Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Every Time A Guitar Rings - - - Part Two

Sid & Susie photo from the Susanna Hoffs Facebook Page.

Additional Live Highlights From 2009. Let's hope 2010 brings us more great rock and roll.

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs at Old Town School Of Folk Music - As the duo Sid & Susie, solo artist Sweet and Bangles singer-guitarist Hoffs have recorded two Under The Covers CDs filled with their inspired interpretations of 1960s and 1970s hit singles. Their acoustic live show, with guitarist Paul Chastain was a freewheeling mix of anecdotes, audience participation, and all those great songs.

Fest For Beatles Fans at Hyatt Regency - Each August, this multi-media extravaganza of all things Fab Four comes together in Rosemont. In addition to performances by Greg Hawkes from The Cars and Ronnie Spector, there were nightly shows by Liverpool, one of the best of the Beatles cover bands.

Rock Art Show at Arlington Park Race Track - No live performances here - - just an opportunity to view art and photographs created by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and several other famous musicians. Rock Art Show also has an amazing collection of vintage concert posters.

Halloween Weekend Tribute Shows at The Abbey Pub - Two fun nights of musical impersonations. Phil Angotti’s band became Squeeze, Penthouse Sweets became The Sex Pistols, Tomorrow The Moon became The Psychedelic Furs, and The Webstirs became Fleetwood Mac. Several other tributes that weekend were spot on as well.

Lin Brehmer’s Birthday Bash at Arlington Park - The WXRT morning man celebrated his big day with a festive remote broadcast that featured dynamic live performances by Alice Peacock and Jon Langford’s Skull Orchard.

Celtic Fest in Grant Park - With all the talk of cuts in the city of Chicago’s outdoor festival budget, let’s hope Mayor Daley keeps this annual gathering of music acts from around the globe. Among this year’s many highlights were the acappella vocal group Navan, and the teenage prodigies from the Academy Of Irish Music.

Ralph’s World at Palatine Street Fest - Just as he does with his power pop songs for The Bad Examples, kids music superstar Ralph Covert fills ditties like “Happy Not My Birthday” and “Dinosaur Rumble” with clever lyrics and infectious melodies.


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