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Celebrity Guests

Rockstars shop here.

Over the past 25 years, not only have we had the pleasure of seeing some noteworthy vintage guitars pass through our doors, but also the noteworthy musicians who play them. Musicians from the likes of Carlos Santana to Brad Paisley to Adele have marveled at our Les Paul wall. It may sound unbelievable, but even Batman and Robin have enjoyed the selection of gear that CME promises. Whether your band is filled with area-filling legends or eager up-and-comers, we love to support the musicians that support us in-store.

  • Of Monsters and Men

    June 12, 2016

    Of Monsters and Men stopped in to the store today, and we all had a grand ol' time checking our gear! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Beach Fossils

    June 8, 2016

    Good hangs with Beach Fossils this week. Summer has officially started in Chicago!

  • Tom Petty

    May 28, 2016

    Mike had a very nice friend with him as well. Went by the name of Tom Petty.

  • Mike Campbell

    May 28, 2016

    The look on Teddy's face clearly depicts what we all felt when Mike Campbell walked through our doors last night. Pure joy!

  • Ty Segall

    March 8, 2016

    Ty Segall and The Muggers stopped by yesterday before their show at Thalia Hall.

  • Taylor Hawkins

    February 24, 2016

    Thank you to Taylor Hawkins and crew of Chevy Metal for stopping by today!

  • Stevie Young

    September 13, 2015

    We were so excited and humbled to have Stevie Young of AC/DC in the store yesterday. He fell in love with a beautiful vintage acoustic and decided he had to take it on the road with him.

  • Jason Gerken

    September 11, 2015

    Well look who stopped into the Chicago Drum Exchange! Happy to have Jason Gerken visit the shop before his set with HUM on Sunday at Riot Fest.

  • Laura Jane Grace

    September 11, 2015

    Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! dropped off this killer Rickenbacker 330 for a complete overhaul! Customizations included brand new frets, pickups, and a full rewire of the electronics with some fresh hardware to boot. Glad we could have it done just in time for Riot Fest!

  • Jon Lester

    August 6, 2015

    Where the Chicago Cubs fans at? Cubs pitcher Jon Lester "popped" into the store today in hopes of finding a real "home run".

  • Neurosis

    August 3, 2015

    Dave from Neurosis visited our resident bass expert, Marc, in the BASSment at Chicago Music Exchange.

  • Brendan Grieve
    (Sam Smith)

    July 31, 2015

    Bassist for Sam Smith, Brendan Grieve, visited Marc in the BASSment before performing the headlining spot at Lollapalooza Saturday. Read more »

  • Philip Selway & Otto Hauser

    July 30, 2015

    Philip Selway (Radiohead) & Otto Hauser visited Chicago Drum Exchange to stock up on Istanbul cymbals prior to Lollapalooza. Read more »

  • James Bay

    July 30, 2015

    In advance of Lollapalooza, James spent time in our practice rooms and handpicking several guitars. Read more »

  • Adam Granduciel
    (The War on Drugs)

    July 29, 2015

    Following drummer Charlie Hall's visit, Adam stopped in to peruse the showroom floor and take a peek inside the CME vault.

  • Charlie Hall
    (The War on Drugs)

    July 28, 2015

    Charlie Hall (drummer from The War on Drugs) came to Chicago a few days prior to their Friday Lollapalooza performance. He picked a great drum shop to spend some down time in!

  • Courtney Barnett

    July 19, 2015

    There's never a dull moment around here! Courtney Barnett and her band stopped by on the way to their set at Pitchfork Music Festival.

  • Torche

    July 14, 2015

    Happy to have Torche swing through the shop before their show tonight at the Empty Bottle with Melt-Banana.

  • Geddy Lee

    June 11, 2015

    This is what childlike wonder looks like. The immortal Geddy Lee of Rush visited Chicago Music Exchange in June.

  • Dawes

    June 10, 2015

    It's always a pleasure to have the fine gentlemen from Dawes visit! Dawes opened for Hozier at the Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on June 10th.

