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Rock, Pop, etc.

concerts

BARENAKED LADIES, GUSTER Sold out. Sunday, 7:30 PM, UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison. 312-413-5700 or 312-559-1212.

MARY J. BLIGE Friday, 8 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

BLUE MEANIES Free concert in the alley. Next Saturday, September 30, 4 PM, alley, Clark & Belmont. 773-549-0203.

BOX-O-CAR, JONNY POLONSKY Next Friday, September 29, 9 PM, Turner Conference Center, College of DuPage, 425 22nd, Glen Ellyn. 630-942-4000.

BREAKIN' STRINGS Free performance. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 31 Town Square, Wheaton. 630-690-2783.

TERRY BREEN Free concert. Next Friday, September 29, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

BOBBY CALDWELL Benefit concert preceded by dinner at 6 PM. Saturday, 8:30 PM, Center for Performing Arts, Governors State University, Stuenkel Rd. and Governors Hwy., University Park. 708-235-2222 or 312-902-1500.

EUGENE CHADBOURNE Banjo, guitar, and electric rake. See Spot Check. Saturday, 7 and 10 PM, theater, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee. 312-243-9088.

CHAMPAGNE MUSIC CHICAGO STYLE Tribute to Lawrence Welk with Dick Dale, Big Tiny Little Jr., Rocky Rockwell, Barney Liddell, Tanya Welk, and the Steve Cooper Orchestra. Sunday, 3 PM, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. 847-673-6300.

CHEER-ACCIDENT, SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY, MADE FOR TV MOVIE, HOOK, LAST DITCH EFFORT Next Friday, September 29, 7 PM, Scrap Skate Park, 2350 Hassell, Hoffman Estates. 847-884-0945.

CHICAGO REBELS SWING DANCE CLUB Swing dance concerts, workshops, and competitions. Thursday, September 28, 7 PM, next Friday, September 29, 1 PM-12:30 AM, next Saturday, September 30, 10 AM-12:30 AM, and next Sunday, October 1, 10 AM-7 PM, Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus. 773-549-1528 or 312-629-4058.

CHICAGO SONGWRITERS' CIRCLE Evening concert preceded by a "Music Chicago Style" workshop from noon-3 PM. Next Saturday, September 30, 6 PM, Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski. 773-838-7551.

BOBBY CONN, MISSING TOOTH, GEORGE FULLER, DJ LEDUECE Benefit for Melissa. Friday, 10 PM, Spare Room, 2416 W. North. 773-782-0537.

DAN & DEAN Free performance. Next Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 31 Town Square, Wheaton. 630-690-2746.

DJ HIEROGLYPHIC BEING spins "experimental groove and funky techno." Tuesdays, 6-9 PM, Starbucks Coffee, 6738 N. Sheridan. 773-743-0417.

ELASTICA, PEACHES & GONZALES Wednesday, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

JEFF FRELING Free in-store performance. Next Saturday, September 30, 5 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

FRONT 242 DJs Terri Bristol, Danny the Wildchild, Phantom 45, Lego, Submerge, Trancid, Gabriel & Luis Segura, Notorious Nino, Bobby Martinez, Carlos Feliciano & others. Next Friday, September 29, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. 773-628-0418.

HOMAGE TO THE STRAY DOG CAFE Free cabaret-style tribute to the Russian avant-garde, with performances by Tanya Fel & others. Next Saturday, September 30, 7 PM, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

JURASSIC 5, DILATED PEOPLES, WORLD FAMOUS BEAT JUNKIES, MC SUPERNATURAL with DJ sets by Shortkut & Cut Chemist. See Critic's Choice on Jurassic 5; see Spot Check on Dilated Peoples. Wednesday, 7 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

KILL YOUR IDOLS, THE CONTROL, MOVIELIFE, SIN ORDEN Saturday, 8 PM, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th. 773-252-2433.

KISS, SKID ROW Next Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM, New World Music Theatre, I-80 and Harlem, Tinley Park. 708-614-1616 or 312-559-1212.

KRISTINE W Free in-store performance. Next Friday, September 29, 6 PM, Virgin Megastore, 540 N. Michigan. 312-645-9300.

