Concerts in Chicago in August

Lollapalooza is the big one, but there are plenty more shows in Chicago this August. See who's coming to town with our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago

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Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour to Allstate Arena with openers Icona Pop, March 7, 2014.

Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour to Allstate Arena with openers Icona Pop, March 7, 2014. Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Dinosaurs like the heat. The concert slate in late summer reads like it did in 1994—or 1982. KISS, Rod Stewart, Billy Corgan, Goo Goo Dolls, Def Leppard, ZZ Top all hit the big outdoor sheds and stadiums in August. Take a good summer read and a picnic basket and hit the lawn. The summer music festival season enters its final stage as well, and Lollapalooza is just the tip of the iceberg. Get your glitter and short-shorts ready: Katy and Miley also come in the span of one week. Explore our picks of the top August gigs.


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Lollapalooza

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Kings of Leon, Eminem headline the weakest/fastest-selling edition of the megafestival yet. Check out the man (45!) after-shows as well.

  1. Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, at Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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Hospitality

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

After releasing their sophmoric album Trouble, the Brooklyn band known as Hospitality has been playing their sweet sounds all across the globe, from Pairs to Canada. Now, they have come to grace their prescence at the Empty Bottle. With singer Amber Papini fronting the group with clever lyrics and Brian Betancourt plus Nathan Michel utilizing several  intruments to back her up, Hospitality conveys a sound that is dark but incredibly whimsical.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Until Tue Aug 5
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Wiz Khalifa + Young Jeezy + Tyga + Ty Dolla $ign + Rich Homie Quan

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Commercial weed rapper Wiz Khalifa heads another Under the Influence (of Music) tour, with grizzled vet Young Jeezy and a clutch of hot young MCs.

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Tue Aug 5
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Katy Perry + Capital Cities

It was a tall order to ask Katy Perry to re-reach the heights of Teenage Dream. After all, it was only the second album in history to see its first five singles top the Billboard charts. Yes, the ex-wife of Russell Brand, the pop singer that put the va-va-voom in bubblegum, is the Michael Jackson of our era. Still, we didn't expect Prism to be so downright dull.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Until Fri Aug 8
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Mötley Crüe + Alice Cooper

  • Price band: 3/4

We mean this in the nicest possible way, but it's a miracle these guys are still alive, let alone heading out on their Final Tour with Alice Cooper, also known for his energetic and exciting rock career.

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Fri Aug 8
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Phox

  • Price band: 1/4

There is no better way to describe Phox other than their own description, "a gaggle of goofy wizards performing minor illusions and big top music."

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Aug 9
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Boris

  • Price band: 1/4

Though nominally hard rock or metal, Japan's powerful Boris is, like its American stylistic cousin the Melvins, more accurately a protean elemental force, as capable of droning experimentation as it is of heavy thrash.

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Echo & The Bunnymen

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Sofa-lipped singer Ian McCulloch and his merry band of new wavers perform their long-life Scouse indie. They're still at it, with a new album, Meteorites, on the cards for 2014, so new material is a given alongside "The Killing Moon," "Bring on the Dancing Horses" and other moody ’80s classics.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Goo Goo Dolls + Daughtry + Plain White T's

  • Price band: 2/4

"Iris," meet "Delilah."

  1. FirstMerit Bank Pavilion 1300 S Linn White Dr, at Solidarity Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Miley Cyrus

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Bangerz was bonkerz. Miley gives Chicago a second taste of her batshit spectacle in a bigger arena.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Until Thu Aug 14
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OK Go

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The playful power-pop quartet and masters of the viral music video return to their former hometown, bringing songs from its upcoming fourth album, Hungry Ghosts, along with "Here It Goes Again" (the treadmills), "This Too Shall Pass" (the Rube Goldberg device), "This Too Shall Pass" (the Notre Dame marching band hidden in a field). The new tune, "The Writing's On the Wall," has racked up 10 million views on YouTube in a month. Go watch the stunning optical illusions. The song is ok, too. They are the Cheap Trick of the YouTube era.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Fri Apr 3
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One More Time - A Tribute to Daft Punk

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

As you cannot catch the helmeted French duo on tour, the best chance you have to listen to "Get Lucky" live is in the company of this Canadian eight-piece. On the plus side, you're guaranteed the hits from Daft Punk's extensive back catalog; on the other hand, we don't think Nile Rodgers, who steals the show on Random Access Memories, will be dropping by to guest at this concert at Chicago's House of Blues.

  1. House of Blues 329 N Dearborn St, between Kinzie St and Lower Wacker Dr
  2. Until Fri Aug 15
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Robin Thicke

  • Price band: 3/4

A year after the inescapable "Blurred Lines," Thicke has released an outright disaster, Paula, a lame attempt to get his ex-wife back. Musically, it's more pedestian than offensive, continuing his career as a Robert Palmer impersonator. No, it bombs on icky concept. Begging and pleading with trace amounts of sincerity, here is the same gentleman whose hit video had him surrounded by naked girls before a sign that read "Robin Thicke Has a Big Dick." Paula ain't coming back, so he's all yours, ladies.

