Booking Ahead | Riot Fest, Leonard Cohen, Weezer, Merle Haggard and Garbage
Riot Fest made a big splash this week with the announcement of its plans to invade Humboldt Park, complementing its usual home base at the Congress Theater. The whole thing goes down September 14 through 16 and features Rise Against, Iggy & The Stooges, the Offspring and Elvis Costello at the top of the bill. A couple months ahead of that is the annual Washington Park blowout that is the International Festival of Life, back in its 20th year, featuring such reggae royalty as Marley family matriarch Rita Marley in addition to Third World, Tarrus Riley and Freddie McGregor. Other weekend offerings include Wicker Park Fest, which goes down July 28 and 29 with headlining sets from Cursive, the Drums, the Baseball Project, the Budos Band, Lucero and Joe Pug, while the imminent Ribfest Chicago occupies the heart of North Center form June 8 through 10 and brings J. Roddy Walston & The Business, the Features and the Heartless Bastards among others. The Old Town School of Folk Music's new Lincoln Square outing Square Roots also unveiled its lineup, and though it doesn't bring the starpower of the Folk and Roots Festival (it's usual summer standby, which is on hiatus this year), we'll still happily devour sets from Malian songman Sidi Touré and hometown fave the Waco Brothers. More summer gigs of note include Weezer at Hammond, Indiana's Horseshoe Casino July 27, plus a special set from Garbage at the Metro August 7 (Lolla weekend), presented as part of the club's 30th anniversary. Even older than the Metro are Merle Haggard and Leonard Cohen, both of whom are returning to Chicagoland. The former visits the Congress August 1, while the latter serenades the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont November 23. (Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Leonard Cohen show here.) Find these and many other newly announced concerts below, or visit timeoutchicago.com/bookingahead for a more extensive list of upcoming shows.
25 Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra + B.S. Brass Band + Caravan of Thieves FitzGerald's. $10.
25 Punch Cabbie + Delightful Downfall + Fist to the Sky + Burning Eve + Eyes on Backwards House of Blues. Advance $10, day of show $13. 17+
30 The Wailers Durty Nellie's. $20.
31 Hustlepalooza: Spenzo + Alex Wiley & Kembe X + Caleb James + Young Giftz + The 2 of Diamonds + Ebone Hoodrich + J. Clark + KiD + XXtra Reggie's Rock Club. $10. 18+
31 Yelawolf + Show You Suck Durty Nellie's. $18. AA
1 Pandora + Revolution + Squirrel + Tomorrow the Moon darkroom. Advance $7, day of show $10.
2 Gladys Knight Star Plaza Theatre. $50.
4 Randy Rogers + Wade Bowen Joe's Bar. Advance $10, day of show $15.
4 Vanity Theft + Enemies(!) + More Gorgeous Township. $8.
8 Ronnie Baker Brooks FitzGerald's. $15.
8 Lemonade + New Canyons Empty Bottle. Advance $8, day of show $10.
8–10 Ribfest Chicago: The Spinto Band + J. Roddy Walston & The Business + The Features + Megafaun + Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts + Heartless Bastards Lincoln Ave between Irving Park Rd and Berteau Ave. Donation $5.
