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Lisa Torem - Live Music Reviews

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa - Austin City Limits Livestream, 1/4/2021

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.

Tori Amos

Tori Amos - Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, 6/5/2020

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.


Who - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 10/9/2019

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.

John Prine

John Prine - Pavilion, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, 8/6/2019

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

Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan - Ravinia Pavilion, Highland Park, Illlinois, 6/7/2019

Lisa Torem watches co-headliners Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan perform many of their greatest hits at the Ravinia Pavilion at Highland Park, Illinois.

Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones - Soldier Field, Chicago, 21/6/2019

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

Chick Corea With Bela Fleck - Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/5/2019

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

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall - City Winery, Chicago, 4/5/2019

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.


Struts - House of Blues, Chicago, 24/11/2018

Lisa Torem is mesmerised by charismatic and energetic British rockers The Struts when they head out to Chicago for a House of Blues gig.

Mud Morganfield

Mud Morganfield - Space, Evanston, 4/1/2019

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

Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers - Chicago Theater, Chicago, 1/11/2018

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.

Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal - Symphony Center, Chicago, 12/10/2018

Lisa Torem enjoys watching jazz legend Ahmad Jamal and his trio play a sparkling set at Chicago’s Symphony Center

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr - BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee, 8/9/2018

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.

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey - Pavilion,  Highland Park, Illinois,  25/6/2018

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.

Al Jardine

Al Jardine - City Winery, Chicago, 2/4/2018

Lisa Torem enjoys a sublime night of Beach Boys hits from Al Jardine at the City Winery in Chicago.


Zombies - City Winery, Chicago, 20/3/2018

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.


Blondie - 02 Apollo, Manchester, 11/11/2017

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.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper - Arena, Birmingham, 14/11/2017

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.

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays - Roundhouse, London, 16/11/2017

Lisa Torem enjoys an energetic set of greatest hits from the Happy Mondays at the Roundhouse in London.

Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa - City Winery, Chicago, 7/7/2017

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.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper - Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Renaisssance Hotel,  Nashville, 14/5/2017 and 15/5/2017

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

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys - City Winery, Chicago, 15/6/2017

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

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson - City Winery, Chicago, 17/5/2017

Lisa Torem watches Wanda Jackson uphold her rockabilly roots when performing a high spirited concert at Chicago’s City Winery.

Philip Glass

Philip Glass - The Perfect American, Opera Theater, Chicago, 30/4/2017

Lisa Torem enjoys the hypnotic harmonies, strong performances and contemporary perspectives of 'The Perfect American' by composer Philip Glass

Robin Trower

Robin Trower - Copernicus Center, Chicago, 29/4/2017

Time stands still for Lisa Torem when Robin Trower and his trio perform at Chicago’s Copernicus Center.

Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland - The Invention of Morel, Chicago, Illinois, 24/2/2017

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

Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling  - Symphony Center, Chicago

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

Philip Glass

Philip Glass - Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/11/2016

Lisa Torem watches American composer Philip Glass perform an eloquent solo show at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music


Lampedusa - A Concert for Refugees, Vic Theatre, Chicago, 13/10/2016

Lisa Torem enjoyed the spectacular lineup, which included Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris, at the Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees

Gang Of Four

Gang Of Four - Metro, Chicago, 30/9/2016

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

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville - City Winery, Chicago, 15/7/2016

Vocalist Aaron Neville performs doo wop, R & B and folk covers at Chicago’s City Winery


Struts - Bottom Lounge, Chicago, 28/7/2016

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

Jeff Beck/Buddy Guy - Ravinia Pavilion, Chicago, 31/7/2016

Lisa Torem heads to Chicago's idyllic Ravinia Pavilion to see two guitar legends in full flight on a Sunday night

Bad Company

Bad Company - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, Northerly Island, Chicago, 23/6/2016

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.

James McCartney

James McCartney - Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, 21/6/2016

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

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 6/2/2016

Lisa Torem watches South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform a spectacular A Cappella concert at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.


Struts - Aragon Chicago, 5/12/2015

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

Rickie Lee Jones - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 17/11/2015

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'

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan - Orchestra Hall, Chicago, 16/62015

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

Watkins Family Hour - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 6/8/2015

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

Simon Townshend

Simon Townshend - Martyrs, Chicago, 12/5/2015

Super talent Simon Townshend played a generous set of his classics as well as tracks from new album, ‘Denial’ at Chicago’s Martyrs

Patti Smith

Patti Smith - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 3/4/2015

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

Los Lobos

Los Lobos - Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, Illinois, 29/3/2015

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

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock - Space, Evanston, 22/2/2015

Lisa Torem watches ex-Soft boys frontman Robyn Hitchcock play an entertaining, often hilarious set at Space in Evanston, Illinois

Olivia Chaney

Olivia Chaney - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 12/2/2015

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

George Winston

George Winston - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 18/12/2014

Lisa Torem enjoys a pre-Chorstmas show from jazz pianist and composer, George Winston

Eric Gales

Eric Gales - Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, 13/12/2014

Lisa Torem watches rising blues star Eric Gales play an impresive set at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago


Miscellaneous - Humboldt Park, Chicago, 12/9/2014...14/9/2014

Lisa Torem enjoys sets from among others Patti Smith, the Flaming Lips, Billy Bragg and Paul Weller at the three day Chicago Riot Fest

Ian Mclagan

Ian Mclagan - Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn, Illinois, 30/10/2014

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


Miscellaneous - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 23/4/2014

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

Iron And Wine - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 1/2/2014

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

Rickie Lee Jones - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 22/11/2013

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

Booker T and The Mg's - Space, Evanston, 10/12/2013

Lisa Torem watches soul giants Booker T, and the MC's play a compelling set at Space in Evanston


Poco - Mayne Stage, Chicago, 9/11/3023

Lisa Torem watches country rock giants Poco play an uplifting set on their farewell tour at the Mayne Stage in Chicago

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 13/10/2013

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

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