Posted by: Mark Nielsen | March 6, 2013

Hey Chicago! Lotta live music to lift your spirits, Spring 2013

They Might Be Giants, playing at Bar None, Bro...

They Might Be Giants, playing at Bar None, Brooklyn, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So much great live music I want to see coming thru town March through May this year. Anybody got a job I can do, so I can pay for all these tickets I wanna buy?

At the very least, looks like I’m mostly doing a stay-cation for my son Graham’s spring break, though I may pop down for first-time ever trip to Memphis for a long weekend.

I can’t say which of the shows below are already sold out, if any. I just wanna spread the love, spread the word about great music, so that maybe I’ll see some of y’all out at one of these venues.

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I’ve already got tickets to a few shows, starting with:

THU, March 21 – Crowder at Bottom Lounge –David Crowder’s newish Americana-tinged, bluegrassy thing, in a fairly uncommon venue, a secular club. Warning to all true believers: alcohol will be served, and dancing will occur… (it will if I’M there, anyway).

FRI, March 29 (Good Friday) 80-year-old tenor saxophone legend Sonny Rollins at Symphony Center. It’s gwan be a Great Friday for me and my brutha Spencer! My bucket list of performers to see is getting one show shorter, as of Holy Saturday.

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And now we get to some of the tough calls, where two excellent acts in different price ranges are performing the same night and I just gotta CHOOSE. (Ugh!)

First up:

  •  March 16 — Local up-and comers Suite Mollie Seven vs. all-time greats They Might Be Giants out of NYC (the Brooklyn band that probably pre-dates ALL these new clever Brooklyn hipster wanna-be’s… lemme just say: “John and John of TMBG were there first, kiddies!”)

SAT March 16 -8:30pm at Viper Alley, Linconshire : Suite Mollie Seven: –An emerging funk-soul-rock act for which good friends Rob and Mollie Bady provide vocals, and featuring an actual neurosurgeon in the band (his dayjob… SMS will only figuratively blow your mind onstage).

SAT March 16 at The Vic: They Might Be Giants – you know you love ’em. Even your KIDS love ’em (Here Come the ABC’s!) Go out on the town, you bored old housewife, you.

  • The other “competition” nite: locally-grown Christian singer-songwriters and coffee, all for free in an intimate setting, versus national name “worship music” performer Chris Tomlin and friends, for $25, in the Willow Creek “big room”.

FRI, April 12: ReImagine Worship at Redeemer Church, Chicago. Performer(s) and theme TBA. Free cafe latte and home-baked brownies (maybe even gluten-free) to be made. Love to be given and received, of both the vertical and horizontal varieties.

FRI, April 12: Burning Lights Tour with Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe — at Willow Creek Community Church.

——– as of over a week ago, tix for Tomlin on floor level already were already sold out. Mezzanine and Balcony tickets $25. Google for information. Or come on out to the ReImagine Worship show at my home church (see above).

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Also notable:

FRI, March 22 at Metro : Low – Low is the best thing to ever come out of Duluth, MN (maybe outside of Bob Dylan, who didn’t really live there, just grew up near there…). Ten albums into their 20-year career, this atmospheric alt-rock/country trio are making a sort of comeback, thanks to a forthcoming album produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

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I’ve only scratched the surface here, people. I may also get out to hear a new fave, local blue-eyed soul singer S. Joel Norman, old fave and Kingston Mines regular, blues singer Joanna Connor (this month playing with Kinsey Report some), and/or:

  • Ben Harper, back in town in April for a fundraiser for LIFT Chicago (an excellent national anti-poverty & education organization; event is at Park West… though I don’t know what the ticketing situation is, if there’s a dinner and a big pricetag, etc).

So get off that couch, and I’ll see you on the dance floor!


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