A frequent feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop.
AudioBooth is happy to contribute to “Out of the Loop” this issue, if only because it’s so easy to suggest things that are interesting to do outside of the Loop. With that in mind, here are a few places you should check out over the next few weeks.
M83| Thurs, Oct 20th @ Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine Ave, Uptown – He’s not quite “the hotness” in the way he was a few years ago when “Midnight City” came out, but that works in your favor. The Riv is one of the larger venues for music acts coming through the city (~2500 capacity), but it’s a far cry from any of the stadium-type locations he might have played if he was still in peak demand (i.e. UIC Pavillion, United Center, Allstate Arena). Plus the new 80’s-ish material adds a little more levity to the show.
Acoustic Brunch| Sun, Oct 23rd @ Schubas Tavern, 3159 N Southport Ave, Lakeview – Sundays are time to recover, but that doesn’t have to mean suffering in silence. This bar/venue has great brunch food available all weekend in its restaurant section (“Harmony Grill”), but every Sunday they have some sort of folk band on stage and serve food in their music room. I have no idea who Pony String Band is, so to be clear, this is a general place/event recommendation, and not a band-specific endorsement. But bluegrass all kind of sounds the same to me, so just pick the weekend of your choice.
Windy City Soul Club| Sat, Oct 29th @ The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Ukrainian Village – You really have to make it to The Empty Bottle at some point before you leave the city. It’s a tiny, bar-type venue that’s rough around the edges in the best kind of way. Some up-and-coming punkish, indie-rock band might be a recommendation better suited to the venue, but they host those type of gigs almost every night. Instead, jump on the chance to dance to some of Windy City’s Motown classics you’ve actually heard before (preferably while wearing your Halloween costume).
Mitski| Sat, Nov 5th @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, Lower West Side/Pilsen – Best new venue in Chicago! That’s pretty old news at this point, but it’s yet to be displaced. It’s a well-run venue in a historic theater that’s recently been rehabilitated. And Pilsen remains a really distinct, interesting neighborhood despite a recent influx of new people. If you don’t fill up on the mid-floor hot dog stand during the show, head over to Honky Tonk BBQ (1800 S Racine Ave) afterwards.
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