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Review: Gracie Abrams shines at the Metro in Chicago

The Los Angeles singer-songwriter brought her “This Is What It Feels Like” tour to a sell out crowd at the Metro.

Photo by Dan Garcia / The Early Registration


Although the Metro has long been one of Chicago’s most popular venues, hosting emerging acts and established headliners alike for decades, last night was perhaps the last time you’ll see Interscope‘s rising pop artist, Gracie Abrams, perform for such an intimate crowd. While selling out the iconic venue is no small-feat, Abrams is on a fast-track to stardom and is already scheduled to return to Chicago this April for 10,000 fans, in support of Olivia Rodrigo with two sold-out shows at the Aragon Ballroom. If her calendar is any indication, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter is set to have her biggest year yet and she will only validate the high expectations that both the industry and her fans have for her promising career.

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5 Can’t Miss Chicago Concerts This Month: Tyler The Creator, Gracie Abrams, Yungblud & More


Tyler The Creator at Camp Flog Gnaw
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Despite a couple years of cancellations, postponements and more throughout the live music world, many great concerts are scheduled to bless fans in Chicago this February.

From huge arenas shows with Elton John and Tyler The Creator, to more intimate but equally anticipated sold out shows with Gracie Abrams and Louis Tomlinson, if you live in the Chicago area and you’re a fan of live music, there is something for everyone in the Windy City this month.

Check out our list of the 5 can’t miss concerts in Chicago in February!

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5 Songs We Need to Hear at Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed: Unveiled Tour

From “High Horse” to “Justified”, there are several songs we hope make the setlist for Kacey Musgraves’ biggest headlining tour to date.

Kacey Musgraves performing at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN on June 15, 2019 (Photo by Dan Garcia).


One of 2022’s most anticipated tour kicks off tomorrow night in St. Paul, MN, as Kacey Musgraves is bringing her “Star-Crossed: Unveiled” Tour to an arena near you.

Making stops in Chicago, Nashville, New York, Denver, Dallas, Oakland and many more, the Grammy-winning country and pop star is touring in support of her newest LP, star-crossed. Ticket prices vary by city but start as low as $16.00, and if you want to be up close to the action you can find general admission floor tickets for under $100.

This tour marks the first opportunity fans have to hear live versions of Musgraves’ new critically acclaimed album, but of course fans can’t wait to hear all of her hits from the past decade. Needless to say there are many tracks we hope make the setlist come tomorrow night and throughout the entire tour.

Check out the 5 songs we need to hear on Kacey Musgraves’ upcoming Star-Crossed: Unveiled Tour and get your tickets for a city near you at Kacey Musgraves’ official website:

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Check Out Our Favorite Photos from the 2021 WGCI Big Jam with Lil Durk, Lil Baby & More

From special guests like Twista and Shawnna to Lil Durk’s big headlining performance and even bigger proposal, the 2021 WGCI Big Jam was full of highlights.

Lil Durk and Lil Baby delivered with their headlining sets at the 2021 WGCI Big Jam (Photo by Dan Garcia).


Saturday night was a BIG night in Chicago at the United Center with the return of WGCI’s annual Big Jam. After taking a year off due to the pandemic, fans instantly sold out the city’s biggest venue for a memorable night of live music.

From some of the night’s early performers like Phor, Queen Key and surprise performances from Crucial Conflict, Twista and Shawnna, to the big closers like Moneybagg Yo, City Girls, Lil Baby and Lil Durk, the night was great from start to finish. The evening was also full of memorable moments, including Lil Durk getting on one knee to propose to India Royal (spoiler alert: she said yes).

Check out our favorite photos from last night WGCI Big Jam below:

Review: Christmas comes early to Boston as the Jonas Brothers and more dazzle at KISS 108’s Jingle Ball

Fans packed Boston’s legendary TD Garden for a cheerful night of live music with performances from the Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Saweetie, Bazzi and more.

