The music industry is full of stats. Oftentimes artistry can become overshadowed by the sordid topic of numbers and sales. But hey, business is business, and album sales keep the machine greased up and able to crank out more "art". Sometimes the specifics of who sold how many can become mundane and tedious, albeit necessary. But other times, those numbers deserve to be celebrated and revered, especially when they catapult an artist into a stratospheric level...where he hovers...solo.Read More
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Lots to talk about folks!!! I did a segment on WCIU You and Me This Morning today and I chatted about some summer concerts and music festivals that are coming up in the near future (See full segment here)... but in this blog, I'm also going to include several other that I wasn't able to mention on air. Who's ready to rock?!?!
Ravinia Festival- June 26th and 27th Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. This normally isn't up my alley but this is such a great pairing of old school and new school talent. Tix are still available on Stubhub and other ticket sites. Also, coming up this summer: ETR Picks of course
The Doobie Brothers June 30
Blondie and Melissa Etheridge July 2
Rob Thomas July 18
Bluegill Music Festival- July 4th. Rend Lake Dam in Benton, IL - If you don't have plans yet for 4th of July... NOW YOU DO!! Come to Bluegill Fest and see me and 20 amazing country artists get down and dirty at the dam. I'm the official Bluegill correspondent and I'll be mingling on the 4th with the headliner, Eli Young Band, as well as other amazing artists like Lo Cash, and my good friends, Clayton Anderson and Stella James Band. General Admission tix are only $30 and VIP are $60. Yee Haw!!!
The Beach Boys with Kool and the Gang- Montrose Beach June 26th- This is huge folks... you get to see the Beach Boys ON the Beach!!! I saw them in 1995 in Las Vegas and I was BLOWN away. They are some of the major pioneers of pop-rock and i've always loved them. They're still killin' it! If you haven't seen them yet, now is your chance.
The Windy City SmokeOut- River North at Grand Ave- July 10-12. My FAVORITE event of the year. The 3rd annual Smokeout and I'm an ambassador this year! Woo! Some of my favorite artists and friends will be playing this year such as Lee Brice, Chris Young, Kacey Musgraves, A Thousand Horses, and Sundy Best. PLUS some of the greatest pit masters in the country will be showing off their BBQ skills alongside host, Bub City.
And NO, I'm not forgetting about Lollapalooza or Riot Fest... those will get their own very special dedicated posts as the dates draw nearer.... (as Metallicaaaaaaa is whispered in the background)