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Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll Marching Band Mucca Pazza Playing April Residency At Revolution Brewing

Mucca Pazza Big Band

Mondays in April at Revolution Brewing's Logan Square hub are getting a little weird ... in a good way. Chicago's Mucca Pazza, a 20+ member marching band that's known to play everything from gypsy punk to New Orleans funk to mambo music, is setting up shop at the brewpub for a weekly residency. 

Three Places To Hear Traditional Irish Music In Chicago this St. Patrick's Day

Irish bagpipers

There are many Irish symbols and traditions we associate with St. Patrick's Day here in Chicago. Music isn't always one of them but it is an important! No holiday or cultural celebration is complete without it, really. In addition to the parades, the Jameson and the sea (or river) of green you'll find all throughout Chicago this Saturday and Tuesday, these spots will offer the traditional sounds of Ireland.

Ravinia Festival Releases Its Star-Studded 2015 Schedule


We've sprung forward and we're hopeful for highs of 50 degress this week, which can only mean one thing: winter is finally winding down! Another sign of the seasons changing? The Ravinia Festival announces its 2015 programming this morning and again the lineup is almost too long to list. 

Locally Created App Nusiki Is Your Social Media Soundtrack

Nusiki Desktop 

YouTube. Soundcloud. Spotify. There are dozens of ways we discover and listen to music in the Internet age. The only problem is that it's hard to share our tastes and what we're listening to across the multitude of social media platforms available to us. Enter a team of Chicago-born millennials keen on fixing that problem.

Ladies Night: Where To Find Chicago's Best Female Musicians This Week


If you're the type that complains that there aren't enough women making music, that there aren't enough female artists topping music festival bills each summer, take note. Chicago is chock full of female-friendly concerts this week, you just have to know where to look.

Six Dunn Dunn Fest Highlights That Will Warm Up Your Week

Dunn Dunn Fest 2015

How does one define "American music"? There is no one answer. There is no one genre, only a history of talented artists that have popularized dozens of different styles. That's what Chicago's Dunn Dunn Fest sets out to highlight every winter. 

The music festival kicks off this Thursday and will host 15 concerts at six venues over three days. Local and national acts will come together to create another fantastic lineup in 2015. If you're looking

The Empty Bottle's Chili Synth Cook-Off & Outdoor Block Party Will Warm Up Your Winter

Empty Bottle

Let's face it: the last couple months of winter are the hardest ones to get through. You may have lost your motivation towards the "Winter's not going to slow me down!" mantra. Don't succumb to cabin fever. Get out! Enjoy the last few crisp, cold days. 

Ukrainian Village bar and venue the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.) has never been one to let a little chilly weather dampen its spirits. Each year as the temperate drops, the Bottle is

Ten x Ten Series Returns to Chicago with Original Art/Music Collaborations

Ten x Ten

The relationship between visual and audio art has never been a subtle one. When paired together, one never fails to inform the other and that's exactly what the producers behind Chicago's Ten x Ten series are hoping for. 

Entering its fourth year, the nearly year-long project pairs local artists and muscians together to create dual-media collaborative works. Inspired by Colin Palombi of Homeroom and Spudnik Press's constant requests to create screenprints

Techno Yoga Is What You're Missing From Your Workout Routine

Rooted Center

Electronic dance music and yoga are, in many eyes, polar opposites when it comes to their intended results. EDM is loud, vacillating and high energy. Yoga is a calm, introspective exercise. It's easy to see how the two elements wouldn't belong together but "Techno Yoga" class at the Rooted Self Expression Center in Wicker Park is all one needs to reconsider. 

Vinyl Lovers Be Warned, The Monsters Are Here

DJ Turntable

It's ironic that, in the age of records' resurgence as a popular music format, DJs are using more software than vinyl than ever before. The production and accessibility of these programs may be at its highest rate but that classic needle-on-wax sound is missing from too many clubs around town. 

Luckily, one Chicago events group isn't taking the shift in dance music lying down. Cage and Aquarium continues its Monster Eat Laptops series this month and will make

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