Underground Bee, May 19, 2015 — Blackout Fest, an annual showcase of garage, punk and power pop music curated by Chicago’s HoZac Records, returned to the Empty Bottle May 15 and 16… See my review and photos at Underground Bee.
On Thursday, May 14 — the night before Blackout Fest began at the Empty Bottle — HoZac Records held a kickoff party at Virgin Hotel… See my photos at Underground Bee.
Photo of Avengers by Robert Loerzel
Make It Better magazine, June-July 2015 — While many theater groups take a pause for summer vacation, others keep busy in June and July. Highlights include the launch of a new season by the North Shore company Light Opera Works and a new version of a familiar story about a whale. Read more at Make It Better.
Picture: “Moby Dick” at Lookingglass
Make It Better magazine, May 12, 2015 — One of the most striking and unusual things about the Goodman Theatre’s new production of “The Little Foxes,” a classic 1939 play by Lillian Hellman, is the music. An orchestral score… Read my review at Make It Better.
Photo by Liz Lauren
Crain’s Chicago Business, May 8, 2015 — My picks for the top pop music concerts this summer — plus a profile of Chicago band Twin Peaks. Read more at Crain’s Chicago Business.
Photo of Twin Peaks by Pooneh Ghana
Crain’s Chicago Business, May 7, 2015 — A day like today has us thinking about the upcoming free concert season at Millennium Park. City officials have made tweaks to the schedule for music at the park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. They’ve expanded Downtown Sound… Read more of my story for Crain’s Chicago Business.
Photo of King Sunny Ade by Michael Weintrob
Society of Midland Authors Books Blog, May 5, 2015 — The Society of Midland Authors celebrated its 100th birthday on May 1 and 2, 2015, in Chicago… On Saturday, May 2, the Society held a free daylong event at University Center in the South Loop, featuring speeches by noted authors, panel discussions on literary topics and short readings… Read my report of the day’s events at the Society of Midland Authors Books Blog.
Photo of Steve Bogira, left, and Jonathan Eig by Robert Loerzel
Pioneer Press, April 30, 2015 — Austin, Texas, is famous for its South by Southwest festival. Now, the Edison Park neighborhood on Chicago’s Far Northwest Side is hosting a weekend of concerts with its own take on the moniker: the North by Northwest Highway Music Fest. Read more in Pioneer Press.
Underground Bee, April 22, 2015 — See my photos of Local H as well as Lasers and Fast and Shit playing Saturday, April 18, at the Reckless Records store on Broadway during Record Store Day; the Polkaholics at Laurie’s Planet of Sound; and the Tweens at Bric-a-Brac.
Photo Tweens by Robert Loerzel
Make It Better magazine, April 21, 2015 — Putting together a new musical is a big deal. It isn’t easy finding the right combination of words, melodies, characters and spectacle that will win over audiences. But three new musicals are hitting local stages in May… Read my story for Make It Better.