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The pandemic kept us from celebrating the likes of Lil Durk and King Von the way they should’ve been—on a sweaty dance floor.
Best of Chicago 2020: Music & Nightlife
“It made people feel like they were helping out a business in the community, and at the same time they were getting a special service that they could rely on.”
Chicago played an outsize role in the birth of modern gospel music, but few artists remain from that foundational era.
Veteran DJ Vince Adams and nonagenarian bluesman Jimmy Johnson both took to livestreaming during the pandemic.
New projects kept coming from A Flor de Piel, the Los Sundowns, Lester Rey, Gabacho, ÉSSO, and others.
Saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tyler Damon played regular concerts in Margate Park this past summer and fall.
Between the All-Star Weekend’s Big Jam and the Summer Jam, the pandemic arrived to shut down arena concerts.
Warm Violet has raised more than $10,000 so far, mostly from Chicagoans, which speaks to grassroots support for its cause and for local music.
Ric Wilson’s single arrived in the midst of this summer’s protests but carried the knowledge of uncounted protests that came before.
Chicago underground rock stayed great through a terrible year, and Born Yesterday released some of the best.
Their idiosyncratic but radio-ready songs sound like the work of a seasoned veteran, and they’re already going viral.
The Promontory’s favorite DJ died last spring, but his soulful music can still bring life.