TEDDY LEE ORCHESTRA Ballroom dance concert. Next Sunday, October 1, 2 PM, Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquet Center, 8900 S. Archer, Willow Springs. 708-839-1000.

ART LOINZ & THE WET DIXXX See Spot Check. Friday, 9 PM, Scrap Skate Park, 2350 Hassell, Hoffman Estates. 847-884-0945.

MICHAEL McDONALD Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-931-5900.

CHRIS MILLS Free concert. Thursday, September 28, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

DOUG MONTGOMERY Friday, 8 PM, Mainstage, Performing Arts Center, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines. 847-635-1900.

TITO NIEVES, WAR, TOGETHER Next Saturday, September 30, 7 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

BRIAN O'HERN & THE MODEL CITIZENS BIG BAND Tuesday, 8:30 PM, the Viaduct, 3111 N. Western. 773-296-6024.

JOAN OSBORNE Sunday, 3:30 PM (free in-store performance), Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564. Sunday, 7:30 PM (with opening act Lina), Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

PAX217, BEANBAG, KJ-52 & THE INTELLECT, MG! THE VISIONARY "The Extreme Days Tour" Christian music concert. Saturday, 6 PM, Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Rd., Deerfield. 800-965-9325 or 847-888-8670.

PEACHES Free in-store performance. Thursday, September 28, noon, Weekend Records & Soap, 1919 W. Division. 773-342-5761.

ALICE PEACOCK Next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. 708-524-6942.

PEKING TURTLE Thursday, September 28, 5-10 PM, John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-939-2438 or 312-559-0200.

JANINE REGAL Free in-store performance. Friday, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

SHANNON ROBERTS Free in-store performance. Saturday, 3 PM, Record Emporium, 3346 N. Paulina. 773-248-1821.

SMOKEY ROBINSON Sunday, 7:30 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

ROCKABILITY Benefit for the Midwest Centre for Conductive Education with the Nicholas Tremulis Band, Juleps, and Mesa. Friday, 7:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 847-432-7503 or 312-559-1212.

LINDA M. SMITH in a free concert. Saturday, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1629 Orrington, Evanston. 847-733-8852.

RON SMOLEN ORCHESTRA Free concert. Monday, 7 PM, Giddings Plaza, 4700 N. Lincoln. 773-728-3890.

SOULED OUT Saturday, 6 PM, Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski. 773-838-7551.

STREET TO STREET Block party hosted by Street-Level Youth Media, with music by Page 1, H2O, Hall of Fame, Roman Soldiers, Jose de Jesus Band, Brickheadz, and Rashann & Merrick. Saturday, 6-10 PM, behind Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland. 773-862-5331.

TAFFETAS Dinner concert. Next Saturday, September 30, 6 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

THE THE, JOSEPH ARTHUR Saturday, 9 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

JACI VELASQUEZ, PLUS ONE Friday, 8 PM, North Central College, 450 S. Brainard, Naperville. 800-965-9324 or 312-559-1212.

DAR WILLIAMS, BARRY CRIMMINS Next Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

X SPACE Free performance. Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

Rock, Pop, etc.

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Friday, Rebecca's Statue, Old #8. Saturday, American English (Beatles tribute band). 773-478-4408.

ABNER'S YARD 3527 N. Clark: Music after 10 PM. Thursdays, DJ Emanuel spins disco & deep house. 773-305-0002.

ALUMNI CLUB 871 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg: DJs spin dance music Wednesdays through Fridays after 5 PM and Saturdays after 9 PM. 847-397-3100.

ALUMNI CLUB 2251 N. Lincoln: DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Ed Vantage spins in the loft. Thursdays, 9 PM, acoustic jam session downstairs. 773-348-5100.

AQUA 201 N. Green: DJs spin on two levels after 10 PM. 312-942-9999.

ARTFUL DODGER 1734 W. Wabansia: Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, DJs spin music for dancing after 10 PM. 773-227-6859.

