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2 Dates · Apr 10 - Apr 11· CDT
2 Shows each night at 7pm & 10pm
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60607
Front Premier $55.00
Although some have compared his smooth vocals to the likes of music legends such as D’Angelo and Donny Hathaway, all while having the swag of a modern day Marvin Gaye, Raheem Devaughn has carved out his own place amongst R&B royalty as the “Love King” of the Neo-Soul universe. Raheem’s impressive career has been a living testimony to the benefits of dedication and commitment. Now entering his third decade at the top of the industry, Raheem’s raw talent has led his loyal fan base on an incredible musical journey ever since his soulful voice found the ears of the masses on his debut album, The Love Experience in 2005
So much for a sophomore slump - DeVaughn followed up the initial success of his debut album by topping it with his second project, Love Behind the Melody in 2008. The album, which featured classic hits such as the Grammy nominated “Woman” and “Customer” was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year and launched Raheem into superstardom – reaching number one on the Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and peaking at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Since then, the self-proclaimed “R&B hippie” has produced other gold standard albums, including the appropriately titled The Love & War Materpiece in 2010, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album in 2011. In total, Raheem DeVaughn’s decorated career has earned him two BET Awards and three Grammy nominations. He also was recently nominated for Outstanding Male Artist at the NAACP Image Awards in March 2019.
Still going stronger than ever, the gifted singer/songwriter has been in high demand, releasing his sixth and seventh studio albums, respectively, Decade of a Love King, in October 2018 and The Love Reunion, nine months later – which features the current smash top 10 Urban Adult hits “Just Right,” and “Don’t Come Easy.” Both albums give Raheem’s fans more of his vintage, smooth sound, while providing a new collection of timeless, sexy bedroom anthems for couples everywhere.
Raheem has respectably become world renown for his charity work as much as his work behind the mic. While today’s social climate has just now begun to influence some to get involved with promoting change, Raheem’s charity work has been serving as an instrument of hope and empowerment for years. In 2014 he founded the LoveLife Foundation, a foundation that focuses on improving lives through social, educational and wellness development. Within, as well as outside of LoveLife, Raheem believes in and fights for causes dealing with issues related to women’s rights, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS awareness among others. He is both a talented artist as well as an inspiration to people across the globe.
BonJovi & Bryan Adams
United Center, Chicago, IL
Tue, Jul 21, 2020 @ 7:30PM
BonJovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, NewJersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan,drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald.Previous bassist Alec John Such was dismissed in 1994, and longtimeguitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left in 2013.
BryanGuy Adams OC OBC is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer,guitarist, photographer, philanthropist, and activist. He rose tofame in Canada and the United States with his 1983 album Cuts Like aKnife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless,which produced some of his best known songs, including "Run toYou", "Summer of '69", and his first number one,"Heaven". In 1991, he released the album Waking Up theNeighbours, which included the song I Do It for You". The songbecame a worldwide hit and reached number 1 in many countries,including a new record of 16 consecutive weeks in the United Kingdom.Adams also had the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit singles"Please Forgive Me", "All for Love" and "HaveYou Ever Really Loved a Woman?"
Sun, Jul 19, 2020, 8:00 PM CDT
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The second son of Bob and Rita Marley, eight time Grammy winning musician and producer Stephen was born on April 20, 1972; he began his career as a precocious six-year old singing, dancing and playing percussion with his siblings in the group The Melody Makers whose first single “Children Playing in The Streets” was produced by their father in 1979 and released on Tuff Gong, the label founded by Bob in the late 60s. While still a teenager he assisted in the production of The Melody Makers’ albums including their three Best Reggae Album Grammy winners “Conscious Party” (Virgin Records, 1989) “One Bright Day” (Virgin Records, 1990) and “Fallen Is Babylon” (Elektra Entertainment, 1998).
In 1993 Ziggy and Stephen founded Ghetto Youths International as a means of controlling their own music and helping upcoming artists. Stephen’s earliest solo production efforts for Ghetto Youths International includes his late grandmother’s (Cedella Booker) album “My Altar”, followed in 1995 by the Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers single “Works To Do” and younger brother Damian’s “10,000 Chariots”. In 1996 Damian released his debut album “Mr. Marley”, on the Ghetto Youths imprint, on which Stephen played several instruments and wrote most of the songs, as well as producing the album.
