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The Best Classic Rock, Blues, and Soul Concerts in Chicago This August

Black Sabbath, Depeche Mode, John Hiatt, and the guy that sang “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer.” All this month!

Photo: Courtesy of Black Sabbath

Ozzy and Black Sabbath play the First Midwest Bank Amphiteatre on Friday, August 16.

8/20–8/21 at 7:30 With the stellar guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks abetting founding singer and keyboard player Gregg Allman and the drummers Butch Trucks (Derek’s uncle) and Jaimoe, the 21st-century edition of the pioneering Southern rock band has proven more stable and enduring than the Allmans’ prior incarnation, while still serving up plenty of sweaty boogie and extended jams. $60–$120. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State. ticketmaster.com.

8/14 at 6 After a three-year break, the Crowes bring back its mix of blues, rock, and Southern boogie, with the jam band guitar hero Jackie Greene augmenting brothers Chris and Rich Robinson’s husky singing and Stones-indebted guitar riffs. Blues rockers and spouses Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks recently combined forces into a funky ensemble that emphasizes the soulfulness of her smoldering voice and his superb, searing slide guitar work. Trucks also will be on display later this month with the Allman Brothers Band. $49.50–$85. Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S Linn White. ticketmaster.com.

8/16 at 7:30 Continuing a recent reunion of most of the original members, the band that invented heavy metal just released 13, its first record with Ozzy Osbourne in 25 years. Oz’s pinched,
doom-filled proclamations, Tommy Iommi’s crushing guitar riffs, and the bassist Geezer Butler’s lumbering grooves haven’t changed much in that time, and headbangers wouldn’t have it any other way. $22.50–$125.00. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland, Tinley Park. ticketmaster.com.

8/24 at 7:30 The pioneering ’80s synth-rock band displays a streak of feverish soul on the deliciously extravagant Delta Machine, its first record in four years. David Gahan’s singing is at its most melodramatic, and Martin Gore’s keyboards mix arty weirdness with the band’s trademark propulsive electronic beats. $59.50–$155. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland, Tinley Park. ticketmaster.com.

8/17 at 7:30 While the Chicago blues icon can be maddeningly distractible in concert, his emphasis on showmanship certainly keeps crowds entertained, and when Guy applies himself, his fervent singing and searing guitar playing still dazzle. For all that’s cheesy about Thorogood’s brews-and-blues routine, give him credit for his razor-sharp slide guitar work and for his championing of the blues through thick and thin. $33–$85. Ravinia Festival Pavilion, 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Lake Cook and Green Bay, Highland Park. ravinia.org.

8/27 at 7 A prodigious wonder, Hiatt steadily cranks out a new record every year or two, setting his keen, wry observations about love and death to soulful blues-rock songs, while his band, the Combo, makes them kick like a mule. Cray’s latest record adds a heightened degree of urgency, and his singing and biting guitar are as sharp as ever. $27–$65 pavilion. Ravinia Festival Pavilion, 200 Ravinia Park Road Lake Cook and Green Bay, Highland Park. ravinia.org.

8/30 at 6:45 Once loutish Michigan rap-rocker Bob Ritchie has grown into an appealing, if ham-fisted, heartland rocker. On his most recent record, Soul Rebel, released last year, he puts his husky roar to a mix of soul, blues, and Motor City rock, and he backs up his populist sentiments with bargain-basement ticket prices. ZZ Top, which released its first record of new material in a decade last fall, opens with a set of its timeless blues boogie. $20. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S Ridgeland, Tinley Park. ticketmaster.com.

8/22 at 2:00 The annual hard rock/metal fest channels its inner Lollapalooza this year, with a headlining triumvirate of Lolla vets. Seattle grunge veterans Alice in Chains combine harmony chants with crunching nu-metal guitar riffs, the Lolla founder Perry Farrell and the rest of Jane’s Addiction recently added a dose of art-rock pomp to its trippy post-punk, and Coheed and Cambria deliver a mix of grandiosity and ’70s metal riffs with flair and energy. With Circa Survive, Danko Jones, Middle Class Rut, and others. $20–$84.75. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S Ridgeland, Tinley Park. ticketmaster.com.


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