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Austin’s Saloon and Eatery offers everything from line dancing to under one roof. Their Fuel Room Bar features nighttime entertainment including live concerts and DJ’s, Trivia nights, Karaoke events and more. The Alley in Highwood is known for its fun atmosphere and Mickey Finn’s Brewery is more than just an award winning brewery, it’s also a great place to catch some live music. Jam out to your favorites with big-name cover bands or find a new up and coming performer. Hang out and have fun with local bands while enjoying a home brewed beer. Downtown Libertyville is alive with nightlife so be sure to take a stroll and find a new favorite restaurant like Firkin, known for its unique menu and recently named one of Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Restaurants or 545 North where you can get a creative drink from their unique combination of adult beverages.

Be a part of music history at The Alley in Highwood, a classic music venue where big named bands like REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and the Ramones have played. These days The Alley features live music five nights a week. No matter if you love rock, hip hop, dance or if you prefer blues, jazz or even jam bands… The Alley has it all.

In the summer months, Ravinia Festival is an absolute MUST do of Lake County! Lay out on a blanket under the stars, and listen to world class musical performances from all kinds of genres. From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to some of the biggest names in the music industry, get lost in a perfect summer evening with lit candelabras, a bottle of wine and good friends and neighbors.

Looking for some outdoor live music with a beautiful lake setting? Look no further than Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda on scenic Bang’s Lake. Let the Tiki torches on their sandy beach set the summer mood, while the gentle lapping of the lake keeps rhythm with lakeside live music. Just around the corner is Dock’s Bar and Grill, which is another great place to spend an afternoon or evening outdoors with live music and great food.

Blarney Island is a summertime hot spot and if you’re looking for nightlife, then this is the place for you. Catch the hottest national and local bands throughout their Summer Concert Series, dance the night away to live DJ sets, or even see a drag boat race! Blarney Island is a mile off shore on the Chain O’Lakes, so leave the world behind and head out to “The Key West of the Midwest”.

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Music Events
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 A Tribute to Ricky Nelson & Chuck Berry at the Genesee Theatre
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 Open Jam
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 Live Music: Derrick Procell and the Redeemers
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Baroque to Baby
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Live Music: Muzik Engine Band
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Live Music and Dance Lessons: Chicago Rock Exchange
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Live Music: SoulKitchen
10/18/17 - 10/21/17 Roger Hodgson of Supertramp
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Live Music: Green Noise
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Live Music: Archie Parks, Suburban Legend, Second Hand Soul
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Bluegrass and Door County Fish Boil
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Led-Zeppelin 2
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Live Music: Rebel Reign
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Concert Series: Rick Lowe & Jenny Cook
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Live Music
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Easton Corbin with Special Guest Lindsay Ell
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Live Music: Mackenzie O'Brien
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Live Music: Suburban Cowboys
10/27/17 - 10/28/17 Live Music: Groove Time Band
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 9th Annual Sanfilippo Foundation Halloween Silent Film Gala
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 John McHugh at 210
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Live Music: David Dallison and Friends
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Live Music: Joe Kadlec
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 The Band "Dinosaur Exhibit"
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Halloween Show - Rock City Seven
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Fall Choral Concert
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Ladies of the '80s at the Genesee
10/29/17 - 10/29/17 Lake County Folk Club Performance at Grayslake Heritage Musuem
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 Live Music: The Great Affairs
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 Jeff Walski at Rugan's
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt
11/03/17 - 11/04/17 Live Music: Charles & Company
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 Live Music: Gina Gonzalez
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 Matthew Whitaker Trio
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 Live Music: Zydeco Voodoo
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 ***Cancelled - Soft Rock Heros at the Genesee Theatre
11/04/17 - 11/05/17 Last Call Fall Festival
11/05/17 - 11/05/17 Trace Adkins at the Genesee Theatre
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Live Music
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Kansas at the Genesee
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Live Music: Lara Bell
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Live Music: Six Speed Tranny
11/10/17 - 11/11/17 Live Music: Classy Act Band
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 The Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Genesee Theatre
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 Live Music: Mackenzie O'Brien
11/11/17 - 11/12/17 Last Call Fall Festival
11/15/17 - 11/15/17 Alton Brown at the Genesee
11/17/17 - 11/17/17 Jeffrey Osborne at the Genesee Theatre
11/17/17 - 11/17/17 Live Music: Paolo Apuli
11/17/17 - 11/18/17 Live Music: Ricky Lindy Band
11/18/17 - 11/18/17 Reo Speedwagon at the Genesee Theatre
11/18/17 - 11/18/17 Live Music: L&M Experience
11/18/17 - 11/18/17 Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu
11/18/17 - 11/19/17 Last Call Fall Festival
11/19/17 - 11/19/17 Jazz Ensembles Concert with Guest Artist Jeff Hamilton
10/01/17 - 12/03/17 Open Mic Nights
11/17/17 - 12/23/17 Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Thursday Night DJ at Savanna House
Ongoing Live Music at the Savanna House Every Friday Night
Ongoing Open Mic Night at The Village Tavern
Ongoing Live Music at Mickey Finns Brewery
Ongoing Karaoke Wednesday and Saturday Nights
Ongoing Open Mic Thursdays
Ongoing Open Mic Night
Ongoing Karaoke Thursdays at Timothy O'Toole's Pub




