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Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy, will perform two solo shows this May as part of his annual Benefit for Education fundraiser

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5 Shows to See This Spring

By Sadie Miller

Photo by Piper Ferguson

04.10.17

Expand your musical horizons with these five acclaimed acts blowing through the Windy City.

1. The Zombies: Re-immerse yourself in the British Invasion as the Zombies celebrate the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle at Thalia Hall. The iconic '60s psychedelic album was recorded at Abbey Road Studio on equipment used by The Beatles, but quickly grew to become its own worldwide phenomenon. The band's two surviving members are performing the album in sequence—the last time these songs will ever be performed live. April 13-14, tickets from $42

2. Jeff Tweedy: Get familiar, if you aren't already, with an influential figure in the Chicago music scene. The Wilco frontman performs annually, as part of his Benefit for Education, to raise money for scholarships at Near North Montessori school. Pro-tip: arrive early—the setlist is determined by requests from people at the front of the line each night. Choices aren't limited to Wilco, either; Tweedy will perform songs from his other projects Uncle Tupelo and Tweedy, as well as B-sides. April 21-22, tickets from $75, The Vic

3. The Revolution: Catapulted to fame alongside Prince for their work on Purple Rain, The Revolution is coming back together to celebrate the life and legacy of the Minneapolis-native. Despite their dissolution in 1986, the members of the band felt they needed to pay tribute to their fearless former frontman and the changes he inspired in the music world. Come out to Metro Chicago to experience Purple Rain in its most authentic form and remember a legend. April 23-24, tickets from $41

4. Steep Canyon Rangers: Take a trip down south without ever leaving the city and treat your ears to some Grammy Award-winning bluegrass. North Carolina's Steep Canyon Rangers are coming to the Old Town School of Folk Music, and bringing with them their signature blend of intricate fiddle melodies and gospel ballads. Enjoy the performance and keep an eye out—the band is known to occasionally perform with Steve Martin. May 13 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m, tickets from $28

5. Perfume Genius: Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, may have only been making music since 2010, but calling him an "up-and-coming" artist belies the honesty and authenticity that makes his music stand out. Performing at Lincoln Hall less than a month after the release of his third studio album, Hadreas has partnered with Plus One to donate $1 from every ticket sale to the ACLU. You pay for the striking, piano-accompanied vocals, and get a little philanthropy on the side. May 25, tickets from $21