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Savoy at The Mid

Savoy @ The Mid
February 1, 2013 12:00am
Electronic Music

Meet The Mid, Located In Chicago’s Meatpacking District In The West Loop, It Meets Somewhere In The Middle Of The City Between Chicago’s Downtown And The Neighborhoods Within The City; Somewhere In The Middle Of A Live Music Venue And An Upscale Nightclub.

The Mid Seems To Be In Tune With Live Music And Nightlife To Give Music Lovers The Ultimate Concert Experience. The 801-Person Venue Is Located At 306 N. Halsted.

Outside The Doors Of The Club, The Great Views Of The Downtown Skyline Remind You Of The Wonderful City Of Chicago. Inside The Mid, You Will Find Three Full Service Bars, Ample Room For Dancing, Cozy Booths And Table Seating, And A VIP Room Equipped With Its Own Bar And DJ Booth. With The Second Floor Balcony And Seating, There Is Not A Bad Seat In The House, And The Dual-Floor Bathrooms That Are Bigger Than Some Apartments. Simple Modern Touches Like Exposed Brick And Dark Wood Floors Make The Place Look Rich Yet Relaxed. All Of These Elements Keep With The Venue’s Direction To Pave The Way For Music-Centric Clubs In Chicago

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2011 Chicago Jazz Festival

Don’t fear the Jazz! This event is a great way to get exposure to all different forms of jazz music… and it’s always a great idea to share the expressive sounds with your date!

Ornette Coleman live at Chicago Jazz Festival, Aug. 31, 2008.
Ornette Coleman live at Chicago Jazz Festival, Aug. 31, 2008. Flickr photo by mediageek

The word “jazz” (in early years also spelled “jass”) began as a West Coast slang term and was first used to refer to music in Chicago around 1915. And you thought we were just Blues!

The FREE Festival runs this Labor Day weekend (starting Thursday, Sept. 1 at Noon and running through to Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9:30 pm) at the Cultural Center and on to the Millennium and Grant Parks.

Bobby Watson at Chicago Jazz Festival - Photo by Paul "Tuna" Turner
The sax player, who I think is Bobby Watson himself, in the Bobby Watson's Horizon featuring Jeremy Pelt, Ed Simon, Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis on the final night of the Chicago Jazz festival at the petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park.

The 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is shaping up to be a tremendous Labor Day weekend in Chicago.

Once again the Festival will happen in multiple locations, starting on Thursday, September 1 with afternoon performances at three different venues located inside the Chicago Cultural Center.

Later that evening, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, enjoy the final concert in the Made in Chicago series, with Randy Weston and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble featuring the arrangements of Melba, the festival’s opening night event.

Friday evening, the festival holds court yet again at Millennium Park with Saxophone Summit featuring Joe Lavano, David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves to its traditional home in Grant Park where four stages come alive with Jazz music including the Jazz on Jackson Stage, the Cricket Wireless Jazz & Heritage Stage and the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage.

Headlining at the Petrillo Music Shell on Saturday evening is world renowned vocalist, songwriter and producer, Cassandra Wilson. And, closing the festival on Sunday evening is two-time Grammy Award winner and trumpeter, Roy Hargrove.

More information here from ExploreChicago.org

2011 Chicago Blues Festival

Have a great musical date night out to the hot blues sounds in Grant Park June 10th, 2011 – June 12th, 2011.

Chicago Blues Festival flickr photo by gingerbydesignThe Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

Admission is free so get your ears on for an evening stroll through Grant Park or bring some chairs, get a couple strips of food and beverage tickets (12 for $8) and settle in for some jams and people watching.

This festival is HUGE so be sure to get all the details about the various locations and preview events leading up to the big weekend.

Wicker Park Choral Singers Caroling at the Cloud Gate

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park on Friday evening. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee.

* Date 12.17.2010
* Time(s) Fri, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
* Location Chase Promenade Central
* Note Performance may be shorter due to extreme cold conditions

2010 Chicago Country Music Festival in Millenium Park

Those boots were made for two-stepping, so grab a pair and head to Millennium Park (new location) for the Chicago Country Music Festival, Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9! Happening during Marathon weekend, runners and spectators alike can limber up and relax with two days jam packed with the best country music this side of Nashville. The festival is FREE and hours are from Noon to 9 pm both days.

Chicago Country Music Festival Flyer

Schedule of Musical Performances

Friday, October 8th: Gretchen Wilson, Clint Black, Shelley Miller, Gin Palace Jesters, Midway Ramblers Cajun Band, The Henhouse Prowlers, Truth & Salvage Co., Charissa & Auburn Sky, Brushfire, Whitey Morgan & The 78s, Slim Pickins Band, Country Sky Band

Saturday, October 9th: Love & Theft, Jake Owen, Jewel, Scarlet Oaks, Doug & Telisha Williams, CMA Songwriters’ Series featuring: Kix Brooks, Bob DiPiero, David Lee Murphy & The Band Perry, Sawbuck, The Giving Tree Band, Slamabama, Brittany Clark & Raz’n Kane, Midnight Flyer, Northern Comfort, Levi Riggs

Both days there will be Line Dance Instruction between acts at the Best Buy tent. It’s not a Date until you’re dancing!

History of the Chicago Country Music Festival

Mayor Daley is a country music fan and recognized a need for a Chicago Country Music Festival in the city. Chicago, after all, has a rich heritage in country music and has a vast number of country singers/songwriters and bands here.

In 1991, the inaugural Chicago Country Music Festival became a reality. It was a two-day event, held on city streets, near Sheffield and Weed Street, to be exact. 42,000 country music fans turned out in 99 degree heat to watch a diverse talent line-up, featuring everything from clog dancers and square dancers to the singing group The Texas Tornadoes, Rodney Crowell and Pam Tillis. Music critics gave it a thumbs up for the variety of country music offered. Because of the big crowds, it was decided to move the event the following year to Grant Park to accommodate the crowds.

For 16 years, the Chicago Country Music Festival took place on the first weekend of Taste of Chicago, the city’s premier culinary event. It was considered a festival within a festival. Country music was featured on two music stages and performers over the years have included Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Wynonna, Yonder Mountain String Band, Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn and the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe.

2008 marked a big change for the event. The Chicago Country Music Festival moved out from the Taste of Chicago to a new location and a new date. The festival moved to Soldier Field Parkland. Large crowds turned out for Gretchen Wilson, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift, among others. The Best Buy Honky Tonk Stage and the Americana Stage rounded out the talent lineup. We also added a Kids Corral and Dance Tent.

More details can be found at www.chicagocountrymusicfestival.us

Romanticize Your Hump Day

As if getting through a Wednesday isn’t hard enough knowing the better half of the week is right around the corner. Why not plan a romantic evening in the park with your special lady friend and put it in the past. The Grant Park Orchestra will being filling your night romantic soothing sounds that will melt any woman’s heart. Don’t forget your picnic basket.

Grant Park Music Festival: Piano Romanticism and the Fairy’s Kiss

* Date 07.28.2010
* Time(s) Wed, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
* Location Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Franz Liszt embodied both his creative genius and flamboyant showmanship in his Piano Concerto No. 2 while Igor Stravinsky based his luminous ballet The Fairy’s Kiss on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen and several little-known pieces of Tchaikovsky.

Stravinsky The Fairy’s Kiss
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2, A major
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien
Grant Park Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, Conductor; Markus Groh, Piano

source: Millennium Park

When spending a evening in the park what do you bring with to insure a great night?