Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 1.18.13 - Sunday, 1.20.13

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 1.18.13 - Sunday, 1.20.13

This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Buddy Guy continues his January residency at Legends.  Plus, area appearances by The Walkmen, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Freelance Whales, Liquid Soul, Booker T. Jones and Lucero.  All of this plus much more... 

In The City...

Buddy Guy (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January at Legends.  Thursday and Sunday shows are each $55.  Friday and Saturday shows are each $65. Buddy Guy performs at 10:30PM Thursdays and Fridays, at 11PM on Saturdays and at 9PM on Sundays.  All shows are 21+)

THIS WEEK:  Friday 1/18, Saturday 1/19 and Sunday 1/20 are SOLD OUT.  Openers:  Thursday - Gerry Hundt acoustic at 5:30PM followed by Corey Dennison at 9PM.  Friday - Eric Noden acoustic at  5:30PM followed by Scott Holt at 9PM.  Saturday - Diamond Jim Greene acoustic at 6PM followed by Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues at 9:30PM. Sunday - Harmonica Hinds acoustic at 4PM followed by Jimmy Burns at 7:30PM.  *** Doors open at 11AM on Thursdays and Fridays and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays ***

*** Per the Legends website: "SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED! All tickets sold are GENERAL ADMISSION and seating is on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. After tables fill up, it is STANDING ROOM ONLY. Tables usually fill up between 2-4PM on Thursdays and Fridays. Tables fill up within the first 15-20 minutes of doors opening on Saturday and Sunday" ***

10,000 Maniacs (Friday at City Winery) - *** SHOW POSTPONED - TICKET HOLDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED *** 

Candlebox (9:30PM Friday at Cubby Bear. $20, 21+) - Lovehammers and Model Strangers open.

Phil Vassar (8:30PM Friday at Joe's Bar. 21+, SOLD OUT)

The Walkmen (8PM Friday at the Vic Theatre. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Father John Misty opens.  *** Part of the 2013 Tomorrow Never Knows Festival ***

Free Energy (9PM Friday at Schubas. 18+, SOLD OUT) - The Orwells, Wedding Dress and Boats open.  *** Part of the 2013 Tomorrow Never Knows Festival ***

Nikki & The Dove (9PM Friday at Lincoln Hall. $15, 18+) - Ssion, Onuinu, Moon Boots and Vacationer open.  *** Part of the 2013 Tomorrow Never Knows Festival ***

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (7:30PM Friday at the Riviera Theatre.  All Ages, SOLD OUT) -

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (8:30PM Saturday at the Park West. $43, 18+) - Langhorne Slim opens.

Chelsea Wolfe (9PM Saturday at Schubas. $15, 18+) - King Dude opens.  *** Part of the 2013 Tomorrow Knows Festival ***

Dolly Varden (8PM Saturday at City Winery. $15-20, All Ages) - Jenny Bienemann opens.

Junior Brown (8PM Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. $36-38, All Ages) - Tangleweed opens.

Midge Ure (8PM Saturday at Mayne Stage. $25, 18+) - Right the Stars open.

Sam Llanas (8PM Saturday at Red Line Tap. $13, 21+) -

Lucero (9PM Saturday at Metro. $22, 18+) - Matrimony and Houndmouth open.  *** Part of the 2013 Tomorrow Never Knows Festival *** 

Freelance Whales (9PM Saturday at Lincoln Hall. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Hundred Waters and Snowmine open.

Liquid Soul (9PM Sunday at Double Door. $10-20, 21+) - *** Liquid Soul 20th Anniversary Show - All original members performing *** (Click HERE for my interview with Liquid Soul founder Mars Williams - A Double Door, Liquid Soul 20th Anniversary Concert Preview)

Jesse Ware (9PM Sunday at Lincoln Hall. 18+, SOLD OUT) - On an On, Mister Lies and Kriz Baronia opens.

In The Suburbs...

The Young Rapscallions (7PM Friday at the Montrose Room at the Hotel InterContinental O'Hare Chicago in Rosemont. $8-20, All Ages) - Printer's Row and Penthouse Sweets open.

Booker T. Jones (8PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $28-68, All Ages)

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (7PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $15-27, All Ages) - *** Eddy Clearwater's Annual Birthday Bash ***

Jim Peterik (8PM Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. $29-89, All Ages)

Gerald Albright (7PM Saturday at the Montrose Room at the Hotel InterContinental O'Hare Chicago Hotel in Rosemont. $49-69, 21+)

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (8PM The Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Crystal Lake. $31-37, All Ages) - *** Ricky Nelson Remembered ***

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