Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 4/27/12 to 4/29/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight:  City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 4/27/12 to 4/29/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  After a few slow weeks, things really start to pick up this weekend with a bunch of great shows (especially on Friday)... Crüe fans get up close and personal with Vince Neil at the Cubby Bear, the Gipsy Kings heat things up at the Chicago Theatre while legends like Diana Ross and James Cotton make their way through the burbs.  All of this plus much more...

In The City...

Cowboy Junkies (Two shows at 7 & 10PM Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Each show is $34-38, All Ages) -

Felix da Housecat (Friday at The Mid.  Free before 10PM, $10 after. 21+) - Midnight Conspiracy, Zebo and Orville Kline also perform.

Fountains of Wayne (9PM Friday at Double Door. $25, 21+) - Nicole Atkins opens.

Blane Fonda (6PM Friday at Reggie's Music Joint. $20 suggested donation, 21+) - A benefit for the Now Hear This! Fund.

Gipsy Kings (8PM Friday at Chicago Theatre. $69-110, All Ages)

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound (8PM Friday at Metro. $12, 18+) - Gold Motel and Blah Blah Blah open.

JD McPherson (10PM Friday at Lincoln Hall. $15, 21+) - Mar Caribe opens.

Matthew Ryan (9PM Friday at The Hideout. $10, 21+) - Six Mile Grove opens.

Umphrey's McGee (7:30PM Friday at Park West. 18+, SOLD OUT)

Vince Neil (9PM Friday at Cubby Bear. $35, 21+) - Downtread opens.

Wynton Marsalis (Two shows at 8PM Friday and Saturday at Orchestra Hall. $65-204, All Ages)

Phil Vassar (Two shows at 8:45 PM on Friday and 10:30PM on Saturday at Joe's Bar. Each show is $37. 21+) - Old Dominion opens on Friday.

Earthen Grave with Rachel Barton Pine (9PM Saturday at Reggie's. $12, 17+) - Question of Madness and Deep Space Pilots open.

School of Seven Bells (10PMSaturday at Lincoln Hall. $15, 21+) - Exitmusic opens.

Tortoise (Two shows on Saturday at 7 & 10PM at Empty Bottle. Each show is $15, 21+) - Miracle Condition opens the 7PM show while Jason Urick opens the 10PM show.

In The Suburbs...

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater and James Cotton (8PM Friday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $20-30, 21+)

Diana Ross (8PM Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $58-112, 21+) -

Dar Williams (7PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. All Ages, SOLD OUT)

The Chicago Rat Pack (6:30PM Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $10-30, 21+) - Anyone who reads this section frequently knows that I have quite the soft spot for the "Rat Pack."  In “One Swingin’ Night," "The" Chicago Rat Pack recreates the spirit of legendary swingers Frank, Sammy and Dean and transports audiences to a time when life was a lot less complicated and a lot more fun. “The” Chicago Rat Pack celebrates the friendships, talents, singing styles and fun filled attitudes of the "Rat Pack."  Several different seating options (including "Rat Pack" appropriate booths) are available.  Click HERE for all details.

The Charlie Daniels Band (8PM Saturday at Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. $45-60, All Ages)

James Hunter (8PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $27-40, All Ages) - Jesse Dee opens.

Kim Richey (7PM Sunday at SPACE in Evanston. $15-27, All Ages) - Joel Henderson opens.

Vince Gill (7PM Sunday at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. $51-61, All Ages)

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