Their name is based off where they are from. Chicago is a rock band that started in the 1960s and really paved the way for other American bands. Their sound is a bit softer and some might even say they perfected the art of a rock ballad with their two most famous songs as examples, “If You Leave Me Now” and “You’re the Inspiration.”
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 almost 50 years after their inception. The original members of the band have also found themselves on the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The current touring band features 10 members including original stars lead vocalist Robert Lamm, trumpeter Lee Loughnane, and trombonist James Pankow. 7:30 p.m. March 30, Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. $60.50.
▪ Spring Out Music Festival: This is an exciting and new festival coming to the Midlands and is put on by local radio stations. The days seem to go by genre as Wale will headline the rap and hip hop artists on Friday, Young the Giant on Saturday for the rock and alternative bands, and Scotty McCreery on Sunday will headline for the country artists. In that fashion, tickets are sold by the day. March 29-31, Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, $25.
▪ Legends of Hip Hop: Another rap and hip hop tour with a stacked lineup comes to Columbia. Acts include Juvenile, Scarface, Too Short, DJ Quik, 8Ball & MJG, Bun B, and Pastor Troy. The most iconic one of the list is Juvenile who is more of an old school hip hop artist and is well-known for his songs “Just Another Gansta” and “Dreams” with Birdman. Many might also might remember his hit single “Slow Motion.” 8 p.m. March 29, Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. $55.
▪ Bathe: This heavy metal band is Columbia-based and is made up of two other bands from the area, Sein zum Tode and Abacus. They describe themselves as “Unreasonable people. Unreasonable noise.” I’m sure they will go out for this performance because it is their comeback show since the drummer broke his leg in October. Moon Tooth, Cryptdweller, and Ort will open up the night. 7:30 p.m. April 3, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia, $8.