9 Dragged Into Sunlight + Wolvhammer + Hunters + Austaras Ultra Lounge. $10.
9 Thomas Rhett Joe's Bar. $15.
12 Lauren Shera + David Ramirez SPACE. $10–$18.
14 SOLD OUT The Smashing Pumpkins + The Figgs + Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents Metro.
15 The Figgs + The Lustkillers + The Van Buren Boys + The Cry Ultra Lounge. $10.
15 Give Back + Twin Peaks + Magic Child Martyrs'. $10. AA
15 The Hundred in the Hands Empty Bottle. $12.
16 Indian + Witch Mountain + Lord Dying + Bible of the Devil Empty Bottle. $8.
18 FREE volcano! Empty Bottle.
19 Future + Pusha T Metro. Advance $26, day of show $31. 18+
21 The Big Sleep Subterranean. $10. 17+
21 Carnal Decay + Exhumer + Coprophiliac + Vomit God + Devour the Unborn + Kataplexy + Asphyxiator Stage Bar. $TBA.
21 Pure Prairie League The Montrose Room. $20–$40.
21 Sons of Bill Abbey Pub. Advance $7, day of show $10.
21 Verma Hideout. $7.
22 CANCELED Lil' Kim + Bone Thugs-N-Harmony The Venue at Horseshoe Casino.
23 Ralph "Soul" Jackson + Adam Fitz + Al Scorch's Country Soul Ensemble Martyrs'. $15.
26 SOLD OUT Glen Hansard Vic Theatre.
27 Strictly Jug Nuts + The Roe Family Singers Martyrs'. $10.
27 Young Man Lincoln Hall. $10.
29 American English SPACE. $17–$37.
29 Buffalo Killers The Ace Bar. $8.
4 The Coop Lincoln Hall. $12. 18+
4–8 International Festival of Life: Third World + Tarrus Riley + Rita Marley + Freddie McGregor + Marcia Griffiths + Gyptian + Judy Mowatt + I-Octane + Tony Rebel + Queen Ifrica + Enchantment + Dean Fraser + Ken Boothe + Richie Stephens + Mutabaruka + Public Announcement + Nkulee Dube + Calypso Rose + D'Angel + Mojo Herb + Kenny Rox + Eric Donaldson + Garif + J.Cee Washington Park. $5–$75.
5 Alberta Cross + Everest + Aaron Lee Tasjan Lincoln Hall. $14. 18+
5 The Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour: Ezra Furman + Daniel Knox + Michael Sanchez Hideout. $10.
6 CANCELED Danielson Schubas.
6 District 97 Martyrs'. $10.
6 Rittz + League of Extraordinary G'z + Scheme + Chandler London Subterranean. Advance $15, day of show $20. 18+
9 The Shams Band + Shovels & Rope + Jeremy David Miller Schubas. $6.
10 Howard Jones Mayne Stage. $45.
10 Outliers, Vol. 1: Iceland featuring Deru with Scenic, Shigeto, Sweatson Klank and Loscil Lincoln Hall. $20. 18+
10 Reel Big Fish + Big D and the Kids Table + Suburban Legends + The Maxies House of Blues. Advance $22, day of show $25. 17+
11 Delta Rae Schubas. $10. 18+
12 Cockney Rejects Reggie's Rock Club. $20. 18+
12 Delicate Steve Subterranean. $10. 17+
12 Library Voices Empty Bottle. $8.
12 Owl City Bottom Lounge. Advance $20, day of show $24. AA
13 Keyshia Cole The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. $35–$110.
14 Papa Grows Funk + Davis Rogan + Alex McMurray Martyrs'. $15.
16 The Shams Band + The Congregation + Elephant Gun Schubas. $6.
17 George Watsky + Dumbfoundead + Breezy Lovejoy Reggie's Rock Club. $13. AA
18 Aaron Lewis Joe's Bar. $33.50.
18 Spoek Mathambo Lincoln Hall. $15.
18 These United States Schubas. Advance $10, day of show $12.
20 Agalloch Reggie's Rock Club. $15. 17+
20–22 Square Roots: Sidi Touré + Waco Brothers + Ezra Furman + Ron Trent + Canasta + M.A.K.U Sound System + Mrigya + Taj Weekes & Adowa + Paseo Jarocho + Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp Lincoln Square. Donation $10, kids and seniors $5.
