Leslie Witt

Saturdays: 5:00-8:00am

Born in Chicago, I moved away and came back three times, so this must be the place for me. I’ve always loved music and radio, be it big band jazz on my dad’s solid state RCA, Top-40 AM on a transistor, FM rock on enormous stereo equipment, or podcasts on iPods. [Read Leslie’s Full Bio]

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Ryan Adams Rocks, Regales, Reveals at Chicago Theater XRT Show

His music can hit like a thunderstorm or soothe like a summer sprinkle. Either way, it sinks in and feels real. Winning fans since his days with Whiskeytown, Adams has continued to evolve as a collaborator, producer and solo artist, releasing a self-titled album last month. Last Thursday, backed by a galaxy of lights and a supportive band, the denim clad, shaggy haired Adams opened a sold-out show with the leadoff single, “Gimme Something Good.” Check out another new one,”Stay With Me.”


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Feel Good Songs For When You Need Them Most [Playlist]

Music can be a powerful elixir for whatever ails you, be it money trouble, a health scare or a broken heart. Lou Reed once told us that Jenny’s “life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll.” So if your spirit is sinking, keep afloat with these songs:


Southern Soul Assembly at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, IL 3/18/14 by Leslie Witt

Southern Soul Super Session

“This ain’t no boy band” declared one member of the Southern Soul Assembly, prompting a hearty round of laughter. Fans of these singer-songwriter-instrumentalists, each acclaimed in his own right, might instead call them a super-group.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Sarah Daley and Jermaine Terry in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.  Photo by Paul Kolnik

Alvin Ailey Dances to The White Stripes

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater intersects with rock ‘n roll’s Jack White this week at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. It may seem a surprising mash-up, but bending boundaries in dance and music is part of what makes Ailey performances a thrill.


Franz Ferdinand (photo by: Marty Rosenbaum / WXRT)

Franz Ferdinand Has The Right Stuff At Vic XRT Show 10/10/13

Franz Ferdinand has crafted a sound all it’s own that hit just right at a sold-out XRT show at the Riviera Theater 10/10/13



Luminescent Songs For This Weekend’s Supermoon [Playlist]

Let’s hope for clear skies in Chicagoland so we can fully appreciate the biggest, brightest moon of 2013. A supermoon, in astrological parlance, occurs when the crest of a lunar full phase overlaps with perigee, […]


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Getting Down With Fitz and The Tantrums at the Double Door [Watch]

Fitz and the Tantrums hosted a blissful, non-stop dance party at the sold-out Double Door XRT show 4/23/13.


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Jim James’ Dazzling Chicago Premiere [Watch]

Jim James, front man for My Morning Jacket, performed his entire debut album, Regions of Light and Sound of God for a WXRT sell-out at the Vic Theater Saturday night. He emerged as a solo artist, a visionary, a rock ‘n roll messiah.



Waxing Nostalgia for the Deerfield Record Shop on Record Store Day 2013

It was a mecca for music-lovers of every stripe, a teen hang-out, and most of all, place of magnificent discovery. Just about everyone who lived in north suburban Deerfield back then has a story to […]



Allen Toussaint Brings a Taste of NOLA And A Sense Of Adventure To Chicago’s City Winery

Playing the part of “Mr. Mardi Gras,” Allen Toussaint, at one point, tossed into the crowd souvenirs from his hometown of New Orleans. But it’s his treasure trove of music that makes a night with Allen Toussaint special.

The sweep and scope of Toussaint’s set is like a history lesson in New Orleans jazz, blues and R&B. His gentlemanly charm and wonderful stories make it accessible. And the danceable, irresistible rhythms are omnipresent. Performances are loaded with his many hit songs, like “Mother-In-Law,” “Yes We Can Can,” “Southern Nights, ” and, famously covered by Jerry Garcia, “Get Out Of My Life Woman.”