The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
Twin Peaks guitarist Cadien Lake James honors the lessons that the city’s early house scene taught today’s DIY garage rockers.
Black Monument Ensemble founder Damon Locks still feels the ripples from Soul Train 50 years after its Chicago premiere.
With his supergroup Pigface, industrial-music veteran Martin Atkins brings together all sorts of scenes onstage.
House-music pioneer Vince Lawrence remembers the huge scene-defining parties he helped throw as a teenager.
Veteran rapper and activist Rhymefest remembers an all-star festival by and for the community.
Ohmme cofounder Sima Cunningham spent years in a children’s choir that sang for the Dalai Lama—and she hopes to help such groups continue nurturing young musicians.
Pioneering house DJ Lori Branch shouts out her fellow Windy City originators, including Chaka Khan and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites nominations and votes for the greatest moments in Chicago music history.