Great Shows All Week Long: Your Guide To The Best Concerts 8/12-8/17


After a slow week with not much going on following Lollapalooza weekend, we’re right back in the swing of things starting tomorrow. There’s too much going on for me to waste a lot of time with an intro, so let’s just dive right in…

Tuesday August 13th

The Future Laureates will be performing at House Of Blues. Q87.7 is sponsoring, and if you go LIKE TFL on Facebook and mark yourself as attending on the event page, admission is FREE! It’s an all-ages show, so come one come all! The Future Laureates are opening for two other bands, Austin’s Saints Of Valory and Trapdoor Social from Los Angeles. Doors open at 5:30 and TFL goes on at 7:15. They’ve been hard at work writing new material, so who knows…maybe there will be a preview of some new songs (if not you’re sure to enjoy the old songs!).

On the off-chance you’re looking for some hardcore hip-hop delivered by some bad bitches from Atlanta, Empty Bottle is hosting Yo! Majesty. I’ve only seen some YouTube clips, but be prepared for anything because from what I hear their shows can get pretty wild.

Thursday August 15th

It’ll be a great night of celebration as Lincoln Hall honors Tandem Shop Records with  sets by Many Places, Project Film, The Oarsman, Mr. Bear, Marko Casso, and Stephen Mulcahy. If you pay any attention  to the Chicago music scene you probably recognize a few of those names-certainly you know Project Film. The duo that started Tandem Shop, Sam and Megan, also formed Project Film. Their performance is one you won’t want to miss.

This one will cost you $8, but will totally be worth forking over the cash.

Friday August 16th

Last week I had Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone send me his Top 10 Musical Influences. On Friday we can all talk to him about it in person, as his band is coming to play at Beat Kitchen along with Coffin Ships. If you dig psych rock and 60’s pop, this will be a ton of fun. I reviewed Elephant Stone’s self-titled LP that came out earlier this year, and it’s really good stuff. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $12.

Saturday August 17th

Last summer The Shams Band held court at Schubas on four consecutive Mondays, playing music off of their new album Cold City as well as some covers and other fun surprises. I attended two of these events, and my favorite one is getting a repeat performance on Saturday night, as The Shams welcome Derek Nelson & The Musicians as well as Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes as support. The Shams have toured with DE&TGL a couple times, and they seem to really get along and support one another.

The Shams are also playing the night prior at Schubas, along with The Howlin’ Brothers and Leadfoot. The bands start at 9 both nights, and you can either buy $15 one-day tickets, or pay $20 and get admission for both shows.