Ok, so maybe you don't have to own a gold card to see all of the good shows this weekend. Headlining the late show (10p) at the Bottom Lounge for only $8 is Chicago's very own Flying Luttenbachers. The Bottom Lounge may be the bottom feeder of all the local venues, but you can't argue with the price.
If you're not down with the quirky jazz cacophony of Weasel Walter and Co., head over to "the crotch" and see slide guitar legend Junior Brown at Subterranean. I'm not sure which is stranger...the fact that this honky tonk guitar hero is playing the Sub-t or that the Sub-t is presenting a honky tonk guitar hero. Brown is an amazing talent who'll probably rock the roof off the joint...so even if you don't usually get a hankerin' for twangy guitar, I'd to consider going to check out this show...trust me, you won't be disappointed. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
In the past decade, former Beach Boys brainchild Brian Wilson has accomplished two things that seemed almost unfathomable 30 years ago:
1. Touring and performing his songs on stage
2. Completing his "teenage symphonies to God" album, Smile
Wilson finally released Smile as an official, completed album last Tuesday and now he'll be performing his mythical lost album live at the Auditorium Theatre this Saturday. Even as little as 15 years ago, the prospect of Wilson being able to perform anything on stage was probably unthinkable...now he's performing Smile??? On the road??? Who would have thunk it?
Despite being a seemingly monumental event, tickets were still available for this show as of Thursday afternoon. Here's the catch though...tickets start at $33 and go all the way up to $73. But hey, it's pop music history in the making.
If pop nostalgia isn't your thing, you might want to check out PJ Harvey at the Riviera. She's touring in support of her fine new album, Uh Huh Her, a great minimalist and stark follow up to her unabashedly pop release of 2000, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. Tickets were still available for this one as well (as of Thursday), but again, the price of admission is a bit steep at $30 bucks a pop.
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