This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend, Big Daddy Kane rolls into the South Loop. Plus area appearances by Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, The Ataris, Low, The Saw Doctors, Alejandro Escovedo, WAR, G. Love & Special Sauce, KMFDM, Frightened Rabbit, Paul Van Dyck, Sister Hazel, the English Beat and Aaron Carter. All of this plus much more...
In The City...
The Ataris (Doors open at 7PM Friday at Reggie's. $15, All Ages) - Dan Vapid & The Cheats and Josh Caterer open. *** VIP and meet and greet passes are also available ***
Big Daddy Kane (Doors open at 9PM Friday at the Shrine. $25-425, 21+)
Dan Navarro (8PM Friday at Martyrs'. $22, 21+) - Kim Richey opens.
Low (9PM Friday at Metro. $20, 18+)
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour (8PM Friday at Symphony Center. $27-87, All Ages) - Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire perform.
Rihanna (7:30PM Friday at United Center. $46-163, All Ages) - A$AP Rocky opens.
The Saw Doctors (8PM Friday at the Vic Theatre. $41, 18+) - So Cow opens.
Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys (acoustic) (Two shows at 7 and 10PM Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Each show is $28-30, All Ages)
Frightened Rabbit (7:30PM Saturday at the Riviera Theatre. $30, All Ages) - The Twilight Sad open.
G. Love & Special Sauce (9PM Saturday at the Vic Theatre. $33, 18+) - John Fullbright opens.
KMFDM (9PM Saturday at House of Blues. $37, 17+) - Legion Within and Czar open.
Morrissey (Saturday at Chicago Theatre) - *** After numerous postponements, this show has finally been CANCELLED. All tickets purchased via Ticketmaster phone and internet will be automatically refunded. All other purchasers may receive a refund at the point of purchase. ***
Paul Van Dyck (Doors open at 10PM Saturday at the Mid. $29-34, 21+) - Nathan Scott, Gus Karas and Paul Universe also peform. *** Strict dress code rules apply. Early arrival is strongly suggested ***
Martha Wainwright (8PM Sunday at City Winery. $20-25, All Ages) - Clarence Bucaro opens.
In The Suburbs...
Aaron Carter (Friday at River Rockhouse in St. Charles. $18, All Ages) - Petrel, Nikki Flores and 7th Heaven open.
Trapt (9PM Friday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $18-21, 18+) - The Last Vegas and Mind Merchant open. *** Premium booth seating is also available ***
Sam Llanas and Dolly Varden (9PM Saturday at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. $15, 21+)
Sister Hazel (8PM Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. $35, 18+) - Breaking Laces and Russell Howard open. *** Only general admission/standing room tickets remain ***
WAR (8PM Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. $59-89, All Ages) - Tower of Power opens.
The English Beat (Two shows at 8PM on Saturday and Sunday at SPACE in Evanston. Saturday is SOLD OUT. Sunday is $38-68. Both shows are all ages)
Aaron Carter (7PM Sunday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $18, All Ages) - Quiet Out Loud, Ship Captain Crew and Chris Koon open.
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