October is jam packed with great concerts. Seriously, our calendars are already full and bands' fall touring schedules have only just started! If you're looking for truly great performances though, take it from us, these are the shows that won't let you down:
Local radio station V103 (102.7 FM) is celebrating its 25th year in the hearts of Chicago's oldschool R&B lovers and throwing a star-studded concert on Saturday, October 5, to commemorate its silver anniversary. "Blurred Lines" phenomenon Robin Thicke takes the stage alongside the one and only "Uncle" Charlie Wilson, "Poison" singers Bell Biv Devoe and local legend Chaka Khan. Tickets for the show, being held at the Allstate Arena, start at $49.
As far as great punk collaborations go, Marky Ramone and Andrew W.K. is tops. Earlier this year the party professional known solely as Andrew W.K. agreed (joyfully, we presume) to tour with Ramone's current band, Blitzkrieg, as its lead singer. See them at Double Door on Thursday, Oct. 8. Tickets are still on sale (but won't be for long!) for $25.
He's been pleasing everyone from hip hop enthusiasts to indie aficionados for the past two years and he just released his first proper studio album. Canadian crooner The Weeknd is taking up in the Chicago Theatre for a two-night residency on October 13 and 14. Tickets are on sale now.
In real life, cranky American medical doctor Gregory House is a soulful English blues musician named Hugh Laurie. Catch the actor/musician playing songs off of his second album Didn't It Rain alongside his stage mates The Copper Bottom Band at the Vic Theater on Wednesday, October 16. Tickets are $47.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo made their live debut as The Both this summer at the annual Hideout/AV Club Block Party but the two continue to have flourishing solo careers. Despite the fact that they're billed separately for their two-night run at City Winery on October 17 and 18, we think fans of the singers as solo artists and fans of The Both will leave the shows equally satisfied. Tickets for both nights start at $40.
Image via City Winery, Aimee Mann