2/13 – STS9 & Toro y Moi @ Aragon Ballroom
This show actually jumped out at me because of opener Toro y Moi, who killed it at Lollapalooza last summer in his return appearance at Grant Park (2012). Officially known as Chazwick Bradley Bundick, Toro y Moi’s dancey and laid-back electro jazz is incredibly easy to like.
He’ll be putting on a DJ Set at Aragon, which should serve as a perfect jam session warmup to STS9 – who are also playing at House of Blues the next night.
Speaking of jam sessions, Sound Tribe Sector Nine have built a reputation by putting on one of the more unique and engaging live shows in music. An all-instrumental performance, STS9 could be described as a more electronic version of Explosions in the Sky.
The Lollapalooza vets always draw a big crowd in Chicago, and you can get tickets here.
2/17 – AC/DC @ United Center
For those about to rock.
Ranked as the second most profitable tour of 2015, the legends are continuing their “Rock or Bust” world tour through 2016 and hitting the Madhouse on Madison for what should be quite a loud night.
Tickets are sold out (obviously), but you can get in the door for around $100 here. After all, they might not be playing many more Chicago concerts.
2/17 – Fetty Wap and Post Malone @ House of Blues
“Fetty Wap @ Monster Energy Outbreak Presents: Welcome to the Zoo in Chicago, IL”
That’s the official title for this show. I’m all in.
There are a lot of reasons not to go to a Fetty Wap and Post Malone concert. None of them are valid because whether you like it or not this show is going to be live.
I’ll be the first person to admit that Fetty Wap doesn’t necessarily make “good” music by the standard definition of the word. But he makes music, particularly bangers, that are best suited to party to in a live setting. Hence, a Fetty Wap concert would be sick as hell.
Post Malone? Not so much. But he’s a package deal and I can mildly tolerate “White Iverson.”
2/18 – Future and Ty Dolla $ign @ Aragon Ballroom
Wait, what? 24 hours after Fetty Way shuts it down I have to recover for a Future concert at the Aragon?
Some call this too much, I call it Christmas. Or Chicago concerts being way cooler than February.
Future is coming of his best year ever professionally where he dropped a studio album and two hit mixtapes, including the acclaimed “What A Time To Be Alive” with Drake. Now, I doubt Drake will show up on the Aragon stage but I can guarantee you some big rings and some diamonds will be dancing.
Not to mention, Ty Dolla $ign, the dude who sings on Kanye West’s new banger “Real Friends,” is opening. So much live in a 24-hour time period.