#Roadtrip: Chicago, Part 1

Time to hit the road!

The premise behind this theme is to pick a location, and highlight some or all of the musical artists (not inclusive) that are associated with that location. The locations will not be limited to the continental United States. We’re going Everywhere!  

This week we’re staying in Illinois. The bands that were featured last week were all technically from outside of Chicago.  You and I both know that Chicago has a HUGE music scene, and because of this, I’ve got a special announcement!

We will be visiting Chicago this week AND next! Even with our two-night special, I’ve not covered everyone - so expect a return visit to this great city in the near future.

Today’s Roadtrip Playlist:

  1. Disturbed - heavy metal band from Chicago, formed in 1994. The band includes vocalist David Draiman, guitarist/keyboardist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren. Today’s Song: Down With The Sickness

  2. OK Go - rock band originally from Chicago, Illinois, now based in Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy Ross, who joined them in 2005, replacing Andy Duncan. The band is known for its often quirky and elaborate one-take music videos. Today’s Song: Here It Goes Again

  3. The Smashing Pumpkins - alternative rock band from Chicago. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan, D'arcy Wretzky, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, the band has undergone many line-up changes. Today’s Song: 1979

  4. Wilco - alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation.  Today’s Song: How To Fight Loneliness

  5. Styx - rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Today’s Song: Renegade

I’m trying to keep the playlists to 5 tunes each, so if you know of an artist associated with the location that was not featured, be sure to mention them in the comments. There’s always a good chance we’ll be re-visiting locations.  I’m also open to suggestions for locations.  In the meantime, I’m just meandering around the continent. 

See you again soon!


  1. The Smashing Pumpkins met in college at Loyola University, where Mary and I went. Styx played a dance at Mary's high school when she was there.

    How about The Buckinghams, The Cryan' Shames, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, The Ides of March, (naturally) Chicago, Chase, REO Speedwagon (they started in Champaign, Illinois at the University of Illinois, but got the most exposure in Chicago), Cheap Trick (started in Rockford, Illinois, but again, got most of their early exposure in Chicago), Aliota Haynes & Jeremiah (more of a folk-rock band). You also have soul acts like the Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler), Lou Rawls, The Chi-Lites, and Earth Wind & Fire, folk singers like Steve Goodman, John Prine, Jim Post, and Bonnie Koloc. And of course too many blues acts to name here, many of them even I don't know. (I've been gone over 30 years...) A few good jazz acts, too, including Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Hancock.

    1. I knew I could count on you to add to the list. Last week I mentioned Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon. I'm not sure who I have on list for next week. If I remember it's Earth Wind and Fire, and Chicago. I will definitely be revisiting Chicago again.


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