  • Billy Sheehan

    June 8, 2015

    On June 8th, we had the pleasure of welcoming bass legend Billy Sheehan to CME. He has won "Best Rock Bass Player" not once, but five times for his lead bass playing style. Needless to say, everyone was pretty pumped to have him in. Read more »

  • Bryan Beller

    May 28, 2015

    On May 28th, we had the pleasure of hosting Bryan Beller for an evening of all things "bass." The crowd eagerly piled in, many arriving more than an hour before the scheduled start time. Read more »

  • Steve Miller

    May 27, 2015

    We had the pleasure of hanging out with Steve Miller in the Repair Shop. He visited the store to pick up an Eastman hollowbody and ended up getting a new pickup installed on the spot. Thanks for visiting, friend!

  • Juan Alderete

    May 26, 2015

    Juan Alderete of Mars Volta, Racer X, and came by the store last week for a great clinic and to film some demos!

  • Four Year Strong, The Story So Far

    May 13, 2015

    Four Year Strong and The Story So Far strolled into the shop today while passing through Chicago on their US tour. Read more »

  • Daniel Romano

    March 16, 2015

    Daniel Romano of City and Colour stopped by the Bassment last week!

  • The Temperance Movement

    March 7, 2015

    The 1964 Fender Jaguar found a great home with The Temperance Movement guitarist Paul Sayer. Enjoy!

  • Brian Grilli

    February 12, 2015

    Country music star, Brian Grilli, here at Chicago Music Exchange checking out guitars and Greedtone pedals with the help of Drew K.

  • Carlos Santana

    February 5, 2015

    Very special visit from the one and only Carlos Santana today! Picked himself up a Masterbuilt Fender Stratocaster.

  • Sophia Avocado

    January 26, 2015

    We were very excited to be visited by the lovely Sophia Avocado while she was in town.

  • Russian Circles

    January 15, 2015

    Russian Circles drummer, Dave Turncrantz, stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange this week to shop gear.

  • Conan O'Brien

    December 8, 2014

    Conan O'Brien has a CME t-shirt, do you?

  • Say Anything

    December 8, 2014

    The guys from Say Anything stopped by and picked up this 1978 Fender Starcaster Antigua.

  • Red Fang

    December 3, 2014

    Aaron Beam of heavy metal band Red Fang hung out in the Bassment with CME Bass Guitar Guru.

  • Bleachers

    November 16, 2014

    The guys from Bleachers stopped by before their show at The Vic.

  • Jeff Garland

    Jeff Garlin

    November 10, 2014

    Jeff Garlin represented CME in the Chicago Sun Times.

  • Batman and Robin

    Batman and Robin

    October 27, 2014

    Batman & Robin joined forces to bring miracles and mischief back to CME. Things got a little weird. Watch the Video »

  • Foxygen

    Jonathan Rado

    October 17, 2014

    Very pleased to have Jonathan Rado from Foxygen come hang out with us for a bit today.

  • Ryan Adams Butch Walker

    Ryan Adams & Butch Walker

    October 16, 2014

    "Ryan Adams and Butch Walker were just here! Keep an eye out for the beautiful Souldier guitar straps Adams picked up."

  • Teleferik


    October 7, 2014

    Eliz Mourad and Arno Vincendeau of the French rock band Teleferik spent some time exploring our acoustic guitar room.

  • Gotye


    September 23, 2014

    Wally of Gotye visited the Chicago Drum Exchange today to check out our vintage drum selection.

  • Sleeping With Sirens

    Sleeping with Sirens

    September 17, 2014

    Post-hardcore outfit Sleeping with Sirens visited us before the Parks & Devastation Tour hit UIC.

  • Vamos Chicago


    September 16, 2014

    Happy to have ¡Vamos! visit the showroom after they recovered from their Friday Riot Fest set.

  • Social Distortion

    Social Distortion

    September 15, 2014

    Whoa! Happy to have Social Distortion stop by the day after an awesome Riot Fest performance.

  • Zac Brown

    Zac Brown

    September 15, 2014

    Zac Brown did some shopping this past Saturday before his Wrigley Field concert.