21 Saint Motel Schubas. $10. 18+
23 The Shams Band + Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes + Young Jesus Schubas. $6.
24 The Dangerous Summer + New Empire + From Indian Lakes Beat Kitchen. Advance $10, day of show $12. 17+
26 Elzhi + Show You Suck + TheWHOevers Subterranean. Advance $15, day of show $20.
27 Gold Panda Bottom Lounge. Advance $12, day of show $15. 17+
27 SOLD OUT The Wallflowers Schubas.
27 Weezer The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. $54.20–$134.50.
28 Chicago + Doobie Brothers Charter One Pavilion. $39.50–$125.
28 Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons Double Door. Advance $12, day of show $15.
28 Mindless Behavior + Jacob Latimore + Lil Twist Arie Crown Theater. $45.
28 Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan + Reginald R. Robinson SPACE. $12–$22.
28, 29 Wicker Park Fest: Cursive + The Drums + The Baseball Project + The Budos Band + Lucero + Joe Pug Milwaukee Ave between North Ave and Wood St Donation $5.
29 Eleni Mandell The Ace Bar. Advance $10, day of show $12.
30 The Shams Band + Archie Powell & The Exports Schubas. $6. 18+
1 Merle Haggard Congress Theater. $30–$50.
3 Lucy Woodward Mayne Stage. $23.
6 Scream It Like You Mean It + The Acacia Strain + Oceano + Impending Doom + Like Moths to Flames + For All Those Sleeping + Volumes + Hands Like Houses + Close to Home Bottom Lounge. Advance $18.50, day of show $22. AA
7 Garbage Metro. $38. 18+
7 Matisyahu + The Dirty Hands Congress Theater. $24.50.
8 Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang Schubas. $12.
9 Toadies + Helmet + Ume House of Blues. Advance $23.50, day of show $25. 17+
10 Cousin Dud + On Again Off Again + The Bonesetters Schubas. $8. 18+
11 Krista Detor SPACE. $20.
15 The Handcuffs + The Wanton Looks + Swimsuit Addition + Summer Girlfriends + Pillow Talk Double Door. $7.
17 Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights Schubas. Advance $12, day of show $14.
21 Dethklok + Lamb of God + Gojira Congress Theater. $34.50. AA
23 Lovehammers + Viceroy Beat Kitchen. Advance $15, day of show $20. 17+
25 FLASHCLASH Abbey Pub. Advance $8, day of show $10.
25, 26 UPDATED Shiner Bottom Lounge. Aug 26 added. Advance $20, day of show $22, VIP $35. 17+
28 Rebecca Loebe + Anna Vogelzang SPACE. $10–$18.
7 UPDATED Tony Lucca SPACE. Late show added. $18–$34.
14–16 Riot Fest: Rise Against + Iggy & The Stooges + The Offspring + Elvis Costello + A Day to Rembmer + Coheed and Cambria + Descendents + Gogol Bordello + Dropkick Murphys + NOFX + The Jesus and Mary Chain + The Gaslight Anthem + Alkaline Trio + AWOLNATION + Slapstick + The Promise Ring Humboldt Park and Congress Theater. $18, two-day pass to Humboldt Park $49.99, VIP $155, three day pass $90.
19 Bob Log III + Cheap Time Double Door. Advance $10, day of show $12.
25 Ben Howard Vic Theatre. $20. AA
28 Joe Jackson & The Bigger Band Vic Theatre. $60. 18+
28 Jim Peterik's Lifeforce + Mindi Abair + Steve Oliver + Lisa McClowry with Lake Effect Genesee Theatre. $24.75–$34.75.
29, 30 Hyde Park Jazz Festival: Wycliffe Gordon + Victor Goines + Dee Alexander + Jeff Parker + Tomeka Reid Multiple venues. $TBA.
20, 21 UPDATED Vicente Fernández + Vicente Fernández Jr. Allstate Arena. Oct 20 added. $65–$250.
26 The Tubes Viper Alley. $25–$500.
3 Squarepusher Metro. $25. 18+
18 Citizen Cope House of Blues. Advance $30, day of show $35. 17+
23 Leonard Cohen Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. $47.50–$250.