This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend, lots of festival choices as Moby, Bassnectar, Flosstradamus, Paul Oakenfold, Calvin Harris and more headline the "Spring Awakening" Music Festival at Soldier Field... The Joy Formidable, Divine Fits and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound perform all weekend at "Taste of Randolph..." "Blues on the Fox" in Aurora features Buddy Guy, Dr. John and J.J. Grey & Mofro... Plus area appearances by Fleetwood Mac, The Lonely Island, Daniel Lanois, The Reverend Horton Heat, JD McPherson, Eleventh Dream Day and comics like Bob Newhart and Artie Lange. All of this plus much more...
In The City...
"Spring Awakening" Music Festival (Friday through Sunday at Soldier Field. 3 day passes are SOLD OUT. Single day passes for Friday only are $85-116. Single day passes for Saturday only are $111-157. Single day passes for Sunday only are $106-157) - Moby, Nero, Dirty South, PANTyRAID, R3hab and more perform on Friday. Bassnectar, 12th Planet, Felix Da Housecat, Flosstradamus, Gramatik, Paul Oakenfold, Zedd, Zeds Dead and more perform on Saturday. Calvin Harris, ATB, Boys Noize, Krewella, Porter Robinson and more perform on Sunday.
"Taste of Randolph Street" (Friday through Sunday on Randolph Street between Halsted Street and Peoria Street. $10 suggested donation each day. All Ages) - Divine Fits, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Great Divide and more perform on Friday. The Joy Formidable, Bear in Heaven and more perform on Saturday. Matrimony, Milo Greene and more perform on Sunday.
The Handcuffs (9PM Friday at Beat Kitchen. $8, 21+) - The Differents, The Safes and Phil Angotti Band also perform
Josh Rouse (Two shows at 8PM Thursday and Friday at City Winery. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Field Report opens
The Lonely Island (5PM Friday at Metro. $19, All Ages) - *** The group will take part in a Q&A about their upcoming record, The Wack Album. A special guest will host the event, and The Lonely Island will sign copies of their new album after the Q&A on a first come, first served basis ***
Moby (Doors open at 10PM Friday at The Mid. $30, 21+) - Revolvr and Zebo also performs. Early Arrival is strongly suggested *** Spring Awakening Music Festival After Party ***
PANTyRAID (11PM Friday at House of Blues. $41 in advance, $52 day of show. 17+) - Zoomboy and Intel also perform. *** Spring Awakening Music Festival After Party ***
AM Taxi (9PM Saturday at Beat Kitchen. $12, 21+) - The Architects and Ballroom Boxer open
Artie Lange (Two shows at 9:30PM and midnight Saturday at Park West. Each show is $52, 18+)
Bob Newhart (7PM Saturday at Chicago Theatre. $57-84, All Ages)
The Boxer Rebellion (8:30PM Saturday at Metro. $19, 18+) - Fossil Collective opens
Reverend Horton Heat and JD McPherson (Doors open at 6PM Saturday at the Aragon Ballroom. $30-70) - The Supersuckers and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats also perform as part of "Mods vs. Rockers 2013 Rockabilly Rumble." *** Click HERE for my full interview/concert preview with The Reverend Horton Heat himself, Jim Heath ***
Zeds Dead and Salva (11:30PM Saturday at House of Blues. $47 in advance, $62 day of show. 17+) - Zebo also performs. *** Spring Awakening Music Festival After Party ***
Daniel Lanois (7:30PM Sunday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. $28-30, All Ages)
Eleventh Dream Day (8PM Sunday at the Hideout. $5-10, 21+)
Calvin Harris (Doors open at 10PM Sunday at The Mid. $50, 21+) - Early arrival is strongly suggested *** Spring Awakening Music Festival After Party ***
In The Suburbs...
"Blues on the Fox" Festival (Friday and Saturday at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. Single day passes are $10-30 per day. Two day passes are $15-50. All Ages) - Buddy Guy, Dr. John and J.J. Grey & Mofro headline on Friday. Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Stone Foxes and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers perform on Saturday.
The Duke Robillard Band (9PM Friday at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. $15, 21+)
Fleetwood Mac (8PM Friday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. $60-163, All Ages)
Hinder (7PM Friday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $28, All Ages) - Devour the Day and ACIDIC open
Kopecky Family Band (8PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. $12-15, All Ages) - Blondfire opens
Bubba Sparxxx (7:30PM Saturday at Moejoe's in Joliet. $18, All Ages) - 2nSane & Haze, $chwasted Ent., Fallin Angels, Brothahood Click, Triple S S.L.A.N.G., Kardo and Grain Ent open
Cheech & Chong (8PM Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $36-62, All Ages)
The Holmes Brothers (7PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $17-30, All Ages)
George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners (10PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. $22-36, All Ages)
Luke Bryan (7PM Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. All Ages, SOLD OUT) - Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell open. *** Thompson Square will NO LONGER be performing at this event. Refunds are available at point of purchase, if requested ***
.38 Special (9PM Saturday at PrairieFest Park in Oswego. FREE, All Ages) - *** Part of "PrairieFest" ***
Jewel (Gates open at 4PM Sunday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $32-75, All Ages) - Tori Kelly and Patrick Davis also perform
Filed under: Weekend Music Spotlight