My Morning Jacket hits Metro again (this has to be the third time this year alone) with their wonderfully depressing take on Southern rock. Hipster alert: They're serving Goose Island's "312" ale on draft. Give up the five-spot and try it.
Although it officially kicked off two weeks ago, the first big Lakeview summer festival of the year kicks off with Lakeview Mayfest. The band lineups include a melange of tribute music for meatheads and the bimbos who date them: REM, U2, Dave Matthews, and Neil Diamond cover bands all sound better after a day of binge drinking Miller Lite in eighty degree weather.
The legendary Radiators settle in for two nights at the Abbey Pub.
Acid Jazz still lives with the Greyboy All Stars at House of Blues.
Chicago is Ground Zero for great tenor sax players. One of the most underrated, Ari Brown, wraps up a two-night stay at the Green Mill.
If I had the work ethic of Jon Langford I wouldn't be writing this blog. He'll be at Martyrs' for "Bands For Bell" Featuring The Waco Brothers and The Bon Mots.
Service Industry Night is sure to bring out the masses at Betty's Blue Star Lounge. "Proper attire required" means show a lot of cleavage, ladies.
Closing with a bit of self-promotion: I'll be reading with Ramsin Cannon, Mike Zapata, Jeff Geiger, Sarah Dodson, Paul Barile, and Mario during "Speak Easy: Senseless" at HotHouse. Please bring heavy drinkers and designated drivers.