  1. Horseshoe Casino Hammond 777 Casino Center Dr
  2. Until Fri Aug 15
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Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory

  • Price band: 3/4

Chicago-born violin and whistlin' virtuoso Andrew Bird spotlights some underdog locals on his eighth and latest, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, an album of Handsome Family covers. Bird is a big supportor of the husband-wife duo, having covered them in 2003 ("Don't Be Scared") and taken them on tour last year. Catch one of his distinguished performances at the Chicago Theater on August 16. And take his hint and dig into the Handsome Family catalog already.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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KISS + Def Leppard

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

I wanna Gunter glieben glauten globen all night! Oversexed sexagenerian space clowns KISS, who now sponsor a professional football team in L.A., return for their… umpteenth farewell tour?

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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Rod Stewart + Santana

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

D'ya still think he's sexy? Most likely, no. But the Stew continues to balance his two musical sides, British blues-rock boogie rake and suited up-pop-standard crooner.

  1. Allstate Arena 6920 N Mannheim Rd
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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MKTO

  • Price band: 2/4

Is there nothing more inspiring than two young men from a Nickelodeon TV show overcoming the odds and forming a pop-hip-hop duo?

  1. House of Blues 329 N Dearborn St, between Kinzie St and Lower Wacker Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 17
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The Clean

  • Price band: 1/4
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The Clean first appeared on record with 1981’s “Tally Ho,” a near-perfect rallying cry anchored by an organ drone straight out of the Modern Lovers’ playbook. The humble single launched an eminent record label (Flying Nun) and led to a stream of like-minded music by both Clean offshoots and stylistic progeny (Yo La Tengo, Pavement). Back in action and still supporting a brilliant 2009 platter, Mister Pop, the Kiwis kick off a tour in Chicago tied to the 25th anniversary of U.S. label Merge.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Mon Aug 18
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Train + The Wallflowers

  • Price band: 3/4

These old-fashioned California rockers have been active for years, though are probably still best known for their FM-friendly 2001 single "Drops of Jupiter" or 2009 hit "Hey, Soul Sister." They are joined by the Wallflowers, who recorded their most recent album in Dan Auerbach's (of the Black Keys) studio and featured Mick Jones of the Clash. Huh, that's almost cool.

  1. Ravinia Pavilion 418 Sheridan Rd, between Lake Cook and Green Bay Rds
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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Passenger

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Never underestimate the power of a puppy falling in love with a pony. A Budweiser Super Bowl commercial featured the song "Let Her Go" and turned Passenger into an overnight Bon Iver.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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Deer Tick

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Fronted by singer John McCauley and his Tom Waits–level growl, Deer Tick gigs in support of 2013's cheerily titled Negativity, an anguished, rowdy and curiously mature effort. Those seeking rollicking, Southern-tinged roots and alt-country rock (or those who really miss the Replacements) will not leave this gig disappointed.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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Mr. Scruff

  • Price band: 1/4
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British electronic producer Mr. Scruff tours in wake of his fifth studio album, FriendlyBacteria. The Ninja Tune vet has been doing this long enough to see IDM become EDM. The cartoon and puppet loving DJ is serving up a mammoth seven-hour set of breakbeat, nu-jazz, bass, trip-hop, house…

  1. Smart Bar 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Until Sat Aug 23
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Robyn & Röyksopp

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The "song of summer," by Billboard or iTunes measures, will likely be Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea or some other chunklet of boombox fluff. But in our hearts, and in some alternate Earth utopia (Scandinavia?), the jam of heat season, 2014, is Robyn & Röyksopp's "Do It Again."

  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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Arcade Fire

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Canadians bring a carnival to the basketball court with their newfound disco groove, cover songs, costumes and more. Reflektor found the band sounded like it was finally enjoying itself, even if the listener's pleasure was a little harder to come by. Still, there are enough curveballs, mirrored surfaces and glitter particles to make this the party of the month. You're supposed to come dressed up, so get thee to a craft store. Might we suggest dressing up like Talking Heads? Seems appropriate.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Until Wed Aug 27
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ZZ Top & Jeff Beck

  • Price band: 3/4

Classic rock legends ZZ Top still ply the trade on countless road dates, rehashing rock grooves like "Le Grange" and "Sharp Dressed Man" in the band's trademark Amish-meets-roadhouse garb. British axe icon Beck heats things up first with his finger-busy blues.

  1. Ravinia Pavilion 418 Sheridan Rd, between Lake Cook and Green Bay Rds
  2. Until Thu Aug 28
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North Coast Music Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

The other big festival in Union Park blends EDM, jam, rap and rock. Let's hope the weather is a little nicer this year?

  1. Union Park 1501 W Randolph St, between Ogden Ave and Justine St
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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WKQX PIQNIQ: Linkin Park + 30 Seconds to Mars

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

A one day alternative rock festival in a suburban amphitheatre? How quaint! Two megamerchants of grandiose angst, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars headline this radio station exhibit. (Aww, radio!)

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Fri Aug 29
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Billy Corgan

  • Price band: 2/4

The North Shore's guru of Zen and shred, Corgan heads down the street from his tea parlor to regale the Ravinia lawn with songs from across his career—that means some Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, perhaps a bit of that electronic new-age stuff he's be playing lately, and tunes from his solo career, including a taste of his never-released record ChicagoKid.

  1. Ravinia Pavilion 418 Sheridan Rd, between Lake Cook and Green Bay Rds
  2. Until Sat Aug 30
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Luke Bryan + Dierks Bentley + Lee Brice + Cole Swindell

  • Price band: 2/4

Bryan is the epitome of the 21st-century country star—a guy who loves his trucks jacked on up 35s and is unafraid to profess his love of T-Pain.

  1. Soldier Field 1410 S Museum Campus Dr, at McFetridge Dr
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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