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Concert Mon Jul 02 2007

The Taste - Beyond The Big Names

As always there's a plethora of talent coming to the Taste of Chicago.  And what makes it even better is all the shows are free and allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks. (unlike other city fests)  With an all-star lineup that features the likes of Cheap Trick, John Mayer, Black Crowes and Los Lonely Boys, some of the lesser acts get lost in the shuffle.  Umphreys Mcgee is one obvious choice of a band that few have heard of that will bring fans a whole new musical experience.  But the two bands opening for John Mayer on the Fourth are without a doubt two groups you should arrive early for.  Rodrigo y Gabriela are an acoustic duo from Mexico that are influenced by in part by heavy metal.  While cutting their chops in the Mexico City club scene the two decided to take their multi-dimensional guitar education into a group and formed their current partnership.  Moving to Dublin (yes Ireland) the group found fans as street performers and in the bars while they developed a diverse, organic guitar sounds.  Their sound tends to be a more upbeat, vivacious groove that is high on energy and passion, which may get lost in a massive outdoor venue, but will be perfect mood music for a delightful afternoon. The mood of the concert will definitely shift when Robert Randolph and the Family Band take the stage. 

One of the most high energy, body moving acts around, the Boogie-Blues band is led by steel guitar prodigy Robert Randolph.  While he dresses more like a top 40 R & B star, Randolph may be the most talented steel guitarist ever, redefining the capabilities of the instrument.  Still rather young for a virtuoso, Randolph has wowed the likes of Eric Clapton, Santana, Ozzy Osbourne and Dave Matthews.  Dancing will be hard to resist during this set.  In fact Randolph himself regularly dances along while the band plays.  The rest of the time he'll be driving home a soulful, intense explosion of sound that will leave true music fans in awe and likely wondering if a tame John Mayer is worth sticking around for.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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