AURA 640 N. Dearborn: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Laura B. Wednesdays, DJ Jeff Moyer (no cover). Thursdays, DJ Laura B & Jen Jameson. 312-266-2114.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM, later on weekends. Friday, Saps, Kokopelli, Cedarcase. Saturday, Splendor Lex, Matthew, Spread Eagle. Sunday, 7 PM, Bill Anderson; 8 PM, Larry O. Dean & the Me Decade; 9 PM, Todd Leiter-Weintraub; 10 PM, Melissa Ziemer & Eric Thompson. Mondays, Pat McCurdy. Thursday, Lank Fame, A Country Melvin. Next Friday, September 29, Morris Miners, Delafields, Dick Prall Band. Next Saturday, September 30, Strawberry, Futuristic Dragon, Bouncing Balls. 773-281-4444.

BERLIN 954 W. Belmont: "DJ/VJs" play dance music Tuesdays through Saturdays after 5 PM and Sundays and Mondays after 8 PM. 773-348-4975.

BETTY'S BLUE STAR LOUNGE 1600 W. Grand: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJ Steve Prisma spins hip-hop and house. Saturdays, DJ Spin spins hip-hop, house, and old school. Sundays, Derrick Wize & Gene Lopez. Mondays, Metronome & Derek Jones. Tuesdays, DJ Spin & Steve Prisma. Wednesdays, DJs Mary Jane & AM/PM. Thursday, 11 PM-3 AM, Dangerville. 312-243-1699.

BIG HORSE LOUNGE 1558 N. Milwaukee: Music after 9 PM. Friday, Gary Dacanay Band, Hilarious Condor. Saturday, Mo*Par, Crusterz, Mental. Next Saturday, September 30, Oval Opus. 773-384-0043.

BIG NIGHT 749 N. Clark: Music after 11 PM. Fridays, Bandoleros. Saturdays, DJs Superfly & Bunti spin hip-hop, house, and Desi. Thursdays, DJs AM/PM & Vince Lawrence spin hip-hop and house. 312-397-1201.

BIG WIG 1551 W. Division: DJs spin 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Fridays, Dayhota. Saturday, Vitamin D, DJ Nique. Sundays, DJ Uncle Milty, DJ 33 1/3. Mondays, DJ Red Lox spins reggae. Tuesday, Jesse de la Peña. Wednesday, DJ Loxy & MC Rage, Bass by the Pound DJs. Thursday, Angel Alanis & Colette. 773-235-9100.

BIOLOGY BAR 1516 N. Fremont: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Jorge Rodas & Alberto Gomez spin salsa & merengue. Saturdays, DJs spin rock, pop & alternative. 312-266-1234.

BIRD'S NEST 2500 N. Southport: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, open mike. 773-472-1502.

BLACK BEETLE 2532 W. Chicago: Tuesdays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJs Craig Alexander & Dan Calvera. 773-384-0701.

BOULEVARD BAR & GRILL 7 W. Streamwood Blvd., Streamwood: Music after 9:30 PM. Saturday, Neil Rose Band. Next Saturday, September 30, Jello Wrestling. 630-830-2565.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music after 10 PM; no cover. Sundays, "Grateful Dead jam night." Wednesdays, DJ Mike Kandel. 773-384-8600.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM; no cover Fridays. Friday, Noveto Trio. Next Friday, September 29, Wombat Carnival. Next Saturday, September 30, Tractor Boy. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Saturday, 13 o'Clock. 773-528-0888.

BURKHART STUDIOS 2845 N. Halsted: Sundays, 8:30 PM, music and spoken word followed by an open mike. 773-348-8536.

BUZZ CLUB 308 W. Erie: Fridays, 8 PM, Saturdays, 9:30 PM, and Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, 8 PM, DJs spin retro and progressive house. Wednesdays, 8 PM, DJs spin salsa. 312-475-9800.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: DJs spin Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9 PM. 630-830-7200.

CAFE SIDECAR 801 N. Orleans: Thursdays, 10 PM, DJ Brian Reaves. 312-202-0502.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 9:30 PM. Saturday, Susanna & the Hollywoods. Tuesday, DJ Hide spins acid jazz. Wednesdays, DJ Brian spins soul. 773-384-2547.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Friday, 9 PM, Tony Smith Show. 847-647-8282.

CHANGES 206 Centre, Park Forest: Bookstore and cafe; music at 8 PM. Next Saturday, September 30, Linda M. Smith. 708-747-9190.

