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Ramsey Lewis Weekend Report: Eagles fly alongside Dixie Chicks, Jazz trifecta
Friday, June 18, 2010


Famed jazz man Ramsey Lewis turns 75 this summer and his bash is loaded with several famous faces. In addition to those smooth piano stylings, gear up for his trio performing alongside Nancy Wilson, plus a set by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The veteran list of co-headliners is sure to be the perfect soundtrack for looking at the stars, while stirring the soul thanks to a mixture of vintage and contemporary presentations. (Bet your life - Friday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org).

She's one of alternative country's most treasured voices and he's one of the most seasoned sidemen in music history. Catch a headlining set from singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, who turns in an evening of gospel tunes and earthy originals, alongside guitarist Buddy Miller, also known for his time with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda WilliamsDixie Chicak and Linda Ronstadt. (Worth a shot - Friday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Touring behind the same album for three years straight is certainly questionable, but there's no question that the Eagles have always managed to rake in plenty of dough. Catch tunes behind the double disc Long Road Out of Eden and all the usual suspects, in addition to unexpected opening acts in the country vein The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Soldier Field- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Sarah McLachlan Street Week: Sarah smiles again, Petty's got the blues
Monday, June 14, 2010


For those keeping tabs on Sarah McLachlan's personal life, it's apparent that raising two children throughout the 2000s was a top priority, as evidenced by the lengthy break in between albums. To coincide with this year's Lilith Fair, the tunesmith will turn in The Laws of Illusion (Arista), marking her first official offering since 2003's Afterglow. In her spare time, the singer's been putting pen to paper, turning in a dozen new tunes led by the joyful new single "Loving You Is Easy."

After Tom Petty reconnected with his first group Mudcrutch, he's taken a decidedly bluesy direction with the occasional jam session thrown in. Though that falls right in line with the Heartbreakers' roots rock n' roll sound, fans of that band might be surprised to find Mojo (Reprise) leaning in an even grittier direction than before. In other words,Tom Petty expect all the previous gloss of the group's glory days to be stripped away to a bawdy bar band that just so happens to include some of the world's finest musicians.

From his rise as a good old fashioned rock n' roller in the 1970s to pop chart conquest throughout the 1980s and '90s and settling into elder statesmen singer/songwriter territory in more recent years, John Mellencamp's amassed a massive audience from all walks of life. And as this 54-track/72-page book box set On The Rural Route 7609 (Mercury/Island/Universal) indicates, he's just as apt to write about every type of person and circumstance he meets along the way, tracing those working class Indiana origins to socially conscious subjects like bigotry and poverty to poetry rich narratives spanning a slew of colorful characters.

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