The drum machine has played a big part in popular music over the last 50 years. Vocalo's Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras spins some of the earliest iterations of the drum machine that showed up in funk and soul music starting in the mid 1960's.
With Navy Pier headed toward a re-design in the next couple years, can the design continue to attract so many tourists? And, Matteson, Illinois, officials are closing Lincoln Mall. What does this imply about the future economy of the south suburbs?
Local band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound has been making its mark around the world lately. Eight Forty-Eight spoke with band members about their sound and how soul and other forms of music inspire them.