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Word on the Street – Nov. 4

Say it ain’t so!

Once again, Joe’s Bar is raking in the heavy hitters with a little help from their friends.

Just announced on the venue’s blog, country music super-star Keith Urban will return to the north side venue for a special acoustic performance on Sat., Nov. 14. Unfortunately, you can’t buy your way into this event, tickets can only be won by visiting select Chicagoland Verizon Wireless stores. Details and store locations can be found on their Web site,

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Just off the release of her new album titled “Play On”, Carrie Underwood is slated for Joe’s on Dec. 3 as part of the US99 Live Concert Series. Tickets are only available through US99. Can’t wait till December to see Carrie, catch her Wed., Nov. 11, as she co-hosts the 43rd Annual CMA Awards on ABC (WLS).

Chicago Bear Greg Olsen has recruited country music’s Keith Anderson and David Nail for a special charity concert on Nov. 13 at Joe’s. The event titled “Shake the Lake Festival” will benefit Olsen’s Receptions for Research foundation which is dedicated to breast cancer research. Olsen’s mother has suffered from breast cancer. Tickets for the benefit are $50, general admission, or $100 V.I.P. and are available through The event will feature a silent auction including a signed Sugarland Guitar, Carrie Underwood Tickets and Jay Cutler’s pink cleats from Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Eric Church is headed to Joe’s this weekend for a two-night show. Both shows are sold-out. You must be 21+ to attend all shows at Joe’s.

Dierks at Liberty

Country music star Dierks Bentley is headed to the Libertyville Sports Complex this Saturday along with crossover artist Michelle Branch and local band Chasin’ Mason. Once again, tickets are only available through US99.

That’s a Wrap!

While the month of November is filling up quickly, October proved to be one heck of month for the Chicago country music scene. Country music concerts like the Chicago Country Music Festival in Grant Park, Taylor Swift at the Allstate Arena, Gary Allan at the House of Blues, Luke Bryan, Chris Cagle and, of course, Tim McGraw at Joe’s kept us on our feet. It’s amazing how vibrant the local country music scene is even after the summer season ended. Check out photos from select concerts and post your own on our Facebook page.

On a side note, I was able to spend a little bit of time with local artist Julie Kaylin, in a local recording studio, while she is recording and producing her newest album set to release sometime next year. It was absolutely a wonderful experience to watch a live recording session and experience the music making process first-hand. I have to say I have a new appreciation to the recording process.  Check out more in Julie and other local artists in the CMC Local Artist Guide.


In October we welcomed new music from Toby Keith (American Ride 10/6), Luke Bryan (Doin’ My Thing 10/6), Sugarland’s first holiday album (Gold and Green 10/13), Tim McGraw (Southern Voice 10/20) and Joe Nichols (Old Things New 10/27). Check out additional album information on the CMC Music Blog.

November doesn’t look quite as busy with album releases as October was but it’s off to a great start. Carrie Underwood released her third studio album, “Play On”, on Tuesday. Big Kenny (Big & Rich) is pushing his solo project “Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy” on Nov. 10.

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The Carter Twins released their first, self titled EP on Tuesday. The digital download, available through iTunes, features their hit single, “Heart Like Memphis”. The boys are getting into the holiday spirit with release of the classic, “Let it Show” which will be featured on “A Very Special Christmas Vol. 7” album benefiting the Special Olympics. Look out for the music video of “Let it Snow” which set to hit on Thanksgiving weekend.

Planning Ahead, way ahead.

Mark your calendar, Log Jam Fest 2010 located in Phillips, Wisc, is on the books for July 30 – Aug. 1, 2010. The festival will feature some of the best in country music – Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Jeffrey Steele, Jake Owen, Randy Houser, Cowboy Troy, The Lost Trailers and many more – over three days. Festival packages vary and some include on-site camping in the Northern woods of Wisconsin and nearby lake access. We’re sure this is a vacation to remember. Tickets recently went on sale, make your summer plans now and save. Tickets and prime camping will sell fast. For more details, visit

Well that’s the Word on the Street.

Till next time,

Scott Winterroth – [email protected]

One Response to Word on the Street – Nov. 4

  1. Josh Turner’s new album Haywire isn’t getting released until Jan or Feb. Meanwhile his song Why don’t we just dance is climbing the charts & the video for it is awesome!