Tag Archives: May 2012

A week of Chicago concerts

There’s never a lack of good live music somewhere in this city. Add the beginning of summer festival season and there are almost too many things to choose from.

The week of May 28 – June 4th had me at a show almost every night – too many to post separately so I picked some of the best shots to lump together here. Enjoy.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Allstate Arena – May 28, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers

Todd Rundgren @ SPACE – May 30

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

Besnard Lakes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2

Besnard Lakes

Le Bucharettes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2

Le Bucharettes

Company of Thieves @ Sausage Fest – June 3

Company of Thieves

Jonathan Richman @ Pritzker Pavilion – June 4

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

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World’s Largest Ukulele Lesson!

This event was part of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s first annual Festival of Aloha – four days chock full of concerts and workshops centered around the music of Hawaii and the Pacific islands. Nice to see such a large turnout of Chicagoans of all types interested in Hawaiian culture. Ironically enough, I never fully appreciated this while growing up in Hawaii as much as I do now, and possibly wouldn’t have rediscovered without the help of the growing local uke community. And of course the magical institution that is the Old Town School.

Hundreds of people gathered in Welles Park in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ukulele lesson. I believe 1,327 was the number to reach – finally tally was only 530, but it was still a lot of fun. It’s one instrument that sounds both beautiful and adorable when played by hundreds of people simultaneously 🙂

I also recorded it from my perspective, which can be seen here.

Jason Arimoto, Daniel Ho, Lanialoha Lee.

Uke nation!

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