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Lyric Opera's Idomeneo

Wed., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 28, 2 p.m.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop



Sundays, 4 p.m.
Edgewater Lounge 5600 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago Edgewater


jazz improv session

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Cafe Mestizo 1646 W. 18th St., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


Fat Babies

Sundays, 8 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ 1800 S. Racine, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

With few exceptions, those practicing the sort of traditional jazz popularized in New Orleans and Chicago during the 20s and early 30s essentially believe and traffic in museum-grade preservation. They play for audiences living in time-travel fantasies, preferring to ignore the music made over the last 80 years as they seek Charleston partners. The members of Chicago’s Fat Babies might perform in shirtsleeves and neckties and meticulously record interpretations of the trad-jazz repertoire in glorious mono, but they also play music of other eras—whether it’s drummer Alex Hall working in the Flat Five or bassist Beau Sample storming through Jazz Manouche with Alfonso Ponticelli. The Fat Babies perform with such a vitality—never jacking up the pitch-perfect rhythm or playing postmodern games—that I don’t even see what they do as an act of reclamation. The ebullient polyphony and drive on their third album, Solid Gassuh (Delmark), is pure pleasure, a riot of motion and multilinear melody as banjoist Jake Sanders flails propulsive chords alongside the Baby Dodds-inspired rhythmic spill of Hall and Sample’s unerring pulse-and-harmony anchor. That leaves plenty of space for the raucous yet lyric playing of pianist Paul Asaro, reedists Jonathan Doyle and John Otto, trombonist Dave Bock, and cornetist Andy Schumm. While the occasional white-bread vocal might suggest a hokey costume party, there’s little to disrupt the spell these guys cast their long-running weekly residencies. 312-226-7427

Nicholas Barron

Sundays, 10 PM
The Motel Bar 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago River West


Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio

Sundays, 11 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


Extraordinary Popular Delusions

Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

In one evening they might touch on rip-snorting fire music, spacy electronics, or delicate, arrhythmic timbral explorations—half the fun is seeing them disappear down a stylistic rabbit hole, then come out the other end sounding like something from a different genre, decade, or planet. —Bill Meyer, 2012 773-281-4444

Phil Collins

Mon., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
United Center 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago United Center

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Chicago Barn Dance Company

Mon., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Center 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago Irving Park

Barn dance featuring Cosmic Otters with caller Cheryl Joyal. 773-282-7035

Berndsen, Crime Nite, Ex Okays

Mon., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Reggie's Music Joint 2105 S. State St., Chicago South Loop


MusicNOW: Quirks and Currents

Mon., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop


Keefe Jackson

Mon., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Myopic Books 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Reeds. 773-862-4882

Public Image Ltd.

Mon., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

Buy Tickets$35-$60


Paul Anka

Mon., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Arcada Theatre 105 E. Main St., Saint Charles Suburbs Northwest


Lecrae, Andy Mineo

Mon., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
The Vic 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$30


Linsey Alexander

Mon., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston


Lollygagger, Nice Legs, Kevin Knight

Mon., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square


Jam City Collective, Eunfinished, Hong Kong

Mon., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


Fleurie, Dear Rouge, Phangs

Mon., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Demon House, Unknown New

Mon., Oct. 22, 9 p.m.
Elastic 3429 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago Avondale


Michael Rault, Doug Hoyer

Mon., Oct. 22, 9 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


Mark Derosa

Mondays, 9 PM
Five Star Bar 1424 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


Patricia Barber Quartet

Mondays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


Pat McCurdy

Mondays, 10 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village