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Review: Doja Cat and Lil Nas X Steal the Show at 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball in Chicago

The Allstate Arena and 103.5 KISS FM also hosted performances from Saweetie, Black Eyed Peas, AJR, Bazzi and more on Tuesday night.

Lil Nas X performs at the 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL (Photo via Instagram)

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As shown by the energetic sold-out crowd, Chicago music fans couldn’t wait for the return of iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM‘s annual Jingle Ball. Returning to Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, but with new COVID-19 protocol, the Jingle Ball brought an all-star cast of performers across several genres to make up for an unfortunate year off.

One immediate highlight from Tuesday night’s performances was the cast of musicians that blessed the Allstate Arena and Chicago’s Jingle Ball for the first time. Not only did the lineup’s two biggest performers (Doja Cat, Lil Nas X) perform at Chicago’s Jingle Ball for their first time, but the undercard also welcomed new additions like Dixie D’Amelio and Tate McRae. Of course fans were excited for Bazzi and AJR’s return, but the new blood was definitely a reason fans sold out this year’s show well in advance.

From the moment doors opened until the night’s headlining sets, energy was high throughout the packed arena. The night’s opening performers like Dixie D’Amelio, Tate McRae and Bazzi rewarded fans for arriving on time with short-but-sweet performances. Dixie D’Amelio understood the assignment by staying on theme with a performance of her Liam Payne assisted holiday single, “Naughty List”. D’Amelio, who turned her Tik-Tok empire into a music career, also performed her biggest song to date, “Be Happy” before saying goodbye to her Chicago fans.

Bazzi, who is no stranger to the Jingle Ball Tour, also got the mood going with his biggest singles to date, including “Paradise”, “Beautiful” and “Mine”, which fans sang along to from start to finish.

Perhaps the best performance of the night’s undercard was Tate McRae who showed off her impressive vocals and equally talented dancing skills throughout her 5-track set. Tuesday night marked McRae’s return to the Windy City after blowing fans away at Lollapalooza this past summer.

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Throughout the second act of the Jingle Ball’s return, fans were treated to energetic group performances from AJR and Saweetie. Although Saweetie had fans twerking and dancing throughout the venue with songs like “Best Friend” and “Tap In”, it was AJR that burned the house down. The indie pop trio of Adam, Jack and Ryan Met are no strangers to the Jingle Ball, and they go all out, even in an abbreviated performance. One has to wonder how they can have stamina to survive a full set and tour of their own (which will kick off next year with a Chicago date on the schedule).

Next up, Doja Cat did her best to fit in as many as her hits from the past three years as physically possible. With major records like “Say So”, “Juicy”, “Like That”, “Get Into It”, “Kiss Me More” and “You Right”, there was no shortage of hits for her Chicago fans. Doja has yet to announced a 2022 tour, but when she does be sure to get your tickets fast because she puts on a must-see performance, even when sharing the stage with so many other artists.

Although Doja Cat is a hard act to follow, the Black Eyed Peas brought the party to Chi-town with their enormous catalog of hits. From “Boom Boom Pow” to “I Got A Feeling”, the will.i.am led group only brought bangers to their co-headlining set.

Years of hits from the Black Eyed Peas could only be matched by one other artist on the lineup, that being Lil Nax X. The “Old Town Road” overnight star quickly proved he wasn’t a one-hit-wonder with hits like “Industry Baby”, “Holiday” and “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”, all of which were performed for the sold-out crowd on Tuesday night. Lil Nas X alone was worth the price of admission and combined with Doja Cat and the Black Eyed Pease, the three were perfect acts to close out an especially memorable night of live music.

The Jingle Ball Tour will resume this upcoming weekend with stops on the East Coast. Check out the tour’s official website for more info.

Never Before Seen Photos of Olivia Rodrigo’s Austin City Limits Live Performance

Olivia Rodrigo performs at a taping of Austin City Limits Live, for her second ever concert. (Photo by Dan Garcia)

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Last month Olivia Rodrigo delivered her second ever concert on a huge stage, the iconic Moody Theater in Austin, Texas for a special taping of Austin City Limits Live. The taping will air on PBS in December but you can peep our photos for a taste of the huge performance.

Check out our photos from Olivia Rodrigo’s second ever live concert at the iconic Austin City Limits:

Photos by Dan Garcia

Never Before Seen Photos from Olivia Rodrigo’s First Live Concert

Olivia Rodrigo performs at the iHeartRadio Daytime Stage in Las Vegas, NV on September 18, 2021. (Photo by Dan Garcia)

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We’re pulling some never before seen photos from the vault from Olivia Rodrigo’s first live concert. Following a couple performances on award shows and Saturday Night Live, fans traveled from across the country to Sin City for the iHeartRadio Music Festival and to witness Olivia’s highly anticipated headlining set.

Check out our photos from Olivia Rodrigo’s first ever live concert:

Photos by Dan Garcia

Our Favorite Moments from Weekend 3 of Summerfest 2021

Wiz Khalifa, Dave Matthews Band, Polo G and more dominated crowds at the last weekend of Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2021.

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Dave Matthews Band delivered another memorable Summerfest performance this past weekend (Photo by Dan Garcia).

