You might not think of mid-January as the ideal time for a music festival in Chicago but ever-popular local venues Lincoln Hall and Schubas Tavern continue to prove that notion wrong. The venues' co-owners team up for Tomorrow Never Knows, one of the Midwest's best loved indie music fests. This year the festival returns with shows across the city (not just limited to Lincoln Hall and Schubas) next week from January 15-19.
You have your pick of more than twenty concerts to attend (or buy a five-day pass and hit them all up), but here are five that we highly recommend. All shows fan fans 18 and older and start at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 unless otherwise noted.
The Jim Jones Revue at Schubas, Jan. 15 - Flying in from the UK, The Jim Jones Revue will give you your piano-driven rock ‘n roll fix for the week. The five piece has the energy of a young garage rock group and the influences (Little Richard, The MC5) of musicians wise beyond their years. Local favorites Minor Characters play direct support. Buy tickets here.
Snarky Puppy at the Metro, Jan. 16 - Tomorrow Never Knows doesn't step away from the indie rock genre often but we're glad that the fest still has good taste when it does. This year TNK pulls in Texas-based jazz fusion group Snarky Puppy for a show at the Metro. Don't get hung up on the "jazz" element though if you don't care for the genre. Given the group's vast array of instruments and fluid live shows, they're sure to please any jam band fan. Tickets are on sale for $21.
Weekend at Schubas Tavern, Jan. 17 - Weekend's debut album Sports was a high-velocity explosion into the world of Bay Area post-punk culture with some unexpected psychedlic twists tied in that received rave reviews. The band released its second album Jinx earlier this year and fans weren't disappointed. Buy tickets here.
Superchunk at the Metro, Jan. 18 - Still going strong after forming in 1989, Superchunk proves that punk rock can grow old gracefully and without losing sight of its roots. After a standout performance at last summer's Hideout Block Party, the North Carolina rockers return to brave Chicago's cold winter and reunite with a loving fanbase. Tickets are on sale for $21.
Yuck and Diarrhea Planet at Lincoln Hall, Jan. 19 - Yuck comes to Chicago from across the pond in London, England. They're brand of indie rock is highly melodic and might even leave you dancing feverishly. Diarrhea Planet has managed to get past their rather graphic name and attract fans far and wide in 2013. A fantastic debut album released earlier this year didn't hurt their chances for success either. Buy tickets here.