For fans of guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa, Lisa Torem discovers that the Austin City Limits livestream is an exciting way to celebrate the old and the new in the comfort of one’s home.
Although the popular Chicago Humanities Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, featured guest/singer-songwriter Tori Amos agreed to a live-stream interview. Lisa Torem reviews the highlights.
Lisa Torem finds The Who’s 'Moving On!' tour at the Blossom Music Center at Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio, off the heels of a new release. drawing from seven albums and embellished by live, local orchestral arrangements.
Lisa Torem watches septuagenarian singer-songwriter John Prine at the Pavilion in Ravinia Park in Illinois play a life-affirming set.
Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan
Lisa Torem watches co-headliners Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan perform many of their greatest hits at the Ravinia Pavilion at Highland Park, Illinois.
Lisa Torem got her share of 'Satisfaction' as the World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band resume their postponed tour at Soldier Field, Chicago.
Chick Corea With Bela Fleck
Lisa Torem watches East Coast musicians jazz/fusion pianist Chick Corea and banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck trade impressive licks at Chicago’s Old Town School before a packed house.
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Lisa Torem watches Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and their trio play a generous set of hits, sweeping their audience through several decades of magical material.
Lisa Torem is mesmerised by charismatic and energetic British rockers The Struts when they head out to Chicago for a House of Blues gig.
Lisa Torem finds bringing in the aftermath of the new year to be a delight when Mud Morganfield aka Muddy Waters Jr. and his band unleashed fresh cuts from his latest album ‘They Call Me Mud’ as well as classics.
Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers
Lisa Torem finds that former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir’s terrific pairing with producer/bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane at the Chicago Theater makes for almost three hours of engaging music.
Lisa Torem enjoys watching jazz legend Ahmad Jamal and his trio play a sparkling set at Chicago’s Symphony Center
Lisa Torem watches Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band entertain a multi-generational crowd at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion for two exhilarating hours.
Lisa Torem watches Roger Daltrey, with The Who band, perform a flawless version of Pete Townshend’s 'Tommy' plus more at the popular Pavilion near Chicago at a nearly sold-out gig on a Monday night.
Lisa Torem enjoys a sublime night of Beach Boys hits from Al Jardine at the City Winery in Chicago.
Lisa Torem watches the Zombies dedicate an enthralling set at City Winery in Chicago to their late bassist Jim Rodford on their 'Edge of the Rainbow' tour which includes classic and contemporary hits.
LIsa Torem watches groundbreaking NYC New Wave act Blondie combine recent and vintage material to dazzling effect at a sold-out show at the Apollo in Manchester.
Lisa Torem chronicles events, leading to a historical Alice Cooper Group reunion in Nashville and this year's multi-city Alice Cooper tour in the UK, including a show she attends in Birmingham.
Lisa Torem enjoys an energetic set of greatest hits from the Happy Mondays at the Roundhouse in London.
American guitarist and educator Dweezil Zappa entertains fans at City Winery Chicago with delightful stories about his father, formative career and more, using his red SG for effect.
Lisa Torem watches the original Alice Cooper band play two very rare reunion gigs together at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Renaisssance Hotel in Nashville
Lisa Torem watches Garland Jeffreys and his band perform a fiery set of classics and brand new material to a receptive crowd at City Winery in Chicago
Lisa Torem watches Wanda Jackson uphold her rockabilly roots when performing a high spirited concert at Chicago’s City Winery.
Lisa Torem enjoys the hypnotic harmonies, strong performances and contemporary perspectives of 'The Perfect American' by composer Philip Glass
Time stands still for Lisa Torem when Robin Trower and his trio perform at Chicago’s Copernicus Center.
