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The Weekend In Chicago Rock

You shoulda been there.

1. The Ladies of Panama at Reggies on Sunday night.

Reggies: "The Ladies of Panama were the core of a fabulous self-contained band in the late 70's early 80's called Israel Torres and Panama. Israel Torres had a vision of putting a female ensemble together to realize his dream of a Brazilian Band along the lines of Sergio Mendes. Panama was one of the premier bands in Chicago at that time and audiences would wait in line for hours just to see the band perform. Panama was indeed the cream of the crop and has been the vehicle for some of the baddest musicians and vocalist the City of Chicago has had to offer, many of them having their humble beginnings with the Panama group."


2. Total Control at Thalia Hall on Thursday night.

Warwick: "A long overdue visit to the States."


3. Udusic at Thalia Hall on Thursday night.

Opening for Total Control; both bands played in-the-round.


4. Final Grin at the Empty Bottle on Thursday night.


5. Alpha Rev at Beat Kitchen on Friday night.

Beat Kitchen: "A glistening rock sound that is at once fragile and tough."


6. Nimitta at Transistor on Friday night.

Transistor: "Free improvisation ethno-psychedelic 'jazzcore.'"


7. The Watkins Family Hour (feat. Fiona Apple & Benmont Tench) at the Old Town School on Wednesday night.

Old Town School: "For singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalists Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, the Watkins Family Hour has long been an oasis from the rigors of the road, a laboratory where they can try out new material or master beloved cover songs."


8. Tab Benoit at SPACE in Evanston on Saturday night.


9. The Pamphleteers at the Hideout on Saturday night.

TJ Superfan: "On the 10th anniversary of the passing of three friends, this was a celebration of their friendship. John, Doug, and Michael were all members of Chicago bands. Becky Crawford is the bassist/singer of The Pamphleteers. John was her husband and the guitarist/singer of The Returnables. Doug was her drummer in The Dials."


10. The Returnables at the Hideout on Saturday night.


11. The Good Points at the Hideout on Saturday night.


12. Steve Earle at Thalia Hall on Friday night.


13. Alice Cooper in Rosemont on Saturday night.



14. Motley Crue in Rosemont on Saturday night.

Arena: "The notoriously hedonistic glam-metal pioneers are calling it quits with a Final Tour that launche[d] Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich. A 72-date North American tour runs through November, ahead of a global itinerary expected to extend through 2015."


15. Ramsey Lewis at Ravinia on Saturday night.

Reich: "It isn't often that a leading jazz musician makes his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at age 80 - playing the world premiere of his first concerto."


16. The Smashing Pumpkins at Northerly Island on Friday night.

Gendron: "Corgan brings urgency, energy to Pumpkins."


17. Marilyn Manson at Northerly Island on Friday night.

Gendron: "The same couldn't be said for Manson's 75-minute production."


18. When Night Falls at the House of Blues on Friday night.


Comments welcome.


Posted on August 10, 2015

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