As you know we throw the hottest parties in the city for Lollapalooza. In the past we’ve done performances by Katy Perry, Kanye West, Perry Farrell, Mickey Avalon, Snow Patrol, Kenna, Mike Posner & many more! We will be releasing our party info soon, but in the meantime wanted to share the lineup for the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza…
My Morning Jacket
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley & Nas
Big Audio Dynamite
Explosions in the Sky
Death From Above 1979
Cold War Kids
Cage the Elephant
Two Door Cinema Club
The Mountain Goats
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Fitz & The Tantrums
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
City and Colour
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Noah & The Whale
J. Roddy Walton And The Business
Foster the People
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
The Naked and Famous
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Maps & Atlases
Young The Giant
The Joy Formidable
Walk the Moon
TAB the Band
The Pretty Reckless
Boy & Bear
Kids These Days
The Kingston Springs
The Chain Gang of 1974
The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 1977
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
The Glitch Mob
Super Mash Bros.
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
Lineup courtesy of lollapalooza.com
Tags: 2011, 20th anniversary, 20th anniversary lollapalooza, august, billy dec, chicago, Chicago Music Festival, DO312, festival, kanye west, katy perry, kena, lollapalooza, Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup, mickey avalon, mike posner, Music, perry farrell, snow patrol
I’m off to los angeles in the morning because its grammy time again- this Sunday the 13th! Here is a quick video of me on the red carpet last year after my twitter followers wanted more than just my tweetpics. How many people can you recognize?!? And who are your favs this year?
My favs as always will definitely include a lot of chicagoans! Here are a few to watch out for! best rap solo performance: kanye west (duh). best traditional r&b vocal performance; best contemporary r&b album: r.kelly. best contemporary r&b gospel album: aaron sledge. best classical album, best choral performance: chicago symphony chorus. best classical album, best orchestral performance, best choral performance: chicago symphony orchestra. best jazz vocal album: freddy cole. best contemporary blues album: buddy guy. best traditional blues album; best contemporary blues album: willie “big eyes” smith.
get a full list of grammy nominations here and a full list of chicago nominees here. And speaking of music, particularly the blues which I love, don’t forget to check out my live blues party on saturday, february 19th for my 1st 10,000 twitter followers… That you can come to if you click http://bit.ly/e34PMN details!
Just voted for the Chicago Reader “Best in Chicago” awards online! Figured I would share my answers since everyone asks me on Twitter and Facebook about my Chicago favs! (BTW, sorry did these fast, was in a rush, sorry if missed anyone!) You should vote too! (Especially for my places! haha) Voting ends this weekend so go to http://bestof.chicagoreader.com/ now!
Tags: alice in wonderland, amc on illinois, andrew lee, andy lee, arthur murray, ashkenaz, assault.it, avenues, back up, best of, bill and phil movers, billy dec, binny's, carrie seacrist, chicago reader, conan o'brien, connie's, dance center chicago, dj rock city, dr. wax, el tapitio, elevation, equinox, golden triangle, hero fitness, house of blues, house of glunz, hubbard, improv olympic, jim bean club, joe's, kanye west, kinsella landscaping, kith kin, lolla, lookingglass theatre, loveabulls, lovehammers, medinah country club, merchandise mart, metro, niketown, paws, plain white t's, que rico, reeza's, richard's, riverside cafe, rockit bar and grill, rockit wrigley, second city, skinny cows, smart rooms, south of 80, sue, sunda, the peninsula, trex, u of i, u2, underground, vermillion, village cycle, whole foods, wiener circle
Tags: c3, charlie jones, green day, hot chip, kanye west, katy perry, lady gaga, lollapalooza, lollapalooza 2010, mgmt, parkways foundation, perry farrell, phoenix, soundgarden, sunda, the black keys, the strokes
As everyone knows, Chicago’s Hip-Hop talent, like Common, Kanye West, Twista, The Cool Kids, Rhymefest, Kid Sister, Lupe Fiasco,.. are all celebrated as world class! And I am sure as they will tell you, it all starts with our support on a grassroots level. So today, giving a shout out to one of the biggest supporters of Midwest hip-hop over the years… DJ & Producer Naki the Beatman. (thanks to a suggestion on twitter!)
