Who ever said that music festival season has to end in the summer? Well now it doesn’t have to as Chicago’s “Freaky Deaky” festival has announced its 2015 lineup and a huge expansion. Taking place on Halloween weekend, October 30 – November 1, Freaky Deaky will now be a weekend long event and at a brand new location (Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL). And it would be all for nothing if the festival wasn’t stepping up its entertainment as well. This year Freaky Deaky goers will see performances from Bassnectar, Armin Van Buuren, Pretty Lights, 2 Chainz, Logic, Vic Mensa, Flying Lotus, Mac Miller, Action Bronson, Big Gigantic, Alunageorge, Griz and many many more! Start getting your costume plans ready because this is Chicago’s new way to celebrate Halloween.
Check out the promo video and full lineup below, and don’t wait until October, get your wristbands now at FreakyDeakyHalloween.com.
Taylor Swift’s marquee and household name is the reason she sold-out back-to-back nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the biggest venue in Chicago. Talented opening acts, amazing costumes, beautiful light shows, pyrotechnics, and surprise guests aside, the 1989 World Tour is successful (from a numbers standpoint) because of who T-Swift is as a pop star. But all that extra stuff, the things that make her concerts memorable and well after the tickets are long gone, those are the things that make her live performance special, which ensure that those same fans that went through the gates tonight are the ones that will sit on their computer while they await for the next tour’s tickets to go on-sale. The only problem? As word-of-mouth spreads and fans who are ready to see Taylor for their second, third, or fourth time are joined by those who heard of Swift’s epic performances from a friend and want to see first hand, there won’t be enough room and Soldier Field may need to prepare to book a third night for the next time Swift comes to the Windy City. Having just experienced my first Taylor Swift concert, I am certain that it won’t be my last, as the ‘Bad Blood’ singer puts on a tour that matches her massive record sales, wide influence, and her elite status as a modern pop icon.
Last night Taylor Swift and her 1989 World Tour delivered for the Windy City, as T-Swift performed for Chicago well into the night, and with surprise guests Andy Grammer and Serayah. This just adds to the long catalog of surprise guests in the past couple weeks. So far, Taylor invited Nick Jonas, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, The Weeknd, Jason Derulo and Lorde to join her on stage for the sold-out crowds and to perform some of their biggest hits. Tonight marked Taylor Swift’s second and final night at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and because of the great cast of surprise guests in the last week, fans could only wonder what Day 2 would hold?
Taylor Swift has been killing it during her current U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour. Last weekend Taylor brought the tour back to the States and she invited Nick Jonas, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and The Weeknd (who performed his hit single ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’) to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. Next up were surprise appearances from Jason Derulo and Swift’s bestie, singer Lorde, who flew in to say hi to fans in our nation’s capital. Tonight marked Taylor Swift’s first night (of two) at Chicago’s Soldier Field. With a great cast of surprise guests in the last week, fans could only speculate what Taylor had up her sleeve for Chicago, one of the country’s best music hubs.
Rapper Lil Durk’s manager, 24-year-old Uchenna Agina (“OTF Chino Dolla”), was shot and killed early this morning in Chicago’s South Side. Agina was sitting in a car on the 8400 block of South Stony Island when someone walked up and opened fire, theChicago Sun Times reports. Agina was rushed to the hospital by a friend, but was soon pronounced dead at 2:04 AM, authorities said. No suspects are in custody. This is another tough loss for drill rapper Lil Durk, and another unfortunate example of Chicago being the murder capital of the world.
Yesterday Chicago’s Chance The Rapper continued to give back to his city, by hosting his first “Open Mike” event. From raising $100,000 for Chicago schools, to attending Big Sean and Donda’s House‘s “Behind the Mic” event for young Chicago artists, Chance always puts on for his city. Last night though, Chance and the Young Chicago Authorsgave local high school students a night that they would not forget, as the Chicago Cultural Center was packed with nearly 300 young artists. In addition to young musicians, poets, and comedians getting on the mic, some of the pros got to hit the stage too. Chicago comedian Hannibal Buress and rapper King Louie both performed for the young crowd, and SAVEMONEY‘s Vic Mensa was even in attendance.
Check out our photos below as we sent our photographer Andrew Baker to capture some of the best moments last night, and be sure to stay tuned as this is just one of many similar events that Chance will host in Chicago.
Earlier this month, Kanye West received a great deal of bad press after a misunderstanding where he tried to get everyone in the crowd to stand up, during a concert in Australia. After pointing out a couple of fans in the audience, Kanye later realized that one of the individuals was in a wheelchair and then continued the concert by performing his hit ‘Good Life’. After a number of misleading headlines, incorrectly suggesting that Kanye shamed the disabled man, Kanye performed a hometown surprise set at Chicago’s AAHH! Fest, just a few days later. In the audience was another very special surprise guest, but he wasn’t there to perform, he was there to enjoy some good live music.
Yesterday the first (“but not last”) AAHH Fest! was held in Chicago’s Union Park. The hip-hop festival, pun intended, was certainly a breath of fresh air to showcase Chicago’s role in rap and hip-hop, and much more. Thanks to Chicago’s own, rapper Common, and in partnership with Donda’s House the Common Ground Foundation and the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, concert goers saw performances by Common, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Jay Electronica, Jennifer Hudson, De La Soul, MC Lyte, many local performers who performed in the event’s early show, and a number of surprises performances from SZA, Lil Mama, Vince Staples, and of course Mr. Kanye West.
Last night after much anticipation, Common brought Kanye West on the stage to perform at 16-song surprise setlist at the first annual AAHH! Fest in Chicago. Only The Early Registration and a bunch of dedicated fans were there to catch the performance in the front row. Check out some of our great and exclusive pictures and videos of Mr. West.