This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend, the green beer will be flowing with a bunch of live music to catch on St. Patrick's Day as artists like Gaelic Storm, The Tossers, Flatfoot 56 and Ike Reilly perform throughout Chicago. Elsewhere, Levon Helm arrives in Lincoln Square for a benefit, a rare pair of appearances in the city from Fiona Apple, and even William Shatner gets in on the fun. Things continue on Monday with The Black Keys so there's really no reason not to make it a long weekend...
In The City...
Gaelic Storm (9PM Friday at the Riviera Theatre. $41, 18+)
The Tossers (9PM Friday at Metro. $22, 18+) - We Are The Union, The Arrivals and Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers open.
Toots & The Maytals (9PM Friday at House of Blues. $30, 17+) - The Constellations open.
Welcome to Ashley (9PM Friday at Township. $7, 21+) - Pistols at Dawn and Fly Over State open. Welcome to Ashley return for a one-off reunion show.
William Shatner (8PM Friday at the Auditorium Theatre. $65-319, All Ages)
Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble (Friday and Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. $250, All Ages) - With special guest Donald Fagen of Steely Dan both nights. Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat open on Friday. Shawn Mullins opens on Saturday. This is a benefit for the Old Town School of Folk Music. A silent auction, drinks and light supper starts at 5:30PM. Concert starts at 8PM.
The Ike Reilly Assassination (9PM Saturday at Lincoln Hall. $18, 21+)
G. Love & Special Sauce (8PM Saturday at Metro. $31, 18+) - Scott H. Biram opens.
Paul Oakenfold (Doors open at 10PM Saturday at The Mid. $30, 21+) - Bill Basil and Gus Karas also perform.
Yo-Yo Ma and CSO Musicians (3PM Sunday at Symphony Center. $71-117, All Ages)
Fiona Apple (8PM Sunday and Monday at Lincoln Hall. 21+, Both shows SOLD OUT)
The Black Keys (7:30PM Monday 3/19/12 at United Center. $49-70, All Ages)
In The Suburbs...
Newsboys (7PM Friday at Christ Community Church in St. Charles. $29, All Ages) - Everyone needs a ticket. Free parking.
Flatfoot 56 (9PM Friday at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Bloomingdale. $10, 21+)
Flatfoot 56 (3PM Saturday at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. $10, 21+)
Flatfoot 56 (9PM Saturday at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora. $10, 21+)
Cheech & Chong (7:30PM Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $37-63, 21+)
Iced Earth (7:30PM Saturday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $30, All Ages) - Warbringer, Ghost in the Ruins and Depremacy open.
Jim Gaffigan (Two shows Saturday at 7 & 9:30PM at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Each show $49-59, All Ages)
Faster Pussycat (9PM Sunday at Penny Road Pub in Barrington. $12, 21+) - Opening acts start at 5PM.