Dance on your own with Robyn, revive your inner Deadhead with Phil Lesh and try to keep up with Twista’s rhymes in this week’s concert calendar.
New Orleans native Aaron Neville takes the City Winery stage for two nights just in time for Fat Tuesday. Groove to Neville’s distinctive falsetto as you wind through five decades of his soul and funk influenced R&B. Whether he’s crooning the classics or his adult contemporary hits, Neville promises a soul-stirring performance.
Details: March 4 and 5, 8 p.m. at City Winery; $75-95
Cold Beaches can take you from minimalist dream pop to garage rocking guitar riffs in the change of a song. Frontwoman Sophia Nadia founded the project after moving to Chicago from Virginia and recruiting local musicians Charlie Atchley, Brandon Salazar and Eric Novak. The band released their second EP, Stay Here, last fall.
Details: March 5, 8:30 p.m. at Empty Bottle; $10
You won’t be dancing on your own to Robyn. The Aragon Ballroom will be transformed into a dancefloor pulsing to the Swedish siren’s electro-pop beats. 2018’s Honey was Robyn’s first album in eight years, so soak in her synths while she’s on the road.
Details: March 6, 7 p.m. at Aragon Ballroom
Lo-fi indie rockers Gold Connections recall guitar-driven acts from ‘70s rockers to Stephen Malkmus and The Strokes. The Charlottesville, Virginia, project, led by Will Marsh, are touring to support the release of a new EP titled Like A Shadow. Catch the minimal indie quartet in their Empty Bottle debut.
Details: March 6, 8:30 p.m. at Empty Bottle; $5
Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band
If you’re looking for a jam, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is taking to the Thalia Hall stage with the Terrapin Family Band. The 78-year-old Deadhead will lead the seven-piece band through a psychedelic night of roots, blues and rock.
Details: March 7 and 7, 7 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $65-90
Surf rock might be the closest Chicago can get to Southern California in March, and LA-based Plague Vendor are here to deliver it. Their up-tempo brand of garage rock and punk incites something between dancing and headbanging, and definitely crowd-surfing. Arrive early to catch them opening for Nashville psych-rockers All Them Witches.
Details: March 7, 8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $16-18
Chicago native Kurt Elling is back in town for an intimate set at Space. The Grammy-winning jazz vocalist pushes the genre’s boundaries by spinning stories with his poetic baritone. Expect some new covers from Elling’s 2018 album, The Questions, which saw him addressing socio-political issues through the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Bernstein and more.
Details: March 8, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Space; $25-65
Twista is back to spit verses at his hometown crowd. The one-time Guinness record holder for fastest rapper just dropped his latest single, called “Tonite.” The platinum rapper will likely deliver a preview from his upcoming Summer 96 project, in double-time style, of course.
Details: March 8, 9:30 p.m. at Joe’s on Weed St.; $35-250
Strange ’90s (Naked Raygun, Andrew W.K., Local H)
Chicago’s punk veterans are joining forces to host a benefit for JBTV host Jerry Bryant. Bryant was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer, and the proceeds will help pay for his treatments. The set features ‘90s legends playing their own music along with ‘90s covers, including Andrew W.K., Naked Raygun, Local H, Plain White T’s and more.
Details: March 8, 8 p.m. at Metro; $25-500
Steep Canyon Rangers
Spend your Saturday tracing Americana with the Steep Canyon Rangers. The Grammy-winning sextet has nearly two decades of bluegrass and folk music to share. The band’s latest release, Out in the Open, delivers a thoughtful and lively play on the bluegrass tradition.
Details: March 10, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Old Town School of Folk Music; $28-30