This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend belongs to the jam bands with a city performance by Trey Anastasio and a pair of shows by Yonder Mountain String Band. Plus area appearances by New Order, Smashing Pumpkins and Brandi Carlile. All of this plus much more...
In The City...
Old 97's (8PM Friday at the Vic Theatre. $33, 18+) - Salim Nourallah opens. Rhett Miller also opens with a solo set. *** The Old 97's perform the Too Far To Care album in its entirety plus a set of other fan favorites ***
Trey Anastasio (7:30PM Friday at Chicago Theatre. $54-64, All Ages)
Yonder Mountain String Band (Two shows at 8:30PM Friday and Saturday at House of Blues. Each show is $38, 17+) - Brown Bird opens.
Mason Jennings (Two shows at 8PM Friday and Saturday at City Winery. Each show is $22-35, All Ages) - The Pines open.
Brandi Carlile and Blitzen Trapper (7:30PM Saturday at Chicago Theatre. $49-64, All Ages)
Smoking Popes (9PM Saturday at Double Door. $15, 21+) - Roll the Tanks open. *** Smoking Popes perform the Born to Quit album in its entirety ***
The XX (7:30PM Saturday at Congress Theater. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - John Talbot and 2:54 also perform.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (9PM Sunday at Bottom Lounge. $18, 17+) - Bloodshot Bill opens.
New Order (7:30PM Sunday at the Aragon Ballroom. 18+, SOLD OUT)
Public Image Ltd. (9PM Sunday at House of Blues. $50, 17+)
Wacka Flocka Flame (6PM Sunday at Congress Theater. $25, All Ages) - Wooh Da Kid, Reema Major and Treated Crew also perform.
Kurt Elling (Two all ages shows at 8PM Sunday and Monday at City Winery. Sunday is SOLD OUT. Monday is $35-45)
In The Suburbs...
Abigail Washburn (8PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. $22-35, All Ages) - Kai Welch and Prince Florence also perform.
Ryan Cabrera (6PM Friday at Penny Road Pub in South Barrington. $14, All Ages)
Smashing Pumpkins (7:30PM Friday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. $61, All Ages) - Anberlin opens. *** Smashing Pumpkins perform the new Oceania album in its entirety along with a set of other Smashing Pumpkins songs ***
Bobby Vinton (8PM Saturday at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN. 21+, SOLD OUT)
Candlebox (8:30PM Saturday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $25, 21+) - A.D.D. and Synapsis open.
Celtic Thunder (3:30PM Sunday at Akoo Theatre in Rosemont. $61-86, All Ages) - *** NOTE NEW EARLY START TIME OF 3:30PM - Originally scheduled for 7:00PM. Previously purchased tickets will be honored ***
Local H (8:30PM Sunday at the Montrose Room at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont. $15, 18+) - Bad Veins and The Life & Times Of open.
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