Jon McLaughlin Serenades Sold Out Chicago Crowd

Jon McLaughlin
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
February 20, 2009

Jon McLaughlin House of BluesI can honestly say I was shocked when I walked up to the Box Office at the House of Blues to collect my tickets and saw a sign taped to the window that read: SOLD OUT. The sign literally said “Tonight’s Jon McLaughlin Performance is SOLD OUT” in big black bold letters. It’s not that I didn’t think Jon could sell out a 1,400 capacity club, it’s just that I cannot believe how far this guy has come since the first time I saw him. The first time I saw Jon McLaughlin live in concert was at Borders on State Street in downtown Chicago back in May of 2007. A friend had told me about the bookstore lunchtime acoustic keyboard set, and I decided to check it out. After all, it was free and I love any music featuring the piano. The crowd was made up of about 20 people (including the Island Records label people). Jon was promoting his debut record Indiana on his Borders tour hitting up key markets across the U.S. I had never heard any of his music until then. Hadn’t really heard of the guy before then either, but I trusted my friend’s musical taste and opinion. I ended up buying his Indiana record after the four-song set. I then saw Jon McLaughlin open for Kelly Clarkson in November 2007 on her tour promoting My December. Then I saw Jon in October 2008 at Chicago’s Hard Rock Cafe promoting his second album OK Now. I have missed him a couple of times – once when he played Martyr’s in September 2007 and then when he performed at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2008. What I am trying to say here, is that I am so proud of Jon! He has gone from playing in front of 15 people at Borders to playing a sold out show at the House of Blues! All in less than two years. Wow. Make sure you check out Jon’s songs if you have not heard his music before. I recommend listening to “Industry,” “Perfect,” and “Beating My Heart.” More photos from the show after the jump…

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  1. Katy says:

    WOAH! Jen these photos are intense! They’re amazing.

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