Today is the LAST day to enter the contest to win free passes Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival! Five lucky winners will get to see bands over the course of three days from 12/3-12/5 at various locations throughout the Windy City. Bands include the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Right Now, The Skatalites, and many more.
Comment below or on our Facebook postson why you deserve the 3-day passes (make sure to include your full name and e-mail address) and we’ll be announcing winners TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 1.
Below is a round-up of some bands to catch on Sunday, December 5. Indulge in Chicago’s newest “it” venue in the heart of Lincoln Park while being wooed and wowed by the following lineup:
“The Skatalites are the premiere ska band from Jamaica. Officially formed in 1964 after playing in studios together all over Kingston, these musicians came together to perform live shows all over the island. In addition to the live shows,these musicians were the backing band for every vocalist including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals, to name just a few. They are the roots to the tree whose branches include rocksteady, reggae, rap, dub, punk, two-tone, 3rd wave, ska-jazz, ska-core and ragga. Now in their 46th anniversary they continue to please crowds while spanning the globe year after year.” – skatalitesmusic.com
Daphne Willis (featured)
“The 21-year-old front woman makes supple, soulful music possessing a sophistication that belies her age. Because of the silky, disarming ease of her songs, Willis has been described as a female Jack Johnson. In only two years, Willis has already made deep inroads on the Midwest club circuit and is now performing at top-echelon venues like Schuba’s in Chicago, The Annex in Madison, First Avenue in Minneapolis and the River Roots Live Festival in Davenport and pulling off this feat without the help of a booking agent.” – themusebox.net
“Pieced together after a series of fateful barroom encounters, Go Long Mule has created a style that is as much cheers and laughter as it is a drunken brawl. This group of multi-instrumentalists renders tales of the beauty parlor and the junkyard alike with the stylings of rag-and-bones folk, vaudevillian roots-rock, and roadhouse blues. Accessible yet indefinable, this sonic collage stitched by this wayfaring bevy is perhaps best described as nothing more than a reflection of the band’s multifarious members.” – Go Long Mule’s Facebook
“Mike Mangione & The Union is a touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with an orchestrated string section, soulful vocals and literate sensibility. The band’s previous album, Tenebrae, has received favorable press from all corners of the country, including the honor of being an All Music Guide Album Pick, while Blurt refers to their “tearstained folk, Memphis-styled gospel and bluesy-flavored pop” as “luminous.” Their new album, Offering, will be released in spring 2011.” — mikemangione.com
“The O’ My’s, a group which was haphazardly conceived in the summer of 2007, have since become one of the most adored young bands from Chicago. The O’ My’s make music that garners comparisons to the soul and blues of Chicago’s past, yet the essence of the music is beyond pretension and their sound is far from contrived. On their debut album Above The Influence the boys touch on a multitude of subjects ranging from misplaced hate to adolescent love, all while displaying their incredible pop sensibilities and innate ability for arrangement.” — theohmys.com
“Somewhere in between today’s Blues scene and Acoustic coffee shops grows an artist named Jamie Lono. Jamie Lono shows you soul that the world hasn’t seen in a while. Occasionally accompanied by Guitarist Danny Dancel, their presence and energy on stage is undeniable. Building his style around Acoustic sing-a-longs to Rough blues from the 1950′s, Jamie Lono gives you a style of music you’ve never heard before. Some may call it the Hawaiian Blues.” – reverbnation.com