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Pete Galanis and friends featuring Dave Herrero

Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Continues through Feb. 25
Rosa’s Lounge 3420 W. Armitage, Chicago Logan Square

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773-342-0452

Erwin Helfer

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville


312-787-2200

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Fat Babies

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


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. 773-878-5552

Tuesday Night Fellowship with Greg Ward

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

Pete Galanis Band with Marty Sammon

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Rosa’s Lounge 3420 W. Armitage, Chicago Logan Square


773-342-0452

Joe Barr, Joanna Connor

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-477-4646

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Wed., Feb. 26, 2 p.m. and Sun., March 1, 2 p.m.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop

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The Lyric’s production of Tchikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, featuring tenor Brandon Jovanovich. 312-827-5600

We Love Wednesdays with Gemini Jones, Jukie Tha Kidd, DJ Mile High

Wed., Feb. 26, 9:30 p.m.
The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago Hyde Park

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312-801-2100

Live Band Karaoke

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Reggies’ Music Joint 2105 S. State, Chicago South Loop


312-949-0120

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Sun., Feb. 23, 3 p.m.
Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Riccardo Muti, conductor; J. Lawrie Bloom, bass clarinet (Beethoven, Bacri) 312-294-3000

Chrissy Gardner

Thursdays, 8 PM


at the Piano Bar

Andy Brown solo

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

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Devil in a Woodpile

Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


773-227-4433

Jeannie Tanner Trio

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Marie's Pizza & Liquors 4127-29 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Other North


773-725-1812

Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra

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


773-878-5552

Kendall Kelly Lewis Trio

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
The Joynt 650 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North


312-573-2233

Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra

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


773-878-5552

Blues jam hosted by James Wheeler

Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.
Rosa’s Lounge 3420 W. Armitage, Chicago Logan Square


773-342-0452

Don Melas

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Bernice's Tavern 3238 S. Halsted St., Chicago Bridgeport


312-907-1580

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Reggae Gold

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

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773-278-6600

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Mon., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Wed., March 4, 2 p.m., Thu., March 5, 2 p.m., Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 8, 2 p.m.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop

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performing Puccini’s Madama Butterfly 312-827-5600

Kevan Eftekhari

Fri., Feb. 28, 9 p.m.
Tack Room 1227 W. 18th St., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-526-3851

The Flipside Show with Chris Foreman

Fridays, 5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552