This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs. September ends with a busy week at United Center as Prince kicks off his three night, "Welcome 2 Chicago" residency plus a full performance of the So album by Peter Gabriel... Not to mention area appearances by Ani DiFranco, Ed Sheeran, Blondie and Devo, Ben Harper and Anthrax. All of this plus much more...
In The City...
Chicago World Music Festival (Monday through Thursday) -Seven days of free live music at nearly twenty venues throughout the city. Click here for the full schedule of events.
Prince: "Welcome 2 Chicago" residency (Three shows at 8PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at United Center. Each show is $40-163, All Ages) - Janelle Monae opens on Wednesday. Doors open at 5PM each night and fans are invited to check out the "Rebuild the Dream" Village on-site at United Center.
The Official Purple After Jam (Three shows at midnight on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at House of Blues. Each show is $89-164 in advance, $114-164 day of show. Three day passes are SOLD OUT)
Nightwish (6PM Monday at Congress Theater. $17-125, All Ages) - Kamelot opens.
Robbie Fulks (7PM Monday at the Hideout. $10 suggested donation, 21+) - Don Stiernberg also performs.
Ani DiFranco (7:30PM Tuesday at the Vic Theatre. $50, All Ages) - Pearl & the Beard opens.
Ed Sheeran (7:30PM Tuesday at the Riviera Theatre. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Passenger opens.
Anthony Hamilton (7:30PM Wednesday at Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place. $59-102, All Ages) - Estelle opens.
Blondie and Devo (7:30PM Wednesday at Chicago Theatre. $59-90, All Ages)
Josh Kelley (9PM Wednesday at Joe's Bar. $15, 21+)
Michael Kiwanuka (7PM Wednesday at Park West. $18, All Ages) - Bahamas and Yuna open.
Anthrax and Testament (7:50PM Thursday at the Vic Theatre. $38, 18+) - Death Angel opens.
Ben Harper (8PM Thursday at Cadillac Palace Theatre. All Ages, SOLD OUT)
Peter Gabriel (8PM Thursday at United Center. $50-188, All Ages) - *** Peter Gabriel performs the So album in its entirety with the original 1987 band lineup ***
The Raveonettes (9PM Thursday at Lincoln Hall. $20, 21+) - Melody's Echo Chamber and Cold Showers open.
In The Suburbs...
John Scofield (Two shows at 7PM Wednesday and Thursday at SPACE in Evanston. Each show is $26-48, All Ages)
Five For Fighting (8PM Thursday at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville. $50-65, All Ages)
Static-X (6PM Thursday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $20, All Ages) - Emmure, Ill Nino, A.D.D., Levels of Anger and Ruptura open.
Filed under: Midweek Music Spotlight