Last weekend marked the third act of Summerfest 2021. While the late summer/early fall segmented format was certainly an adjustment for fans, the lakefront festival (as always) welcomed some of the biggest names in music.

And what a great finale this past weekend was as a number of major performers stopped by to deliver the return of live music to Milwaukee, including names like the Dave Matthews Band, Wiz Khalifa, Run The Jewels, Polo G and many more!

Check out some of our top moments from the third and final weekend of Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2021 below.

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Our Favorite Moments from Weekend 2 of Summerfest 2021

Sheryl Crow, G-Eazy, Brett Eldredge and more topped the lineup for the second of three weekends at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

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G-Eazy performs at the General Power Stage at Summerfest on Friday, September 10, 2021 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

After huge names in music like Chance The Rapper and Luke Bryan kicked off the first weekend of Summerfest 2021, as well as the return of live music in the city of Milwaukee, the party continued where it left off this past weekend with a number of equally amazing performances.

Always delivering something for everyone, the Big Gig brought a number of major recording artists across all genres to Milwaukee’s lakeside this past weekend, including sets from Sherly Crow, the Zac Brown Band, G-Eazy, DJ Jazz Jeff and Alexander 23 to name a few.

Check out some of our top moments from the second weekend of Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2021 below.

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Our Favorite Moments from Weekend 1 of Summerfest 2021

Chance The Rapper and Luke Bryan topped the list of performers for the first weekend of Milwaukee’s Summerfest in 2021.

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Luke Bryan headlines the American Family Insurance Amphitheater at Summerfest 2021 (Photo by Dan Garcia).

Live music is back in the city of Milwaukee, as the “World’s Largest Music Festival”, Summerfest, returned to Milwaukee’s lakefront this past weekend. And what a weekend it was, as a number of major recording artists across all different genres traveled to the Dairy State to kick things off, including headlining names like Chance The Rapper, Luke Bryan, twenty one Pilots and many more.

Summerfest will return to Milwaukee’s lakefront this Wednesday with a special headlining set from the Jonas Brothers, but in the meantime you can relive this past weekend with some of our favorite moments from the first weekend of Summerfest 2021.

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Kacey Musgraves Announces Headlining 2022 Arena Tour

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In support of her new LP, Star-Crossed, Kacey Musgraves is hitting the road to kick off 2022 with her biggest headlining tour to date.

Kicking things off on January 19th at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Pail, MN, Spacey Kacey will makes stops at a number of arenas throughout the country, including stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Nashville, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and many more. 

Tickets for the Star-Crossed: Unveiled tour go on sale, next month, September 9th at 10 a.m. (local time), with a special presale from September 2nd to 8th.

Check out the dates for Kacey Musgraves’ headlining 2022 tour below.

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Photos: Dustin Lynch Kicks Off Country Thunder Wisconsin in Twin Lakes

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Live music is officially back in the Good Land, as Country Thunder returned to Twin Lakes, WI for another 4-day weekend of stellar country music performances.

But if you expected Country Thunder to ease fans into the action, you were mistaken, because the music festival hit the ground running with a huge headlining performance from “Cowboys and Angels” singer, Dustin Lynch.

The Tennessee native brought all of his hits to the farm on Thursday night, giving most fans their first real taste of live music since the COVID-19 pandemic. Lynch showed no signed of rust though, while delivering a memorable performance for his Midwest fans.

Check out our photos from Dustin Lynch’s headlining performance at Country Thunder Wisconsin:

Photos by Dan Garcia

Photos: Dierks Bentley Parties in the Rain at the Windy City Smokeout

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Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout kept its streak of top notch headlining performers on Saturday night for Day 3 of the 4-day country music festival, with a great performance by Nashville recording artist Dierks Bentley.

Unfortunately for fans who planned on staying dry for the festival, mother nature’s streak did not live on throughout the extended weekend. A little rain wasn’t going to stop the music however, as the show went on and fans enjoyed a day of great performances, rain or shine.

After singer Riley Green warmed up the sold-out crowd, the “What Was I Thinkin” singer made his return to stage in front of his Second City fans and gave Chicago a preview of his upcoming “Beers On Me” tour, which kicks off later this year. Fittingly, early in his performance, Bentley even invited a fan on stage to shotgun a beer, and the energy never fell throughout his entire set.

Check out our photos from Dierks Bentley’s stormy show for his Windy City Smokeout fans:

Photos by Dan Garcia

Darius Rucker Headlines Day 2 of Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout

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Darius Rucker rocked his Windy City Smokeout fans like a wagon wheel on Friday night after his highly anticipated return to stage. Performing a number of his country music hits, a few covers, and even some of his Hootie & The Blowfish singles, the “Hold My Hand” recording artist delivered a show that Chicago will not soon forget.

From start to finish, you would never have guessed that this was one of Rucker’s only performances in the last year and a half. The Hootie & The Blowfish lead turned country star didn’t miss a beat on Friday and proved why he was one of the stand out names on the festival’s stacked lineup, blowing the crowd away with performances of “Alright”, “Hold My Hand” and of course his rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel”.

Check out our favorite photos from Rucker’s headlining performance:

Photos by Dan Garcia