It's officially 2013. Think 2012's concert calendar could never be topped? Yes, I think the same thing every year and, luckily, I'm always wrong. January is cold, grey but still full of live music! Once you've recovered from your New Year's partying, we recommend that you make it out for these great concerts:
Catch 'Em While They're Here
Is it St. Patrick's Day already? Not quite, but you can be sure to get an early taste of green when Boston-born Irish punks Flogging Molly swing through town. These celts will be hitting the Aragon Ballroom on January 26. Tickets for the all ages show are $29 in advance. Bagpipes, sing-a-longs and Jameson shots all around!
Perhaps you need some warm reggae jams to warm up your winter. Perhaps you enjoy seeing historically awesome bands in a live setting. Perhaps it's time to get to buying tickets to see The Wailers (you know, Bob Marley's Wailers) live at the Old Town School of Folk Music on January 10. The group will be performing Survival in full and the band's historian Roger Steffens will be giving a special presentation. Tickets for the all ages show are $40.
Few bands have such a varied fanbase as Lucero. In my personal experience, I've never ran into a person that just flat out didn't like this band. True to their Memphis roots, they encompass a lengthy list of influences, most frequently highlighing alternative rock and country music -- good country music. They'll be playing the Metro on January 19. Tickets are $23 and the show is limited to attendees 18 years and older.
Every year it seems like more and more rising hip hop stars can claim Chicago as their home. Here's to even more hometown success in 2013. Cheers! Kick off the year with some of the Chicago hip hop scene's newest faces at the Metro's Winter Block Party for Hip Hop Arts on January 26. Headliners Sidewalk Chalk are an awesome blend of soulful live musicianship and blazing rhymes. The lovely and talented Psalm One will be hosting the evening. General admission tickets are $15 (with discounts for students and WBEZ members). You must be 18 or older to attend.
Apparently January is a good month for Chicago hip hop. Show You Suck will be playing his irst hometown show of the year at the Bottom Lounge on January 12. This skateboarding, jean-jacket-wearing MC may not be on your radar yet but, trust me, he's got a few fans in high places. Need an example? In October, Show You Suck opened for Alabama rapper Yelawolf at the House of Blues. All it took was watching one performance by SYS and Yelawolf asked him to join the rest of the tour. Oh, by the way, Yelawolf's mentor? Eminem. Tickets for this all ages show are just a flat $10.
Local young musicians covering a local band? How cool! On January 19 Chicago's School of Rock will present a tribute to Wilco live at Schubas. The School aims to turn young rock fans into rock stars as well versed in performing music as they are in playing it. Check out its rock star students performing tunes by the Chicago greats. This show is, obviously, all ages. Tickets are $10. Don't forget to bring your kiddos! Kids under 10 get in free.