Chicago singer-songwriter Neal Francis isn’t particularly religious, but the church has had a deep impact on his music. As a child piano prodigy, Francis learned to play the pipe organ at the Catholic church he attended with his family, an experience that helped fuel his budding love of performance—since then, he’s sat in with local […]
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The Reader’s guide to the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival
Bettye LaVette and Dr. John headline an unusually diverse Chicago Blues Festival whose side stages hold underappreciated treasures.
Chicago Country Music Festival
Now located in Millennium Park, this year’s edition features performances by Jewel, Jake Owen, Love & Theft, Clint Black, Gretchen Wilson, Truth & Salvage Co., the Giving Tree Band, and others.