Ms. Lauryn Hill
The iconic rapper-singer-songwriter has officially appended “Ms.” to her stage name. Does this indicate a new persona or fresh point of view? This tour should tell the tale.
The prince of pop swings into town with his aptly named “Love On Tour” show, and if that’s not enough to bring arena gigs back into the global mix, nothing ever will.
September 20 and 21
It’s a long-deferred homecoming for the Lake Forest-born troubadour, and given that he’s playing the reopened Ravinia Festival, it promises to be a love fest for North Shore music fans.
Sons of the Never Wrong
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
The much-loved trio spent the past year writing and recording a new album, “Undertaker’s Songbook,” in isolation. Hearing them perform the new tunes live is a kind of victory for all involved.
Eleventh Dream Day
The venerable hometown indie band surprise-released an ambitious double album, “Since Grazed,” earlier this year; now it brings that explosion of energy, ideas and furious musicality to the stage.
September 24 and 25
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.