This Week in Great Music: 3/14 – 3/20

It’s that time again: where concert-going for the rest of the country slows down because every band ever is down in Austin for SXSW. 

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t worthwhile shows to check out here, though: tons of shows this week feature stellar local acts who are just as deserving of your love and attention as everyone down in Austin.  And in a completely shameless plug, one of those local acts just happens to feature yours truly on vocals.  Head out to the Elbo Room on Sunday, March 20th, and you’ll get to see me grace the stage, singing with Jungle of Cities.  We go on at 9, and you should be there.  If you come, please stick around after the set and say hello!  I’m easy to identify by virtue of being the only woman in the band.

Monday, March 14
Kelly Hogan, Scott Ligon; Hideout. 7 pm, $10 suggested donation

Tuesday, March 15
Bright Eyes, The Mynabirds; the Riviera. 7:30 pm, sold out
SongCircle: Chicago Showcase, featuring Rachele Eve, Bone and Bell, Tyler James Beach, Ryan Anderson, Ashley Brooke Toussant, Anna Vogelzang, Steve Leaf; Schubas. 8 pm, $10

Wednesday, March 16
Jane and the Steadfast Acrobats, Jeff Breakey, Donnie Biggins, Jessica Robbins, Sam Wahl; Schubas. 7 pm, $10

Thursday, March 17
The Polkaholics; Lincoln Square Lanes (4874 N Lincoln). 8 pm, free

Friday, March 18
Cheryl Wheeler, Chely Wright; Old Town School of Folk Music. 7 pm, $18-22
Willie Nelson, Brett Eldredge; Chicago Theatre. 8 pm, $45-70
Robbie Fulks; Lincoln Hall. 9 pm, $15
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound; Double Door. 9 pm, $8

Saturday, March 19
Detholz!, Rachel Ries; Hideout. 9 pm, $8

Sunday, March 20
The Ditty Bops; Old Town School of Folk Music. 7 pm, $18-22
Trashcan Sinatras, Canasta; SPACE. 8 pm, $18-30
Common Swift, Eraserhead, Last Mono Station, Jungle of Cities, Megan Crain; Elbo Room. 8 pm, $7