Weekend Preview: Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, The Roots, St. Bagu, Free Downloads

You ready to rock and get your groove on this weekend?

Good, cuz we got the goods to get you going, and keep you nice and toasty warm with tons of free downloads, The Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fesival, The Roots, St. Bagu and more.

We’ll get right to it and kick off this mega-post full of top weekend shows, free downloads and a few quick holiday gift ideas from Wolfgang’s Vault, Amazon, Musician’s Friend and iTunes.

Concert Previews: Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, The Roots and St. Bagu

This weekend, Friday – Sunday, The Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival is going on at allegedly haunted The Congress Theatre, Double Door and Lincoln Hall.

And after watching the Last Banjo Standing contest, we’re excited to check out the winning bands and our current favorites Van Ghost, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Skatalites and others.

You can get ticket info here.

The Roots and St. Bagu at the House of Blues

As you know, we’ve been following the evolution of Chicago hip hop band St. Bagu this year.

Since our first chat with them about their first live show, I have to say it’s been quite a year for them.

And on Sunday, they’ll be opening up for the Roots at the House of Blues.

After watching concert fans rock the stage a couple weeks back at the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp, I’m sure St. Bagu will have a blast and put on a solid and a very inspired show.

Knowing the Roots and what they did to us at the Shrine last year, I’m sure there will be also community of groove going on there for sure.

And we’ll definitely keep you updated on how it turns out. You can get ticket info here.

For more shows going on this weekend in Chicago, as always, check out the ThrillCall widget in the right-side column..

Free Downloads & Holiday Gift Ideas: Wolfgang’s Vault, Amazon, iTunes, Musician’s Friend and MOG

One of the reasons, I’m a huge fan of Wolfgang’s Vault is because with just a few clicks you have access to a massive collection of downloads that let you explore and discover both the past and present in live music.

Like they do every week, Wolfgang’s Vault has a rocking list of featured artists that you can check out in the the Public Playlist, Concert Vault and $4 daily deals on full concert downloads.

WGV’s WVIP Memberships would also make a great gift for any live music fan because a Wolfgang’s Vault Membership includes:

  • $50 credit toward downloads and merchandise
  • higher quality streaming
  • automatic 30% discount on concert downloads
  • 10% on store purchases, and many more perks

If you’re wondering, once you sign up the downloads can be transferred to your iPod, burned to a CD or whatever you wish. And all of the downloads are available in both high-quality 256k mp3 and lossless CD-quality FLAC format. And if you’re looking to go mobile, go check out the WGV iPhone app.

For more info on why I think Wolfgang’s Vault is an awesome site for concert fans, check out my review of WGV and this article about Live Fix and WGV being featured in the Wall Street Journal.

And as a special offer to Live Fix readers, WGV will give an additional 10% of any purchase of merch and downloads from now until 12/31/2010 when you use the Promo Code: FIXED

Amazon: Top Album Picks, Live Music Gifts

Amazon makes it really easy to find and send gifts to live music fans, such as their 100 Greatest Live Albums.

You’ll also want to check out their:

Amazon’s Top Selling Album Discountsfeature many of my favorite albums of the year from bands like the Grammy-nominated Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Jakob Dylan, Buddy Guy, N.E.R.D and more.

And to make listening easy and more mobile Amazon has deals on MP3 players, headphones and other electronics, too.

Amazon also has free downloads available that include studio and live tracks from top artists in rock, rap, pop and folk. And to get you in the holiday spirit they’re offering 25 Days of Free Christmas songs.

iTunes: For  Live Music Fans Who Love The Beatles

Got a Beatles fan on your list? Then you’ll want to check out the newly released collection of The Beatles songs, albums and videos on iTunes.

And for Beatles fans who want to own a classic live concert by the Fab Four, you might want to surprise them with The Beatles’ Live At the Washington Coliseum, 1964 that’s available now as a music video download on iTunes. And through the rest of the year, the concert is streaming for free on iTiunes.

If you’re not sure what to get exactly, you can’t go wrong with an iTunes gift certificate.

Musician’s Friend Gift Certificates

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a music maker on your list, Musican’s Friends Gift certificates
and The Gift Center and Back in Black Friday Week are great places to find ways to gifts that truly rock.

MOG Music Network: Give the Gift of Music Subscription

Now, let’s see what’s on the menu for free downloads today…

This week our sponsors and partners over at the MOG Music Network have a bunch of new releases from Kayne West, Rascal Flats, Robyn, Cee-Lo Green, Bruce Springsteen, Kid Cudi, Wu-Tang, The Tallest Man On Earth, N.E.R.D., Kid Cudi and Cee-Lo Green and others.

Many of those releases have been on my recent favorites list, and I’ve started to wonder what the songs will be like live as the artists get ready for, or continue, their current tours.

As a music fan myself, I know a subscription to MOG would make a great holiday gift because you can download or stream all those new releases, and as many other albums as you want, plus you get first dibs on their pre-release albums.

If you want to take it for a test spin, you sign up for a FREE 14 day trial at MOG.

For a full review that explains why I love MOG, check out this review of their highly addictive music subscription service.

Free Downloads You Missed
In case you’ve missed them, go check out the other free downloads from Girl Talk, Keys N Krates, Pixies and others that we’ve featured previously on Live Fix.

What’s Next…?

That’s it! We hope you have a great weekend of shows. Let us know how it goes and be sure to share your favorite experiences in the comments below.

Stay tuned for this week as we explore Concert Weirdos, and more exciting adventures in live music!

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