What's that out side my window? SPRING?! Is it really spring?! It is. And believe me, bands are just as excited to come out of hibernation and hit the stage as you are to get out from under that blanket fort in the living room. To celebrate, here's a look at the best concerts in Chicago this April.
Born in Brooklyn, Talib Kweli brings a specinal sense of intelligence and sensitivity to the stage when he raps. He's tracked many well-known collaborations with fellow rappers like Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Chicago's own Kanye West. Tickets start at $25. Add on an extra $25 and you'll be able to attend a meet and greet with the man behind the mic. The Double Door is a 21 and over venue.
John Medeski might be one of the prolific keyboardists of our time. He's best known for he role in jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood but has also collaborated with guitarist John Scofield. Before heading out on tour with his various ensembles, he'll be playing a few solo shows throughout the U.S. this spring, including a stop at the Old Town School of Folk Music on April 7. Tickets are $24.This is an all ages show.
Naming Victor Wooten's upcoming concert at Reggie's as one of the "best shows of April" was a no brainer for this writer. As a bass player myself, Wooten's first solo album A Show Of Hands changed the way I thought about the instrument forever. If Wooten's name sounds familiar, in addition to his solo career, he's also the bass player for banjoist Bela Fleck's bluegrass/jazz/world music fusion band, The Flecktones. And he's played stints with The Dave Matthews Band. Tickets start at $30. This show is limited to fans 17 years or older.
If you've ever had one of those glorious burgers from Kuma's Corner, you've probably heard Pelican playing while you ate. At one point, there was even a sandwich named after the band on the menu. Pelican are best known for writing the heaviest of metal rock and roll without ever having included a singer in their band. They play a hometown show at the Bottom Lounge on April 18. Tickets are $15 and there is a 17 and over age limit.
The Chicago music scene had a scare several months ago when legendary soul singer Andre Williams suffered a near fatal stroke. Luckily, he's already recovered and eager to hit the stage again. He'll be playing his be return show at the Hideout on April 6. Tickets are on sale for $12. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Blues, blues, blues. That seems to be the theme here in Chicago. This month, the local blues music highlight will be a performance from Lil' Ed and the Imperials at Reggie's on April 19. Tickets are just $12. This is a 21 and over show.
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