Author: Nicholas Williams

  • The Rapture @HouseofVans

    The Rapture @HouseofVans

    The Rapture @HouseofVans By @Nic.jwill @RichJacobs Rich Jacobs decorated House of Vans with blue lines and balloons. The scene reminded me of an ocean of balloons. In the middle of the venue stood a giant wave-like balloon structure. Throughout the show, balloons were tossed around and the crowd truly resembled an ocean of fans. @MrLukeJenner […]

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  • Party WIIT @Anderson.Paak @HouseofVans

    Party WIIT @Anderson.Paak @HouseofVans

    Nic (@Nic.jwill) A night to remember as House of Vans hosts Anderson.Paak  @DeweySaunders Before anyone graced the House of Vans stage art installations by Dewey Saunders greeted guests. Orange, blue, green, and yellow posters screamed take me home a put me on your wall and many concert-goers obliged. House of Vans itself is a piece […]

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  • Party Wiit Vans @HouseofVans

    Party Wiit Vans @HouseofVans

    Nic (@Nic.jwill) On West Randolph Street you can find House of Vans Chicago the home of creativity and Vans House Parties. For Music This summer House of Vans has put together an electric lineup of artists curating nights for free. You can RSVP for free on the Vans website about a week before each event. […]

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  • Pitchfork Festival 2018

    As a precursor to this review, here are what our volunteer attendees expected when going to the festival: Sid was more focused on the vibe of the show, while Mike was more concerned with how the artists sounded. Sid (@fflowerdogg) Before going to Pitchfork Fest at Union Park, I planned on focusing on a few […]

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  • Pre-Pitchfork Fest 2018 Prep

    This year, our festival attendees will be Sid (@fflowerdogg) and Mike (@mikedmachesky). Here are their pre-fest playlist: Mike:“The playlist I have created here reflects the acts that i am personally most excited to see this weekend. Taking up a decent chunk of the list are tracks by Courtney Barnett and Fleet Foxes, two contrasting indie/alternative […]

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  • Mister Heavenly @ Lincoln Hall

    I don’t know if I could tell what the best part of the concert was. Whether it was when the singer ordered a bowl of tater tots and passed it around the audience, when they convinced everyone but one man to stay quiet after a song, so that when the song ended there was only […]

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  • Pacifico @ elbo Room

    The first thing you’ll see when you open Pacifico’s website (, aside from the anticipated ad for their new album, is the phrase “Pacifico is not a band. It’s an idea“. Actually, this is more than just a phrase for the band, it’s the motto, the whole motivation behind its music and performances. Pacifico is […]

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  • Benjamin Booker @ Thalia Hall in Chicago on Monday, 10/16/2017

    Photo: Benjamin Booker at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Credit: Tim Bugbee via Flickr Benjamin Booker is one of the most “came out of nowhere” artists in the scene today. Known for his unique resurgence of blues via a punk route, the New Orleans based musician jumped onto the scene with a 2012 EP that […]

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  • Lollapalooza, August 3-6th 2017

    Review by Rob Waite and Derek Jones, hosts of Da’ Booth, airing weekly on Sunday from 2 pm-5 pm on WIIT.  Lollapalooza came in with a BANG! And left a lot of people wet for more after the first day. As the lines staggered in there were threats of storms being sent out, but this wasn’t […]

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  • Andrew Bird, Esperanza Spalding @ Ravinia Festival, 7/23/17

    Andrew Bird is a popular violinist, singer-songwriter, guitarist, glockenspielist, expert whistler, and, perhaps more importantly to some, a son of Chicago and its prominent folk-indie music scene. His critically acclaimed solo career has spanned over 20 years with 12 studio albums and several other live and compilation recordings. This is, of course, in addition to […]

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  • Charles Bradley @ House of Vans, 7/13/17

    Charles Bradley is dubbed the “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”, a title that he wears with honor. His recent performance at House of Vans served as a reminder of why he holds that name. Bradley was performing songs from his new album, “Changes”, released on April 1st, 2016, and his performance was loud, powerful, and […]

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  • The Orwells, The Walters @ Metro 3/16/17

    So first I should come clean, before this I had never been to a rock concert. It isn’t that I don’t like rock music – , though I’m more of an a fan of alternative rock fan than the classic but the genre certainly isn’t lost on me. It’s just when it came to live […]

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