Well, here we are at the dawn of festival season, 2013. Get ready for a summer full of outdoor, big stage madness, but don't forget about the great local venues that kept the party going all winter. Here are some of Chicago's must-see shows in May.
If the only Macy Gray album you know probably was her first, On How Life Is (you know, the one with "I Try" on it), then you're in luck because she's playing her hit record through during a two night stay at City Winery on May 28 and 29. Tickets start at $48.
Spunky female-fronted punk rockers Paramore are hot off their first number one selling album. The self-titled record is earning them big press beyond their humble Tennessee beginnings, so this is likely your last chance to catch them before they hit peak superstardom. The band plays the Chicago Theater on May 9. You can still find plenty of tickets on StubHub.
Before he brings his new bluegrass project to the Ravinia later this summer, Yo-Yo Ma will be taking the stage alongside members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an intimate chamber collaboration on May 15 at the Symphony Center. Tickets start at $60.
The 80-degree weather outside my window means it's time for those good, summer lovin' tunes. And who better jam out with than Chicago's own Funkadesi. Highlighting influences from all over the world, Funkadesi fall somewhere in between reggae, Caribbean, funk and soul. They play a headlining show at the City Winery on May 11. Standing room tickets are $18 and reserved seating spikes up to $22.
Here's something you probably already knew: Chicago is very proud of its musicians. Guitarist Mike Kinsella has gained an actual cult-like following here after playing in experimental rock bands like Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc. Now he's got a new band, Their/They're/There, and they're already getting write ups from Rolling Stone. This one could be big. Catch ‘em at the Beat Kitchen on May 11. Tickets run $12. This show is for fans 17 years and older.
DePaul University's men's a cappella group DMaC is one of the most enjoyable shows you can see -- and I'm not just saying that as a DPU alum! The hardest thing about watching DMaC is deciding whether to sing along or gaze in awe of their beautiful, pitch-perfect arrangements. If you go see them at Lincoln Hall for their 10th anniversary concert, chances are you'll do a bit of both. Tickets for this all ages show are just $10.
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