The Heard open up the night with some serious funk. The band consists of drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and keyboard. Towards the end of their set, they play Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” and the crowd goes nuts. The Heard is becoming a Chicago Funk institution.
The Main Squeeze have already reached that status. Their expertly crafted songs, highlighted by incredible guitar solos and passionate vocals, have earned them a large following. Also, they have their own RATM cover up their sleeve. They play “Bulls on Parade” and the crowd is again delighted. Before playing the final song of the set, the lead singer, Corey Frye, says they are moving to Los Angeles to explore a vibrant new scene. The warm weather probably helps too. So, this is a farewell show of sorts. However, it’s clear they will often return to Chicago, the city that supported them and allowed them to play venues as big as Concord Music Hall.
For the encore, they play a fantastic version of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose”. The entire crowd sings along as the band makes the song their own. It’s a perfect close to a fantastic night of music.