Monsters of Folk, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, 10-30-09 by That Guy, “It was held at the beautiful Auditorium Theater in the heart of downtown Chicago. Jim James was even taken aback by the beauty of the venue, quipping that the rainbow-shaped lights overhead were “what it looks like when you die and go to heaven” before easing into a gorgeous rendition of Bermuda Highway with Will Johnson (of Centro-matic, who handled drums for the evening). The guys evenly dispersed solo efforts with full-band efforts as well as songs from the Monsters of Folk album with songs from previously released albums. They even kept things interesting by trading off verses on songs from their better-known bands. The setlist was pretty varied, keeping fans of the individuals engaged throughout the 2.5+ hour set. My biggest complaint here was the amount of time Oberst spent on stage – I’m just not a fan. He had the most solo songs, perhaps because Mike Mogis accompanied him on stage for most and they wanted to make sure he got some well-deserved props. Highlights of the night were a soulful version of Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.), a rocking Whole Lotta Losin’, plus Golden, Smokin’ From Shootin’, Chinese Translation, and Vincent O’Brien. M. Ward’s guitar-playing prowess was ever-evident – even prompting someone to comically yell “Why you so good!?” during a quiet moment between Ward’s solos. But Jim James was the standout for me – each song he played was incredible, his energy was phenomenal, and his singing was other-worldly.”
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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.