On a scorching, hot day of a heat index of 108℉, rock lovers of spanning ages made the trek to Tinley Park for 101WKQX PIQNIQ 2018. With the disappointing cancellation of Greta Van Fleet, Bishop Briggs was moved from the St. Xavier Stage to the Main Stage. What followed was black-and-white picturesque band, The Neighbourhood.

Photos of Bush, Dashboard Confessional, and AWOLNATION coming up next

NEEDTOBREATHE really brought the light to Chicago with a sold out show on a Thursday night. The lighting was unique and spectacular. Huge, two-story speaker-like amps lined the back of the stage with “eye lights” complete with eyelashes scattered about in a polka-dot fashion. Bear Rinehart wore a disco ball jacket for a portion of the set. Lights of all colors warmed up the venue and the crowd. Both Rinehart brothers came out into the crowd during songs. Bo traveled around the entire main floor singing with his guitar during an upbeat song while Bear popped up towards the back of the GA floor with his guitar during an acoustic song. All the Feels Tour was very accurately named. The band is gearing up for their third leg of the tour with acoustic sets so definitely check out dates and grab tickets to see them!

What can we say? We got a soft spot for Third Eye Blind so covering this one was extra special. The evening couldn’t have been set any better along Lake Michigan on Northerly Island with views of the Chicago skyline and perfect summer weather. It was truly fit for a Summer Gods Tour.

Silversun Pickups came on with a lot of fun energy and had an elegantly simple yet beautiful backdrop and light display. Lots of pink, magenta, and purple hues splashed the stage and poured out into the audience in the form of pure energy.

Third Eye Blind stepped out onto a post sun-kissed stage. Their set began behind a Kabuki drop with a cool, appropriately adapted live version of We Are Drugs EP’s “Weightless.” The music started with a flash and a burst, pulling back for the first verse and building upon the repeating line “Summer gods got me screaming” until all the instruments came back in full force. Upon said impact, the curtain dropped and the show went off and running. The band played five additional songs from their newer material before diving into playing their debut album that graced our presence twenty years ago. They ended the night with an encore of “Never Let You Go” and “God Of Wine.”

It’s always a joy having Third Eye Blind in Chicago and we look forward to their next time around. (We fully expect songs from Out of the Vein next time, by the way. -cough cough-)

Third Eye Blind

 

Silversun Pickups

Opeth graced us with their brilliant music and presence this past Sunday at The Riviera Theatre. The sold out show boasted dedicated fans and admirers of the band’s intricate melodies and beautiful blend of progressive rock, classical, jazz, and acoustic music. Lead vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt was endearing and as always, made us all laugh with his silly banter, as if he was speaking among friends. After a particularly vocal-demanding song, Åkerfeldt goes, “I had a piece of hair stuck in my throat through that entire song.” A bit later on, when telling us about their new album Sorceress, he mentioned they recorded in a town he called “the anus of Sweden.” Opeth’s awe-inspiring performance was a true treat and one that will not be forgotten. Dates for Sorceress World Tour can be found on their website as well as their Facebook page. And if you haven’t already, go give Sorceress a listen!

Switchfoot | House of Blues Chicago | September 30, 2016

To say Switchfoot brought joy and happiness is a huge understatement. They lit up the room this night in Chicago at The House of Blues through and through with their contagious spirits, beautiful music and uplifting words. This was definitely one of the highlight shows of the year. They are currently on their Looking For America Tour with Relient K. Be sure to check out their tour dates and see them when they come through your town. This is a band that has transcended throughout the last few decades and remain strong as an original unit. They continue to come out with killer music and incredible performances that will leave lasting good memories. Take a look at the pictures below to relive the colorful, fantastic magic that is Switchfoot.

Riot Fest may suck, Riot Fest sucks but we still managed to pull some fun out of it. Actually, it truly rocked. Take a look through our photo coverage September 13-15 by Cindi Huang.

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