If you're a Pisces or an Aires (or Irish), you have a lot to celebrate in March. No matter what's got you in "party mode" this month, there's plenty of live music to soundtrack your fun. Here are nine concerts to see in March for music fans of all tastes!
Jeff Austin & The Here and Now (3/7 at City Winery)
Accomplished mandolin player, Yonder Mountain String Band member and suburban Chicago native, Jeff Austin comes home on March 7 with his latest project, Jeff Austin & The Here and Now (featuring banjoist Danny Barnes and Larry & Jenny Keel), for two shows at the City Winery. Tickets for both the 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows are still available through the venue's website starting at $25. Have a listen to Austin's latest live album, available for free download.
Miley Cyrus (3/7 at the Allstate Arena)
She was the most talked-about celebrity of 2013 and now she's ringing in the new year with a tour to be reckoned with. Miley Cyus' "Bangerz Tour" hits the Allstate Arena on Friday, March 7. Expect flying hot dogs, controversial costume changes and, yes, tons of twerking. Tickets are still on sale now.
Flogging Molly (3/8 at the Aragon Ballroom)
Kick your St. Patty's Day into high gear early this year with Irish punk rockers Flogging Molly's annual Green 17 Tour. Chicago is a typical pick for the celtic clan's yearly pre-St. Pat's trek and they've never disappointed us in the past. Catch the show at the Aragon Ballroom on March 8. Tickets are $43.
SXSW Send Off Party (3/8 at The Hideout)
The country's largest annual music festival South By Southwest returns to Austin, Texas, this month and Chicago is once again well represented. Bring your well wishes to the plethora of bands making the journey down south this March at the Hideout's SXSW Send Off Party on March 8. Eleven bands will perform throughout the course of the all-day affair. For a full list of performers and to buy tickets, visit the Hideout's website.
"Experience Hendrix" (3/14 at The Chicago Theatre)
Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Billy Cox and a smattering of other revered musicians will come together at the Chicago Theatre on March 14 to celebrate one of the best guitarists of all time. "Experience Hendrix" will bring new life to songs that notched places for themselves in popular music history nearly half a century ago. Tickets to this not-to-be-missed show start at $38.
Deals Gone Bad (3/16 at the Cobra Lounge)
Ska's not dead. Especially in Chicago. Local favorites Deals Gone Bad celebrate their new album, Heartbreaks and Shadows, with a show at the Cobra Lounge on March 16. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12.
The Ataris (3/21 at The House of Blues)
Remember The Ataris? They were the cream of the crop when it came to pop punk music of the early 2000s and their 2003 album So Long, Astoria was a classic for loads of high schoolers across America. Though the band has been through a lineup change (or five) since their landmark album was released, they're reuniting the group that originally played on So Long for a commemorative tour which hits the House of Blues on March 21. They'll be playing the record from front to back. Let the good times and memories roll. Tickets can be purchased for $20.
Cherub (3/29 at TBD)
One of the hottest acts out of Chicago in recent years is the funky, electronic duo that goes by the name of Cherub. They've made splashes at multiple music festivals last summer, including our own Lollapalooza, and now they're embarking on a full U.S. tour. Luckily they didn't forget to schedule a hometown date on Saturday, March 29. Tickets are on sale now for $15.