Nightlife Events
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 A Tribute to Ricky Nelson & Chuck Berry at the Genesee Theatre
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 Fall/Winter Boutique Fashion Show
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 Open Jam
10/19/17 - 10/19/17 Live Music: Derrick Procell and the Redeemers
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Haunted Waukegan
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 A Night Out for Napa Valley
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Betty Bash
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Live Music and Dance Lessons: Chicago Rock Exchange
10/20/17 - 10/20/17 Live Music: SoulKitchen
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Live Music: Green Noise
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Live Music: Archie Parks, Suburban Legend, Second Hand Soul
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Led-Zeppelin 2
10/21/17 - 10/21/17 Live Music: Rebel Reign
10/22/17 - 10/22/17 Wine Glass Painting Event
10/24/17 - 10/24/17 The Big and Bold Tasting Event
10/26/17 - 10/26/17 Champions of Magic at the Genesee Theatre
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Live Music: Mackenzie O'Brien
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Live Music: Suburban Cowboys
10/27/17 - 10/27/17 Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk
10/27/17 - 10/28/17 Live Music: Groove Time Band
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 9th Annual Sanfilippo Foundation Halloween Silent Film Gala
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 John McHugh at 210
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Live Music: David Dallison and Friends
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Live Music: Joe Kadlec
10/28/17 - 10/28/17 Halloween Show - Rock City Seven
10/29/17 - 10/29/17 Lake County Folk Club Performance at Grayslake Heritage Musuem
11/02/17 - 11/02/17 Brad Garrett at the Genesee Theatre
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 Live Music: The Great Affairs
11/03/17 - 11/03/17 Jeff Walski at Rugan's
09/23/17 - 11/04/17 Dungeon of Doom Haunted House
10/06/17 - 11/04/17 The Realm of Terror Horror Experience
11/03/17 - 11/04/17 Live Music: Charles & Company
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 Live Music: Gina Gonzalez
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 Live Music: Zydeco Voodoo
11/04/17 - 11/04/17 ***Cancelled - Soft Rock Heros at the Genesee Theatre
11/05/17 - 11/05/17 Trace Adkins at the Genesee Theatre
11/09/17 - 11/09/17 Kathleen Madigan at the Genesee Theatre
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Kansas at the Genesee
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Live Music: Lara Bell
11/10/17 - 11/10/17 Live Music: Six Speed Tranny
11/10/17 - 11/11/17 Live Music: Classy Act Band
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 The Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Genesee Theatre
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 Live Music: Mackenzie O'Brien
11/11/17 - 11/11/17 Lehmann Mansion Wine Galla
11/15/17 - 11/15/17 Alton Brown at the Genesee
10/05/17 - 11/16/17 Rake In The Cash
11/17/17 - 11/17/17 Jeffrey Osborne at the Genesee Theatre
11/17/17 - 11/17/17 Live Music: Paolo Apuli
11/17/17 - 11/18/17 Live Music: Ricky Lindy Band
11/18/17 - 11/18/17 Reo Speedwagon at the Genesee Theatre
11/18/17 - 11/18/17 ArtWauk
11/18/17 - 11/18/17 Live Music: L&M Experience
07/31/17 - 12/18/17 Smash Bros Tournament WiiU
10/25/17 - 12/31/17 Newsies at Marriott Theatre
Ongoing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournaments
Ongoing First Fridays on MainStreet
Ongoing Thursday Night DJ at Savanna House
Ongoing Wauktober: Ghost Wauk: Tales of the Historic Genesee Theatre
Ongoing Bingo (Loteria) at Uno
Ongoing Pub Trivia Night at Broken Earth Winery
Ongoing Think & Drink Thursdays at Uno
Ongoing Live Music at the Savanna House Every Friday Night
Ongoing Pub Quiz Night
Ongoing Happy for Hours in the Bar at Unos
Ongoing Pints and Purls at the Greentown Tavern
Ongoing Jump N Jam Fridays
Ongoing Tuesday is Senior Day at Potawatomi
Ongoing Open Mic Night at The Village Tavern
Ongoing Live Music at Mickey Finns Brewery
Ongoing Trivia Night at Austins
Ongoing Saturday Night Karaoke
Ongoing Tuesday Night Trivia at Timothy O'Toole's
Ongoing Karaoke Wednesday and Saturday Nights
Ongoing Open Mic Thursdays
Ongoing Trivia Time?
Ongoing Open Mic Night
Ongoing Karaoke Thursdays at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Ongoing Karaoke Every Friday Night at 17 North
Ongoing Happy Hour at Sullivan's






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