Chicago must find Jacksonville its kind of town. The band returns at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 29 after playing two nights at Britt last summer.
The band has been together 40 years, forming Feb. 15, 1967, in an apartment on the north side of, yes, Chicago, where the original bandmates all lived.
The band formed that day was called The Big Thing and it played its first gig of rock with horns at the GiGi A-Go-Go in Lyons, Ill., in March 1967.
Since then, Chicago has had worldwide sales of more than 120 million records. Of its albums, 18 are gold, 13 are platinum, 12 have reached the Top 10, and 5 have hit No. 1. Chicago has chalked up 20 Top 10 singles and 5 gold singles. In addition, the band also has received a Grammy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For loads more details, check out the band's 13-chapter history at its official Web site, www.chicagotheband.com. The site also has links to an official fan club, www.ctaofficialfanclub.com, a list of radio stations that play the band's music, song and video clips and information on obtaining rights to Chicago's music for your next film, TV show or advertisement.
Musichead owner Eric von Radics opens the show with a solo, 30-minute set of original tunes. He plays electric guitar to accompany what he describes as rootsy Americana songs.
His self-produced album "Buzzard Song," which he released earlier this year, is available at cdbaby.com.
Reserved seats cost $76; lawn seats are $48, and children 12 and younger get in for $34. The show is SOLD OUT.