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- Album of the Year: Shemekia Copeland Stakes Her Claim Copeland has been a rising star for years that belies her youth as compared to the “old souls” of the blues community. Her debut record dropped twenty years ago, but she won’t turn forty until next year. Her eighth album is this year’s most important record, if not necessarily the best (although it’s close).
- Impresarios of the Moment: CIVL Defense—Chicago Club Owners Find Strength In Solidarity "Small venues and multiple venues provide spaces for bands to experiment, and to fail. Our bottom line is nurturing creativity."
- Lucky and Well-Deserving Man: A Preview of Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy at Reggies Rock Club Carl Palmer decided to trade on his fame and reputation, but has done so in a brilliantly innovative manner.
- Reimagining “Live”: Chicago Musicians Respond to Social Distancing "The music industry is in a unique position. We can still bring music to people. It’s just going to look and feel a little bit different.”
- The Incredible Expanding Band: A Preview of The Claudettes at 210 Live The Claudettes’ sound is hard to pin down; there’s a strong foundation of barrelhouse and stride piano jazz, but there’s plenty of boogie-woogie in there as well. And even on its first album, the band delivered its original music with a punk attitude.
- Con Brio: The Shakespeare of Music, 450 years later, Monteverdi illuminates life, death, music Sir John Eliot Gardiner, his Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, perform all three of Monteverdi’s surviving operas at Harris Theater.