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    Brent Hinds

    September 12, 2014

    Brent Hinds of Mastodon stopped by today before the outfit took the stage at Riot Fest. Joel was pretty stoked about it.

  • The War on Drugs

    The War on Drugs

    September 5, 2014

    We had the pleasure of being visited by The War on Drugs! Thanks to the guys for making it out to CME! Read more »

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    Matt Pike

    August 28, 2014

    We were visited by Matt Pike of both metal outfits Sleep and High on Fire. Sleep passed through Chicago Music Exchange prior to their Thalia Hall performance. Read more »

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    Eliot Lewis

    August 26, 2014

    The day was looking pretty glum until the one-and-only Eliot Lewis stepped into the Chicago Music Exchange. Read more »

  • Ronnie Earl

    Ronnie Earl

    August 6, 2014

    Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl (far right) stopped by today with some friends to shop Strats and Souldier straps.

  • Lee Brice

    Lee Brice

    August 6, 2014

    Country music star, Lee Brice, was in the shop checking out our acoustic guitar selection.

  • Ethan Farmer

    Ethan Farmer

    August 5, 2014

    Bass legend Ethan Farmer to visited us on a Tuesday afternoon and was impressed with the store's eclectic collection. Read more »

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    Graham Hopkins
    (The Frames)

    August 4, 2014

    While in town for Lolla, Graham Hopkins - the drummer from The Frames - stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange.

  • Karen O

    Karen O
    (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

    August 4, 2014

    Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs stopped by Lollapalooza weekend and picked up a gorgeous '68 Gibson Dove acoustic.

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    Ben Barter

    July 31, 2014

    Ben Barter, Lorde drummer, shopped at the Chicago Drum Exchange today and found his dream vintage Ludwig kit!

  • Matt Chamberlain

    Matt Chamberlain

    July 28, 2014

    Drummer Matt Chamberlain stopped by the Chicago Drum Exchange this weekend while in town with the 2014 Soundgarden tour.

  • Camera Obscura

    Camera Obscura

    July 25, 2014

    Scottish indie pop outfit, Camera Obscura, popped into CME before their show at Pilsen's Thalia Hall. Read more »

  • Jolie Holland Band

    Jolie Holland Band

    July 21, 2014

    A few members of the Jolie Holland band stopped by to shop gear before their show at Lincoln Hall.

  • Will Champlin

    Will Champlin

    July 16, 2014

    Will Champlin performed live in-store before the 2014 Voice Tour.
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  • Fall Out Boy and Paramore

    Fall Out Boy & Paramore

    July 10, 2014

    We were excited to welcome members of Fall Out Boy and Paramore to CME.
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  • Babasonicos


    July 9, 2014

    Argentine rock band, Babasonicos, stopped by the store before their performance the next day at Conchord Music Hall!

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    Nels Cline and Julian Lage

    June 30, 2014

    Nels Cline & Julian Lage hung out in the Chicago Music Exchange showroom.

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    June 20, 2014

    OneRepublic, currently en route to Michigan, swung through the CME showroom this afternoon. Read more »

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    of Montreal

    May 16, 2014

    We were pleased to be visited by prolific pop rockers, of Montreal, in advance of their show at Lincoln Hall.

  • Cage the Elephant & Foals

    Cage The Elephant & Foals

    May 14, 2014

    Members of Cage The Elephant and Foals stopped by the store just hours before their show at the Aragon Ballroom.

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    Neon Trees

    May 13, 2014

    Bassist Branden Campbell of Neon Trees hanging out in The Bassment before a show at The Riviera Theater.

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    Bill Dickens

    April 10, 2014

    Legendary bassist Bill Dickens demos his 7-string bass, talked technique and laid down some speed funk. Read more »

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    Dweezil Zappa

    October 17, 2013

    Son of the late-great Frank Zappa gives 90-minute Masterclass in The Bassment at Chicago Music Exchange. Read more »

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    David Bazan

    September 5, 2013

    Indie-rocker David Bazan tested out our acoustic guitar room.

