From the rise of the blues and some of the early developments of rock and roll, Chicago has been one of the most influential cities in American music history. Artists performing in some of Chicago’s famed venues may consider that moment the pinnacle of their career, notwithstanding their affinity for other venues or cities.
This week there are a slew of great concerts to see for reasonable prices, a few of which are detailed below. Chief among them is the blues guitar duo of Buddy Guy and Quinn Sullivan, whose mix of young and old has captivated crowds and fans of the genre.
01/28/15 Extreme | Average Price: $57.00 | Get-in: $31.00 | Chicago Parking $11
The glam-rock kings Extreme play a show at the Chicago House of Blues on Wednesday night. The group lead by Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt has released singles such as “More Than Words” and “Get The Funk Out”. The Boston based group had incredible success with their album Pornografitti, which they will be playing in its entirety at tonight’s show. Fans can see the show for an average ticket price of $57.00, but tickets are going for as low as $31.00. This is the least expensive top-show of the week in the Windy City.
01/30/15 Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan | Average Price: $210.00 | Get-in: $160.00 | Chicago Parking $5
This show at Buddy Guy’s Legends will feature blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy and guitar phenom Quinn Sullivan. Sullivan is just 15 years old, but is has already been playing among legends for years. He released his first album in 2011 and has appeared on Buddy Guy’s Grammy-nominated album Skin Deep. Guy is famous for the single “Stone Crazy” which ranks 78th on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitar Songs of All-Time. Tickets to this show are going for an average price of $210.00, but you can get into the show for $160.00. This is the most expensive concert of the week.
01/30/15 Dianne Reeves | Average Price: $180.00 | Get-in: $65.00 | Chicago Parking $8
The four-time Emmy award winning singer Dianne Reeves will take center stage at the Chicago Symphony Center. A scat-singing expert, Reeves has collected her Grammys for her vocal performances on four albums. She is one of the most influential jazz singers of all time, and has recorded 19 studio albums. According to TiqIQ, the average price of this exciting jazz performance is $180.00. With a get-in price of $65.00, you can see this innovative singer for a reasonable price.
01/31/15 String Cheese Incident | Average Price: $174.00 | Get-in: $96.00 | Chicago Parking $10
The String Cheese Incident will take the stage at the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday night. This group is truly a melting pot, combining a variety of musical genres to create their own unique sound. They have produced nine studio albums, including their 2014 release “A Song in My Head”. The Telluride, Colorado group started playing at local ski resorts, and is now playing in one of the biggest cities in the country. This show is going for an average price of $174.00. Just to see and hear this unique musical experience, it will cost $96.00
01/31/15 Cold War Kids | Average Price: $77.00 | Get-in: $52.00 | Chicago Parking $10
The Long Beach California-based indie rock group Cold War Kids will take the stage at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday night. This group is coming off their latest album, Hold My Home, which was released in October. This album included the singles “A Million Eyes” and “All This Could Be Yours.” This concert’s tickets are going for an average price of $77.00, and a minimum price of $52.00.