This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs. June begins and the summer festival circuit hits its stride with Buckcherry in Bridgeview at Throttle Fest, The Jayhawks in Aurora at Hop Juice Fest, and Craig Finn, The Besnard Lakes, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and more all weekend in Bucktown/Wicker Park at the Do-Division Street Festival... Not to mention appearances by Drake, The Cult and Naughty By Nature. All of this plus much more...
In The City...
Do-Division Street Festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday along Division St. between Damen Ave. and Leavitt St. $5 suggested donation each day, All Ages) - JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and more perform on Friday. Peanut Butter Wolf, The Besnard Lakes, Craig Finn, White Mystery, In Tall Buildings and more perform on Saturday. Murder By Death, Mutts, The Soft Pack, The Antlers, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons and more perform on Sunday. Get all details here.
The Besnard Lakes (10PM Friday at Empty Bottle. $14, 21+) - Brain Idea and Judson Claiborne open.
The Cult (6:30PM Friday at the Congress Theater. $22, All Ages) - Against Me! and The Icarus Line open.
Dokken (9PM Friday at Cubby Bear. $22, 21+)
Matt Campbell (10:15PM Friday in Maurer Hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music)
Le Butcherettes (9PM Friday at Subterranean. $10, 17+ ) - Heavy Times and Strychnine open.
HOPEFEST 2012 (7:30PM Friday at Park West. $60, 18+ unless accompanied by an adult) - Los Lobos plays the Kiko album in its entirety. Buddy Guy, Eddie Shaw and Todd Park Mohr also perform to benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Craig Finn (10PM Saturday at Empty Bottle. $14, 21+) - Minor Characters open.
Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons (8PM Saturday at Chicago Theatre. $80-111. All Ages)
Margot & The Nuclear So and So's (10PM Saturday at Lincoln Hall. $15, 18+) - Dinosaur Feathers and Whispertown also perform.
Naughty By Nature and Digital Underground (10PM Saturday at Congress Theater. $35, 21+) - Blacksheep and Ras Kass also perform.
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons (9:30PM Sunday at Empty Bottle. $15, 21+) - Jon Drake & The Shakes and Derrek Nelson open.
In The Suburbs...
Throttle Fest (Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. $20 per day, 18+) - Buckcherry headlines Friday. Jackyl headlines Saturday. Weekend passes as well as RV parking are available. Get all details here.
Hop Juice Festival (Friday and Saturday at Two Brothers Brewing Co. in Aurora. General admission only $5 each day, All Ages) - Freddy Jones Band headline on Friday night. The Jayhawks headline on Saturay night. VIP passes are also available. Free parking. Get all details here.
Sonny Landreth (9PM Friday and Saturday at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. Each show is $25, 21+) - Elemental Journey CD release party. Kevin Gordon opens Friday. Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) opens on Saturday.
Drake (7PM Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. $47-227, All Ages) - J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana and Jitta on the Track also perform.
Freddy Jones Band (8PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $20-36, All Ages) - *** This is an acoustic performance ***
Gladys Knight (8:30PM Saturday at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. $60, All Ages)
Night Ranger and The Ides of March (5:45PM Saturday at the New Lenox Commons in New Lenox. $20, All Ages) - Peace Museum opens.
Filed under: Weekend Music Spotlight