Author: Sommer Thornton

Tank and Leela James Live at the House of Blues

Tank and Leela James – Working Overtime To Revivify R&B with “Savage X The Soul” Tour   House of Blues, Chicago, IL, USA, October 19, 2017 By Sommer Thornton Two soul powerhouses thrilled a sold-out crowd at House of Blues in Chicago last Sunday. Dubbed the “Savage X” for crooner Tank’ new school R&B, love ballads and sexy bedroom tunes, and “The Soul” for singer Leela James’s throwback neo-soul, contemporary R&B hits the show is a perfect date night. Tank and Leela James are on a propulsion all the way up with current singles spinning on pop, hip-hop and...

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Janet Jackson’s State of the World show Nostalgic, Revealing, Inspiring

Janet Jackson‘s State of the World Tour Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL, USA, October 26, 2017 By Sommer Thornton Janet Jackson emerged from what many thought was fairytale marriage to reveal she had been going through some things. Her fans embraced her and nurtured her return to the States – and that love is shown by them packing arenas to witness her State of the World Tour. Janet Jackson gave an electrifying show at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Oct. 26. State of the World, named after a cut on her 1989 Rhythm Nation album had Rosemont lit for miles as...

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Riot Fest Chicago Music Festival 2017 Wrap-up – 100 Acts on 5 Stages

Chicago Riot Fest 2017 – Chicago Music Festival Douglas Park, Chicago, IL, USA,  September 15-17 Review by Sommer Thornton The 2017 Chicago’s Riot Fest brought out hundreds of thousands of metal, alt, emo, pop, ska, and hip-hop heads for three full days with five stage rocking at the same time. The acoustics for Riot Fest were so spectacular that I caught Taking Back Sunday open their set next to Wu Tang’s encore with no interference. Headliners Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and rockstar ladies Peaches and M.I.A. all performed at the Chicago festival. Danzig returned to Riot Fest...

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Talib Kweli’s Exclusive Show at City Winery

Talib Kweli’s Exclusive Show at City Winery by Sommer Thornton Saturday, June 2: Talib Kweli gave an intimate performance at City Winery in Chicago’s River West neighborhood with a bottle of red and two turntables and a microphone. With City Winery’s posh contemporary rustic setting as a backdrop;  the 100+ attendees all well-dressed and bright eyed, and the wine and hor d’oeuvres flowing, Kweli performed smooth and raucous hits with his unique narratives. “I’m a drunk James Brown,” Kweli jokes, speaking on hate he gets on social media from racists and white rappers ‘trolling’ him. The Blackstar native performed...

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The Roots Rock Taste of Chicago with Empire Stars

The Roots at the Taste of Chicago Review by Sommer Thornton The mighty Roots band rocked the first day of the new-and-improved Taste of Chicago Wednesday, June 6.  Black Thought, Questlove and their ensemble brought special guest Donnie Trumpet to Grant Park for the infamous food and music festival – jamming a 1000+ crowd.  The Roots performed cuts from the last 10 years with the guitar, bass, and trumpet players doing some impromptu choreography.  Plus, after an interlude of Prince hits capped off by a DJ doing some crazy EDM mixing, the Roots were joined on stage by Empire...

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