November: the month when things really start cooling down in Chicago, weather wise. There’s no better a time to get to a nice, cozy club, rub shoulders with fellow music lovers, rock out and get things heated back up.
Catch 'em While They're Here
Two legends hit the stage at the Congress Theater. On Wednesday, November 14, Queens, NY native and longtime hip hop favorite NAS teams up with R&B magnate Lauryn Hill. Nas still maintains one of the most dedicated audiences in contemporary rap and Lauryn Hill is a name that needs no introduction when it comes to R&B. Tickets are still available for $50. This show has an age limit of 17 years or older and begins at 7:30 p.m.
While Joe Pug spent many a year based in Chicago, the singer/songwriter has since moved on to music mecca Austin, TX. He’ll be returning to the Windy City on Saturday, November 3, bringing his deep roots in classic Americana songwriting with him. It's a 10 p.m. show, meaning you'll have to be 21 years or over to attend. Tickets are $15.
You probably won’t find a music fan -- or anyone who doesn’t live under a rock, for that matter -- who isn’t aware of Bob Dylan’s legacy. At 71-years-old, the American music legend is still making his rounds throughout the country. He’ll be stopping off at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, November 9. Tickets range between $50 and $130. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Cover bands are great. Meaning hip hop cover bands are even better, right? Despite the fact that they don’t necessarily have any original material to perform, Too White Crew is still one of Chicago’s most well known local bands. Get to the Cubby Bear on Saturday, November 17, to rock your hips and hear your favorite rap hits performed in a new light. The Crew goes on at 10 p.m. and tickets are only $7. The Cubby Bear is a 21 year and up bar.
Chicago’s rock scene runs strong and few contemporary bands prove that more than AM Taxi. Featuring members of local veterans Lucky Boys Confusion, this band is punk enough to feed your head-banging needs and smooth enough to create poppy anthems worthy of stadium-sized audiences. AM Taxi performs a hometown show this month on Friday, November 23 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are $12. The show begins at 10 p.m. and all rock fans 18 years or older will be admitted.
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sounds has proved to be one of the biggest breakout acts from Chicago this year and they’re helping to bring soul music back to the center stage. They’ll be doing that literally on Wednesday, November 21, at the Metro. This one's a 9 p.m. show and will cost you $18. You must be 18 or older to attend.