The first project that brought Stephen’s production capabilities widespread attention was “Chant Down Babylon”, where he audaciously manipulated his father’s original vocal outtakes from the 1970s Island Records’ sessions, splicing them into duets with hip-hop and R&B artists, while updating the Wailers’ richly textured one-drop rhythms with an assortment of samples, loops and overdubs. “Chant Down Babylon” achieved its objective of bringing Bob’s music to a new generation of fans, earned a Grammy nomination, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than one million copies worldwide.
Stephen’s hip-hop infused dancehall beats were far more fluid and complex on Damian’s 2001 album “Half Way Tree” (Ghetto Youths/Motown), demonstrating Stephen’s equal dexterity in creating rugged roots reggae rhythms, which supported the well-crafted, substantial lyrics and Damian’s vocal flow. “Half Way Tree” yielded several hits in Jamaica, and internationally, including “More Justice” and “It Was Written” (featuring Capleton) and won the 2002 Grammy for Best Reggae album.
Stephen produced and contributed vocals to Damian’s single “Welcome to Jamrock”, the biggest reggae song of 2005 and still very popular today. Released in September 2005, “Welcome To Jamrock” (Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal Republic) entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 7, a record setting opening week for a reggae artist; it was certified Gold and won the 2006 Reggae Album Grammy while the single was honored for the Best Alternative Hip Hop performance, another first for a Jamaican artist.
The success of “Welcome to Jamrock” increased the anticipation surrounding the release of Stephen’s first solo effort- “Mind Control” –which won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2007. In 2008, Marley released a refreshing version of the hit album with an acoustic version that gained the artist another Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
In 2011 Stephen released his third solo album- “The Revelation, Pt.1: The Root of Life” that reconfirmed Stephen’s expansive capabilities as an affecting vocalist, a versatile lyricist and an accomplished instrumentalist while furthering his renown as an ingenious producer.
Stephen continued to showcase his talent for navigating between genres by effortlessly blending reggae with soul, hip hop and electronic beats on his fourth solo album; “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life,” released in 2016. A robust reflection of his work, the album features songs with notable artists including; Rakim, Dead Prez, Wyclef Jean, Black Thought, Shaggy, Pitbull, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and more.
For the past two years, Stephen and his team worked on the development production and promotion of the annual Kaya Fest. Now in its third year, the Kaya Fest is a music and awareness festival intended to educate the public on the many benefits of Cannabis. In 2019 the festival will expand with showcases in both Florida and Southern California.
The Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Jimmy Fortune
$20 – $50
Fri, June 26, 2020, 7:00 PM CDT
Doors at 6:00 PM
The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater
2686 E. Cantrell St.
Decatur, IL 62521
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.”
“Like everyone else in the group,” adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard Sterban, “I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. I’m still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”
The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country’s truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. In 2009, they covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from Rock reviewers. In 2011, they rerecorded a thirtieth anniversary version of Elvira for a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store project.
The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
Gospel Music Roots
The Oaks represent a tradition that extends back to World War II. The original group, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, began performing Country and Gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge where the atomic bomb was being developed. They called themselves the Oak Ridge Quartet, and they began regular Grand Ole Opry appearances in the fall of ‘45. In the mid-fifties, they were featured in Time magazine as one of the top drawing Gospel groups in the nation.
By the late ‘60s, with more than 30 members having come and gone, they had a lineup that included Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Noel Fox, and Willie Wynn. Among the Oaks’ many acquaintances in the Gospel field were Bonsall, a streetwise Philadelphia kid who embraced Gospel music; and Sterban, who was singing in quartets and holding down a job as a men’s clothing salesman. Both admired the distinctive, highly popular Oaks.
“They were the most innovative quartet in Gospel music,” says Bonsall. “They performed Gospel with a Rock approach, had a full band, wore bell-bottom pants and grew their hair long…things unheard of at the time.”
The four became friends, and when the Oaks needed a bass and tenor in ‘72 and ’73, respectively, Sterban and Bonsall got the calls. For a while, the group remained at the pinnacle of the Gospel music circuit. It was there they refined the strengths that would soon make them an across-the-board attraction.
“We did a lot of package shows,” says Bonsall. “There was an incredible amount of competition. You had to blow people away to sell records and get invited back.”
Their Gospel sound had a distinct Pop edge to it and, although it made for excitement and crowd appeal, it also ruffled purist feathers and left promoters unsure about the Oaks’ direction. Then in 1975, the Oaks were asked to open a number of dates for Roy Clark. Clark’s manager, Jim Halsey, was impressed by their abilities.
