Chicago , Ill (June 7, 2013)- There is nothing like going to a show and being amazed by the shear talent of the performers on stage.  Be it guitar masters, drummers, singers or orchestra but live music will never get old.  Friday night at the House of Blues in Chicago was one of those nights where pure music makers were showcasing their talents.

Opening up Friday was Magic Box, an “American Rock” band hailing from Chicago.  I only caught the final two songs of their performance and was able to catch these guys having fun jamming on stage.  Its great seeing a band who has fun performing on stage rather than those bands who go through the motions.

Next to grace the stage was Miles Nielson Presents The Rusted Hearts.  Nielson is the son of legendary performer Rick Nielson of the classic rock band Cheap Trick.  I was impressed by how tight the band was on stage and the three guitarists they had at times going back and forth during jam sessions.  Nielson’s voice is one of the best I have heard in a while.  He has a fresh classic rock and southern style coupled with masterful lyrics that made the guys a great music find for me.  “Dear Kentucky (You’re Killing Me)” and “Baby Blue” were a few of the songs that caught my ears.  Nielson notes on his website bio that “songs are the key”.  Also sharing that “There are very few, however, who are writing music that makes you immediately wish there was “more” – another song to make you turn up the volume, another nugget of melody or lyric that you can find some part of to make your own”.  Brilliant I must say, keeping away from the “next big thing” mentality and staying true to their roots.  I grabbed a copy of their album and met a few members of the band before completing my night.

The headliner was The Steepwater Band, a Chicago quartet who’s sound is Classic America Blues Rock.  This was the second time i’ve been able to catch the guys live.  The first time I witnessed them I was in awe of the the guitar talents being displayed by lead guitarist and vocalist Jeff Massey.  Jeff is a master on the guitar and the rest of the band with Joe Winters on drums, Tod Bowers on bass and Eric Saylors as second guitar and backup vocals are a tight knit group.  They had the House of Blues rocking with their rendition of “Revelation Sunday” among their catalog of hits.  The Steepwater Band is a group you should definitely catch if they are in a city near you and make sure to pick up a copy of their live album “Live at the Double Door”.   It’s a must hear album.

Check out the bands at-
The Steepwater Band –
Miles Nielson featuring the Rusted Hearts –
Magic Box –

Evan J Thomas


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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.