Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/23/12 - Sunday 3/25/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight:  City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/23/12 - Sunday 3/25/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, B.B. King rolls into House of Blues for two shows, Irish rockers The Saw Doctors arrive at the Vic, and Mike Doughty covers the burbs with shows in both Evanston and Rosemont.  All of this plus much more...

In The City...

B.B. King (8PM Thursday and Friday at House of Blues. $101, 21+) - Beverly Mclellan opens.

George Benson (7:30PM Friday at the Chicago Theatre. $54, 272) - Boney James opens.

The Temper Trap (10PM Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Hall.  18+, Both shows SOLD OUT) - Empires opens.

Rachael Yamagata (10PM Friday and Saturday at Schubas. Each show is $15, 18+) Madi Diaz opens.

The Menzingers (9PM Saturday at Beat Kitchen. $12, 17+) - Cheap GirlsThe Sidekicks and Captain, We're Sinking open.

The Saw Doctors (7:30PM Saturday at the Vic Theatre. $41, 18+)

Andrew W.K. (7:30PM Sunday at the Riviera Theatre. $33, 18+) - *** Due to overwhelming demand, this show has been moved from Metro to the Riviera Theatre. Metro tickets will be honored. ***  Math the Band opens.

Boyz II Men (9PM Sunday at House of Blues. $52-69, 17+) - On the Rocks open.

Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars (8PM Sunday at Lincoln Hall. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Conduit opens.

Kimya Dawson (Two shows at 4PM and 7PM Sunday at the Old Town School of Folk Music) - Your Heart Breaks opens.  *** The 4PM show is a kids show. $12-16, All Ages *** The 7PM show is $17-21.

In The Suburbs...

Mike Doughty (7PM Thursday at SPACE in Evanston. $22-42, All Ages)

Mike Doughty (8:30PM Friday at The Montrose Room at the Intercontinental O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont. $20-40, 18+) -

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express (9PM Friday at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. $18, 21+) - Miles Nielsen opens.

The Marshall Tucker Band (8:30PM Friday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Tickets start at $27.  21+) - Dan Peters & The West Side Wanders open.  Different table packages as well as meet and greet passes are also available.

WAR (8PM Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $47-69, 21+) - Sugarfoot's Ohio Players open.

Aisha Tyler (7:30PM Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $29-56, 21+)

Sister Hazel (8PM Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Tickets start at $30. 21+) - Different table packages as well as meet and greet passes are also available.

GWAR (7:30PM Sunday at Moejoe's in Joliet.  $25, All Ages) - Municipal Waste, Ghoul and Legacy of Disorder open.

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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday afternoons at 3PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the free TuneIn Radio app on any computer, phone or device. Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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