Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 11/30/12 - Sunday, 12/2/12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 11/30/12 - Sunday, 12/2/12

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, The Who continue their run of Quadrophenia shows in Rosemont.  Plus Alabama Shakes arrives for a pair of shows.  Not to mention area appearances by Erykah Badu, Ray LaMontagne, Alex Clare, Irma Thomas and Common.  All of this plus much more...

In The City...

Mike Cooley (Two shows at 9PM Thursday and Friday at the Hideout. 21+, SOLD OUT)

Jake Owen (6PM Thursday and 7PM Friday at House of Blues.  All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Love & Theft and Florida Georgia Line open.

Erykah Badu (AKA DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown) (Doors open at 10PM Friday at The Mid. $34, 21+) - Zebo, Jon Huang and Eric Williams also perform.  *** Early arrival is strongly suggested, No dress code ***

John McCutcheon (8PM Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. $18-22, All Ages)

Lamb of God (Doors open at 6PM Friday at the Congress Theater. $34, All Ages) - In Flames, Hellyeah and Sylosis open.

Lovehammers (8:30PM Friday at Joe's Bar. $22-100, 21+) - Strain Busy Sky and Superbig to the Bull open.

Ari Hest (Two shows at Schubas.  9PM Friday is 21+.  7PM Saturday is 18+.  Each show is $20) - Rose Cousins opens.

Ray LaMontagne (Two shows at 8PM Friday and Saturday at Chicago Theatre.  Friday is SOLD OUT.  Saturday is $64-85, All Ages)

Vintage Trouble (10PM Friday at Beat Kitchen. $15, 17+)

Alabama Shakes (8PM Saturday at the Riviera Theatre. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil open.

The Fugs (8PM Saturday at City Winery. $28-35, All Ages) - Al Rose opens.

Kid Koala and His Incredible Dancing Machines (10PM Saturday at Double Door. $17, 21+) - Adira Amram & the Experience open with DJ sets by Striz.

New Found Glory (6:30PM Saturday at Bottom Lounge.  All Ages, SOLD OUT) - The Story so Far and Seahaven open.  *** New Found Glory's 10 Year Anniversary Tour - New Found Glory performs the Sticks and Stones album in its entirety ***

AWOLNATION (6:30PM Saturday at the Aragon Ballroom.  All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Anberlin, Morning Parade, Atlas Genius and Youngblood Hawke open.  *** Q87.7's "The Night We Stole Christmas" ***

The Robert Cray Band (8PM Saturday at House of Blues. $42, 21+)

Trey Songz (8PM Saturday at Arie Crowne Theatre at McCormick Place. $60-118, All Ages) - Miguel and Elle Varner open.

Alex Clare (7:30PM Sunday at Metro. $19, All Ages) - DJ Phenoms opens.

Band of Horses, Alabama Shakes and Everest (7:30PM Sunday at Chicago Theatre. $65, All Ages) -  *** 93XRT Big Holiday Concert ***

Monster Energy Outbreak Tour (6PM Sunday at Congress Theater. $31, All Ages) - As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and Attila.

In The Suburbs...

The Who (Quadrophenia and more) (Two shows at 7:30PM Thursday and Friday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.  Each show is $51-144, All Ages) - Vintage Trouble opens.

Common (8:30PM Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $37-69, 21+)

Irma Thomas (Two shows at 7PM and 10PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. Each show is $25-65, All Ages)

Bill Cosby (8PM Saturday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. $49-88, All Ages)

Eddie Money, Edgar Winter and John Cafferty (8PM Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. $35-89, All Ages)

Mannheim Steamroller (7:30PM Saturday at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont. $40-92, All Ages)  *** This event was originally scheduled at 8PM and now takes place at 7:30PM.  Refunds are available at point of purchase ***

Mike Cooley (10PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $20-34, All Ages)

Nonpoint (9PM Saturday at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville. $18-25, 21+) - Throw the Fight opens.

Leo Kottke (Two shows at 7PM Saturday and Sunday at SPACE in Evanston. All Ages, SOLD OUT) -

Andrea Bocelli (7:30PM Sunday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. $89-371, All Ages)

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