The Jonas Brothers bring their Happiness Begins Tour to the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI on September 17, 2019. (Photo by Dan Garcia)


Boston was burnin’ up on Sunday night with the Jonas Brothers and the return of the KISS 108 Jingle Ball, and although the night was without one of its co-headliners, the Jingle Ball managed to still deliver an incredible night of live music!

Days leading up to the Boston date of iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Bell tour, a wrench was thrown into the plans when one of the lineup’s biggest acts, Doja Cat, had to cancel her appearance due to a COVID outbreak amongst her team. Organizers later replaced Doja’s performance with a late addition, as Jamaican recording artist Sean Paul stepped up to the plate to fill her shoes.

Even without Doja Cat, the show went on because of the Boston lineup’s immensely talented cast of musicians. Fans on Sunday night witnessed memorable performances from some of biggest names in Top 40 like Saweetie, the Black Eyed Peas, Tate McRae, Bazzi, Sean Paul, Tai Verdes, Dixie D’Amelio and of course the three stars of the night, Nick, Joe and Kevin, the Jonas Brothers.

Up first for the night was TikTok superstar turned emerging pop-star, Dixie D’Amelio. With only a few singles under her belt at this point, D’Amelio performed a mini-set to get the evening started, including her debut single “Be Happy” and of course her catchy holiday record, “Naughty List”, for the Jingle Ball crowd.

Following Dixie’s kick-off, a number of other emerging stars blessed the stage for the packed New England crowd, including Tai Verdes, Tate McRae and Bazzi. Tai Verdes performed tracks like “Drugs”, “Stuck in the Middle” and his viral hit “A-O-K”, showing off his endurance with his high energy performance. Next up, fans were losing their mind with Bazzi, the most established artist among the most emerging names who kicked off the Jingle Ball on Sunday night. From opening his 15-minute set with “Paradise” to tracks like “Mine” and his Camila Cabello-assisted single “Beautiful”, Bazzi had Boston singing along throughout the performance.

Although Bazzi was a tough act to follow, Tate McRae delivered, performing songs like “Bad Ones”, “stupid” and her breakout 2020 hit, “you broke me first”. Dancing throughout her performance in a shiny gray outfit, McRae sparkled on the big stage.

Despite being half-time, the night took no breaks. Moments after McRae waved goodbye to her fans, the Black Eyed Peas turned the energy up to a completely new level. If you forgot how big the Black Eyed Peas are, they quickly reminded you with their years of hits. With records like “Boom Boom Pow”, “Push It” and “I Gotta Feeling”, to name a few, BEP brought the party to the TD Garden last night.

With anticipation building to the Jingle Ball’s headlining performance, fans enjoyed 20-minute sets from Saweetie and Sean Paul. Saweetie twerked through the set while performing some of her recent singles like “Tap In” and “Best Friend”. Although her best friend, Doja Cat, was quarantining in a hotel room due to COVID protocols, Saweetie only needed a microphone to put on a great set. Following Saweetie, Doja Cat’s last-minute replacement, Sean Paul, stepped in as a bonus for the Boston crowd. Paul brought Jamaica to New England with his biggest tracks like “Get Busy” and “Temperature”.

Last and certainly not least, the Jonas Brothers, put an exclamation mark on an already memorable night. Performing hits, new and old, the JoBros had fans singing along to hits like “Sucker”, “Leave Before You Love Me” and “Burnin’ Up”. If Jonas Brothers’ decades of hits weren’t enough, the guys also treated Boston to a cover of Nick’s solo hit, “Jealous”, as well as their Christmas record “Like It’s Christmas”.

The headlining set alone was worth the price of admission and Nick, Joe and Kevin had Sunday night feelings like Christmas on the East Coast. Fans already can’t wait for both the Jonas Brothers and the Jingle Ball to return to Massachusetts.

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)


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.

Photo via Instagram

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 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)


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:

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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)


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.


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.


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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