and Myspace pages.
The ten member (7 musicians and 3 vocalists) has drawn comparisons to acts from every era. After the Thursday night performance names like the Emotions, Eryka Badu and more were bounced around. No matter what the rousing performance was a breath of fresh air to the Neo Soul Music Scene around the Chicago area.
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Check out music and video from recent performances at http://www.Anibahotep.com

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Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

If I could have bottled up all of the sheer happiness at Chicago’s House Of Blues last Friday night and sold it, I’d be a millionaire. Many happy Hammerheads were immensely enjoying a moment they feared would never come.

photo courtesy of Christie LaMountain

Lovehammers at House Of Blues, photo courtesy of Christie LaMountain

Marty Casey shocked Lovehammers fans (and, in fact, the rest of the Lovehammers) about a year ago when seemingly out of blue he announced that he was leaving the band he had been the lead singer of for over a decade (more about that here) to front L.A. Guns. Thankfully, that lasted exactly a year and he has now returned to his fellow Lovehammers. A packed house at the House Of Blues got to experience one of Chicago’s premier rock bands put on one of their greatest shows ever. They performed songs off of every single one of their albums, including the soon-t0-be-released Heavy Crown.

I spoke to the band hours before they hit the stage Friday night. Heavy Crown won’t be out until July 21 but you can hear most of the songs from it and the truth about Marty leaving and then coming back to Lovehammers HERE:

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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

Hot Water Music has been dipping their toes in the pool over the past year after a former hiatus that eventually ended in the break up of the band. The group joined punkers Naked Raygun to bring in the new year earlier this month for two dates at The House of Blues. Chicago came out to show support for the band who provided inspiration, a little bit of hope, and countless moments to remember at The Fireside Bowl.

Read the rest of this story and view photos on nbcchicago.com.

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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

Last Monday at the House of Blues was a night for those with a sense of humor and a thirst for speedometer crushing riffs.  DragonForce, who has been making regular Chicago stops since 2006, paid a visit in promotion of their latest album Ultra Beatdown. The current  tour is pumped up on stage presence and battle themed friends.

Click here to read the entire article on nbcchicago.com.

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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

CHICAGO has been on FIRE lately with all the celebrities in town and hot A-list parties!  I’ve been party hopping so hard this past weekend it took me two days just to recover! And here we go AGAIN!

Rap artist/actor Common definitely knows how to throw a couple of good parties!  From the Friday night kickoff reception inside Cartier to the mega bowling event on Saturday inside 10pin bowling and killer concert HOB! As Common talked with me on the red-carpet Sat. morning he stated how proud and touched he was to have such wonderful sponsors such as Lincoln, Cartier and SnowQueen Vodka be apart and support his charity organization The Common Ground Foundation. But he made it quite clear that he was here to have a good time and he was bowling to win! And from the looks of it he did a pretty good job! Now, everyone else is a whole other story! 

Cynthia Fiske store manager of Cartier looked soo cute in her team uniform but her bowling needed umm… a little work, and I’m  certainly not going to mention her gutter balls, oops! Host of Glossed and Found – D. Graham Kostic was being fab and bowled a pretty good game! Jerry Azumah was a character on and off the lanes; he really needs to be a comedian! Common was a complete gentleman shaking hands and taking pictures throughout the entire event while old-school favorite rapper Doug E. Fresh and mega producer Will.I.Am took on a more political tone discussing the 700 billion-dollar failed bailout plan and Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

And where was I doing all this chaos you ask?! Bowling on the dang best team, lead by N.E.R.D. front man and super producer Pharrell Williams! The team was sponsored by SnowQueen Vodka and we kicked much butt! But truly all the bowling credit goes to the president of SnowQueen Vodka John Montana! You’re the best!

Every Manolo Blahnik clad ladies one and only idol Candace Bushnell made a special appearance at Manor nightclub on Sept. 24th to promote her new book One Fifth Avenue and the NBC new hit show Lipstick Jungle! I adore Candace!

The Oak Street Council and CS Brides rolled out the white carpet on Sunday for their annual wedding walk! The soon to be brides enjoyed music, champagne from Veuve Clicquot, food from Greg Christian/Limelight! Plus some great shopping and a 20lb gift bag worth over $1,000 from places like Juicy Couture, Dismero and Calypso!

Among the many participating boutiques were my personal favorites Vera Wang Chicago, Birch Design Studio, Jimmy Choo and Jennifer Kiefer‘s home Harry Winston! Jennifer was kind enough to give me private V.I.P. tour of Harry Winston and showed me the most fabulous watches I’ve ever seen not to mention the jewels! But more to come later on that! *wink*!

Special thanks to Julie Fogel, Selmin Arat, Liz Kores,  

Photo Credit: Kari Skaflen  and Dark Room Demons

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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

Summer touring has come to a close, but not without a few last minute metal acts to end it with a bang and a killer riff. Judas Priest headlined the Metal Masters Tour which took place at the end of August in Tinley Park. The tour fulfilled old schooler’s dreams by placing Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and Testament alongside Priest. Highlights from the evening included a brutal dead on Testament assault, Tony Iommi shredding to a backdrop of fire spitting gargoyles, an epic cloaked Priest entrance, and of course Lemmy.

See Photos From The Metal Masters Tour

A night of Finnish power metal squeaked in under the end of season wire Saturday evening at the House of Blues. Sonata Arctica paired up with Nightwish stopping in Chicago for fans to enjoy a match made in heaven. Who could ask for more with a packed venue of loyal fans, a few hours of glorious anthems, and vocals that give rise to mass outbreaks of goosebumps? Goodbye summer festivals and mega tours, hello fall shows of small venues and smaller bills!

See Photos From Nightwish and Sonata Arctica

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