The singer-songwriter has made a side career out of recreating Judy Garland’s iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. The show is part tribute band, part camp-fest and part religious rite; but Wainwright’s charm carries it home.
CIRCUIT DES YEUX
Last year’s album “-io” wound up on a number of Best of 2021 lists (including this magazine’s). Now Haley Fohr, the creative force behind the project, is touring the album internationally—with two can’t-miss dates in her hometown.
Chicago-born rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn released his fourteenth album, “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2,” last year. A lyrical, philosophical work, it’s designed to heal a hurting community; now he’ll be making his pacifist pitch from the stage.
As this is billed as a “farewell show,” the local power-pop supergroup (comprising indie rock veterans Freda Love Smith, Jackie Schimmel and Dag Juhlin) is apparently bringing its brief but ecstatic run to a jangly, jubilant close.
ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS
The Led Zeppelin front man and the bluegrass singer and fiddler made an unlikely duo when they first collaborated in 2007 on the album “Raising Sand”; but after last year’s follow-up, “Raise the Roof,” they’re practically an institution.
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,” and 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.