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Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros had the Congress Theatre smokin' hot as headliners at the 3rd annual Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest last Saturday night. It truly felt like an outdoor festival atmosphere, complete with hula hoops and hippie vendors. I was blown away by the excellent caliber of the musicians and the playful, enthusiastic audience.
It was funny that the last show I saw at The Congress last month was Clutch, Children of Boden, and Black Label Society. The burly bouncers had their hands full with all the bodies crowd surfing over the barricades and into the photo pit.
This time, the only things coming toward the stage were daisies and a gifted tambourine that were peacefully offered up to the musicians, not thrown. The bouncers still got a work out, though, as Edward Sharpe repeatedly waded out into the audience. At one point, he was the one jumping out to crowd surf. He even talked everyone into sitting down on the floor for the show closer, then he walked out and joined them!
Check out some past footage of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals performing live! Edward Sharpe was shirtless and barefoot, and his piano player and Grace Potter, the lead singer who opened for him, kicked off their shoes to play barefoot, as well.
Check out the CBB Website for recaps of the shows and follow them on FB for updates.
We'd also like to introduce a new ChiIL Mama spin off for 2011--ChiIL Live Shows. We'll still run recaps here on ChiIL Mama, but all the live music, band interviews and live theatre we shoot will be cross posted on ChiIL LIve Shows, archived and easy to search. We'll get things started off with CBB and work our way backwards all the way to Summer Camp 2 years ago with a live Jay Goldberg video interview and photos of Les Claypool, Buckethead and more.