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Eric Schelkopf
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Guitar slinger Jimmy Nick to perform July 14 at Itasca Fest
By ERIC SCHELKOPF His wildly energetic shows have earned Jimmy Nick much acclaim in the Chicago area and beyond. Nick, a Crystal Lake native, has headlined at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago and performed with the likes of John Mayall, Samantha Fish, Pat Tra...
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Alternative art rock band Curious Grace & Black Rabbit releases new album, will play at Wire in Berwyn
Photo credit: James Caulfield By ERIC SCHELKOPF All bands should be as musically adventurous as Chicago band Curious Grace & Black Rabbit. Featuring the work of husband-wife songwriting duo Tom and Mary Erangey, the alternative art rock band will celebrate ...
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This year's Blues on the Fox festival at RiverEdge Park in Aurora provides lasting memories
By ERIC SCHELKOPF With Chicago being the blues capital of the world, it only makes sense that a Chicago musician would rule the day during the second day of the 22nd annual Blues on the Fox festival at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. The sweltering heat on June 1...
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Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist Samantha Fish to perform at Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora
By ERIC SCHELKOPF Samantha Fish's presence has only grown since she last played the Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora in 2014. In May, she was named the Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist at the Blues Foundation's 39th annual Blues Music awards. Fish w...
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Bus driving blues musician Toronzo Cannon to perform at Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora
Photo by Dragan Tasic By ERIC SCHELKOPF   By day, Toronzo Cannon is a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority. By night, Cannon is an acclaimed blues artist with fans all over the world. His 2016 debut on Chicago-based Alligator Records, "The Chicago W...
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Anderlik, Otto & Church to present genre-defying music at Water Street Studios' Blues & Roots on Water Street Festival
By ERIC SCHELKOPF Chicago native Rob Anderlik had a musical change of heart after discovering bluegrass music and the dobro. He decided to give up the electric guitar and set out to be a slide guitarist. Anderlik and his fellow bandmates i n Anderlik, Otto ...
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Chicago jazz band Nia Quintet releases new album, will play at Chicago Botanic Garden
By ERIC SCHELKOPF 
 Chicago band Nia Quintet   has won praises for the creativity and originality it has brought to the jazz scene. 
 The band recently released its third recording, "Music by Scott Anderson," the first since Jon Dietemyer and Paul Mutzabaug...
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Paramount Theatre hits the right notes in stirring version of "Once"
Photo by Liz Lauren By ERIC SCHELKOPF  Once again, the Paramount Theatre hits all the right notes with its production of "Once," which runs through June 3. For those not familiar with the story, "Once," a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin, tel...
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Edward David Anderson to perform at Kiss The Sky in Batavia as part of Record Store Day
By ERIC SCHELKOPF  On his forthcoming album, Edward David Anderson gets back to being part of a band. The former St. Charles resident, who has called Bloomington home for the past 15 years, will perform at 8 p.m. April 21 at Kiss The Sky record store, 180 F...
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Guitarist Anthony Gomes to bring energetic show April 14 to Brauerhouse in Lombard
 By ERIC SCHELKOPF   Those who spent any time at Chord on Blues in St. Charles knows the electricity Anthony Gomes creates on stage. Gomes was a regular at the club, which closed several years ago. So it should come as no surprise that in November 2017, Gom...
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