Folk and Bluegrass

TCR Mixtape No. 36: Spring Americana Concert Preview

It’s a rare mixtape/preview crossover! This is the spot where you get a preview of this spring’s Americana slate coming to Chicago’s great music venues, alongside a nice playlist of songs by the artists!

Who: Drive-By Truckers

When: April 6th and 7th

Where: Thalia Hall

How Much: Sold out (Still available on secondary sites)

The outspoken Southern rock band sounds like a mix of Lynard Skynnard and modern day garage rock. Don’t let membership in the Americana scene fool you; there will be multiple lead guitars and heavy distortion.

Credit: Danielle Holbert

Who: Margo Price

When: April 12th and 13th

Where: Thalia Hall

How Much: $25 for GA, $40 for Balcony

Price, a darling of the “real country” crowd, is a versatile artist with detailed, witty songs. Her 2017 release, All American Made, was deserving a mainstay on a variety of top 10 lists at the end of last year.

Credit: Sarah Danziger

Who: Hurray for the Riff Raff

When: April 21st

Where: Thalia Hall

How Much: $23 for GA

Led by Alynda Segarra, this New Orleans-based group is a true fashion of traditional American music styles, resulting in a catalogue of songs that all sound different. They’ll be co-headlining with ascending indie rockers Waxahatchee.

Credit: Josh Britt

Who: John Prine

When: April 27th

Where: Chicago Theater

How Much: $79.50+

The Maywood native returns home on the heels of his first album of all-new material since 2005 (coming out April 13th). While his voice might not be what it was forty years ago, it’s still your chance to see an American treasure live and in person.

Who: Trampled by Turtles

When: May 19th

Where: Thalia Hall

How Much: Sold out (still available on secondary sites)

Tramped by Turtles are in the same vein as Old Crow Medicine Show, as both combine traditional bluegrass instruments with alt rock energy and arrangements. They sound just as good playing original music as they do covering songs that are traditionally plugged-in.

Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

Who: Brandi Carlile

When: June 15th

Where: Chicago Theater

How Much: Sold out (still available on secondary audience)

Carlile’s songs are simultaneously unique and self-deprecating, allowing her to make serious art while never taking herself too seriously. She’s also unique in the way that her voice cracks while somehow remaining melodic.

Photo credit to artists unless otherwise specified

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