Out & About – February, 15, 2016

1: GRAMMY-nominated contemporary jazz and gospel great Jonathan Butler gave an appreciative crowd a sample of his new CD Free at the historic Chicago Theatre. (Photo by Andy Argyrakis)

2: In addition to serving as a showcase for Butler’s solo material, the South African singer/songwriter guitarist also performed alongside headliner and fellow jazz favorite Dave Koz (pictured in the background). Photo by Andy Argyrakis

3: GRAMMY and multiple Dove Award winner Laura Story made her Grand Ole Opry debut in style at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on a bill that also included country hit makers Carrie Underwood and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.

4: Modern rock mainstays Skillet are currently working on a new studio album, which will mark the band’s immensely anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Rise. Pictured from left to right: Brian Howes (producer), John Cooper (lead singer) and Jason Van Poederooyen (studio engineer).

5: In the summer of 1995, Cutting Edge Band members, who later formed Deliriou5?, are pictured during Stu G’s original Have You Heard recording sessions, which was just remastered and re-released. Pictured from left to right: Tim Jupp, Stu G, Stew Smith and Martin Smith.

6: Fast-forwarding through today, Stu G (right) and Tony Patoto, who managed Deliriou5? before starting The Fuel Music in 2008, are pictured in the studio during the recent remastering sessions for Have You Heard.

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Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).