Lollapaloooza is, no doubt, the biggest musical event of August but that doesn't mean that the month's over after the first weekend. If you're not ready to stop the rock, there are still plenty of summer concerts to get out to. Here's what we recommend.
It's one of the best matchups we could have ever dreamed up but this tour is a total reality. Hard partying rocker Andrew W. K. is kicking off each night of Black Sabbath's current tour with a heavy metal inspired DJ set. Following the band's first album since 1995 (titled 13), Sabbath's reunion tour lineup features founding members Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne. Tickets to see the tour's stop at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre are currently on sale starting at just $30.
Gogol Bordello is a hard band to draw comparisons to because, truthfully, not many other bands sound like Gogol Bordello. Most often described as "gypsy punk rock," the band's sound relies most heavily on Russian and Latin influences. Their show on August 17 is also the perfect chance to check out Chicago's newest music venue, Concord Music Hall. Tickets begin at $43.
You'll likely recognize at least one of the artists' names who will be a part of The Goat Rodeo Sessions at The Ravinia on August 18 - Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. After releasing their debut album together in 2011, crowds have been clamoring to catch the group live. Reserved and lawn seating is still available starting at $30.
Let's just get real for a second: Musiq Soulchild has the voice of an angel. He's been a big name in R&B, soul and even gospel music for the last decade because of those pipes and still has a level head on his shoulders. We hope his talent and personality shine through as much during his show at The Shrine on August 24 as they do on his records. You can buy tickets now for $35 with additional VIP options available.
During the late ‘90s, Chicago birthed a poppy, punk rocky band called Spitalfield. Those hometown boys gained a cultish following over the next ten years before disbanding in 2007. Despite a few reunion shows this past year, diehard fans are still begging to hear more. Lucky for them, Spitalfield's singer/guitarist Mark Rose is still known to play solo shows around the city from time to time. You can see him August 23 at the Beat Kitchen. Tickets are just $5 -- not bad!
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