Chicago Theater, Chicago IL January 18 2020
Venue Capacity 3828
Well “One More Saturday Night” as they say. Woke up to a cloudy rainy/slushy day in the Windy City on Saturday. After a little time spent in the hotel gym to shake out the cob webs it was time to get out and explore what Chicago has to offer and one thing Chicago has to offer is FOOD!
Made our way to The Bergoff the preeminent German Restaurant in Chicago. The Bergoff opened its doors in 1898 and has been run by the same family since then. The restaurant and bar are just classics and the food is over the top. The Bergoff also holds the honor of having the oldest/first liquor license issued by the city of Chicago after prohibition
At the Bergoff we were meeting up with my ski and golf partner in crime Dave “Bartzy” Bartz’s son Zach and his lovely partner AJ. Zach is a stand up comedian and improve actor and innovator here in Chicago and his partner AJ is one of the foremost wedding photographers. Well the crew from last night and our guests were ready to get down for a hearty german meal.
With an extensive menu of classic German dishes it was hard to choose. But I guess when in Rome, in this case Germany, have the Schnitzel! You can’t not have a German meal without washing down with a little beer.
After a great meal and catch up with Zach and AJ some of the crew opted for the afternoon nap. Not Bobby and I. We still needed to explore more of Chicago. Upon leaving the restaurant we discovered that our rainy warmish day had totally changed and the temperature had plummeted to the upper teens in the matter of a couple of hours. This damp cold reminded me of Buffalo NY as a kid. BRRRRRRRR!
Well Bobby and I stumbled into the Emerald Loop tavern to catch a little NCAA basketball and yes have an adult beverage. After meeting a very nice couple from Illinois who were in for the TTB show at the bar Bobby and I got down to business and a couple of Irish Car Bombs!
Well now it was almost show time and we needed to meet up with the rest of the gang for a quick snack before the show. That led us to the bar on the top of the Wit Hotel where Tara and Joe where staying. After a delicious appetizers of Charred Octopus, Hummus and Duck Confit Flatbread we were off to the show.
TTB was on fire night two. The band came on almost exactly on time and played a smoking hot first set and we could tell the energy level had been kicked up a notch for Saturday night. Being in Chicago the band played a very “bluesy” set to open the night. If possible our seats were even better than the evening before. Thank you Joe Matthys!
The second set opened with five acoustic seated songs (see highlighted set list below) and proceeded to get hotter and hotter from there. The evening ended with TTB just crushing Bound for Glory as the second encore to bring a great weekend to a close.
Here is the set list from the second set on Saturday. Courtesy of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.