This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend, the 29th annual World's Largest Block Party features Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Vintage Blue, Phil Vassar, Gretchen Wilson and more. Plus area appearances by Jimmy Buffett, O.A.R., She & Him, Darius Rucker, Rush, Melissa Etheridge, The B-52's, The Go-Go's, The Zombies and Toby Keith allow for the opportunity to keep the Stanley Cup party going! All of this plus much more...
In The City...
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (Friday through Sunday on Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Diversey. $5 suggested donation each day. All Ages) - Bare Mutants, DãM-FunK and more perform on Friday. Leroy Bach, Santah and more perform on Saturday. M.A.K.U SoundSystem, The Waco Brothers and more perform Sunday.
The World's Largest Block Party (5:30PM Friday and Saturday at Old St. Pat's Church at Madison and Des Plaines. $40-45 per day. Each paid admission includes four free drinks. VIP packages and two day passes also available. 21+) - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Punch Brothers, Vintage Blue and more perform on Friday. Phil Vassar, Gretchen Wilson, Michele McGuire and more perform on Saturday.
The Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival (Saturday and Sunday on Racine between Fullerton and Webster. $5 suggested donation each day. All Ages) - Steven Page, The Giving Tree Band and more perform Friday. Howie Day, The Super Happy Fun Club and more perform on Sunday.
Big Star's Third (8PM Friday at Park West. $32, 18+) - An orchestrated live performance of the album along with a selection of earlier songs featuring: Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), Chris Stamey (The dBs), Mitch Easter (Lets Active), Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Josh Caterer (Smoking Popes), Ed Roeser (Urge Overkill), Sally Timms (The Mekons), Tim Rutili (Califone), Ken Vandermark and more - all backed by a chamber orchestra. *** This event has been moved from the Vic to the Park West. All tickets purchased for the Vic will be honored ***
O.A.R. (6:30PM Friday at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. $52, All Ages) - Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone open
The Tubes (8PM Friday at City Winery. $25-35, All Ages)
The Zombies (8PM Friday at Mayne Stage. $45, 18+) - Et Tu Bruce open
Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues (Doors open at 7PM Friday and Saturday at Kingston Mines. $15 each night, 21+) - Joanna Connor also performs
Naked Raygun (9PM Friday at Metro. $22, 18+. 6:30PM Saturday. All Ages, SOLD OUT ) - Zero Boys and The Crombies open on Friday. The Arrivals, White Mystery and Acidic Tree open on Saturday
Amadou & Mariam (8PM Saturday at Park West. $43, 18+)
Jimmy Buffett (8PM Saturday at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. $49-158, All Ages)
She & Him (7:30PM Saturday at the Aragon Ballroom. $50, All Ages) - Camera Obscura opens
King's X and The Steepwater Band (Doors open at 7PM Sunday at Reggie's Rock Club. $20-25, 17+)
In The Suburbs...
Bachman & Turner (8PM Friday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. $59-125, All Ages)
Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Gates open at 6PM Friday at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, IN. $30, All Ages)
Darius Rucker (7PM Friday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $43-85, All AGes) - Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer open
Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (7PM Friday at the Country Club Hills Theater in Country Club Hills. $20-80, All Ages)
Indigenous (8PM Friday at SPACE in Evanston. $15-27, All Ages) - Jessie Payo opens
Rush (7:30PM Friday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. $40-157, All Ages)
R.E.O. Speedwagon (9PM Friday at Joliet Memorial Stadium in Joliet. $10-30, All Ages) - *** Part of Taste of Joliet ***
Bad Company (8PM Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. $47-73, 21+)
Bad Company (9PM Saturday at the New Lenox Village Commons in New Lenox)
King's X (8PM Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. $29-49, All Ages)
Local H (Doors open Saturday at 9PM at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. $5, 21+)
Melissa Etheridge, Joan Osborne and Paula Cole (6:30PM Saturday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $43-100, All Ages)
The Q87.7 Picnic (12:30PM Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. $32-96, All Ages) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bush, Awol Nation, Silversun Pickups, Atlas Genius, Cold War Kids and more
Sha Na Na (8PM Saturday at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN. $20-36, 21+)
Todd Park Mohr (8PM Saturday at SPACE in Evanston. All Ages, SOLD OUT)
The B-52's and The Go-Go's (7PM Sunday at Ravinia in Highland Park. $38-70, All Ages)
This Must Be the Band (9PM Saturday at FitzGerald's in Berwyn. $12, 21+)
Toby Keith (7PM Sunday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. $31-106, All Ages) - Kip Moore opens
- Jim Ryan
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