“He came backstage and told us we were three-and-a-half minutes (meaning one hit record) away from being a major act,” says Bonsall. “He said we had one of the most dynamic stage shows he’d ever seen but that we had to start singing Country songs.”
They took his advice and the result was a breakthrough.
“Those who came to Country music with or after the New Traditionalists of the mid-eighties cannot possibly imagine the impact the Oaks had in 1977, when they lit up the sky from horizon to horizon with Y’All Come Back Saloon,” wrote Billboard’s Ed Morris. He added, “…the vocal intensity the group brought to it instantly enriched and enlivened the perilously staid Country format. These guys were exciting.”
The Oaks branch out
Their career has spanned not only decades, but also formats. In 1977, Paul Simon tapped the Oaks to sing backup for his hit Slip Slidin’ Away, and they went on to record with George Jones, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Monroe, Ray Charles and even Shooter Jennings, the son of their old friend Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Most recently, the group recorded a duet with Merle Haggard for their 2015 Rock of Ages hymns and Gospel favorites album.
They produced one of the first Country music videos. In 1977, Easy, although not released in the U.S., reached the Number Three slot in Australia. They participated in the first American popular music headline tour in the USSR.
The Oak Ridge Boys have appeared before five presidents. And they have become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere, still performing some 150 dates each year at major theaters, fairs, and festivals across the U.S. and Canada.
They did it with a consistently upbeat musical approach and terrific business savvy.
“We always look for songs that have lasting value and that are uplifting,” says Allen, who co-produced many of the Oaks’ recent studio albums. “You don’t hear us singing ‘cheating’ or ‘drinking’ songs, but ‘loving’ songs, because we think that will last. We also don‘t put music in categories, except for ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ When we get through with it, it’s probably going to sound like an Oak Ridge Boys song no matter what it is.”
They proved their business acumen in any number of ways, including such steps as declining the chance to sit on the couch during their many appearances on the Tonight Show.
“We said, ‘If you‘re going to give us four minutes on the couch with Johnny, we’d rather have four minutes to give you another song that lets people know what got us here,’” says Allen. “We didn’t get here talking; we got here singing.”
They also proved themselves to be capable and tireless advocates of charitable and civic causes, serving as spokesmen and/or board members of fundraisers for the Boy Scouts of America, the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse (now, Prevent Child Abuse America), Feed The Children, the National Anthem Project and many more.
The group’s first personnel change in many years occurred in 1987 when Steve Sanders, who had been playing guitar in the Oaks Band, replaced William Lee as the baritone singer. Late in ‘95, Steve resigned from the Oaks and exactly one minute after midnight on New Year’s Eve, Duane, Joe and Richard surprised a packed house at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, by welcoming William Lee on stage and back into the group. The hit makers were finally together again!
The Oaks’ high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do, and they refine it several times a year, striving to keep it fresh well into the future.
“We‘re not willing to rest on our laurels,” Golden says. “That gets boring. As a group, we do things constantly to challenge ourselves, to try to do something different or better than the last time we did it.”
“I feel like I can do what I do on stage just as good now as I could 20 years ago,” says Bonsall. “I plan to be rockin’ my tail off out there as long as I’m healthy. The people who come out, who bring their families to see us, deserve everything I’ve got.”
“We’ve experienced a lot of longevity,” adds Sterban. “I think the reason is the love we have for what we do—the desire, the longing to actually get up there and do it. We love to sing together…to harmonize together. It’s what our lives are all about.”
“Back” to the future
In 2009, the group recorded a CD, The Boys Are Back, with 34-year-old, Pop-Rock producer Dave Cobb. Cobb encouraged them to stretch musically.
“Seven Nation Army was Dave’s first idea out of the shoot. He said he envisioned us singing where The White Stripes and Jack White do the instrumental parts. It turned out incredibly well,” Bonsall says. “The project is diverse and includes an old spiritual from the Smithsonian archives, God’s Gonna Ease Your Troublin’ Mind, as well as a new Jamey Johnson-penned, soon-to-be-classic called Mama’s Table.”
The Oaks’ new music attracted the attention of a younger audience, while reminding dedicated fans that their favorite group is ever-evolving. “When we throw those songs at the audience, it’s fun to watch their reaction. The cool thing is they’re loving it.” Bonsall says. “We don’t give it any introduction; we just go straight into each song. We did Seven Nation Army in Minnesota a few weeks ago and got a standing ovation. The younger kids in the audience were freaking out.”
