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    Enter to Win 2 Free Tickets to Toronzo Cannon on November 10 ($60 Value)

    Our Halloween Blues Treat for You - Toronza Cannon

    Electrifying blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Toronzo Cannon, will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, November 10. Cannon has become one of Chicago’s most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, and his live charisma. MOJO magazine declared THE CHICAGO WAY the #1 Best Blues Album Of 2016. Cannon’s battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has already played multiple tours of Europe and continues to deliver roof-raising performances around the U.S.A. Cannon won both the 2017 Living Blues Readers’ and Critics’ Awards for Blues Album Of the Year for THE CHICAGO WAY.

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    What the Press has to Say about Toronzo Cannon

    “Deep, contemporary Chicago blues…razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing”
    –The Chicago Tribune

    “An adventurous spirit that draws from many genres, including his first love, reggae.”
    — Chicago Tribune

    “One of Chicago’s new greats”
    –The Chicago Sun-Times

    “THE CHICAGO WAY the #1 Best Blues Album Of 2016”
    –MOJO Magazine

    Cannon has become one of Chicago’s most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. He’s played the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a special guest, a band leader or, most recently, as a main stage headliner. When he’s home, Cannon drives a Chicago Transit Authority bus by day and performs by night. Using every vacation day and day off and working four ten-hour shifts a week, Cannon arranges his schedule to gig out of town as much as possible. He’s performed in a number of U.S. and European cities and continues to build his audience one roof-raising show at a time. It isn’t easy, but, like all of the Chicago greats who have come before him, blues is his calling. “I am proud to be part of a movement,” he says, anxious to hit the road and bring his music to new fans in new places. “I’m proud to be standing on the shoulders of every great Chicago blues musician who came before me.”



    Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre is located in the southern suburbs of Chicago. 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest, Illinois. We’re just minutes away from Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) and I-57.

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  • Win FREE Tickets to Mucca Pazza
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    Win FREE Tickets to Mucca PazzaFill out the form below to win 2 FREE tickets to Mucca Pazza!

    Mucca Pazza is a marching band that thinks it’s a rock and roll band! Mucca Pazza assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest.

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    What the Press has to say about Mucca Pazza

    “Clowning constantly but playing precisely, Mucca Pazza’s compositions invoke a world of brass bands and marching bands, from American high-school style to zigzagging Balkan tunes to something akin to a Fellini soundtrack – fun in a relentless way.”
    – The New York Times

    “Chicago’s Mucca Pazza splits the difference between Balkan gypsy brass bands and American football-game-style halftime marching bands with a brilliantly calculated mondo-bizarro dementia, and liberal amounts of humor.”
    – The Wall Street Journal

    “Wearing mismatched, thrift-shop marching-band getups and sporting a full range of brass, drums, violin, accordion and electric guitar — plus a gaggle of nerdy cheerleaders (“I Heart A Scientist,” proclaimed one’s T-shirt) — Mucca Pazza wreaks visual havoc onstage. But here’s the surprise: It also puts on an incredibly tight performance, with music that’s an irresistible blend of punk DIY aesthetics, a Balkan brass lilt and the irrepressible energy of good old-fashioned American high-school marching bands.”
    – NPR Music

    “Seeing this irresistible band of horns and violins, guitars and accordion all parade in and eventually take the stage is infectious, chaotic fun. But it’s also an incredibly coordinated and choreographed performance full of cheers and bursting with energy that is easy to get caught up in.” – WNYC

    “John Philip Sousa would not be amused.”
    – Chicago Tribune



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  • The Gatlin Brothers Perform at Freedom Hall on October 17
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    I want to thank you for choosing to attend the performance by Larry Gatlin on October 17 which opens our 2017 series. Regrettably, on Friday, September 29, I was contacted by the agent for Larry Gatlin with the news that Larry was undergoing surgery and would have to cancel all his performances until mid-November. We will be replacing Larry’s performance with his brothers Steve & Rudy of The Gatlin Brothers. The official notification follows –


    Larry Gatlin to Undergo Vocal Cord and Back Surgery 

    The Gatlin Brothers Perform at Freedom Hall on October 17Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2017) — Legendary country music singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin has been put on immediate vocal rest in advance of mandatory vocal cord surgery. The procedure is scheduled for October 11 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and will be performed by world-renowned otolaryngologist, Dr. Robert Ossoff.

    In addition, Larry will undergo two minor back surgeries, scheduled for October 2. Larry is expected to make a complete and full recovery and will resume personal appearances and performances beginning Wednesday, November 15 in Branson, MO.

    Since my first concern was for Larry’s health, I was glad to learn that his surgery was something from which he would quickly recover. But on the other hand, we were in a position to find a replacement show on the caliber of having Larry Gatlin on our stage. I am happy to let you know that a few guys with the last name of Gatlin have stepped up and will be at Freedom Hall on October 17 for an 11 a.m. performance. Steve and Rudy Gatlin (plus one more musician) were gracious enough to cover Larry’s shows while he is healing and I am honored and looking forward to having them here. Of course this is not the show you had purchased tickets for so if you opted to not attend, you are welcome to contact our box office for refund or exchange information.

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