An up-and-coming R&B sensation, a rock ‘n’ roll hall of famer, and soothing singer-songwriter have all the music you need this weekend in Chicago.
Every male R&B artist after Michael Jackson has done everything possible to be Michael Jackson, but they usually focus more on the dance moves and treat vocals, melodies, and songwriting as secondary. The Weeknd not only has a vocal range and tone reminiscent of Jackson’s but is a bit more original than his peers. His music encapsulates the feeling of a late night at an after-hours club and those clear moments when your driving home after the party. While there is a lot of Jackson in him, The Weeknd has a lot of new things to say.
Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.
I think we can factually say the ’80s were weird with many eccentric songs that were hits. Colin Hay is responsible for one of the weirder hits, “Down Under,” with his group Men at Work. However, his solo career since then has proved that Hay is much more than just a Vegemite sandwich. All Hay has ever needed is an acoustic guitar, and his melodies and lyrics have a way of clenching your heart and never letting go. The way he captures feelings that have been written about for eons in such a different way makes you want to sit at his feet with your head on your hands listening to every note that comes out of him.
Nov. 6, 8 p.m.
The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave.
Although his original band definitely has more clout that Hay’s, Don Henley, founder of The Eagles, has also amassed an impressive solo career that he’s jump starting with his first album in 15 years, “Cass County.” This is a country rock album for the purists in all of us who are tired of the over-the-top productions and meaningless lyrics. Henley has done it again.
Nov. 8, 8 p.m.
The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.