Wisconsin welcomed another new venue on Thursday night. After Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum opened its doors earlier in the month, 80 miles west, Madison, WI welcomed a brand new venue of its own with the grand opening of The Sylvee.
Just blocks away from Madison’s historic state capitol building, The Sylvee kicked things off with the soulful Colorado natives, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, for an especially memorable and sold-out evening. Located at 25 S. Livingston Street, The Sylvee is a beautiful 2,500 capacity general admission venue, and it couldn’t have invited a better act to get things started.
Opening with their track ‘Shoe Boot’, from their new album Tearing at the Seams, Rateliff and company delivered a great 20-song setlist that ended with an encore performance of ‘Hey Mama’ and ‘I’ll Be Damed’, although the Madison crowd was perhaps most engaged during the entertaining performance of the Night Sweats’ hit 2017 single, ‘S.O.B.’.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ upcoming shows here.
Giving new life to the timeless soul music of decades past, everyone’s favorite, Leon Bridges, brought his headlining tour to Milwaukee’s lakeside BMO Harris Pavilion on Sunday night. Performing in support of his sophomore LP, Good Thing, Bridges kept the crowd in awe from start to finish, delivering cuts from his new album as well as singles and fan favorites from his 2015 debut.
Bridges brought the numbers out on Sunday, and that packed audience says a lot given that last night’s performance was at an outdoor amphitheater on Lake Michigan in the Wisconsin fall. Nothing was stopping Bridges fans from enjoying a great show.
And although the crowd was chilly, the tracks were fire. The Texas native kicked off his set with his 2018 song, ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’, and with his dancing and soulful vocals on display from the concert’s first moments, the vibes felt good as well. Tracks like ‘Better Man’ and ‘Bad Bad News’ soon followed, as Bridges continued to hop throughout his discography for the rest of the set.
What stood out most from last night’s concert was the more upbeat mood throughout the performance. With a voice like Bridges you can stand at the microphone the entire night and still give a memorable set, but with his new tour, his dancing and stage presence was a few steps above his last Milwaukee performance years ago. While still drawing influences from blues legends of the ’50s and ’60s, the 2018 Leon Bridges has a little Usher in his game as well. But it’s still his amazing voice that steals the show!
As he continues to grow as a live performer, we already can’t wait to see what Leon Bridges may have in store for tours to come.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of Leon Bridges’ tour here.
As controversy and speculation brews over the announcement of the next Super Bowl half-time show headliner, the man who kept us dancing throughout his own half-time performance this year, invaded Milwaukee’s brand new Fiserv Forum on Friday night. That man of course being pop superstar Justin Timberlake, the Tennessee native’s Man of the Woods Tour showed us why JT is truly a “man of the people”.
Although there are too many to count, we have our list of the five reasons that Justin Timberlake set the standard for all future pop concerts to come, for the city’s brand new arena. Only the third concert ever at the $524 million dollar Fiserv Forum, Timberlake’s headlining tour was full of hits, laser lights, dance routines and more, creating for a memorable night and a one-of-a-kind experience.
It’s here! After much speculation, Chicago’s B96 has released the lineup for it’s annual holiday concert, the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash.
Taking place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, December 8th, this year’s Jingle Bash will feature performances from Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Mike Posner, Lauv and Why Don’t We. Following an epic 2017 Jingle Bash that saw performances from Taylor Swift, the Backstreet Boys, Khalid and more, this year’s show just may have what it takes to top last year.
With a lineup this good, tickets are sure to sell out, so be sure to get yours when they go on sale for the general public tomorrow (Saturday, September 22nd) at 10AM via Ticketmaster.com.
In support of his new critically acclaimed album, God’s Favorite Customer, American singer/songwriter Josh Tillman (known to many as Father John Misty) brought his headlining 2018 tour to Milwaukee’s beautiful Pabst Theater.
Performing for a sold out crowd, Father John Misty was all music and little talk on Thursday night, singing a number of cuts from his latest LP, as well as his Grammy nominated 2017 album, Pure Comedy and more. Originally recording under his J. Tillman moniker, the Maryland native has consistently released albums for the past 15-years (four as FJM), so Tillman had plenty of songs to choose from for his roughly 20-track set.
Following a opening performance from his Sub Pop labelmate, King Tuff, it was soon time for Father John Misty to step on stage for the packed general admission crowd.
And despite touring in support of God’s Favorite Customer, Father John kicked off Thursday night’s set with his 2012 song, ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sing’, from his first Father John Misty LP, Fear Fun. But his Milwaukee fans didn’t fear fun last evening, because despite Tillman’s often cynical and sarcastic demeanor, the entire theater was set to enjoy a memorable night.