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    The Reverend Horton Heat

    August 22, 2013

    Fans of the rockabilly band lined up for a live in-store performance and to meet “The Rev”. Read more »

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    Imagine Dragons

    August 7, 2013

    Imagine Dragons stops by during Lollapalooza to shop bass guitars before heading to a Cubs game just... Read more »

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    The Lumineers

    August 6, 2013

    Wesley Schultz test drives acoustic guitars with CME owner, David Kalt during The Lumineers’ Lollapalooza visit. Read more »

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    Mumford & Sons

    August 1, 2013

    Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane chat about their recent transition to a more electric sound while shopping Fenders. Read more »

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    John Wicks

    June 20, 2013

    LA-based drummer, producer, and singer-songwriter John Wicks stops by to check out vintage drums and discuss... Read more »

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    June 20, 2013

    After rocking Bonnaroo, Rob Blair and Scott Thurston stop by to try out the Hendrix Rosewood Stratocaster. Read more »

  • Zoro the drummer

    Zoro The Drummer

    May 30, 2013

    Renowned funk drummer, Zoro, checks out the Chicago Drum Exchange while in town for a clinic. Read more »

  • Of Monsters and Men

    Of Monsters & Men

    May 23, 2013

    The Icelandic indie/folk rock band stop by CME before their gig at the legendary Aragon Ballroom. Read more »

  • Metz


    May 20, 2013

    Chris Slorach – bassist for the Toronta sub-pop band Metz – stops by CME after a scorching set at Lincoln Hall. Read more »

  • Fall Out Boy

    Fall Out Boy

    May 16, 2013

    Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman came in before playing the Riv and checked out some Fender Telecasters. Read more »

  • Clas Yngström and the Sky High Blues Band

    Sky High Blues Band

    May 2, 2013

    Swedish blues rockers Clas Yngström and the Sky High Blues Band pick up some Gibson goodies. Read more »

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    Russian Circles

    May 16, 2013

    Russian Circles guitarist Mike Sullivan stopped by Chicago Music Exchange picked up a new black on black Fano. Read more »

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    Jimmie Vaughan

    April 17, 2013

    Jimmie Vaughan was on tour with his current blues band. They paid us a visit while in town! Read more »

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    Conan O'Brien

    March 26, 2013

    It seems like every we time we turn on Conan O'Brien he's wearing a Chicago Music Exchange T-shirt. Read more »

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    Brian Blade

    March 19, 2013

    Brian Blade and his killer group The Fellowship Band featuring Melvin Butler, Myron Walden, Christopher... Read more »

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    Paul Reed Smith

    March 19, 2013

    Paul Reed Smith drew legions of fans to Chicago Music Exchange Saturday afternoon. Paul had... Read more »

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    Tame Impala

    March 7, 2013

    Our good friend from Australia, psychedelic rock band Tame Impala return to Chicago Music Exchange to do some... Read more »

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    Jason Mozersky

    March 7, 2013

    Our good friend Jason Mozersky of Ben Harper’s band and the Relentless7 stopped by CME. Read more »

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    Maps & Atlases

    March 3, 2013

    Chicago indie/avante/experimental group Maps & Atlases joined us for a CME Session, hand-picking... Read more »

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    Fiction Family

    February 27, 2013

    Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) and Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek) perform as Fiction Family at Chicago... Read more »

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    Of Monsters and Men

    February 12, 2013

    Of Monsters and Men stopped by Chicago Music Exchange during the holiday season between their two shows at... Read more »

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    Matt Schofield

    November 20, 2012

    We partnered with our friends at Premier Builders Guild, a collective... Read more »

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    Yonder Mountain String Band

    November 20, 2012

    Yonder Mountain String Band were in town to play a show at House of Blues. Read more »

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    Pat Sansone

    November 13, 2012

    About a year ago Pat Sansone (Wilco/Autumn Defense) fell in love with a limited run '30s Gibson... Read more »

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    Hey Rosetta!

