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Stage Buzz: Papa Roach, Kansas, Ed Bassmaster, Blood Red Shoes

| July 13, 2023

Kansas arrives at Chicago Theatre July 15



Le Tigre, the electro-disco rock band fronted by the original Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna, are finally back for their first proper reunion tour in 18 years. Known for mixing punk’s unapologetic political views with high-energy electropop, the band released three studio albums before taking a hiatus in 2007. They’ve had some brief reunions since then, but now they’re back on the road and ready to cause chaos once again. Catch the band at The Salt Shed with Man On Man this Saturday, July 15th at 8 PM. Limited tickets available.

Alternative rock duo Blood Red Shoes may have started as a scrappy indie punk band, but over the course of 19 years, they’ve expanded and evolved their sound incorporating everything from dance pop to gothic rock and even hard rock. While their sound may have changed, one thing remains the same: the duo still makes a lot of noise. Catch their energetic show at The Hideout with LYELL this Saturday, July 15 at 8 PM. You can still get tickets here.

Prog and classic rock legends Kansas bring their 50th Anniversary tour to Chicago Theatre Saturday (July 15). Powered by their earliest hits (“Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind“), the band has seen increased popularity and enthusiasm more recently in adding Chicago vocalist Ronnie Platt (in 2014) and the recent addition – violinist/guitarist Joe Deninzon. Longtime members and co-founders Rich Williams and Phil Ehart anchor their heritage to the earliest days. The band has found a winning formula for attracting new fans and keeping die-hard fans on board.

Comedian and YouTuber, and CMT reality host (The Ed Bassmaster Show) Ed Bassmaster (aka Edwin Rodriguez) arrives at the Hobart Theatre in Griffith Saturday, July 15 (All Ages). Expect a night of great modern comedy.

The Metro’s 40th-anniversary bash ends with a bang. Iconic rockers Cheap Trick will close the celebration with a sold-out show at the Metro this Sunday. Be prepared for mass sing-a-longs, face-melting riffs, and lots of catchy power pop. It all goes down on July 16 at 7 PM.

Papa Roach proves rap rock isn’t dead. Though the maligned genre has waxed and waned over the years, Jacoby Shaddix and crew have stayed true to themselves rather than chasing after trends. Though they have 20 years of hits they could easily coast on, they refuse to be a legacy act and keep pumping out new music, with their latest Ego Trip, dropping last year. Expect to hear new songs along with Papa Roach classics during their sold-out show at Bottom Lounge on Monday, July 17th at 8 PM.

-Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

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