Duane Allen, who is Executive Producer for the project, adds, “We went to California to get a Rock and Roll producer who brought us back home to the very roots of our music, which is Gospel mixed with Country, Blues, and Rock and Roll.”
Golden describes the new project as a “musical journey.”
Sterban agrees. “I think David took us down some roads we might not have traveled on our own. The music may be different but he did not try to change us, he challenged us.”
Many have labeled the Oaks’ path as one similar to what Johnny Cash traveled with producer Rick Rubin. The Oak Ridge Boys find that analogy appropriate, almost sentimental, because Cash was one of their earliest supporters and a longtime friend.
“Back when we were struggling in the early 1970’s, Johnny Cash encouraged us. He booked us on his show in Las Vegas, and he paid us too much money. But his belief in us was the most important thing. He sat us down and told us, ‘Boys, you think it’s rough right now, but there’s magic in the four of you. I can feel that magic. I know there is magic there. Don’t break up.’”
And the rest is history.
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9 PM
$59 - $79
Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and cousins Edward Patten and William Guest.
The 11th Annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention
Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 2:00 PM –
Sun, Jul 19, 2020, 8:00 PM CDT
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018
Dear Chicago Artists & Attendees,
Villain Arts feels terrible about the current situation. Many of you have expressed concern that May is too early to reschedule the event. We fear this is a correct assessment given the current state of things.
Villain Arts has made the difficult decision to reschedule the event again. The Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention will be held July 17th-19th 2020. We are so sorry if this messes up your plans and travel arrangements. We feel this is the best course of action for the safety all attendees.
Please allow us to apologize again for any inconvenience. We are all navigating these uncertain together. We continue to appreciate your patience and understanding as we are doing the very best we can with the conditions at hand.
Nelly & TLC - Live in Chicago
Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7 PM – 10 PM CDT
Nelly & TLC Team Up Under the Stars
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Tinley Park, IL)
Nelly knows how to get the party started, and TLC will keep it going, when the two legendary hip hop and R&B acts hit the stage at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Nelly released his first album, "Country Grammar", in 2000, and since then the Texas native has released a string of edgy singles, including "Air Force Ones," "Just a Dream" and "Hot in Herre," the last of which netted him a Grammy. TLC has taken home five Grammys over the course of their multiple multi-platinum career, making them the most successful girl group of all time. With huge hits include "Waterfalls," "No Scrubs" and "Creep," Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas continue to release new music and tour, after the tragic death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in '02.
Mother's Day Comedy Jam
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8 PM CDT
$55 - $125
The comedy stylings of Mothers Day Comedy Jam will have you rolling in aisles and you can order your comedy tickets today with Vivid Seats. Comedy lovers never regret attending Mothers Day Comedy Jam shows. Begin planning your next live comedy experience by checking out our updated list of Mothers Day Comedy Jam tour dates.
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Fri, May 1, 2020 @ 8:00PM
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Sat, May 2, 2020 @ 8:00PM
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, also known as Banda MS, is a Mexican Banda from Mazatlán, Sinaloa that was founded in 2003. The MS stands for Mazatlán, Sinaloa. It was created by brothers Sergio and Alberto Lizárraga, who are also members of the group. They debuted in 2004 with their album "No Podrás".
2020 Summer Tequila & Sangria Tasting Festival
Sat, June 20, 2020
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
N Wells St & W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
Premium Ticket (3:00PM to 6:00PM)
• 3 hour tasting
• 20 tasting cups
• More available for purchase: 100% goes to charity
• Small bites from 3:00-4:00PM included with your ticket
• Additional food and drink specials
• Additional 1 hour to taste and meet with the brands 1-on-1
• Free gift
• 3000 entries in the Mexico Trip for 2 Giveaway!
VIP Ticket (3:30PM - 6:00PM)
• 2.5 hour tasting
• 15 tasting cups
• More available for purchase:100% goes to charity
• Small bites from 3:30-4:00PM included with your ticket
• Additional food and drink specials
• Additional 30 minutes to taste and meet with the brands
• Free gift
• 2000 entries in the Mexico Trip for 2 Giveaway!
General Admission (4:00 - 6:00 PM)
• 2 hour tasting
• 15 tasting cups
• More available for purchase: 100% goes to charity
• Food and drink specials
• 1000 entries in the Mexico Trip for 2 Giveaway!
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