1-Chicago.jpg I’m a music guy. I have been as long as I can remember, and it predates all my other obsessions, of which there are many. Because of that, so many of my memories are tied to it. This is how, I think, I developed my “seasonal” affinity for music. And I don’t mean, “Hey, it’s December – time to bust out ‘Wonderful Christmastime!’” Which I do, by the way. I mean, there are certain bands that I, for various reasons, associate with particular seasons. For instance, They Might Be Giants and Blondie are “winter” bands to me the same way that Guster and Barenaked Ladies are “fall” bands. Sometimes that’s because I discovered that band at that time of year, or that’s when I saw them live, or their music is reminds me of some non-music-related event in my life. That’s not to say that’s the only time I listen to those bands, but a lot of times, even when one of my favorite songs plays on the radio or pops up on my iPod, I don’t always listen to it. I have to be in the mood. I do have, however, a “no turnover” list: those songs that I listen to no matter what. Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” is one of those songs. So is Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” That song is one of the reasons why I’m so excited that Chicago is headlining the Foellinger Theatre’s 2013 summer concert series, “A Summer Like No Other,” on Tuesday, August 27, here in Fort Wayne. In planning an upcoming trip to Chicago, my wife ordered train passes from the Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago’s name before a threatened legal action forced them to shorten it). When we received them in the mail, I joked that Peter Cetera[1] and his bandmates had sent us something. She didn’t think it was funny. I did. That happens a lot. Anyway…Chicago is one of those bands that seems ever-present to me, with hits in the early 1970s (their first album came out in the spring of 1969) through the late 1980s. With hits like “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Look Away,” I can’t imagine ever turning on a Top 40 or classic hits radio station and not hearing them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So let Chicago become one of your “summer” bands – see them live at the Foellinger Theatre this August! Reserved seats are already sold out, but bleacher seats are still available for $36. Check out www.fortwayneparks.org, call (260) 427-6000, or visit the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department office at 705 East State Boulevard for more information.


[1] Even though Peter Cetera left the band years ago, he’s probably the only band member, former or otherwise, that most casual fans can name.