Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 7/30/12 - Thursday, 8/2/12

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight:  City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 7/30/12 - Thursday, 8/2/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week, catch big artists like Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses and Passion Pit in small clubs as Chicago prepares for Lollapalooza this weekend.  Plus, a rare appearance by Merle Haggard at the Congress Theater... Not to mention area appearances by Boston, Eddie Money, and members of Umphrey's McGee.  All of this plus much more...

In The City...

Darrick Thompson (7:30PM Monday at Smoke Daddy. No Cover, All Ages)

Blue Man Group (8PM Tuesday at Briar Street Theatre. $58-78, 5+) - Children under the age of five not admitted.

Delta Spirit and Fidlar (9PM Wednesday at Lincoln Hall. 18+, SOLD OUT) - *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-show ***

Alabama Shakes (7PM Wednesday at Metro. 18+, SOLD OUT) - First Aid Kit, Dry the River and Filligar open.  *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-show ***

Merle Haggard (6:30PM Wednesday at Congress Theater. $30-50) - Jamey Johnson, Chris Janson and Jaida Dreyer open.  *** All ladies FREE until 9PM ***

Band of Horses (8PM Thursday at Metro. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Michael Kiwanuka opens.  *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-show ***

Passion Pit (9PM Thursday at House of Blues. 17+, SOLD OUT) - Givers and Kishi Bashi open.   *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-show ***

Zedd (10PM Thursday at The Mid. $27, 21+) - Gus Karas, DJ Gordo and and DJ Torio also perform.  Early arrival is advised.  Strict dress code rules apply.   *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-show ***

Dr. Dog (9PM Thursday at Lincoln Hall. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band and The Dunwells open.  *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-show *** 

Kids These Days (9PM Thursday at Schubas. 18+, SOLD OUT) - OverDoz open.  1st Annual Fam Jam.  *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-Show ***

Full Court Press 3 (All-Star Jam) (9:30PM Thursday at Abbey Pub. $12, 21+) - Featuring members of Umphrey’s McGee, Ray White (Frank Zappa), Digital Tape Machine, Math Games, Twin Cats, Cosby Sweater, Hood Smoke, The Coop, Groovatron, Old Shoe, Freek Johnson and more.  *** Official Lollapalooza Pre-Show ***

In The Suburbs...

Carbon Leaf (8PM Wednesday at SPACE in Evanston. $17, All Ages) - Clarence Bucaro opens.  All seats are sold out.  Only general admission remains.

Boston (8PM Thursday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. 21+, SOLD OUT)

Eddie Money (9PM Thursday at the Homer Tree Service Grounds in Lockport. $10, All Ages) - Part of the "Lockport LogJam" festival.

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