Concerts in Chicago in September 2015

Summer may be over, but the start of the fall doesn't pull any punches on live shows. See who's coming to town with our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago.

Billie Joe Armstrong sang, "Wake me up when September ends." Thanks, but we'd rather be lucid this month. Soak up the city before it gets cold and take time to listen to some great bands. The summer music festival season is not over yet, as Riot Fest and others return to showcase some great acts. Dinosaur rock act AC/DC hits Wrigley Field. Explore our picks of the top September gigs.

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Chicago Jazz Festival

In its 37th year, Jazz Fest returns to Millennium Park (and the Cultural Center) with a solid lineup of fusion, traditional bop and cosmic shizz. Confirmed performers include Muhal Richard Abrams, José James, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Henry Butler.

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Millennium Park Thursday September 3 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015 Free

Toby Keith

Rosemont restauranteur and country superstar Toby Keith takes his truck on the road for the Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. He's promoting songs from his 18th (!) album, 35 MPH Town. Great title. Who says country isn't poetry?

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Friday September 4 2015

AC/DC

Critics' pick

Their new one, Rock or Bust, sounds like all the rest, with stiff blues riffs and blue balls. AC/DC albums are as good as their juvenile puns, and "Emission Control" is one of the more clever ones.

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Wrigley Field Tuesday September 15 2015

Riot Fest

There's mall-punk, hardcore, emo, goth, metal, thrash, new-wave, rap, gray-haired indie and sometimes Blondie. The Replacements and Elvis Costello have headlined in the past.

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Humboldt Park Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

Ed Sheeran

The Jason Mraz of adolescent England continues his climb up Mt. Fame.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Wednesday September 16 2015

Stromae

Critics' pick

If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change very soon. The electro-songsmith—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. The mania seems to be spreading for the hip-hop Jacques Brel (to use a crude but apt description), judging by the high demand for this big gig in Chicago.

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Riviera Theatre Monday September 21 2015

The Pygmalion Festival

Critics' pick

Now, normally we are not big on listing events in Champaign. After all, this is Time Out Chicago, and Champaign feels like the deep south. However, this little music (and literature) festival annually puts together a stellar lineup that is like a budget-size Pitchfork. Ride (see below) headlines.

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The Highdive Wednesday September 23 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Ride

Critics' pick

Though rightfully lumped in with the shoegazer movement of the 1990s, Ride are a much different beast than Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. The quartet more overtly mined the psychedelic pop of the '60s, supercharging the distorted guitars.

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Riviera Theatre Saturday September 26 2015

Destroyer

Critics' pick

Destroyer's Kaputt made soft rock saxophone solos an indie rock staple, but Dan Bejar mines a different vein of nostalgic sounds on his latest record, Poison Season. Lead single "Dream Lover" comes out of the gate like a lover letter to the Boss, featuring an E Street Band-worth of wailing horns and stomping refrains. If Bejar slips on a leather jacket, he might pass for Springsteen's long lost brother.

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Thalia Hall Sunday September 27 2015

Madonna

Critics' pick

Rebel Heart, the unlucky 13th album from Madonna, is being heralded as her best in a decade, which isn't saying too much, as that means it merely trumps Hard Candy and MDNA. But "Living for Love" alone is great enough to fall back into Madonna's muscular arms.

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United Center Monday September 28 2015

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