Lisa Torem watches Chicago Opera Theater's exciting telling of 'The Invention of Morel' which features the collaboration of former Police drummer Stewart Copeland with British playwright/director Jonathan Moore
Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling
Lisa Torem watches from the balcony as the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling join forces for an exciting night at the Chicago Symphony Center
Lisa Torem watches American composer Philip Glass perform an eloquent solo show at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music
Lisa Torem enjoyed the spectacular lineup, which included Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris, at the Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees
Gang Of Four
Lisa Torem watches as post-punk outfit Gang of Four bowl over new fans as well as old at a gig at Chicago's intimate Metro
Vocalist Aaron Neville performs doo wop, R & B and folk covers at Chicago’s City Winery
Lisa Torem watches British band the Struts play an action-packed set at the Bottom Lounge to a crowd of late night Chicagoans on Lollapalooza eve
Jeff Beck/Buddy Guy
Lisa Torem heads to Chicago's idyllic Ravinia Pavilion to see two guitar legends in full flight on a Sunday night
Lisa Torem enjoys a riveting set of rock ballads and blues classics from 70's band Bad Company at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island in Chicago.
At Chicago's Schuba's Tavern, Lisa Torem watches singer-songwriter James McCartney' treat fans to new material from 'The Blackberry Train'
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Lisa Torem watches South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform a spectacular A Cappella concert at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.
Lisa Torem watches as frontman Luke Spiller and the Struts cast a spell on a young audience at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.
Rickie Lee Jones
Lisa Torem finds Rickie Lee Jones' News Orleans-inspired songwriting to be shining when she returns to the Old Town School of Folk Music in her birth city of Chicago with a new line-up in support of her recent fan-funded release, 'The Other Side of Desire'
Lisa Torem attends the 26th Annual Corporate Night Benefit of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to review a special performance by Sarah McLachlan.
Watkins Family Hour
For more than a decade, Sean and Sara Watkins have, under the moniker of the Watkins Family Hour, conducted impromptu jam sessions at The Largo in Los Angeles with special guests. Lisa Torem catches them on tour in Chicago in support of an eponymous new album
Super talent Simon Townshend played a generous set of his classics as well as tracks from new album, ‘Denial’ at Chicago’s Martyrs
Lisa Torem at Chicago's Old Town School watches Patti Smith celebrate spring through readings of original and classic poetry and an assortment of her greatest hits
Lisa Torem at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn enjoys a set of music drawn from blues, rock and Latin influences from Los Angeles band, Los Lobos
Lisa Torem watches ex-Soft boys frontman Robyn Hitchcock play an entertaining, often hilarious set at Space in Evanston, Illinois
Lisa Torem watches British singer-songwriter and pianist Olivia Chaney play a grippingly initmate set at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago
Lisa Torem enjoys a pre-Chorstmas show from jazz pianist and composer, George Winston
Lisa Torem watches rising blues star Eric Gales play an impresive set at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago
Lisa Torem enjoys sets from among others Patti Smith, the Flaming Lips, Billy Bragg and Paul Weller at the three day Chicago Riot Fest
Lisa Torem watches former Small Faces/Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan play a magical set at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, Illinois
Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion
Lisa Torem watches former Cream drummer Ginger Baker return to his jazz roots with his new band Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at the City Winery in Chicago
Lisa Torem at the Old Town School of Folk Music enjoys the Chicago date of a tour from some of its regular players to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Newport Jazz Festival
Iron And Wine
Lisa Torem watches South Carolinian musician Sam Bean under his Iron and Wine nom de plume play a self-deprecating yet totally breathtaking two hour acoustic solo set
Rickie Lee Jones
Lisa Torem watches 70's Rickie Lee Jones play a reflective but extraordinary set at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago
Booker T and The Mg's
Lisa Torem watches soul giants Booker T, and the MC's play a compelling set at Space in Evanston
Lisa Torem watches country rock giants Poco play an uplifting set on their farewell tour at the Mayne Stage in Chicago
Lisa Torem finds that 60's veteran and social protestor Arlo Guthrie has lost none of his political focus or sense of injustice in a daytime show at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago