Candlebox at the Cubby Bear

A couple weeks back we had a chance to play a show with Candlebox and The Lovehammers at the Cubby Bear in Chicago

Although the night was ridiculed early on with miscommunication between the venue and the crowd waiting in the cold to get in, it ended up being an insane night.

We were bumped to the opening slot a couple weeks before the show when The Lovehammers hopped on the tour. Although I was looking forward to being direct support, I knew that being in front of the Lovehammers fans in our shared hometown was an added bonus as long as having another hot Rock band to perform. It was a win-win situation.

Kevin had suggested to me that we open the set with just myself and a guitar. At first I was hesitant but after I meditated on the idea of it I agreed to give it a shot.

We opened up with a number called “Blackheart”. It’s a bit dark and moody but the song has an inertia to it and really finishes strong so we decided to give it a shot. The crowd was patient and from the response after the ending we could tell it went over well.

Photo by Mike Hari (

From there on out we went full throttle and played much more upbeat and dancier tunes. As we played the room  grew exponentially until it finally filled up. While this was awesome for us, we felt bad for the line of people that waited outside, a lot of which included our fans whom missed a majority if not all of our set. 

Both the Lovehammers and Candlebox played impressive sets. The energy was high all night. I wasn’t surprised to find that Candlebox still brings it. They sound as good as I’ve ever heard them. It was definitely a night to remember.

Check out more pictures from the show here. All photos were taken by the talented Mike Hari of Fade Out Foto.



Growing up in Chicago it’s hard not to know whom Candlebox is.  Ever since they released their first record they were played constantly on Rock radio stations around the greater Chicagoland area for the last 20 years.

I grew up  a huge fan of thier debut LP but fell particuarly in love with their album Happy Pills. So many great jams on that album.

 Candlebox was actually one of my first concerts. I saw them while in Grade school at Q101’s Jamboree along side No Doubt, Cypress Hill, Korn, Stabbing Westward and others.  If you would have told me then I’d one day get the opportunity to work alongside them I wouldn’t have believed you!

Thanks for reading!

Stephen Francis

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