Before the holiday season, let’s all get out and see one of Lake County’s top 10 Concerts of November.
There’s nothing like going to a live show – from reciting your favorite tune while singing along with your favorite singer – to the atmosphere of everyone rocking their socks off to a legendary performance.
Whatever genre of music is your favorite, Lake County has it this month – as a slew of great singers and bands trek their way to our area.
In no particular order, here are your top 10 concerts of November.
Culture Club at Genesee
November 3; 7:30 p.m.
Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me and Time is just a scratch off the surface of what this band brings to the table. Since 1981, the Culture Club have achieved a Grammy Award, two Brit Awards and have a song (Time) inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. See Boy George and the rest of the club on this one night affair at the Genesee.
The Monkees – 50th Anniversary Tour at Genesee
November 4; 8 p.m.
‘Hey, Hey we’re the Monkees!’ It is the 50th Anniversary tour of the groundbreaking band. Unfortunately it is sans the late-great Davey Jones, but original members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will be in attendance to perform a full evening of magic, music and multi-media splendor at the Waukegan theatre. Hear incredible songs that include a long list of hits like, “Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m a Believer and a Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.’
Avett Brothers at Genesee
November 5; 7:30 p.m.
The Avett Brothers joined together to present songs about the human experience. Subject matters are tragic, joyful, and inexhaustible. They combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound. Tickets are priced at $68-$78.
Goo Goo Dolls at Genesee
November 9; 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, there wasn’t a radio station that wasn’t playing this band. With hits like Iris, Slide, Name and Naked – not only were they genius at one-word songs, but each of these hits all made the top 25 songs on the Billboard Chart for an extended period of time. The band that originates from Buffalo New York just released their 11th studio album called Boxes and will provide attendees with new goodies as well as nostalgic ones.
Styx at Genesee
November 10; 7:30 p.m.
Styx have committed to rocking the Paradise together with audiences far and wide and now coming to the Genesee Theatre for one night of original hits. Enjoy Come Sail Away, Renegade, The Grand Illusion, Blue Collar Man and Crystal Ball.
Blue October at Austin’s
November 11; 8 p.m.
Blue October is the Texas-based band known for its shimmering melodies and heart-string pulling lyrics, boasting a powerful line-up of players and one of the most emotionally charged and magnetic front men in music today in Justin Furstenfeld. Blue October has charted eight Top 40 singles over seven albums. Don’t miss this great night of music.
B-52’s at Genesee
November 11; 8 p.m.
It is well known that the B-52s are the World’s Greatest Party Band. Thirty-five years and over twenty million albums later, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands with hits like Love Shack, Rock Lobster, Dance this Mess Around, Roam and Private Idaho.
Lake Forest Symphony’s Brahms and Dvorak
November 12-13; Sat – 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Allison Eldredge makes her LFS debut in a program featuring testaments of love by two composers with great admiration for one another. Eldredge brings her deeply communicative tone and commanding technique to Dvorak’s testament of secret love and the last of his ‘American’ works. Maestro Kulenovic leads the orchestra in Brahms’ Third Symphony – a reconciliation of the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.
Jazz Ensemble Concert at James Lumber Center
November 20; 4 p.m.
The award-winning College of Lake County’s Jazz ensembles are performing: the Monday Night Jazz Ensemble conducted by Michael Flack and the Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dave Hibbard. Listen live to these talented and upcoming musicians as they improve and soli that fat sound in the Grayslake Center.
Phil Vassar at the Potawatomi Hotel
November 30-December 1; 8 p.m.
Want to hear two nights of real, honest country music? Head over to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee and you will not be disappointed. Vassar has co-written for several artists like Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Collin Raye and Alan Jackson to name a few. The Lynchburg Virginian has produced five-hit Billboard singles.