Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday 5/11/12 - Sunday 5/13/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday 5/11/12 - Sunday 5/13/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend sees a ton of great shows as St. Vincent arrives in Lakeview, Andrew Bird sells out the acoustically perfect Auditorium, while Freedy Johnston and Sebastian Bach roll through the suburbs.  All of this plus much more...

In The City...

Maps & Atlases (9PM Friday at Metro. $15, 18+) - So Many Dynamos and Sister Crayon open.

St. Vincent (7:30PM Friday at the Vic Theatre. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Shearwater opens.

Yo-Yo Ma (8PM Friday at Symphony Center. $46-276, All Ages)

Gregg Allman (6PM Saturday at Buddy Guy's Legends) - ***  Hosted by Barbara's Bookstore, this event is a BOOK SIGNING ONLY.  Allman will be signing copies of his new book My Cross to Bear  ***

Andrew Bird (8PM Saturday at Auditorium Theatre. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Mucca Pazza opens.

Chickenfoot (8PM Saturday at Chicago Theatre. $59-80, All Ages) - *** Click HERE for my review of Chickenfoot live at Metro on November 5, 2011  *** 

Deals Gone Bad (10PM Saturday at Cobra Lounge. $10-13, 21+) - BomBBone opens.

Grouplove (8PM Saturday at Metro. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Reptar opens.

k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang (7PM Saturday at the Harris Center for Music & Dance. $125-500) -  ***  Part of Center on Halsted's 2012 Human First gala.  Hosted by Bravo's Andy Cohen  ***

In The Suburbs...

Clutch (7:30PM Friday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $30, 21+) - MonstrO, HellYeah and Kyng open.

NRBQ (8PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. $20-36, All Ages)

Daughtry (7:30PM Friday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. $53-63, All Ages) - Safetysuit and Mike Sanchez open.

Eric Church (7:30PM Friday at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. $38-46, All Ages) - Brantley Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore (8:30PM Friday at the Montrose Room at the InterContinental O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont. $20-40, 21+) - Colin Gilmore opens.

The Temptations (8PM Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $63-95, 21+)

Kittie (9PM Friday at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville. $13, 21+) - Blackguard, The Agonist and Bonded By Blood open.

Freedy Johnston (7PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $18-30, All Ages) - Alison Scott also performs.

Sam Llanas (10PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $12-22, All Ages)

Sebastian Bach (9PM Saturday at Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire. $17, 21+) - Hessler opens.  ***  Click HERE for my interview with Sebastian Bach.  Click HERE for my review of Sebastian Bach live at Cubby Bear Wrigleyville on 2/8/12  ***

Greg Lake (8PM Saturday at the Arcadea Theatre in St. Charles. $19-79, All Ages)

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials with Howard and The White Boys (9PM Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $10-25, 21+)

Ralph Covert (8:30PM Saturday at the Montrose Room at the InterContinental O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont. $10-15, 18+) - Scott May and Thadeus Project also perform.

P.O.D. (8:30PM Saturday at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville. $22-80, 21+) - Red, Brian "Head" Welch and Icon For Hire open.

Chris Botti (8PM Sunday at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont. $39-76, All Ages) - ***  This event has been rescheduled from October 14, 2011. Original tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available at the point of purchase, if requested  ***

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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 nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). 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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