Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 5/18/12 - Sunday, 5/20/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 5/18/12 - Sunday, 5/20/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, lots of suburban options give you every reason to stay away from the NATO induced madness downtown as Huey Lewis takes over Hammond, Vanilla Ice tears it up in Lincolnshire and Freddy Jones Band heads toward Downers Grove.  Meanwhile in Chicago, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello arrives in town just in time for the NATO summit and two weekend shows.  Plus, Joe Pug launches a two night stand at Lincoln Hall.  Busy weekend... All of this plus much more...

In The City...

HoZac Blackout Fest (5PM at $20 Friday, 5PM at $25 Saturday and 7PM at $25 Sunday at Empty Bottle. 21+) - Three day, indoor festival features several artists performing each night including Davila 666 on Friday, Red Kross and White Mystery on Saturday and Roky Erickson on Sunday.

"The Nightwatchman" Tom Morello (Noon Friday in Daley Plaza, Free, All Ages) - *** This location is subject to change as Morello's performance comes as part of a NATO protest in support of National Nurses United.  Expect heavy pedestrian traffic, increased police presence and possible street closures in the area.  Public transportation is advised ***

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (10:30PM Friday at Buddy Guy's Legends. $20, 21+) - Eddie Taylor, Jr. opens at 9PM.  Diamond Jim Greene performs an acoustic set from 5:30PM to 8PM.

Jon Conover and Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts (10PM Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe. $5, All Ages)

Taproot (8PM Friday at Bottom Lounge. $15, 17+)

Joe Pug (10PM Friday at Lincoln Hall. $15, 18+) - Bailiff opens.

Joe Pug (10PM Saturday at Lincoln Hall. $15, 21+) - David Wax Museum opens.

Steve Kimock Band with Bernie Worrell (8PM Saturday at Bottom Lounge. $32, 17+) - Wally Ingram and Andy Hess also perform.

This Land is Our Land: A Centennial  Concert Celebration of the Legendary Woody Guthrie (8PM Saturday at Metro. $25, 18+) - Tom Morello, The Klezmatics, Holly Near, Toshi Regan, Son del Viento, Jon Langford, Bucky Halker, Kevin Coval and more.  *** Due to the Cubs/Sox game and NATO street closings, heavy traffic congestion is expected within the area. Public transportation is strongly encouraged ***

Bonnie Raitt and Marc Cohn (7:30PM Saturday and Sunday at Chicago Theatre. Each show is $54-90, All Ages)

In The Suburbs...

Vanilla Ice (8:30PM Friday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $20-40, 21+) - The Aviators also perform.  *** Premium booth seating as well as meet and greet passes are also available here ***

Freddy Jones Band (8:30PM Friday at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. $39-100, All Ages)

AfroMan (9:30PM Friday at Q Billiards in Darien. $12, 21+)

Blue Oyster Cult (8PM Friday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. $29-69, All Ages) - M&R Rush open.

KISS FM's Fantabuloso (Friday at Allstate Arena) - Enrique Iglesias, Gym Class Heroes, The Wanted, Adam Lambert, B.o.B., Cobra Starship and more...

k.d. lang (8PM Friday at the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan. $46-89, All Ages) -

Grand Funk Railroad (8PM Saturday at Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN. $30-50, 21+) -

AfroMan (Saturday at Sideout's in Island Lake. $15, 21+)

Huey Lewis & The News (7:30PM Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $53-90, All Ages)

The Oak Ridge Boys (3PM at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. $49-59)

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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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