Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/15/12 - Sunday, 6/17/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 6/15/12 - Sunday, 6/17/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend... festivals, festivals, festivals:  Moby and Skrillex headline the Spring Awakening Festival at Soldier Field, The Hold Steady and Chris Robinson hit Taste of Randolph, while Kenny Wayne Shepherd swings through Aurora... Not to mention area appearances by Al Green, Jimmy Cliff, and the Gin Blossoms...  All of this plus much more...

In The City…

Taste of Randolph (Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Randolph between Peoria and Racine) – Los Campesinos headline Friday.  Empires, and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood perform Saturday.  Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Hollows and The Hold Steady perform on Sunday.  Read my full festival preview HERE.  $10 suggested donation each day.  $25 VIP passes are also available.

The Flatlanders (Two shows at 7 & 10PM on Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  Each show is $34-38, All Ages) – Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock perform in honor of their 40th anniversary.  Jason Eady opens.

Walk The Moon (8:30PM Friday at Lincoln Hall.  All Ages, SOLD OUT) – Morning Parade opens.

Jill Scott, Kem and Doug E. Fresh (7PM Friday at Charter One Pavillion at Northerly Island. $63-145)

Blane Fonda (9PM Friday at Subterranean. $10, 17+) - Blah Blah Blah and Volcanoes Make Islands open.  Check out more on Blane Fonda HERE.

Benny Benassi (Midnight Saturday at House of Blues. $40, 17+) – Nobody Beats The Drum opens.  Official Spring Awakening Festival afterparty.

Jonathan Coulton (9PM Saturday at Double Door. $24-27, 21+) – The Long Winters open.

Kristin Chenoweth (8PM Saturday at Cadillac Palace Theatre. $60-100, All Ages)

Lee Rocker (6:30PM Saturday at Bottom Lounge. $15, All Ages) – Johnny Murder & The 25 To Life and The Bama Lamas open.

Cobalt & The Hired Guns (8:15PM Saturday at Metro. $10, 18+) - How Far to Austin, Band Called Catch and Midwest Hype open.  This is a Cobalt & The Hired Guns album release party.

Spring Awakening Festival (Saturday and Sunday at Soldier Field) – Headliners include Skrillex on Saturday and Moby on Sunday.  Single day passes are available for $80 for Saturday and $70 for Sunday.  Two day passes are available for $135.  VIP packages are also available.

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers (7:30PM Sunday at Park West. $46, 18+) - Van Ghost opens.

In The Suburbs…

Prairiefest (Thursday through Sunday in Oswego) – Gin Blossoms headline on Saturday.

Blues on the Fox Festival (Friday and Saturday in downtown Aurora) – Kenny Wayne Shepherd headlines on Friday.  Shemekia Copeland, Billy Boy Arnold, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson, John Primer, and The Nevilles all perform on Saturday.  $5 admission each day.  Children under 12 are free.

Gladys Knight & D.L. Hughley (7:30PM Friday and Saturday at the Country Club Hills Music Theatre in Country Club Hills. $25-85, All Ages) –

Will Hoge (8PM Friday and Saturday at SPACE in Evanston.  All Ages, SOLD OUT) – Charlie Worsham opens both nights.  Elenowen also performs on Friday.  *** These events double as recordings for a Hoge live album ***

Al Green (8PM Friday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $21-60, All Ages) - Chicago Children's Choir also performs.

Cathy Richardson Band (9PM Friday at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. $15, 21+) – Leslie Hunt opens.

Jimmy Cliff (7PM Sunday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $27-60, All Ages)

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