This Week’s Must-See Concerts

Cheap Trick

Three iconic artists are bringing their tunes to Chicago that will satisfy all genres. Don’t leave the city without seeing one of these must-see concerts.

Gary Clark, Jr.

Gary Clark, Jr. is this generation’s guitar god with a playing style that can be traced from Stevie Ray Vaughn all the way back to Robert Johnson. He started paying his dues at Antone’s in Austin, Texas where Stevie Ray Vaughn and his brother Jimmie Vaughn launched their careers. Clark actually grew up playing with Jimmie. Clark’s Texas-style blues is felt more in his guitar and less in his voice, which provides a much sweeter tone that is actually very similar to fellow roots artist Leon Bridges. He’s touring to support his second studio album “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.” Tickets are available on third-party sellers.
The Riviera Theatre
4746 N. Racine Ave.
Friday, April 1

Cheap Trick

Many seem to think that once Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy got to Illinois that the state had nothing left to contribute to music, but they always seem to forget one little band that made heads bang across the world—Cheap Trick. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be holding an album-release concert for their first album in five years “Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello.” The hard rock band will actually be playing on what the Illinois Senate has declared as Cheap Trick Day across the state.
3730 N. Clark St.
Friday, April 1

Kirk Franklin

Listen to one of Kirk Franklin’s songs and it’ll be hard not to feel rejuvenated. Franklin’s name has become synonymous with gospel music due to the countless awards and praise he’s received since his work with Kirk Franklin and The Family in 1992. He’ll be spreading his powerful message in Chicago, and maybe even play a little of his latest collaboration with Kanye West, “Ultralight Prayer.”
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Friday, April 1

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