Hell yes. It’s April.
It’s the month of the year where the weather starts getting consistently nice enough that you can go do shit outdoors during the weeknights. And there’s few better weeknight activities than catching a concert in the city of Chicago.
Well, perhaps taking in a ball game at US Cellular or Wrigley Field as baseball kicks back into gear. Or if you have the cash you can catch a playoff hockey game at the United Center.
But concerts are the perfect medium of cost efficient and entertainment this city has to offer.
April brings us a massive slate of concerts in Chicago. As festival season rapidly approaches with Coachella dropping down later in April, artists are making their final rounds.
Per usual, our April slate of Chicago concerts includes everything we’d go to if being a responsible adult wasn’t important.
Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago – 4/1 @ United Center
Don’t anticipate a dry eye at the Madhouse on the first night of April, as the legendary pop/soul/R&B outfit from Chicago will be playing just two months removed from the death of founder Maurice White.
Speaking of legendary bands from the Windy City, jazz rock visionaries Chicago will be playing alongside EWF as a part of their “Heart and Soul” tour. Should be a cool (and loud night) at the UC, especially for a crowd that expects to be 70% suburban moms.
And tickets are still available on the United Center’s website.
Gary Clark Jr. – 4/1 @ Riviera Theatre
The soul trend to start April continues with Gary Clark Jr. on the north side of town, currently touring in support of September’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.
Smooth and versatile, Clark’s musical prowess has deservedly become more mainstream in recent years – and will continue with appearances at Coachella later this month and Governor’s Ball in June.
It’s no surprise his show at the cozy Riviera sold out, but we wouldn’t fault you paying up right here.
Pusha T – 4/5 @ The Vic Theatre
If traveling to Wisconsin is your cup of tea head to The Vic on April 5th for a quaint Tuesday concert with one of rap’s most vicious emcee’s. I’m kidding, The Vic isn’t in Wisconsin it’s on North Sheffield (basically Wisconsin).
We ranked King Push’s Darkest Before Dawn album on our Top 5 rap albums of 2015 and for good reason. He remains at the pinnacle of lyricism in the genre which is why it’s no surprise he’s touring in intimate venues like The Vic.
There’s honestly nothing better to do on a Tuesday in April than hitting up a Pusha T concert.
X Ambassadors – 4/6 @ House of Blues
If you weren’t sure, X Ambassadors are the guys who sing that “Renegades” song from that one Jeep commercial.
In all seriousness, the trendy alt-rock foursome from New York are on tour after releasing their first full-length studio album – last summer’s VHS – and have a big summer ahead of them. In addition to hitting festivals like Hangout, Sasquatch!, and Bonnaroo – X Ambassadors will be back in Chicago for their first Lollapalooza appearance.
So if you can’t make it to House of Blues, they’ll be back soon enough. But resale prices for the sold out H.O.B. show aren’t too high.
Chance the Rapper – 4/8 @ Chicago Theatre
Not only is Chance the Rapper the hometown kid, he’s also arguably the most successful independent rapper of all time. You’re going to want to be at the Chicago Theater on April 8th when he checks back into the Windy City.
All we can hope is that the stage isn’t completely mangled from the McDonald’s All-American JamFest the other night. If it’s still intact, it’s surely going to light on fire after Chance shuts it down.
Tickets can still be had but it’s going to cost you a decent nickel.
Jauz – 4/8 @ Concord Music Hall
Sam Vogel was one of dance music’s breakout artists in 2015.
His genre-blending production is only comparable to other modern masterminds like Snails and NGHTMRE. He’s 21, from LA, and did a collaboration with Dillon Francis (their remix of “Lean On”). And most recently – he collaborated with Drum n’ Bass legends, Netsky.
In a nutshell, this guy is hotter than a Beanie Baby on eBay. In other words, it’s no surprise his show sold out right away. But hey, go ahead and splurge on tickets here.
DJ Snake – 4/8 @ Aragon Ballroom
Grammy nominations. Silver, gold, and platinum hits. And douchey sunglasses?
We should have seen it coming. But after becoming even more relevant in 2015, DJ Snake’s undeniable ability to make dance-floor anthems has made him somewhat of a superstar.
Tickets available here.
