The summer is winding down. It's sad. But September still brings great weather to Chicago and, even better, excellent music. Festivals and outdoor concerts come to an end this month but these shows will keep your summer going.
Can we confidently call Icona Pop's "I Love It" the song of the summer, 2013? With all due respect to Robin Thicke, absolutely. Everybody screamed along to this one at a bar or in the car at least once this year. Luckily, their catalog goes much deeper than just one song and they're all pretty great poppy electronica jams. If you missed them at Lollapalooza last month, see them at the Metro this Thursday. Tickets are still available for $20.
It's been a little while since Common has performed here in his hometown and we're excited for it -- especially at a venue as intimate at the House of Blues. The social and politically conscious MC has been producing hits since the ‘90s so expect a packed set list. Plus, tickets benefit Common's Common Ground Foundation so you shouldn't feel guilty for splurging on them. They start at $55. This show, scheduled for September 20, is for fans 21 and older.
One of the most talked about sets at Pitchfork Music Festival this summer, Phosphorescent return to Chicago on September 20 at the Metro. The dreamy, sonic swells on the band's latest album Muchacho were raved about. And while they aren't exactly fit for the dancefloor, they are undeniably beautiful. Tickets are on sale for $18 to anyone 18 and older.
What can we say about Earth, Wind & Fire that you don't already know? Originating right here in Chicago, Illinois, the legendary band is skilled at bringing pretty much every genre under the sun to the stage -- from disco to rock to funk to jazz. If you're a fan, you won't want to miss their two-night run at the Chicago Theater on September 20 and 21. Tickets start at $36.
Phoenix headlined Lollapalooza this year and, take it from this writer, put on a fantastically fun show. The French quartet have a catalog so extensive, it will leave you going, "I forgot they did this one!" They'll be back in town on September 28 at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now for $42.