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 galore with Allen Toussaint at Jazz Fest, Paul Oakenfold, Umphrey's McGee and more at North Coast Fest, plus White Mystery and The Damn Choir at Ravenswood Remix. Not to mention area appearances by Hall & Oates, Toby Keith and Kelly Clarkson... All of this plus much more...
In The City...
Chicago Jazz Fest (Thursday through Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Grant Park. All ages, FREE) - Headlining performances include a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Thursday, Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band on Friday, Dianne Reeves on Saturday and Allen Toussaint on Sunday. Click here for the full schedule.
African Festival of the Arts (Friday through Monday in Washington Park. Daily Admission = $20 at the gate. Weekend Pass = $30. All Ages) - Friday performers include Joan Collaso & The Eleven Divas. Saturday performers include Dwele and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Sunday performers include Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn of The Chosen Few. Monday performers include Nona Hendryx, Kahil El'Zabar, Corey Wilkes and Robert Irving III.
North Coast Music Festival (Friday through Sunday in Union Park. All Ages. Three day pass is SOLD OUT. VIP three day pass = $350. Single day pass for Friday = $50. Single day pass for Saturday = $60. Single day pass for Sunday is SOLD OUT). Friday performers include STS9, Paul Oakenfold, Yelawolf and more. Saturday performers include Felix da Housecat, Dan Deacon, Girl Talk, Umphrey's McGee, Zebo and more. Sunday performers include Rebirth Brass Band, Pretty Lights, Steve Angello and more.
John Sebastian and Jimmy Vivino (8PM Friday and Saturday at City Winery. Each show is $35-45)
Ravenswood Remix (Saturday and Sunday on Ravenswood Ave. between Belle Plaine and Berteau - 4100 N. Ravenswood. $5 suggested donation each day, All ages) - Saturday performers include Archie Powell & The Exports, White Mystery, BBU and more. Sunday performers include The Damn Choir, Like Pioneers, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and more.
Girl Talk (10PM Friday at Congress Theater. $30, 17+) - Zion I opens. North Coast Music Festival Afterparty.
Paul Oakenfold (10PM Friday at Transit Nightclub. $18, 21+) - North Coast Music Festival Afterparty
Tesla (8PM Friday at House of Blues. $40, 17+) - The Last Vegas opens.
Blane Fonda (9PM Saturday at the Hideout. $8, 21+) - Panda Riot opens.
STS9 (10PM Saturday at House of Blues. $40, 17+) - Future Rock opens. North Coast Music Festival Afterparty.
Umphrey's McGee (9:30PM Sunday at Congress Theater. $27, 17+) - North Coast Music Festival Afterparty
In The Suburbs...
The Fabulous Thunderbirds (8PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. $28-48, All Ages) - Only standing room and general admission remain.
Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Band (7:30PM Friday at Country Club Hills Music Theatre in Country Club Hills. $34-76, All Ages) - Rick Derringer, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds also perform.
Duke Robillard (9PM Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $18-30, 21+) - Doug James & The Pocket also perform. Premium booth seating is also available.
Hall & Oates (7:30PM Saturday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $85, All Ages) - Lawn seats are SOLD OUT.
Kelly Clarkson and The Fray (7PM Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. $23-144, All Ages) - Carolina Liar opens.
Grand Funk Railroad (Saturday at the Atcher Municpal Center in Schaumburg. All ages, FREE) - Part of "Septemberfest"
KEM (7:30PM Saturday and Sunday at Country Club Hills Music Theatre in Country Club Hills. Each show is $32-95)
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Blue Oyster Cult (6PM Sunday at Rotary Hill in Naperville. $15, Children under 11 are free. All Ages) - Part of the Naperville "Last Fling" festival
The Family Stone (Sunday at the Atcher Municpal Center in Schaumburg. All Ages, FREE) - Part of "Septemberfest"
Toby Keith (7PM Sunday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. $31-106, All Ages) - Brantley Gilbert opens.
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