CHICAGO CITY LIMITS 1712 W. Wise, Schaumburg: Music after 9:30 PM. Friday, D'zyre. Saturday, Wicked Garden. Next Friday, September 29, Everyman. Next Saturday, September 30, Sister Envy. 847-524-9910.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. 1st, Saint Charles: Saturday, Greg "Fingers" Taylor. 630-513-0074.

CIRCUIT 3641 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. Fridays, DJ Hugo. Sundays, Miss Foozie & Her Floozies, DJ Jeff Berry. Mondays, 10 PM, "Disco Bingo" hosted by Daisy Mae. Tuesdays, Ronnie. Wednesdays, DJ Lulu. Thursdays, Miss Ketty & Her Latin Review. Next Friday, September 29, midnight, Ultra Naté. 773-325-2233.

CIRCUS 901 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and 9 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. Thursdays, DJs 33-1/3, Rob Thurman & Mike Pierce. 312-266-1200.

CLUB EDEN 3407 N. Clark: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM on two floors. Fridays, DJ Anacron spins hip-hop and soul. Saturdays, DJs spin Top 40 hits. Wednesdays, "Simple Pleasures" with Insane Audio Projects DJs Justin Long, DVS, Droopy & Daryl Cura. Thursdays, DJs spin salsa. 773-327-4646.

CLUB FOOT 1824 W. Augusta: DJs spin alternative and dance music nightly at 10 PM; no cover. 773-489-0379.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: DJs spin salsa and merengue, rock en español, and progressive underground Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays. 312-397-0600.

COCKTAIL 3359 N. Halsted: DJs spin in the bar after 9 PM Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. 773-477-1420.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Mondays, 7 PM, open mike with Carolyn Albritton; midnight, dance music with DJ House. 312-341-9787.

COYLE'S TIPPLING HOUSE 2843 N. Halsted: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Ali Baba & the Thieves. Saturday, benefit for Special Days Camp with Soulfix. Next Friday, September 29, Lauren Brombert, Gertrude. Next Saturday, September 30, Villains. 773-528-7569.

CRAWDADDY BAYOU 412 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant and bar with zydeco music at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Thursdays; no cover. Friday and Saturday, Joe Moss. Thursday through next Saturday, September 30, Creole Zydeco Farmers. 847-520-4800.

CROBAR THE NIGHTCLUB 1543 N. Kingsbury: DJs play dance music Fridays through Sundays and Wednesdays after 10 PM. Fridays, "Bang" with Curt Caris, DJ Hiroki. Saturdays, DJs Teri Bristol & Psycho Bitch. Sundays, DJs Teri Bristol & Earl Pleasure. Thursday, Rinocerose, Scott Henry, Cedric, John Curley. 312-413-7000.

CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison: Friday, 10 PM, Dr. Zhivegas. Saturday, 10:30 PM, DJ Johnny Price. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove. Thursday, 10 PM, Hello Dave. Next Friday, September 29, Cats Under the Stars, Kapsalis Trio. Next Saturday, September 30, Timeless. 773-327-1662.

CUBBY BEAR NORTH 21611 N. Milwaukee, Deerfield: Restaurant with live music at 10:30 PM on weekends, 10 PM on Wednesdays, 9:30 PM on Thursdays. Friday, Underwater People. Saturday, Maggie Speaks. 847-541-4700.

CUBBY BEAR RIVER WALK CAFE 202 W. Wacker: Restaurant with live music. Thursdays, 5-7 PM, Matthew McBride Band (no cover). 312-345-1712.

D'VINE 1950 W. North: Restaurant and wine bar. Saturdays, 10:30 PM-3 AM, DJs spin acid jazz, ambient, house, and instrumental funk. 773-235-5700.

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET 1383 N. Milwaukee: Music in the Piano Bar and in the Cabaret Room Wednesday through Sunday nights. In the Cabaret Room: Friday and Saturday, 8 PM, Pamela Sue Fox. Sunday, 7 PM, the Blondes. Wednesday through next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, and next Sunday, October 1, 7 PM, Jack Donahue. In the Piano Bar: Fridays, 9:30 PM, and Wednesdays, 9 PM, Johnny Rodgers. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, and Mondays and Thursdays, 9 PM, Vernon Larsen. Sundays, 8 PM, Mark Burnell. 773-278-1830.

