Despite torrential downpour and severe thunderstorms, festivalgoers raged on at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival last weekend. Nicknamed “Summer’s Last Stand,” the three-day fest is held annually in Union Park over Labor Day weekend. Though relatively new to the festival scene, North Coast has gained notable traction in its four-year period, drawing in thousands of scantily clad teens and twenty-somethings eager to celebrate their final weekend of freedom.
A live-wired soul band straight from the heart of L.A., Vintage Trouble knows how to get down and dirty with rock ‘n’ roll. The funky four-piece has been gaining major attention for their raw, retro-inspired sound and electric live shows, landing them opening slots for high profile acts like Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, The Who and The Rolling Stones.
Featuring a chic collection of models flaunting lustrous red lips, sophisticated updos and luxe jewelry, this year’s rendition of Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Show certainly lived up to its title. Held in downtown Chicago at the Harris Theater, the annual extravaganza melded fashion with entertainment, showcasing nine glam-worthy designers along with performances by The Summer Set, Cirque Du Soleil, and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow.
The adolescent years of Russel Llantino’s life read more like a lifetime. At the age of 19, Llantino has garnered a fan base of over 250,000 people, toured across Canada with J. Cole and performed in front of thousands of fans at Lollapalooza, all the while supporting his mother in her fight against cancer. The Canadian native shrugs it off, insisting his expedited childhood simply came with the territory.
With a lean, lengthy frame, radiant olive skin and flowing chestnut locks, Katie Cleary was a natural fit for the modeling industry. The Mediterranean beauty got her start as a child model in the Chicago area, eventually debuting her vixen-esque look on the premiere season of America’s Next Top Model.
Much like their club banging electro dance tracks, Los Angeles-based trio Krewella has been hitting the EDM scene hard since their debut single “Alive” topped charts earlier this year. Their anthemic pop–meets-all-things-electronic sound brought them instant acclaim, launching them from warehouse scene staple to “Best Breakthrough Artist” of the 2012 International Dance Music Awards.
Some kids get their parents eyes, others their sense of humor and knack for entertaining. Bruce and Erica Driscoll, however, inherited something of a different genetic variety: a musical ability that landed them a slot recording in a big shot NYC studio, launched their single to number one on the iTunes alternative chart and earned them the soundtrack for the 2012 Honda Civic commercial.
Calling Luke Johnson and Andrea Stankevitch workaholics would be an understatement. But when your job is music, it can be easy to get addicted. Individually, they each hold full-time positions at Berklee College of Music and perform with multiple bands and producers in the Boston area.
With a charmingly sarcastic sense of humor and a zest for the fun-loving lifestyle, it’s easy to see how Jordan Kelly and Jason Huber became friends. The Nashville-natives met during their college years and eventually formed Cherub, a funkified electro-pop group blurring the lines between 80’s dance music and contemporary pop.
Take glitch-drenched synths, sweeping falsetto and a sugary injection of unadulterated fun and you’ve got Bear Mountain, a genre-blending electro-dance group with a little bit of island flavor and a lot of big anthem sound. With influences ranging from jazz to house music, their style is somewhat of a musical grab bag, drawing upon contemporary pop, modern new wave, and subtle ‘80s funk.