In the mood for a concert? Whether you want to mosh, sit or gently sway back and forth while standing at a summer music festival, we have the event for you. Dig through our picks of the top rock & roll, electronic, pop, soul, jazz and blues shows taking place over the next seven days. Soak up some of the city's best live music, explore rock music venues or blues music clubs and discover the best concerts in Chicago this week.
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Concerts in Chicago this week
For the third summer in a row, the piano man returns to the Friendly Confines for another evening of classic ballads. Chicago may not boast a monthly Billy Joel residency like the one hosted at Madison Square Garden, but at least we get to see him outdoors every summer. Last year, Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence danced atop Joel’s piano—because even famous people love singing along to “Uptown Girl”—so it's anyone's guess as to which celebs will show up in 2016.Read more
Each Tuesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free concert in its Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden. The lineup features performers from the Chicago jazz community, including Mike Reed and Joshua Abrams. Attendees can order food à la carte from the outdoor grill or pig out at the buffet (it's $27 per person). If it's raining outside, the event moves indoors to the MCA Café. Jun 7: Pat Mallinger TrioJun 14: Matt Ulery Nonet featuring Eighth BlackbirdJun 21: Josh Berman TrioJun 28: Marquis HillJul 5: Tammy McCann with Mike AllemanaJul 12: James Sanders & ConjúntoJul 19: Maggie BrownJul 26: Caroline Davis/Rob Clearfield QuartetAug 2: Ari BrownAug 9: Corey WilkesAug 16: Hear in NowAug 23: Mike Reed's People, Places, and ThingsAug 30: Fred Anderson Legacy BandSep 6: Corey WilkesSep 13: Juli Wood’s Chicago CallingSep 20: The Miyumi ProjectSep 27: Joshua Abrams and Jeff ParkerRead more
For three nights each week, some of the Chicago's best jazz artists and combos take the stage at the Whistler for a free set (or two). Check out the full schedule on the Logan Square bar's website, show up early to grab a seat (they fill up quick) and grab a cocktail before settling in for a relaxing evening of music.Read more