Who’s playing Chicago this May? This month’s Eclectic Concert Schedule
It has been brought to my attention that the blog’s been a bit sports-heavy lately (can’t help it, Hawks on the mind a lot) so let’s talk about concerts today. May concerts, in particular.
This month, it doesn’t matter what kind of music you like. Country. Rock. Rap. Indie. Soul. Folk. Punk. Dance. Hip Hop. Alternative. Or where you like to listen to it – indoors, outside amphitheaters, intimate venues, or big arenas. Break out a fork, because Chicago’s concert menu is plump and meaty in May.
Check it out:
Bamboozle Festival (Saturday, May 15th 3PM – Charter One Pavilion) The Bamboozle Festival’s punk/emo/rock vibe originated in New Jersey in 2003 as a two-day music festival that then branched out to include a touring road show. The road show, including this year’s Chicago Bamboozle date, hasn’t announced the full line-up as of yet. Here’s what we have so far:
- Something Corporate – a four-piece rock band from Orange County featuring Jack’s Mannequin’s singer, Andrew McMahon.
- Cobra Starship – described as synthpop or dance-rock, the New York City group is best known for their annoyingly addictive song “Good Girls Go Bad.” Just typing the song name got it stuck in my head. Damn it.
- 3OH!3 – the electro hop Boulder Colorado group’s releasing a new album “Streets of Gold” featuring a song with hit artist Ke$ha, who will also be in Chicago for the Fantabuloso tour later this month and again with Rihanna in August.
- I Fight Dragons – the 6-piece local Chicago band is best known for their unique way of combining pop/rock songs with original electronic sounds from old-school Nintendo games. Last year they won the Chicago Metromix Rock ‘n’ Vote contest, an annual search for the best new Chicago band.
- Jump Smokers (dance/club music) and Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes (Alternative hip hop/rock) will also be at the festival.
Nickelback with Breaking Benjamin and Sick Puppies (Tuesday, May 18th 6:30PM – Allstate Arena) The Canadian mainstream rockers will be back for their yearly stop in the Chicagoland area. This time Nickelback will be with Breaking Benjamin and Sick Puppies.
Them Crooked Vultures (Tuesday, May 18th 7PM – Aragon Ballroom) If you missed them last summer, now’s your chance to see the rock supergroup at a slightly larger venue than their first ever at the Metro.
Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age) formed the band with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin.) Them Crooked Vultures captures the mayhem and gritty sound you would expect from ‘Zeppelin meets QOTSA’ and Dave Grohl describes it as “beats and sounds like you’ve never heard before.”
Fantabuloso (Friday, May 21st 6PM – Allstate Arena) Artists Ludacris, Trey Songz, Jay Sean, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Kevin Rudolf, B.O.B. and Orianthi will co-headline the 103.5 KISS-FM sponsored Fantabuloso concert to a little over 20,000 rap/hip hop fans. I don’t know if this term is out-of-date, but I sense some major “booty dancing” will occur that Friday night.
Country Throwdown Tour ftr. Montgomery Gentry (Saturday, May 22nd 1PM – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre) Grand Ole Opry members Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry will headline the Country Throwdown Tour with eleven other bands for an all-day country music extravaganza in Tinley Park. Jamey Johnson, Jack Ingram, Little Big Town, The Eli Young Band, Eric Church, Jonathan Singleton & The Grove, Emily West, Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses, The Lost Trailers, Heidi Newfield, and Tyler Reeve will join Montgomery Gentry in the 24-city tour.
James Taylor and Carole King (Monday, May 24th 7:30PM – Allstate Arena) Legendary singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carole King have reunited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first performance together at The Troubadour in 1970. Tickets for this in-the-round show sold out so quickly that they added a second show at the United Center July 9th.
Maxwell and Jill Scott (Tuesday, May 25th 7PM – United Center) Two Grammy Award winners will unite for a night of R&B/neo-soul music of the highest caliber. Jill Scott has taken home the prestigious Grammy Award three times for her amazing vocal capabilities and range, and co-headliner Maxwell has two of his own for his 2010 smash-hit BLACKsummers’night album.
Glee Live! (Tuesday, May 25th 7PM & Wednesday, May 26th 7PM – Rosemont Theatre) The highly successful Fox television series is singing and dancing its way to the stage for two nights, and people can’t wait to see it. It seems like everyone I ask who has seen the show absolutely loves it. (I have not, possible Netflix queue addition?) For those of you who haven’t heard of it, get with the times. Just kidding. Here’s the gist: it focuses on a high school glee club composed of a plethora of crazy characters to keep it interesting.
The cast is venturing out of the studio to sing some of their favorites like “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Jump,” live at several venues across the country before they start taping the second season.
LCD Soundsystem (Wednesday, May 26th 9PM – Metro, 18+ show) In addition to headlining the Pitchfork Music Festival Saturday, July 17th, the neo-post-punk dance band announced a more intimate Metro show. It sold out in a few minutes. The seven-member group is led by James Murphy, a popular producer and co-founder of DFA Records who has worked with bands like N.E.R.D., Le Tigre, and Junior Senior, as well as failed sessions with Britney Spears. Keyboards, synthesizers, bass, guitars, and lots of percussion help to round out LCD Soundsystem’s dance-punk vibe.
Diana Ross (Thursday, May 27th 7:30PM – Chicago Theatre) There’s really no need for an introduction for the former lead singer of The Supremes, who sold over 100 million records after she went solo in 1970. According to Diana Ross’ Facebook page, her “More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits” tour will feature an all-new set list, stage design, and “costumes galore.” Oh my.
50 Cent with Monica, Soulja Boy, Lloyd (Sunday, May 30th 7:30PM – UIC Pavilion) Grammy Award winning and highly controversial rapper 50 Cent will be joining up with several other performers for his “Before I Self Destruct Tour.” R&B singer Monica, rapper Soulja Boy, and G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks will accompany “Fitty” on his 19-city tour.
If you guys like this post, let me know. Could become a potential monthly feature? In the meantime, enjoy the show(s)!