A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...
One of rock's finest interpreters, Bonnie Raitt, 62, has re-emerged after a seven-year recording hiatus with yet another set of perfectly pleasant, well-chosen and occasionally daring songs, "Slipstream." With her honey-smooth voice and take-it-easy guitar playing, she'll hold down two nights this week in Chicago.
Marc Cohn opens at 7:30 p.m. May 19-20 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $39.50-$75. Call (800) 514-ETIX; jamusa.com.
Another package show from WKSC-FM (103.5), the Fantabuloso bill features Enrique Iglesias (who's getting around this summer and will be at the United Center Aug. 3 with Jennifer Lopez), Gym Class Heroes, B.O.B., the Wanted, Karmin, Cobra Starship, Havana Brown, Neon Hitch, Dev and Outasight, Carly Rae Jepsen and -- just added -- Adam Lambert. That's a lot of short sets.
At 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd. in Rosemont. Tickets: $25-$95. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
Say what you will about perennial butt of jokes Robert Van Winkle, but as Vanilla Ice -- yes, the slack-eyed, one-hit blunder behind "Ice, Ice Baby" -- he's kept working. He has a palatial home in Palm Beach and a pet kangaroo. When he's not slumming in reality TV, he's still touring, still rapping, still doing "Ice, Ice Baby." Train wreck? Maybe, but a train wreck still collecting fares for the pleasure of gawking at him.
The Aviators open at 8:30 p.m. May 18 at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Dr. in Lincolnshire. Tickets: $20-$50. Call (847) 499-5000; viper-alley.com.
Scott Free's 12th annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered musical expressions this year features soul man JC Brooks (of the Uptown Sound), veteran folk singer Alix Dobkin, Daphne Willis, Nhojj, E Nina Jay, Band Practice and more. Proceeds benefit local LGBT services.
At 7 p.m. May 19 at Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall in the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $18-22. Call (773) 728-6000; oldtownschool.org.