A preseason win by its Bears wasn’t the only summer celebration in Chicago on Thursday, August 13 – two Chicago-based artists, Todd Kessler and The New Folk and Lance Lipinsky & The Lovers, performed incredible sets on the outdoor stage at The John Hancock Center Plaza during the weekly Summer Concert Series.
Todd Kessler and The New Folk epitomize an entire genre of Folk Americana with their from-the-heartland sound. Smiling wide behind his harmonica neck rack, Todd Kessler led the band through an uplifting set with the earthy acoustics of his guitar and voice. Released in June 2014, their opening song “Exactly Where I Should Be” is a humble, yet inspiring story of individuality and self-assurance. The organic rapture of the song tugged at the audience’s heartstrings and prompted the entire plaza to sway to the music.
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Lance Lipinsky & The Lovers are inimitably authentic to their self-proclaimed ‘50s-inspired rock & roll grooves, from black brogue shoes to honkytonk piano solos. Having begun his music career at age 17 for the Las Vegas-based live tribute show “Legends in Concert,” Lance Lipinsky controlled every moment of the set to create a performance like no other. Dancing atop his piano bench while bassist Zach Lentino mounted his alabaster upright bass, Lance and The Lovers inflamed the plaza into a frenzy of rockabilly arousal.
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Summers in Chicago are as sweet as they are short, so enjoy as much of the city’s live music offerings as you can. Check the full schedule of the rest of the Summer Concert Series to see who will be playing next at #ChicagosBuilding.
By: Zach Miller, Music Dealers