This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend offers plenty of options for St. Patrick's Day revellers as Irish and Irish influenced artists like the Drovers, The Tossers, Gaelic Storm, Ash and more all gig throughout the city. Plus area appearances by STS9, They Might Be Giants and Yes. All of this plus much more...
In The City...
Animal Collective and Dan Deacon (Saturday at the Riviera Theatre)
*** SATURDAY'S ANIMAL COLLECTIVE SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Tickets for Saturday's show will be honored on the rescheduled date ***
The 9th Annual Chi-Town Blues Festival (7PM Saturday at the Arie Crowne Theater at McCormick Place. $66-92, All Ages) - Mel Waters, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Floyd Taylor, Charles Wilson, Bobby Rush and Theodis Ealey
Gaelic Storm (9PM Saturday at House of Blues. $36, 17+)
Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, Glenn Kotche and Darin Gray (9PM Saturday at the Hideout. $12, 21+)
The Pietasters (9PM Saturday at Cobra Lounge. $12, 21+) - The Crombies, The Vallures and On Your Marx open.
Safe Haven (9PM Saturday at Lincoln Hall. $10, 18+) - Weber Band and Catfish & The Dogstars open.
STS9 (Doors open at 9PM on Saturday at the Congress Theater. $30-40, 17+) - Maserati opens.
They Might Be Giants (7:30PM Saturday at the Vic Theatre. 14+, SOLD OUT) - Moon Hooch opens.
The Tossers (9PM Saturday at Metro. $19, 18+) - Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers and Continental open. *** Click HERE for my interview/concert preview with Tossers frontman Tony Duggins ***
Ash (8PM Sunday at Lincoln Hall. $20, 21+) - California Wives open. *** Click HERE for my interview/concert preview with Rick McMurray of Ash ***
Cul and Ti (1PM Sunday at Abbey Pub. $10) - O'Hare School of Irish Dance, Fitz & The Celts, The Great Whiskey Project and CFD Pipes & Drums also perform.
The First Ward Ball (8PM Sunday at the Hideout. $10, 21+)
The Ike Reilly Assassination (8PM Sunday at Schubas. $10, 21+) - Old Fashioned War opens.
Peter Rowan (Two shows at 4PM and 7PM on Sunday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Each show is $28-30, All Ages) - Rose Cousins opens.
In The Suburbs...
Yes (8PM Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $35-70, 21+)
St. Patrick's Day Festival (1PM Saturday at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. All Ages. $12 for adults. $5 for those twelve and under) - Tributosaurus becomes Van Morrison, The Dooley Brothers, the Shannon Rovers and more.
Todd Snider (Two shows at 8PM on Saturday and Sunday at SPACE in Evanston. Saturday is SOLD OUT. Sunday is $24-46. Both shows are all ages) - Chicago Farmer opens on Saturday. Dana Cooper opens Sunday.
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