This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs. Temperatures rise as Aerosmith and Cheap Trick arrive in town for "The Global Warming Tour..." Gospel Fest makes itself at home amidst new digs in Bronzeville's Ellis Park with a performance by The Blind Boys of Alabama amongst many others... The Green Music Fest takes over Wicker Park with headliners Dinosaur Jr. and The Raveonettes... Plus, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Booker T. Jones and Toad the Wet Sprocket make themselves available throughout the suburbs. All of this plus much more...
In The City
Chicago Gospel Fest (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and Ellis Park in the Bronzeville neighborhood. All Ages, FREE) - Headliners include JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound at Pritzker Pavillion on Thursday, Carya Holmes Friday at the Cultural Center, Fred Hammond Saturday in Ellis Park (37th and Cottage Grove in Bronzeville), and The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mary Mary Sunday in Ellis Park.
Aerosmith and Cheap Trick (8PM Friday at United Center. $60-162, All Ages)
Dinosaur Jr. (10PM Friday at Subterranean. 21+, SOLD OUT) - Innkeepers open.
Keane (8PM Friday at the Vic Theatre. All Ages, SOLD OUT)
Neon Trees (7PM Friday at Lincoln Park Zoo. Adults, $28. Children age four to twelve, $14. Children age three and under, free) - Hedley opens. *** Part of the "Jammin' At The Zoo" series ***
Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band (9PM Friday at Buddy Guy's Legends. $30, 21+) - Matt Hill and Dave Herrero open.
Motion City Soundtrack (7PM Friday at Lincoln Hall. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - The Front Bottoms and Henry Clay People open.
Marillion (8PM Friday and Saturday at Park West. 18+. $59 Tickets still available for Friday. Saturday is SOLD OUT) - Sun Domingo opens.
Collective Soul (7PM Saturday at House of Blues. 17+, SOLD OUT) - *** Performing the Dosage album and other hits ***
Dream Theater (7:30PM Saturday at Chicago Theatre. $43-84, All Ages) - Crimson Projekct opens.
Flatfoot 56 (7:30PM Saturday at Reggie's Rock Club. $12-30, All Ages) - The Arrivals, The Downtown Struts, Courtesy Drop and Nightcap open. *** Flatfoot 56 release party ***
The Raveonettes (10PM Saturday at Subterranean. 17+, SOLD OUT) - Secret Colours open.
Green Music Fest (Saturday and Sunday along Damen Ave. between North Ave. and Schiller St. All Ages, $5 suggested donation each day) - Dinosaur Jr., Bailiff, Santah and more on Saturday. The Raveonettes, Viceroy, Passafire and more on Sunday.
Scissor Sisters (7:30PM Sunday at The Vic Theatre. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Rye Rye opens.
Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent (7PM Sunday at Charter One Pavillion at Northerly Island. $27-144, All Ages)
In The Suburbs
The Jacksons (8PM Friday at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. $30-90, All Ages)
Great White (9PM Friday at Shark City in Glendale Heights. $25, 21+) - Faster Pussycat, Pretty Boy Floyd, BulletBoys and Lillian Axe open.
The Smithereens (5PM Saturday at Naper Settlement in Naperville. $10-15, All Ages) - Mimi Betinis opens.
Philip Glass and Tim Fain (8PM Saturday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $10-60, All Ages)
Sugarland (7:30PM Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. $38-67, All Ages)
Toad the Wet Sprocket (Noon- 8:30PM Saturday at The Arboretum in South Barrington. All Ages, FREE) - Part of the Arboretum's block party and music fest. Bad Examples and more also perform.
Todd Park Mohr (8PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston, All Ages. All seating SOLD OUT. $20 standing room only remains.) - Seth Walker opens.
Booker T. Jones (8PM Sunday at SPACE in Evanston, All Ages. All seating SOLD OUT. $28-48 general admission and standing room only remains)
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers (7PM Sunday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $32-80, All Ages)
Filed under: Weekend Music Spotlight