The annual hipster celebration that is Tomorrow Never Knows, taking place January 15-19 at five venues around town, has announced its 2020 lineup. The miniature SXSW-styled indie music showcase popping up in the middle of Chicago winter since 2005 will be held at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, The Hideout, Metro, and Sleeping Village with 50+ music and comedy acts including Open Mike Eagle, Caroline Polachek, Taylor McFerrin, Born Days, Goth Babe, Slow Pulp, Paul Cherry, Helltrap Nightmare, Frances Quinlan, and many more. Tickets are on sale for $115 for a 5-day pass or may be purchased separately per show.
Ian’s Party, the annual post-New Year’s Eve rager designed to kick you out of your hangover-addled winter stupor, will return to Subterranean and Chop Shop January 3-5 with a stout assemblage of 60+ local bands including Meat Wave, Cheer-Accident, Paper Mice, Post Child, Glitter Moneyyy, The Brokedowns, The Bobby Conn Experience, Airstream Futures, Wood Chickens, Vacation, Two Houses, Little Church and more. Tickets are on sale for $50 for a 3-day pass or $15-$20 per day.
Red Bull Music Festival returns to Chicago this November, hosting eight events featuring more than 40 artists at venues across the city from November 17-30. This is the third year of the event, which began as the month-long “30 Days in Chicago” in 2017 and was changed to Red Bull Music Festival last year. The 2019 event kicks off with a 50th anniversary all-venue celebration at Metro/Smart Bar on November 17 honoring Chicago’s iconic Gramaphone Records with back-to-back sets from local house music legends including Derrick Carter, Jesse de la Pena, DJ Psycho-Bitch and more. Black Monastic plays the Garfield Park Conservatory on November 19, Lupe Fiasco will headline the Riviera on November 21, Smino and his Zero Fatigue label/collective will showcase at Thalia Hall on November 23, and Jamila Woods performs at The Geraghty on November 27. The event concludes with the two-day John Walt Day at Metro on November 29 and 30, headlined by Saba and members of Pivot Gang, with 100% of ticket sales going towards mentorships and scholarships for young Chicago artists via the John Walt Foundation. For more information and tickets, visit the festival site.
To say that Chicago-based duo Louis The Child completely packed the Bud Light Stage on day four is clearly an understatement. The crowd spread as far as the eye could see with Robby Hauldren and Frederic Kennett utilizing dancers, fire, and even airplanes streaming their names in the sky. Deep house enthusiasts later sauntered over to catch Anjunadeep’s Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8. It’s no secret that the DJ and producer does not allow filming at his live shows, so longtime fans took advantage of their moment to snap a pic for the ‘gram while they bobbed in unison. Southern sweetheart Kacey Musgraves took to the stage during the (literal) golden hour of the evening to perform hits from her Grammy Award-winning album of the same name. Amongst singing tunes like “Slow Burn” and “High Horse”, the Texas native also used her platform to address gun control in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend. Rapper Meek Mill also took a moment during his set to pay tribute to fallen hip-hop artists we lost to violence like Nipsey Hussel and XXXTentacion. Flume’s latest mixtape Hi, This Is Flume secured the majority of his set, as he brought out collaborators Reo Cragun and Vera Blue for vocal support. The new interpretive storyline of the show was a bit underwhelming, as Flume is typically known for his high production level and energy. During a few moments of silence, one could still hear Ariana Grande’s vocal gymnastics as she slayed the T-Mobile Stage as the final act of the festival. Armed with her signature ‘do, boots, and attitude, the pop diva truly proved her resilience as a force to be reckoned with. Echoes of “Thank You, Next” boomed across the field as a fireworks spectacle closed out the encore. One final note? There wasn’t a single drop of rain at Lollapalooza 2019, as the curse has finally been broken. –TEXT: DANIELLA THOMPSON–PHOTO: CHARLES REAGAN HACKLEMAN/LOLLAPALOOZA 2019
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