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Saki (map)
3716 W. Fullerton
Logan Square
phone 773-486-3997

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Gramaphone Records (map)
2843 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-472-3683

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ZZ Top, Jeff Beck

Thu., Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Canceled due to injury. Throughout a career 45 years long (with no lineup changes since 1970), ZZ Top has embodied cool, amassing a platinum-spangled catalog of bluesy boogie rock like it’s no big thing. Guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard (the one without the beard, ironically), haven’t let success change them: the rods have always been hot, the innuendos have always been shameless, and the shtick has never worn thin. ZZ Top’s breakout LP, 1973’s Tres Hombres, and their best-selling album, 1983’s Eliminator, are distinctly different: the former is straight-up Texas-fried guitar rock, hard on the blues and tough like a stiff shot of whiskey, while the latter is a product of the decade that gave us synth rock and MTV, with a pumped-up pop shine and an exaggerated attention to visual style. But “Waiting for the Bus” (have mercy!) has the very same killer licks and easy swagger as “Sharp Dressed Man,” minus the 80s infusion and the choreographed struts and shimmies. ZZ Top recently released a concert video shot last year at Montreux, and even though a jazz festival in Switzerland is one of the most un-Texas things on the planet, the DVD is still a good way to see a trio of dudes in their mid-60s outcool whatever the hell is filling arenas these days. —Kevin Warwick $38-$100

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Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100
ZZ Top, Jeff Beck

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Penny & Sparrow

Thu., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.
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Studios at SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago
Evanston

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Comfort Station (map)
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square
phone comfortstationprojects@gmail.com

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Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely

Thu., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
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City Winery (map)
1200 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-9463

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North Coast Music Festival: Bassnectar, Alesso, Probcause, Action Bronson, Washed Out, and others

Fri., Aug. 29, 3 p.m.

Last year Ernest Greene, aka chill-electro one-man show Washed Out, released his sophomore album, Paracosm (Sub Pop), which seems to be mostly about release, fantasy, and escape—in the grand scheme of things, he seems to say, what’s in front of your face can’t compete with what’s behind it. With its title—a fancy word for an imaginary world—and songs called “Weightless,” “Great Escape,” and “All Over Now,” the record seems to want to distance itself from harsh reality, and its subtle swooshes and looping chimes can sound miles away, even as Greene’s airy vocals melt into the background. Washed Out’s tracks are cozy and warm, with a constant, fluttering flow rather than distinct, prickly attacks—they pour instead of drip. And if you decide to listen closely instead of just letting yourself be hypnotized, they open up into intricate layers. —Kevin Warwick This set is part of the North Coast Music Festival; 5:30 PM, 773 Stage. $69, three-day passes sold out

Union Park (map)
1501 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-746-5494
North Coast Music Festival: Bassnectar, Alesso, Probcause, Action Bronson, Washed Out, and others

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Aruan Ortiz & the Orbiting Quartet

Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.

In 2008 pianist Aruan Ortiz, a Cuban native of Haitian descent, settled in New York City, where he’s worked in bands led by the likes of saxophonist Antoine Roney and clarinetist Don Byron, rapidly establishing himself as a passionately curious polymath. One of the most impressive pianists to emerge in the past decade, Ortiz has clearly benefited from Cuba’s rigorous music-education system: though he’s a master of Afro-Cuban styles, they seem like a minor part of his arsenal thanks to his deft facility in classical and jazz. The compositions on the 2012 album Santiarican Blues Suite (Sunnyside), which he wrote for a ballet, filter Cuban and Haitian folkloric music through a contemporary-classical lens, and they stand up just fine with no dancers in sight. Ortiz is also an explosive improviser, which he makes more clear on two other recent albums: last year’s Banned in London (Whirlwind) and 2012’s Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent). On the former, Ortiz and bassist Michael Janisch share leadership of a fiery, limber postbop quintet, and the pianist’s pin-drop dynamics and bob-and-weave rhythms recall Herbie Hancock’s work in the classic Miles Davis quintet as well as Danilo Perez’s playing in Wayne Shorter’s current quartet. On the latter, Ortiz fronts the Orbiting Quartet, a wide-open band that best represents the full range of his influences and interests. He locks in with guitarist David Gilmore, and they slash, tangle, pull apart, and fuse together; the arrangements allow them to incorporate dissonant harmonies and meterless playing, whether they’re navigating the pianist’s own lurching themes or material by Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker, and Hermeto Pascoal. The version of the Orbiting Quartet that will appear tonight includes Ortiz and bassist Rashaan Carter from the album; guitarist Rez Abbasi fills in for Gilmore, and drummer Gerald Cleaver takes over for Eric McPherson. —Peter Margasak $20, $18 for members

Beverly Arts Center (map)
2407 W. 111th St.
Beverly
phone 773-445-3838
Aruan Ortiz & the Orbiting Quartet

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Only Men Aloud

Fri., Aug. 29, 4 & 7 p.m.
Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Permanent Records (map)
1914 W. Chicago Ave.
Ukrainian Village/East Village
phone 773-278-1744

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