Which Chicago musical acts do you want to see on “Saturday Night Live”? From rap to rock and everything in between, Chicago boasts an eclectic mix of musical groups. While it has been confirmed that Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 will perform Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, respectively, additional musical acts have not been publicized at this time. So let’s take a look at Chicago musical performers with new albums out this year, and take a guess as to which groups would make great additions to the show’s upcoming season.
Fall Out Boy
Let’s get one of the biggest names out of the way right now. Fall Out Boy, which just released a Chicago-centered music video for its song “Centuries,” has an as-yet unnamed album that it says will come in out “soon.” The band also previously performed on “SNL” in 2006, but the performance isn’t so recent that viewers at home will think “They’re here again?”
Plain White T’s
While you might know Plain White T’s for the hit “Hey There Delilah” (the song was everywhere in 2007), the band has had released some albums recently and has new material. Its EP Should’ve Gone to Bed was released last year, and its album American Nights is scheduled for release later this year. Surprisingly, Plain White T’s haven’t appeared on “SNL” yet.
With the album JHUD, the singer’s third, out on Sept. 23, award-winning Jennifer Hudson would be a perfect fit for “SNL.” A performance on the show would be a first for the singer, who has both an Oscar and GRAMMY award to her name.
BJ The Chicago Kid
After releasing the well-received album Pineapple Letters in 2012, R&B singer BJ The Chicago Kid is releasing new music, including the single “Real Love Never Dies.” The singer and songwriter has a smooth sound, which would be a match for “SNL.”
The band Twin Peaks is having one heckuva year, with its sophomore album Wild Onion released to rave reviews earlier this year. The indie rock band, which performed at Chicago’s own Pitchfork Music Festival this year, would be a great choice for “SNL.”
Part rock band, part marching band, Mucca Pazza would be a fun addition the musical guest lineup for the upcoming season, and its fourth album, L.Y.A., is scheduled for this fall. But with more than 20 band members and even its own cheerleaders, will the group even fit on the stage?
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