Spring has sprung and you're probably itching to get out on the town after another chilly winter. If you need some upbeat tunes to kick out that cabin fever feeling, here are some shows that you should consider:
Catch 'Em While They're Here
It's been more than 15 years since the lovely and talented Erykah Badu released her debut album Baduizm. Sure, the Grammy award winner has produced plenty of classics since then, covering everything from jazz to soul to hip-hop to pop, but her upcoming tour is purely dedicated to the one that started her career. Catch Ms. Badu performing Baduizm in its entirety at the House of Blues on March 28. Tickets are $85 and the show is open to anyone 17 years or older.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 has played Chicago so many times during their lengthy career that, if you didn't know better, you might assume they called this city "home." Though that's not the case (the electronically influence jam band hails from Georgia), people come in hoards any time they're in town. They're back again March 16 to play the Congress Theater. Get your tickets while they last (starting at $30). Must be 17 or older to attend.
Were you a fan of hip hop in the 1990s? Does the name Bone Thugs-n-Harmony mean anything to you? Well, if you answered yes to the first question then that second one was actually pretty unnecessary. Whatever, here's the scoop: Bone Thugs are going on tour and playing a nice and cozy show at the Metro here in Chicago on March 30. Tickets for the 18-and-over show start at a cool $35. Oh yes, they'll go fast.
FYI - we're a blues town. So to be able to name your band the Chicago Blues All Stars and wear it well is fairly significant. To be asked back to play Buddy Guy's Legends over and over again is also quite the honor. Catch these blues rockers on Saturday, March 9. There is a $20 cover. Legends is a 21-and-over club.
If jazz is more your thing, our local scene has got you covered there, too. Chicago saxophonist Chris Greene brings his quartet to the beautiful stage of the City Winery on Sunday, March 10. Known for his classical renderings of the jazz genre, Greene is a catch for true fans. There is a $10 charge for tickets.
Does '90s music haunt you like it does me? Do you still play Dookie on repeat as it it came out last week? The Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville feels you. Stop off on Friday, March 8 for a "'90s Tribute Night" featuring cover bands of Radiohead, No Doubt and Weezer performing the entire Blue Album (that's the one with "The Sweater Song"). There's a $7 cover. The Cubby Bear is a bar. Nobody under 21 allowed. Sorry, kiddos.
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