As a DJ at two of Chicago’s biggest rap and R&B stations, WGCI and Power 92; Naki championed artists before they were accepted by the mainstream. After stints on radio & MTV, where he hosted events like NBA All-Star Weekend & MTV2′s Hip Hop Countdown, Naki become the CEO of Life Music Group, where he recently dug through his archives to create “The Chicago Vault” (dropping 5/11) compiling unreleased tracks from some of the biggest names in Hip Hop. A two minute preview of the album is available for download now at http://bln.kr/CSV .. enjoy!
Tags: chicago, chicago rappers, common, dj, kanye west, kid sister, life music group, lupe fiasco, mtv2's hip hop countdown, Music, naki the beatman, nba all-star weekend, power 92, producer, rap, rhymefest, the chicago vault, the cool kids, twista, wgci chicago
In the 29th year since it’s inception, the Chicago Music Awards has featured and honored some of the most acclaimed artist in the history music, including : Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Rawls, Chaka Khan, Robert Townsend, R Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Curtis Mayfield, Buddy Guy, The Mighty Dells, Jerry Butler, Oscar Brown Jr., Albertina Walker, Ramsey Lewis, Dick Buckley, Sir George Solti, The Chi-Lites, Pop Staples, Patty Jo Timmons and Von Freeman – to name a few.
The CMA’s were founded by Ephraim Martin of Martin’s International Culture (who also produces the International Reggae & World Music Awards). He originally set out in the early ‘90’s as a not-for-profit group trying to promote African/Caribbean music, arts and culture. Not before long, he realized that there was already a wealth of all kinds of great culture and music right in his own town of sweet home chicago, thus the CMA’s we born.
The Chicago Music Awards take to the stage again this Sunday the 24th at the Alhambra Palace where you can see Chicago’s own Wilco and Jeremih perform live. Check out info and get your tix at www.martinsinterculture.com
Tags: albertina walker, buddy guy, chaka khan, chicago music awards, curtis mayfield, dick buckley, jennifer hudson, jerry butler, kanye west, lou rawls, oscar brown jr, patty jo timmons, pop staples, r kelly, ramsey lewis, robert townsend, sir george solti, smashing pumpkins, the chi-lites, the mighty dells, von freeman
What a way to kick off the new year! Last night crowds of crazed gossip girl, underground & www.achicagothing.com fans got treated to a live performance by Leighton meester who plays blair waldorf on “gossip girl!” and it was definitely a raging time! (most of the free tickets came through twitter as they always do so if not following me click here so don’t miss out anymore!)
My partners Arturo Gomez, brad young & I like to thank our supporters a couple times a year with surprise celebrity performances, and I have to say, even though we have had john mayer, ashlee simpson, kanye west,… and dozens of other high profile stars perform live at our places for all, this group of fans got just as crazy for their girl Leighton!
Check out this video of me & Leighton chilling backstage at the underground before her show thanking you all for all your support… on behalf of www.achicagothing.com& rockit ranch productions… we appreciate you! Oh, and much more to come in 2010… stay tuned!
updated : January 4th – 10am :: here’s some press from leighton’s performance….
NBC - http://tr.im/JpCv
Chicago Tribune - http://tr.im/JpOK
Woke up to the song “crazy” by gnarls barkley on the today show saying rolling stone
called it the song of decade? I’m not feeling that- but couldn’t come
up with one to sum it all up- so asked my friends on twitter and
facebook- and here is what the first 10 people to respond said:
following up on an earlier blog about kanye west’s show at the chicago theatre last month! set to air this saturday on the fuse network, check out how packed the theatre was and how hyped the crowd was! rumor has it he’s teaming up with lady gaga for a new tour, check back for more info.
leaving you with my favorite kanye west quote – “love your haters, they’re your biggest fans!”