Chicago Concert Schedule – June 2010 (Part II)
Summer in Chicago is the best. When we’re not going to street festivals, we’re barbecuing or hitting up the lakefront for some much needed recreation after the long winter.
Concerts are in full force too – so much so that I had to chop this month’s schedule in half and it’s still huge. Check it out.
Chicago’s Concerts June 13th-30th:
Aventura (Wed. June 16, 8PM – Allstate Arena) Aventura fuses traditional bachata(a guitar-based Dominican folkloric music sometimes called the “Dominican blues”) with R&B, hip hop and other American pop and urban styles. Their popularity has spread from the Bronx, from which they hail, to Europe and abroad.
Adam Lambert (Thurs. June 17, 7:30PM – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino) American Idol Season Eight runner-up Adam Lambert will perform at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, just 25 minutes from downtown Chicago this Thursday. 24 year-old singer/guitarist Orianthi will open. She’s sung/played guitar alongside Carlos Santana, opened for Steve Vai, and even shared the stage with Michael Jackson as the lead guitarist in his comeback concert series, This Is It.
Lambert will also be playing in Rockford, IL at the On The Waterfront Music Festival on Saturday, September 4th.
MGMT (Fri. June 18th, 7:30PM – Riviera Theatre) The psychedelic pop-rock duo was nominated last year for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals’ in the 52nd Grammy Awards. MGMT has a distinct electro-rock synth-pop sound and undeniably exciting stage presence (they were a crowd favorite at Lollapalooza in 2008, and will be back at this year’s Lolla 2010.)
Eagles with Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban (Sat. June 19th 4:30PM – Soldier Field) Don Henley and the Eagles will continue their “The Long Road Out of Eden Tour” this Saturday at Soldier Field to a crowd of approximately 70,000. Country megastars Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks will open for the band that made ‘Hotel California’ famous.
If you have never been to a concert at Soldier Field, I’ll tell you from experience that it’s very cool. It’s surreal to look out onto the sea of people engulfing the field, then up into the stands and realize how many people are around you. Exhilarating, really.
Bring a panorama camera and your wooden leg (the first opener goes on at 4:30PM.)
Harry Connick, Jr. (Tue. June 22nd & Wed. June 23rd, 8PM – Chicago Theatre) The Chicago Theatre will host the pianist who can swoon two nights next week as he performs songs from his recently released ‘Your Songs’ album. Connick has sold over 25 million records during his 20+ years in the entertainment industry, and has three Grammy’s to show for it. He’s also had roles in over 15 feature films and guest roles in television shows such as Will & Grace.
Ween (Fri. June 25th, 9PM – Aragon Ballroom) This neo-psychedelica alternative rock band is known for its very dedicated underground fan base. They always draw large crowds, but do not get a lot of radio airtime. Ween’s sold-out show will have fans standing shoulder-to-shoulder at general admission Aragon Ballroom next Friday night.
Lynyrd Skynyrd & Bret Michaels (Fri. June 25th, 7PM – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre) The God & Guns Tour will make its way to Tinley Park with a healthy Bret Michaels (of Poison) next Friday night.
Skynyrd played at a ‘Southern Rock Woodstock’ that I attended about 10 years ago at a train roundhouse in Savannah, GA. They put on one hell of a show. I know some of you may think this band is past their prime, but give them credit. They recently put out an album that debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 20, their highest since 1977. Not too shabby.
Tim McGraw (Sat. June 26th, 7PM – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre) Country music superstar Tim McGraw will play to a sold-out crowd next Saturday night in Tinley Park. The Louisiana-native is a three-time Grammy winner and master of pumping out #1 hit after hit. Lady Antebellum is scheduled to open. The male/female country pop duo recently won its first Grammy Award for the song “I Run to You.”
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival (Sat. June 26th, Noon – Toyota Park) Over 25 guitar legends will join up to benefit the Crossroads Centre Antigua, a non-profit organization on the island of Antigua in the West Indies that helps to treat and rehabilitate alcohol and other drug addictions. The festival starts at noon, the field is general admission (with reserved seating in the stands) and the concert will go on rain or shine.
Eric Clapton, Allman Bros Band, BB King, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, and many more will showcase their guitar-playing expertise for the only US date at Toyota Park. The venue is located 15 miles southwest of the loop, in Bridgeview. See the full lineup here.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (Sat. June 26th, 8PM – Alpine Valley Music Theatre) Parrotheads will have two chances to see Jimmy Buffett this summer. The Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy is a short ride just over the Wisconsin border and well worth the trip. Grab a hotel in Lake Geneva and then get your grill ready, the venue is a tailgaters’ mecca. If you don’t want to venture that far, he’ll be in Bridgeview at Toyota Park on Saturday, August 14th.
Taking Back Sunday (Sun. June 27th, 7:30PM – Metro) The Metro, an 1150 person venue in Wrigleyville, sold out quickly for this popular pop-punk band. The all-ages show is one of six that the five-piece will play before they head to the studio to record a new album. According to the band’s website, fans can anticipate a mix of their old and new songs at the Metro show.
André Rieu (Mon. June 28th, 7:30PM – Allstate Arena) The popular Dutch violinist, conductor, and composer will waltz into the Allstate Arena at the end of the month with the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu promises it will be an “ode to waltzes and polkas (and) a very special night.”
311 and The Offspring (Tues. June 29th, 7PM – Charter One Pavilion) Featuring two popular ska-punk/rock bands, 311 & The Offspring is a double-billing that Gen Y’ers will recognize immediately. 311 made “The Love Song” and “Amber” staples on most alternative rock stations and The Offspring had hits such as “Come Out and Play” and a personal fave from 8th grade, “Pretty Fly for a White Guy.” Pepper is scheduled to open.
Cyndi Lauper (Wed. June 30th, 7PM – House of Blues) Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage 25 years ago as the quintessential girl who just wanted to have fun, then further increased her popularity with the #1 80’s ballad, “Time After Time.” The pop icon has settled for platinum blonde hair on the cover of her 11th studio album ‘Memphis Blues.’ It is scheduled for release one week from today. Chances are that she’ll mix the old fan favorites with her new album at the House of Blues.
Well, that’s it for June. Get out there and enjoy your summer, folks.