Lucky for the crowd, Tillman delivered. Not only did Misty perform the majority of his new album, but he also performed the majority of singles and fan favorites from Pure Comedy. From start to finish, the crowd was in awe watching FJM perform. Despite having a complicated and cynical relationship (if you can even call it that) with religion, Tillman has a god-like presence on stage.
While tackling topics like religion and politics through his songs, what’s most interesting about Tillman’s take is his especially unique perspective on music and the above topics. Growing up in an Evangelical Christian household, Tillman was not allowed to listen to secular music until he was 17. This very religious and sheltered upbringing shaped Tillman and his music, and as an artist he is perhaps better for it.
Stand out performances from Thursday include ‘Ballad of a Dying Man’, ‘Mr. Tillman’, ‘Pure Comedy’ and his closing performance with ‘I Love You, Honeybear’, but highlights from the evening certainly were not few and far between.
Fans came to have a good night and Mr. Tillman made it happen.
Check out our photos from last night’s sold out performance below and get your tickets for the remaining date of Father John Misty’s tour here.
Milwaukee was treated to a very rare and special performance on Wednesday night as Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy, kicked off his North American solo tour at the city’s beautiful Pabst Theater.
Delivering a very intimate acoustic performance, in support of his debut solo album Together At Last, Tweedy reflected on his massive career with stripped down renditions of tracks from Wilco, Uncle Tupelo (his alt-country group from ’87-’94) and side projects from throughout the years.
As fans began to find their seats, the evening began with an opening performance from guitarist and Jeff Tweedy-collaborator, Jame Elkington. In addition to his work with Chicago’s “Eleventh Dream Day”, Elkington (like Tweedy) also released his first solo album in 2017 with Wintres Woma. And while the majority in attendance weren’t completely familiar with the English-born artist’s music, his sound perfectly complemented Tweedy’s and set the mood for the rest of the night.
With the mood set and anticipation levels high, Jeff Tweedy stepped on stage to greet his Wisconsin fans. The singer/songwriter’s local fans weren’t the only ones to fill the seats either, as the Belleville, IL native had fans who made the 90-mile drive from the Windy City, evidenced by the crowd’s reaction to Tweedy’s performance of Wilco’s 1999 track, ‘Via Chicago’ to help kick off the set.
Through Tweedy’s roughly 20-track set, the Grammy-award winning musician put on intimate performances from his three-decade-long catalog. Dating back as far as his time with Uncle Tupelo with tracks like ‘New Madrid’ and ‘Acuff-Rose’ and spanning as recent as 2017 with his new song ‘Bombs Away’, the show had a little bit of everything while also focusing on Wilco’s best records, the band that made Tweedy a household name in alt-rock.
Whether your favorite song of the night was Tweedy’s solo version of Wilco’s hit single ‘Jesus, Etc.’ or one of the many songs Tweedy recorded for Together At Last, the night was full of highlights to choose from.
Tonight was just further evidence that Jeff Tweedy is a jack of all trades and a man of many talents. He’s best known for being the frontman of Wilco but he’s kept his career fresh with side projects like Loose Fur, Golden Smog, Tweedy (with his son, Spencer) and even with his fictional band “Land Ho!” during his cameo on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
While some artists find what works and stick to it from album to album and tour to tour until the venues get smaller and fans stop showing up, Tweedy keeps his fans coming back by switching things up in every way possible, but with basic staples like a guitar and great live music staying consistent.
If you’re a fan of Jeff Tweedy, Wilco or simply a fan of good music, do yourself a favor and catch Tweedy on his new fall tour.
Check out our photos from Tweedy’s North American tour opener below.
Following her track ‘Mariners Apartment Complex, which debuted last Wednesday, Lana Del Rey has released her second new track of the month, which comes in at just under 10-minutes.
Titled ‘Venice Bitch’, the new record (like ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’) also comes with a new music video. The songs are expected to be on Lana’s forthcoming studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, which will be an 11-track LP, according to Lana during her interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.
Who cares if summer music festivals have come and gone this year, Chicago will host a number of amazing concerts in November as part of the Red Bull Music Festival.
Kicking things off with a stacked music showcase from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label, which boasts performances from Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Valee and more at the Wintrust Arena, the festival will also host concert from Vic Mensa, Cupcakke,Jamila Woods and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Tuesday, September 25th at 10:00 AM (CT) and fans can visit RedBullMusic.com/Chicago for more info.
Check out the Red Bull Music Festival Chicago lineup below.