Chicagoland Concerts

Sophie Gomez, Staff Writer

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Grayscale & Belmont

Pop Punk band Grayscale makes their way back to Chicago for their Nella Vita tour tomorrow 7 p.m at Bottom Lounge. Their first ever headlining tour includes supporting acts Belmont, Bearings and Rich People. Grayscale released a new album Nella Vita on Sept. Last time they came to Chicago, they opened for State Champs. Seeing a smaller band like Grayscale come back for a headlining show is always something to look forward to.

Riot Fest 

2019 marks the Riot Fest’s 15th anniversary, and they brought a sick lineup. The three day fest occurred on Sept. 13, 14 and 15 of this month with big headliners like Rise Against, Slayar, Blink-182 and Bikini Kill. From hardcore band Turnstile to angsty pop punk band Hot Mulligan, the fest had bands from a wide range of genres. The show has a band for everyone’s taste. Riot Fest is the Lollapalooza for us punk kids. It highlights larger bands like The Story So along with local band Monarchy Over Monday.  

“I always find myself looking forward to Riot Fest as a way to unwind and just have fun. It’s a kind of unique space that lets you be carefree and not have to worry about what anyone thinks of you,”  senior Mary Kezdy says. 

Chance The Rapper

Chicago’s very own Chance The Rapper is making his way to the United Center tomorrow and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. With his latest album “The Big Day,” it was only right he would do a tour, which he decided to push back for family reasons. However, he is playing his Chicago date as planned, how could he not? It’s a hometown show. Surprisingly, the show isn’t sold out, considering it’s his only show for awhile. As of now, there are no openers announced for the show. 

Lizzo

After two sold out nights at The Riviera Theatreback in May, Lizzo is making  her way back around the block to the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom with not one, but two sold out nights tomorrow and Saturday at 8:00 pm. This is her second “Cuz I Love You Tour” of this year. With only one full record released, it’s impressive to see her sell out shows left and right. 

“I am extremely excited about the Lizzo concert, because Lizzo is my favorite artist.  She is an unapologetic thick black woman who is not ashamed of who she is. Her music inspires me to love myself regardless of my flaws.  Her music is energetic, positive and affirming. I cannot wait to turn up with her,” history teacher Ganae McAlpin says. 

Her most well known song “Truth Hurts” has been number one on Billboard’s Top 100 songs. The song she writes about empowers others to be confident in who they are, and she’s telling her story in the most truthway way she can. The way she performs is different than any other artist. Especially with her iconic playing flute. I anticipate the next time she comes to Chicago, she’ll sell out Allstate Arena.