Joe’s Bar on Weed St. was filled to capacity for American Southern rock band, Blackberry Smoke’s Chicago show.

The crowd welcomed UK blues/rock band, The Temperance Movement, as the opener for the sold out show. Their high energy performance continued for their whole set. After a performance like that, there’s no doubt they could sell out a show next time they come back to visit Chicago.

The crowd sang along and feed off the energy that was being blasted to them from the stage. Phil Campbell is a pure rocket of energy, not stopping or slowing down once, with his Mick Jagger-esque dance moves. Campbell’s soulful yet gritty voice filled the entire bar, which was especially spectacular when they performed their hit “Pride.” Amazing voice, guitars and excellent front man. It wasn’t a wonder so many flocked out to the merch stand to tell the band how much they enjoyed their set. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for, a must-see if they come to your town.

The crowd were well and truly warmed up and ready by the time Blackberry Smoke took to the stage, who received a warm welcome from the venue full of dedicated and enthusiastic fans. They sang along with their favorite band and rocked out with the band who certainly would not have looked out of place in the 70s.

They brought good solid American country rock to the City of Chicago. When they bruised into Rock n’ Roll, again, the crowd sang back whole heartedly, dancing along and showing their appreciation. It wasn’t just the band who seemed to be enjoying the night, the crowd did too, and seemed to be having a great time at the show.

Blackberry Smoke
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About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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