Music Preview - October - Blog

It's October and fall is in full swing. You know what that means... fall touring cycles! If outdoor festival performances aren't your thing, now's the time to catch your favorite artists in a more intimate setting. October's concert schedule is already overwhelming, but we've take the liberty of sifting through it and picking out the best shows in town.

Catch ‘em While They're Here

Chicago Sinfonietta opens its 25th season on Oct. 1. This year brings a unique collaboration with Brooklyn-based chamber ensemble PROJECT Trio--a collective that uses flute, cello and bass to blend classical music with genres like hip-hop, jazz and rock. Chicago Sinfonietta also takes a different take on classical music by innovating the traditional classical culture and sound with modern inspirations. This will sure be a standout performance but you can catch shows from Sinfonietta's 2012-2013 season through June. The concert begins at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $26 to $50.

Esperanza Spalding continues to prove that jazz music is not just for the old at heart. The prodigal bassist and singer began turning heads in 2011 when she won the Grammy for "Best New Artist" (the first jazz musician to ever win the award). You'll have several chances to see her this month as she takes up a three-night residency at recently opened City Winery on Oct. 1-3. She'll be performing pieces off of her most release, the sultry Radio Music Society. The shows begins at 8 p.m. each night and tickets start at $55.

Fans of Chris Carabba's heavier side are thrilled that he's taking some time away from his solo brainchild, Dashboard Confessional, and striking up his old band Further Seems Forever. Their tour stops in Chicago on Oct. 24 at the Bottom Lounge. One of the earlier bands to claim the title of "emo," Further Seems Forever have a rock-club-ready sound while still highlighting Carabba's radio-friendly vocals. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23.

Go Local

If you're a fan of Chicago indie music, you know the name The Sea and Cake. The four-piece has ten albums worth of dreamy, soft-spirited rock tunes and a diehard fanbase. Catch them in an appropriately classy and intimate setting at City Winery on Oct. 29. Tickets begin at $20. The opening act Matthew Friedberger goes on at 8 p.m.

This fall marks the 15th anniversary of Lucky Boys Confusion's formation. The lovable pop-punkers (with a reggae influence) are celebrating with a two-night residency at House of Blues. The first show on Oct. 26 is a late night party starting at 11 p.m. You have to be 17 years or older to attend. The next night (Oct. 27) is an all ages show. This one starts at 6 p.m. Tickets for both shows are $18.

Smoking Popes are as Chicago as it gets. Their signature sound combines mellow crooning with rocking rhythms. On Oct. 20 these locals will be playing their classic album Born to Quit in its entirety at the Double Door. Tickets are $15. The show starts at 9 p.m. This on