October is a big month. Especially when we’re talking about the songsters and songstresses coming through Lake County.
You may be asking ‘where can I see the October top 10 concerts in Lake County?’ There are a few spots like Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, usually you have Ravinia Festival (not in October, but definitely all summer), Austin’s and Mickey Finn’s Libertyville, James Lumber Center in Grayslake – and a whole slew more.
Continue here to get the full run down of concerts going on in the arts and entertainment section.
Here are your October Top 10 Concerts in Lake County.
October Top 10 Concerts in Lake County
Buddy Guy at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Northern Lights Theatre
October 6-7; 8 p.m.
This guy is a legend. I mean literally he has a bar in Chicago called Legends, so you know he’s certified. This blues guitar master from the Windy City is taking his talents up north of the border to Milwaukee for two nights. Guy is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and influenced many well-known artists that include Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Listen to the 80 year old axe-handler play fan favorites like, ‘She’s Got the Devil in Her., Snatch it Back and Hold it, Stone Crazy, Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues,’ and so many more hits.
Kashmir Led Zeppelin Tribute Band at Austin’s
October 8; 10 p.m.
When you get on the Stairway to Heaven, you have to wear Kashmir. Of course you can bring your Black Dog too. In all seriousness, this cover band is no joke. Kashmir looks to recreate the journey and experience of a 1970s Zeppelin show using authentic vintage stage gear, costumes and special attention. Don’t worry because they will provide you with a ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
Here Come the Mummies at Genesee Theatre
October 8; 8 p.m.
In this specific weekend, the Waukegan have Carlos Mencia and Bill Maher playing on Friday and Sunday respectively performing their standup comedy. To split up the two funny men, in the spirit of Halloween, an eight-piece, mummy dressed funk band called Here Come the Mummies will play grooves on Saturday. Local band Chicago Funk Mafia will open for the mummy band.
Rick Springfield & Loverboy at Genesee Theatre
October 13; 7:30 p.m.
One night, two bands that defined the 80’s. Rick Springfield became a teenage
heartthrob after his smash hit, Jessie’s Girl. Loverboy, with their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, has sold more than 10 million albums and earned four multi-platinum plaques. Don’t miss this great night of music.
Wedding Banned at Austin’s
October 14; 10 p.m.
If you haven’t seen this band, you have to. These players originally from Gas City, Indiana plays cover music hits for everyone from the 1980s and 1990s. This band is one of the top drawing acts in the Chicago land area. Better yet these guys dress like they were going to prom in the 1980s. From Prince to Radiohead, from Pat Benatar to Britney Spears, from Journey to the Darkness, from Aretha to Outkast, this band, now relocated to Chicago, has everything in their repertoire.
Full Score Chamber Orchestra Gala 2016 at Glen Flora Country Club
October 15; 6 p.m.
Craving a night of fantastic music from an extremely talented orchestra? The Zion FullScore Chamber Orchestra is making their way over to Glen Flora Country Club for a night of enchanting Americana tunes. here will be Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, silent auctions and great music. Uncle Sam will be there to make sure you vote for Full Score Orchestra. Reserve a spot by October 10th.
Vince Gill at the Genesee
October 20; 7:30 p.m.
Vince Gill has earned 20-Grammy Awards, sold more than 26 million albums and won 18 Country Music Awards. The legend from Oklahoma is making his way to Waukegan to put on a performance that will include hit songs like ‘When I Call Your Name,’ ‘Look at Us,’ ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’ and ‘The Heart Won’t Lie.’ Another tid bit of information is that Gill will be the musician performing for the late-great Arnold Palmer’s memorial service.
Survivor, John Waite and a Flock of Seagulls at Genesee
October 29; 7 p.m.
Go back in time for a night of 80’s rock with Survivor, John Waite and
A Flock of Seagulls. Before the show, tease your hair and wear your best frayed jeans and enter the 80’s costume contest. Prizes for best male, female and couple will be awarded. Judging takes place between 5:00 and 6:30 PM at the north end of the Jack Benny lounge inside The Genesee on the day of the concert. At 7:00 PM, the top three finalists in each category will be brought on stage, where the winners will be announced. Contestants must be 18 years and older.
Wind Ensemble Performance at James Lumber Center
October 23; 4 p.m.
An afternoon of sweet and melodic sounds will be blaring from the James Lumber Center for CLC’s Fall Wind Ensemble Concert at the James Lumber Performing Arts Center at College of Lake County. Watch this talented group of individuals, directed by Dr. Michael Flack, perform a variety of musical styles and interesting selections. Some of the selections will include “Celebration Fanfare” by Steven Reineke, “Diamond Variations” by Robert Jager, “Renascence” by H. Owen Reed, “Poseidon” by Julie Giroux, “Othello” by Alfred Reed and “March” (Opus 99) by Sergei Prokofiev.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Stern Pinball, Inc., the
world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, will host a limited-access all-ages party on Oct. 14. This one-of-a-kind event will include a wide variety of special quests and inspired performances. Besides the Barenaked Ladies front man performing, Magician Magic Randy, Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters, Sword Mindy the monkey (yes an actual monkey) will be in attendance.