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Local Chicago Music Scene
Chicago has a rich history of legendary recording artists, partly because it's one of the biggest cities in America with many places to play live. In the 2010 Census the Chicago metropolitan area had 9.8 million people with nearly 2.7 million living in the city. Major campuses include University of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology and The University of Illinois at Chicago. The local music scene is covered by WindyCityRock.net, Streetwise, The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times.
Many classic blues artists who helped shaped the sound of blues came straight out of Chicago. Some of the great blues legends include Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Buddy Miles. The history of the Chicago music scene has included many jazz-flavored hit acts such as Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Electric Flag and The Freddy Jones Band. Other big names from Chicago include Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, Phillip Bailey, Kanye West, Rufus, Sam Cooke, Urge Overkill, Wilco, Stabbing Westward, Rise Against, Fall Out Boy, Da Brat, Disturbed, Survivor, Chi-Lites, Emotions, Richard Marx, Buckinghams, Impressions, Flamingos, Shadows of Knight and Veruca Salt.
Alain de Courtenay * Aisha Adair * Andrew Bird * Ashleigh Ashton * Ben Miller & The Rebel Bandits * Camille G. Brown * Char Meredith * Chicago Blues All-Stars * Cornmeal * Davy Knowles * Deathbird * Qissmet * DJ Digital Girl * Henhouse Prowlers * Ian Wilson * James Curley * Jessica Brown * Jim St. James * Jimmy Valentine * Joey Price * Justin and the Salty Dogs * KF Jacques * Matt Keen * Michael Charles * Michael Manson * Model Stranger * MzKoolAid * Napalm * Nick Moss * Panther Style * Patrice * Patti Shaffner * Sons of Never Wrong * Syleena Johnson * Stat * Tenette * Thadeus Project * The Audition * The Branded * The Handcuffs * The Legendary Traxster * The Steepwater Band * They All Have Legs * TJ Brown * Tom Fuller Band * 12 Gauge Noise * Umphrey's McGee * Wayne Baker Brooks *
The Pitchfork Music Festival was held at Union Park on July 19-21, 2013. Chicago's R. Kelly was the main attraction, along with Lady Gaga, Bjork, Solange, Chromatics, Bell & Sebastian, M.I.A., Killer Mike, Yo La Tengo, Sky Ferreira, Lil B, Chairlift, Toro y Moi, Glass Candy and Tree. The three day festival, which Pitchfork launched in 2006, was a mix of various styles. There had been rumors that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z would appear, which did not happen. The event was written about in this Jake Malooley article 7/22/2013 on Timeout Chicago.
Bonzie is an 18 year old indie rocker who writes and sings her own songs. Her real name is Nina Ferraro and she's originally from Wisconsin but now makes her home in Chicago. Her self released debut album called Rift Into the Secret of Things was released in August 2013. The album offers meditative songs and social commentary songs such as "Data Blockers." She began writing songs when she was 9 years old. Her influences include the Beatles and John Coltrane. She is now working with producer Steve Albini, who produced Nirvana and countless other bands. She was written about in this Selena Fragassi article 8/15/2013 in Chicago Magazine.
The North Coast Music Festival is set for Labor Day Weekend 2013, bringing together a wide mix of music presented by local promoters from React Presents and nightclubs Silver Wrapper, Cold Grums, Kingtello, and Metronome. The show features Passion Pit, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Madeon, A-Trak, Laidback Luke, Claude VonStroke, Seven Lions, Gramatik, Paper Diamond, Midnight Conspiracy and Skream. The event was previewed with various tracks from SoundClound in this article 8/21/2013 on Your EDM.
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