The Floozies – 4/9 @ Riviera Theatre
These write ups are taking forever. And because of that, we’re just going to copy and paste what we said about The Floozies over a year ago:
“One simply doesn’t bring up the phrase “future funk” without mentioning The Floozies. Born in funk and bred in the digital age, this live electronic duo stormed onto the scene at a time when the industry needed them most. Brothers Matt and Mark Hill share the stage just as easily as they share a musical brain.”
Smashing Pumpkins – 4/14 @ Civic Opera House
Apparently it’s a big month for Chicago homecomings. As you could guess, Billy Corgan and the boys will be hitting their hometown for one of the first stops on the In Plainsong tour – and it might come with a bonus surprise.
Original guitarist James Iha played with The Smashing Pumpkins for the first time in 16 years at their shows in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City – so who knows if he’ll join when they come to Chicago as well.
If he does, the (relatively) reasonable ticket prices will be that much more worth it.
Father John Misty – 4/14 & 4/15 @ Riviera Theatre
Formerly (and formally) known as Joshua Tillman, the man with one of the better stage names – and beards – in the music industry will be at the ‘Riv’ for two nights – and both selling out rather quickly explains exactly why.
This is FJM’s second studio album since leaving The Fleet Foxes, and is currently on an expansive international tour that includes stops at Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball after hitting Lollapalooza last summer.
So yes, the $40 tickets for Thursday night are easily worth it.
Rihanna & Travis Scott – 4/15 @ United Center
Find me a better way to ring in Tax Day? Don’t worry I’ll wait.
Rihanna and Travi$ Scott’s gigantic tour buses cruise into the United Center parking lots for RiRi’s “Anti World Tour 2016” and what I can only assume is going to be a beyond sold out show. Lit AF, as the children say now-a-days.
Considering life at the United Center isn’t all that great right now, a Rihanna celebration to the Bulls horrific season is just what the doctor ordered. But that’s just the entree.
The Travi$ Scott appetizer is just as, if not, better. Scott’s 2015 album Rodeo debuted at No. 1 on Billboards’ Top Rap Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.
Tickets are pricey, but it’ll be a worthwhile receipt.
Santigold – 4/17 @ Concord Music Hall
The electronic popstress will be in Chicago just two months after releasing her third solo album, February’s joyous 99 Cents.
A follow-up to 2012’s Master of My Make Believe, which peaked at #1 on the US electronic albums chart, 99 Cents should have a surge as the weather gets warmer but she sold out the Concord show – ideal for her sound – pretty easily anyway.
If you’re looking for a Sunday Funday, you could do a lot worse than splurging on tickets here.
Justin Bieber – 4/22-4/23 @ Allstate Arena
OK sure, you’ll need to take a little hike out to Rosemont for The Biebs but who cares. This show is going to out of bounds. Haters are going to hate but I don’t care. Your jeers are like PEDs to me.
Justin Bieber is one of the most successful artists of this decade and I’ve come to the conclusion that people who hate him don’t actually listen to his music and just gossip about his haircut. His shows are incredible and his latest album is bananas.
While Rihanna and Travi$ Scott is going to be a banger, Justin Bieber is going to turn a venue the size of the Allstate Arena into a candlelit vigil of screaming fangirls and copious bros completely secure in their masculinity.
Is it too late now to say sorry for this?
Audien – 4/23 @ The MID
Why should you go see Audien at the Mid? There’s a couple reasons.
(1) He’s from Connecticut, which is sick.
(2) He’s slated for Lollapalooza, which is also sick.
(3) If that’s not enough, just listen to “Leaving You,” “Something Better,” or any of his other masterful singles.
(4) Tickets are only $15.
Progressive house producers are a dime a dozen these days. But as you’ll witness by attending one of his upcoming performances in Chicago, Audien is on another level.
Tech N9NE – 4/28 @ Concord
That’s the recipe to make a Caribou Lou, which is the only drink you can appropriately drink before going to a Tech N9ne concert. Considering Tech hasn’t made national waves in a minute, a concert at a place like The Concord is a pretty solid fit.
Not to mention, ticket prices are very good. If you used to drink Caribou Lou’s before you realized how disgusting 151 rum was then this is the concert for you.
RJD2 – 4/29 @ Metro
As Pitchfork noted in their review of RJD2’s brand new studio album, Dame Fortune, your ears probably know this producer even if you don’t.
A versatile and unique DJ that’s tough to describe, RJD2’s style definitely shines brightest in a live setting – and his end of the month show at The Metro should be no different.
Bottom line: It’s definitely worth $20 on a Friday night.