Whenever you’re looking for something to do for the weekend, always be sure to keep a close eye to our events page.
However, we’re starting a new segment of top 10 concerts for each month.
‘One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain,’ a very true statement by Bob Marley.
Of course we’re not doing this in any order, but these are must-see shows around Lake County.
Although we always hate win summer ends, which means Ravinia is on its last leg as well, doesn’t mean indoor concerts aren’t happening around the area.
From Cooper to Staples, from Looney Tunes to Rockin’ Tunes, Lake County has the top 10 concerts for September that you need to buy a ticket for, and save your stub.
Here are your top 10 concerts in September.
Top Concerts 10 in September in Lake County
Mavis Staples with Special Guest the Family Stone at Potawatomi Hotel (Milwaukee)
Friday, September 9; 8 p.m.
She’ll take you there! Experience classic soul, gospel, R&B and pop hits from living legend, Mavis Staples with special guest, The Family Stone. Watch this champion, Chicago-born singer Mavis Staples, who is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a member of the Staple Singers. She brings along Sly’s band: The Family Stone, known for hits like ‘Everyday People.’
Lake Forest Symphony Concert – Eroica at James Lumber Center for Performing Arts
Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11; Sat: 8 p.m., Sun: 2 p.m.
Maestro Kulenovic and the Lake Forest Symphony begin the 59th Season with a reverent tribute to the victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Barber’s solemn Adagio opens the program, and guest soloist Stefan Milenkovic champions Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra closes the program with the courageous optimism of the Eroica Symphony.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Saturday, September 10; 7 p.m.
You thought Ravinia was over, but they have a couple tricks up their sleeves there in Highland Park. Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be playing alongside everyone’s favorite tornado film the Wizard of Oz. enjoy the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn that will be open for you to experience with your children. Today’s Kids Lawn offers an instrument petting zoo, arts & crafts, and live performance activities in addition to our large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages. Kids Lawn is open before the show from 5pm-6:30pm and the show begins at 7pm.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Sunday, September 11; 6 p.m.
What’s up doc? Sufferin’ Succotash and You’re despicable brings me back to the days of Looney Tunes! The world’s greatest classic Looney Tunes on the big screens – including What’s Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville – with the original scores performed live by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. This latest edition celebrates the concert’s 25th anniversary with loads of new animated additions, including two just-premiered 3D animated shorts, Coyote Falls and Rabid Rider!
George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the Genesee
Friday, September 16; 7:30 p.m.
An alliteration of B’s come to mind right before you show your true colors: that you’re bad to the bone. The boogie-blues singer who has released over 20 albums, labeled certified platinum twice and certified gold six times and also has sold 15 million albums worldwide is appearing at the Waukegan theatre running through his catalog that include songs like ‘Who Do You Love,’ ‘I Drink Alone,’ ‘Move it on Over,’ ‘House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,’ and a slew of others.
Chicago Funk Mafia at Mickey Finns
Friday, September 16
They’ll give you the funk you won’t refuse (or maybe you’ll be swimming with the fishes with a funky fanfare). This local chapter of the Funk Mafia International will be performing at the downtown Libertyville brewery. This talented collection of musicians plans to fight your right to funk over the weekend.
Sanfilippo Summer Series Younce Guitar Duo, with Special Guest, Miriam Pico
Saturday, September 17; 8 p.m.
Like father, like son. The Younce duet from Traverse City, Jerry and Ryan, infuse their guitar with heavy jazz, gypsy guitar, flamenco, Latin, Celtic and world music. See these guys perform at the Barrington estate and you’ll think they have 20 fingers a piece.
The Little River Band at Genesee
Thursday, September 15; 7:30 p.m.
They’re a little bit of country…they’re also a little bit of rock n’ roll. The Little River Band from Australia is heading to Genesee Theatre. This fusion band is 17 albums deep and have brought along special guest Ambrosia. Attendees will hear songs like Grammy nominated Lonesome Loser and more.
Alice Cooper at Genesee Theatre
Thursday, September 22; 8 p.m.
What can you say about Alice Cooper’s antics that you don’t love? The legendary rocker pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Spend the night with his rock-psycho drama, featuring his greatest hits like School’s Out; I’m Eighteen, Poison, No More Mr. Nice Guy and many more.
Josh Turner at Genesee Theatre
Friday, September 23; 7:30 p.m.
Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations.
Classic Albums Live Presents Bowie at Ravinia
Friday, September 9; 8 p.m.
Join Ravinia and some of the best musicians in the world as they present a Classic Albums Live Bowie, with the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. With the video screen on the lawn and the great musicians this is to be a show not to be missed.