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Author: Katie Karpowicz

Katie is a multimedia journalist. Though she's a a Chicagoan at heart, Katie was born in St. Louis. She's a fan of Nelly but not the Cardinals. People often describe her as a music junkie and a pop culture-aholic.

Judas Priest

In the wide spectrum of Chicago's music scene, we've produced far more than just a multitude of talented song makers and stage takers. Paul Natkin has cemented himself as a legendary name in the industry but in a much different context. If not for the Chicago native, some of music's most legendary images wouldn't exist. The son of noted photojournalist Robert Natkin, Paul has been shooting famous performers for more than four decades. 

8 Reasons We're Excited for CIMMFest

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

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The Chicago International Music and Movies festival grows more massive and more expansive every spring. However, the 2015 programming proves that it's not missing out on any amount of quality for the sake of quantity. The city-wide, multiple venue fest is unique in that it not only showcases many fine musicians and filmmakers but it also highlights the longstanding relationship and reliance that the two mediums share. 

keri johnsrud

Chicago has produced many historic jazz clubs in its many decades and, frankly, it's a good thing we're also still producing talented jazz artists to fill those deserving stages. 

On Monday, April 13, 15-year performance veteran Keri Johnsrud celebrates her first headlining performance at the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club with the release of her second album This Side Of Morning

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. 

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.

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