Friday, June 2, 2017


A hearty Broken Hearted Toy welcome to U2 as they arrive in Chicago for shows at Soldier Field this weekend as part of The 2017 Joshua Tree Tour. The Irish quartet made an immediate impression with “I Will Follow” and its debut Boy over 35 years ago, and have remained a major force in music and global affairs ever since.

Cover Palooza!, an evening of Chicago area bands that usually perform originals but will switch to cover versions, takes place tomorrow at the Gallery Cabaret. Van Go, 92 (formerly 92 Degrees), Red Wigglers, Deadly Bungalows, John Moulten, and Right Tidy’s are the acts involved.

Tickets went on sale today for Brian Setzer at House Of Blues on June 17; Liam Gallagher and Blossoms at Park West, and Spoon and CRX at Metro on August 2; Tegan and Sara at Park West on August 3; Live and Shelters at Park West on August 4; and Alvvays at the Empty Bottle on August 5. Looks like it could be a very busy first week of August for fans of alt rock music.

Tickets are also now available for a September 3 concert at Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin featuring Belinda Carlisle, Smash Mouth, The Motels with Martha Davis, and Bow Wow Wow.

The Flat Five will be performing a WXRT show at Thalia Hall on June 9.

If you’ve been wondering where all the good times have gone, you’re sure to find one at Martyrs’ next Wednesday. That’s when Tributosaurus becomes The Kinks at the Lincoln Avenue venue.

It will be Six Degrees Of Susanna Hoffs when the Chicago-based indie band The Handcuffs opens for Matthew Sweet on July 15 in downtown Springfield, IL at the Amaranth Apple Festival. Sweet has worked with The Bangles as a producer, and has recorded three albums of well-chosen cover tunes with Hoffs. Handcuffs drummer Brad Elvis (previously with Big Hello, The Elvis Brothers, and Screams) helped out on drums for a few songs when The Bangles played City Winery Chicago a couple years ago. By the way, Matthew Sweet’s next album, Tomorrow Forever, comes out on June 16.

Other albums due out this month include Is This The Life We Really Want? by Roger Waters; Binary by Ani DiFranco; CHUCK by Chuck Berry; Other by Alison Moyet; So You Wannabe An Outlaw by Steve Earle; and Together At Last by Jeff Tweedy.

Penthouse Sweets, who recently released a new album, have a date coming up with Lutz, The Black Tape, and Juice Cleanse at Quenchers Saloon on Chicago’s north side on June 22.

The Sunshine Boys, a new trio that was very impressive at the recent WNUR Power Pop Shoppe Showcase at The Elbo Room, have a gig coming up on June 22 at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue. Band members Dag Juhlin, Freda Love Smith, and Jacqueline Schimmel have extensive resumes, and together they could be the next big band to emerge from the Chicago area.

Long-time blues rock (and occasional classical) performer Corky Siegel will be the keynote speaker for Jews and the Blues, a three-day event held by the Congress of Secular Jewish Organization at the University of Chicago at Chicago on the weekend of June 9–11.

Musician/journalist/comic creator Dan Pavelich is now capable of offering his Just Say Uncle - The Complete 2013 GoComics Dailies book around the world via his Etsy store.

Sons Of The Silent Age, the impressive David Bowie cover band, is returning soon according to a post from band member Steve Gerlach on Facebook.

The B-52’s, The Wallflowers, and A Flock Of Seagulls are among the acts slated for the annual Ribfest in Naperville. The festival, which runs from June 30 to July 3, has raised over $15.5 to help eliminate child abuse and domestic violence.

The second annual Localpalooza takes place on July 22 at Lincoln Hall and will feature The Ivorys; Rich Jones; Honey And The 45s; Bad Bad Meow; Namorado; The Dyes; and Elle Casazza. The event is once again being organized by guitarist Michael Vogus of local band Burnside And Hooker, and will benefit the Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation for ALS Research.

Next weekend brings two of the north side’s most popular art events. The Old Town Fair, which has been around for 67 years, will have over 250 juried fine artists, and The Wells Street Festival features art, sculpture, and if the weather is nice, a millennial party atmosphere. The two fairs are within walking distance of each other, so it’s easy to check them both out.

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