The Grateful Dead played the last shows of their Fare Thee Well Reunion tour at Soldier Field this weekend. Friday’s show broke the previous attendance record set by U2 at Soldier Field. More than 70,000 deadheads were there. And WBEZ’s Monica Eng mingled among them pre-show to talk to fans about what keeps bringing them back.
There’s a difference between “retro” and “classic”. Pokey LaFarge banks in the latter, using sounds and elements from days gone by...not to trade in nostalgia, but to create a solid base for music that instantly becomes timeless.
An upcoming headlining act for the weekly Monday night Downtown Sound Series at Millennium Park will be Colombian big band cumbia with Ondatropica and the opener will be Helado Negro or Black Ice Cream. That’s the project of Roberto Carlos Lange. He was just in town last weekend and stopped by our studio to play and chat. Here he is backed by a violin trio along with a brand new release.
Iraqi musicians have been the target of attacks by extremists who have bombed music shops and forced many concert halls to close, but they have continued to play.On this week's Global Notes we'll listen to Iraqi folk and pop.