Satellite is a California band that, for as long as I’ve known of them, have mainly stuck to the West Coast, so when I found out that they were playing in Chicago, I was excited to see them touring. Add in the fact that they played with Paper Route, which is a band the hubby really enjoys, and we just HAD to go to the show. I think lots of other people felt the same way because the show was sold out and packed!

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Honestly, I hadn’t heard of Lindsey Stirling before this show.

My friends got a last minute call for the opening slot, and I went to The Vic to see/photograph their set. But, since I was already there, I stayed to check out Lindsey. And I’m so glad I did. I’ve seen so many bands and concerts, that I love when I get surprised by something different. I was in awe of Lindsey’s energy, style, talent, and interaction with the audience. I wasn’t able to stay for the whole show, but I definitely would love to see more!

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We heard about this show just a few hours before Tall Animals hit the stage in support of Lindsey Stirling.  Surprisingly, it was a rare free night, so we lucked out and were able to make it.

Tall Animals played a DJ set this night to get the crowd going, so it was a bit different from their standard fare, but it’s always wonderful to see these guys! ┬áHere are just a few of my favorites:

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You might recognize a few of these guys from my many photos of The Dog & Everything and Last Fast Action. But, since those pictures, they’ve changed it up 100%: they put down the guitar, tossed out the bass, and lost the drums. As Tall Animals, they are focusing on upbeat, danceable electronica. It’s quite a shift, but it’s great seeing something so inspired. Plus, it’s super easy to dance to.

Check out Tall Animals on Facebook, iTunes, or in real life at the annual Fall Formal on November 24th.

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Company of Thieves.
Always so much fun.
Always so photogenic.
Clearly, a local favorite.

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Because of my crazy wedding photography schedule during the summer months, it’s rare that I’m able to find time to see concerts during that time. However, when I heard that Quietdrive was coming back to town, I cleared my schedule for a precious free night of fun. Old friends and one of my favorite bands to photograph, they never disappoint. In fact, the whole night was worth it just for their cover of Brittany’s “Toxic” (complete with violin, of course). The rest of the set was just an amazing bonus.

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We were already planning to go to Sausage Fest to hang out with friends and to see Company of Thieves, but when we saw that Ha Ha Tonka was playing, the day got even better.

Even though I feel like they’re part of the Chicago scene, they originally hail from the Ozarks, which helps provide Ha Ha Tonka with their unique sound that never gets old. Fabulous performers, I feel like their show is always different… even after we’ve seen them dozens (?) of times. You can tell that they’re a band that doesn’t play because it’s a job, but because they truly love music.

Also, a little bit of trivia…they were on No Reservations (with Anthony Bourdain) a while back. For a girl who has a husband who is a foodie, that is some major cool points.

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I was super lucky to be able to see Company of Thieves twice in just a few month’s time span. Honestly, they’re one of those bands that I could watch every night. Love them.

If you’re in Chicago, they’re headlining Sausage Fest on June 3rd (and my buddies Treaty of Paris are playing the Fest on the 2nd, too), come on out. I’ll be there!

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Garen is always a pleasure to see and photograph, but photographs never do his show justice. He’s one of the few special people whose live show outshines his recorded music, so it’s always a treat when he comes to town.

He’ll be in South for a bit, so I highly recommend checking him out if you are one of the lucky millions around NC and VA!

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It was fate that we were able to make this show. I had a shoot earlier in the evening, and the set times lined up just right where we walked in mere minutes before The Frantic started playing. Hopefully that kind of serendipity happens again soon, because seeing The Frantic once every six months isn’t enough.

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