    October 23, 2012

    Hey Rosetta! a fantastic Canadian indie rock band from St. Johns visited Chicago Music Exchange before their... Read more »

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    Grizzly Bear

    October 2, 2012

    Grizzly Bear's drummer Chris Bear and bass player Chris Taylor drop by the Chicago Music Exchange... Read more »

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    Erin Davis

    August 16, 2012

    Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis, arguably the most famous and influential jazz musician of all time, was in... Read more »

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    August 16, 2012

    Los Angeles-based folk-rock quartet, Dawes, hung out at Chicago Music Exchange before their gig at the Chicago Theatre. Read more »

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    Kazuyoshi Saito

    July 10, 2012

    Our new friend, Gibson artist, Kazuyoshi Saito spent the last few weeks travelling across the US visiting... Read more »

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    Barenaked Ladies

    July 9, 2012

    Amidst their Last Summer on Earth Tour with a show at the Charter One Pavilion tonight... Read more »

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    John Danks

    July 2, 2012

    Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks paid us a visit a few weeks back looking...
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    Jeff Garlin

    June 18, 2012

    Curb Your Enthusiasm star and friend of Chicago Music Exchange Jeff Garlin came in Saturday. Read more »

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    Jimmy Vivino

    June 12, 2012

    Jimmy Vivino paid us a visit Friday. Jimmy and Conan O'Brien are in Chicago for the TBS Just for Laughs... Read more »

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    Brad Paisley

    June 11, 2012

    Brad Paisley came by on Saturday before his Escape Virtual Reality World Tour stop at Wrigley... Read more »

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    Ivan Marcio

    June 8, 2012

    In Chicago from Sao Paulo, Brazil to play Chicago Blues Festival, Ivan Marcio stopped by... Read more »

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    May 29, 2012

    Before the Red Hot Chili Peppers show at Allstate arena yesterday, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer... Read more »

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    Johnny Rabb

    May 17, 2012

    Chicago based drummer Johnny Rabb paid a visit to the Chicago Drum Exchange recently. Read more »

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    Paul Konerko

    May 16, 2012

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    Thomas Gibson

    May 15, 2012

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    Stuart Swanlund

    May 14, 2012

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    May 4, 2012

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    Kaiser Chiefs

    April 20, 2012

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    April 16, 2012

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    Youth Lagoon

    April 12, 2012

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    Bobby Berg

    April 11, 2012

    Bobby Burg, singer, songwriter, guitarist of Love of Everything, bass player in Joan of Arc, and... Read more »

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    Surfer Blood

    January 20, 2012

    Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete stopped in after a last minute gig at Schubas... Read more »

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    Rick Nielsen

    January 17, 2012

    Rick's friend, rock star jewelry maker, Armand Serra of Crazy Pig Designs...
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    Eric Johnson

    January 15, 2012

    Eric Johnson spent some time with Chicago Music Exchange before his... Read more »

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    Bon Iver

    December 9, 2011

    Bon Iver paid a lengthy visit to Chicago Music Exchange today on their... Read more »

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    Civil Wars

    November 8, 2011

    John Paul White, one half of the Civil Wars (along with singer-songwriter Joy Williams) stopped by... Read more »

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    Simple Plan

    November 21, 2011

    Today, Canadian rockers Simple Plan took a break from their Get Your Heart On!... Read more »

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    Noah & the Whale

    November 14, 2011

    Noah & The Whale, on tour supporting their fantastic “Last Night On Earth” album, hung out for... Read more »

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    Joe Bonamassa

    October 26, 2011

    In town to play the majestic Chicago Theatre tomorrow night downtown, Joe Bonamassa stopped in... Read more »

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    Josh Moreau & Patrick Matera

    July 11, 2011

    While on tour as part of Katy Perry's band... Read more »

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    Glen Kotche of Wilco

    August 24, 2011

    Both a Zildjian artist and a Sonor artist, Wilco drummer Glen Kotche was right at home... Read more »

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    May 24, 2011

    English singer-songwriter, and all-around outstanding young lady, Adele, stopped by... Read more »

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    October 28, 2010

    In town for a show at UIC Pavilion, OneRepublic took time out to come to Chicago Music Exchange. Read more »