Pitchfork fills Chicago with cutting-edge favorites, the new Emerge Winnetka brings music back to the North Shore, Take the Reins plays a benefit in Carpentersville, and a whole lot more.
Tickets are on sale now for the new Naperville Music Festival featuring Vanilla Ice, Village People, Smash Mouth, Kool & the Gang and more. Plus, Bitter Jester’s grand finale ends with a bang. And summer festival season keeps on rolling.
Phil Vassar packs a country wallop at Joe’s Live; The Venue celebrates the Roots Music Festival; Underbelly Hours put three new artists in the spotlight; plus 15 shows you should catch this week.
Punk cowboys The Waco Brothers play outdoors at The Venue; 56 Music Fix returns to Mount Prospect; and Vince Neil headlines next week’s VetFest 2021 in Oswego. Plus, 10 shows not to miss.
A studio recording of “Long Way Home,” a theatrical production by the Q Brothers Collective, becomes available for streaming, and Marina City kicks off one of Wrigley’s hottest concerts of the summer, featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
Mackey’s Hideout hosts two Concerts By the Creek, Mike Maimone swings back home for a series of shows, West Town’s Dancing in the Streets fest, Bitter Jester, Ravinia, Slaughter and a night outside the Raue with Corky Siegel and Ernie Watts.
Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park. Homegrown celebrates local artists. Brian McKnight and Ruben Studdard hit Ravinia and Bitter Jester preps for week two of its summer series.
Post-grunge/nu metal rockers Puddle of Mudd head the lineup at Afterlife Music Hall; the Bitter Jester summer concert/contest series returns; Underbelly Hours host a local showcase; and Tina Jenkins Crawley inspires at Gospelfest.
Sound check: Backyard Tire Fire returns to Aurora; Foghat at the Arcada; Geekd, The Shades and JORDY’s tour
Americana rock band Backyard Tire Fire plays The Venue’s outdoor stage, Mundy Park; Christian Moreno headlines the first night of the Separate Waves II art/music showcase; and Foghat takes the Arcada Stage.
Heavy metal rockers celebrate the birthday of the late Ronnie James Dio; country and folk artists play Chill Nation in Buffalo Grove; Everclear heads up Summerland Tour; Tony Ocean plays the suburbs; and catch new music from Everyday Fantastic.
Deerfield musician Todd Kessler presents his final showcase (for now) at Hey Nonny; Long Play Music Festival brings hits to Loves Park; Buffalo Grove Brewing hosts a patriotic concert in Long Grove.
Des Plaines-born Wolf Rd puts its pop-punk on stage; music on the menu at Long Grove Strawberry Fest; Reece Brunke’s livestreaming benefit; and Side Street gets behind the cameras.
The Arcada Theatre’s new summer lineup, House Music Saved My Life’s 10th anniversary, Underbelly Hours’ local showcase, and three ways you can help podcasters and musicians.
Bluegrass star Billy Strings plays Schaumburg’s Wintrust Field, Fletcher Rockwell heads to BrauerHouse and Norah Jones livestreams her latest album.
Elgin hip-hop artist Andrew Moore hosts a listening party/dinner; Dave Grohl features Tom Morello and his mom; Jeff Tweedy plays a drive-in show; Bitter Jester and Punk the Burbs are looking for submissions.
The “Rockin’ in the Park” summer concert series at Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park kicks off this weekend; Homegrown Arts & Music Festival’s battle of the bands is Friday at BaseCamp; fest updates and more.
Chicago’s Local H and The Mummies reunion tour warm up the Live from the Lot stage in Schaumburg; Underbelly Hours hosts local showcase in Wheaton; “Situation Chicago 2” benefit compilation released Friday.
Jukebox the Ghost plays through its second album; families are invited to enjoy music with Little Jams; Bach Week Festival hits devices; and some major tours are coming back to the area.
Chicago’s weekend festival of country music and barbecue is back on; RocHaus fires up the stage lights for a show this weekend; and more.
The Venue in Aurora hosts Andrea Dawn and Emily Tipping livestreams; Arcada’s return; Tony Ocean at Chicago Prime; Beach Bunny plays Fallon and more.