DEJA VU BAR ROOM 2624 N. Lincoln: No cover Sunday through Wednesday or before midnight Friday and Saturday; DJs spin Thursdays through Saturdays after 10 PM. Thursdays, 9 PM, Bandoleros. 773-871-0205.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Sunday, Dreadlock Scott. Monday, DJ Sonja spins punk. Tuesday, Ladies of Victory Records. Thursday, DJ Chuck Wren spins ska. 773-472-2771.

DICK'S LAST RESORT 435 E. Illinois: Music at 7 PM; no cover. Sundays and Mondays, Four Man Acoustical Band. 312-836-7870.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Friday, 10 PM, Antibalis, Funkadesi, Slavic Soul Party. Saturday, 10 PM, Vezhliviy Otlaz, Isotope 217. Sunday, 9 PM, High on Fire (see Spot Check), Acid King (see Spot Check), Kneel Drill. Mondays, 10 PM, DJ Jesse de la Peña's Blue Groove Lounge. Wednesday, 8 PM, Gas Giants. Thursday, 10 PM, Mike Watt (see Spot Check), Firebird Band, Up On In. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Los de Abajo, Comifo, DJ Daniel Givens. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Mino Cinelu, Los de Abajo. 773-489-3160.

DRAGON ROOM 809 W. Evergreen: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-751-2900.

DREAMS 935 S. State, Lockport: Music after 9:30 PM. Saturday, Crash. Next Saturday, September 30, Bon Fire (AC/DC tribute band). 815-834-0084.

DRINK 702 W. Fulton: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, DJs Tony & Neill. Saturdays, DJs Myke T, Neill & Tony. Thursdays, 10 PM, Afrodisiacs. 312-733-7800.

DUKE O'BRIEN'S 110 N. Main, Crystal Lake: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM weeknights. Friday, Decades. Saturday, Only Sons. Tuesdays, Mr. Blotto. Wednesdays, open mike hosted by Aaron Aggarwal (no cover). Thursdays, David Sarkis. Next Friday, September 29, Mr. Meyers. Next Saturday, September 30, Four Story. 815-356-9980.

DULCE VIDA CAFE 1338 W. Madison: Fridays, 7 PM-midnight, DJs spin with MCs Neo Nate & Gypsy (open mike starts at 9 PM; no cover). 312-666-1920.

DURTY NELLIE'S 55 N. Bothwell, Palatine: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays (on two stages), 9 PM Sundays and Mondays, 9:30 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Friday, Then Again, Jon Gram. Saturday, Shaffer Street, Bottle of Justus. Sundays, open jam with Sam Cockrell & the Groove (no cover). Mondays, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi (no cover). Wednesdays, Durty Lounge Lizards. Thursdays, Quantum Leap. Next Friday, September 29, Underwater People. Next Saturday, September 30, Hello Dave. 847-358-9150.

EAST BANK CLUB 500 N. Kingsbury: Music after 5:30 PM. Fridays, Bob Solone Trio. Thursdays, pianist Bob Solone. 312-527-5800.

ELBO ROOM 2871 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM on weeknights, later on weekends. Friday, East Village Project, Moxy Blue, Whimsical. Saturday, Johnny Socko, A.k.a., Peter Bruntnell. Sundays, Sumo. Monday, Cameron McGill, Richard Miller. Tuesday, Carraway, Spread, Strange Friends. Wednesday, Kick the Cat, Amazing Headgear. Thursday, Steepwater Band, Calico Cats. Next Friday, September 29, Pinch, Jennifer Peterson, Gel. Next Saturday, September 30, Multivitamins, URT, 4-Fi, Los Shut Up. 773-549-5549.

EMERALD ISLE 6686 N. Northwest Highway: Music at 9:30 PM. Friday, Big Deal. Saturday, Mr. Sparkle. 773-775-2848.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Human Condition, Designer, Cod. Saturday, OK Go (see Post No Bills), We Ragazzi (see Post No Bills), Baldwin Brothers. Sunday, 7 PM, Ancient Greeks, Har Mar Superstar, Zulu as Kono; 10 PM, "Synth-etics" with DJ Tenox, DJ A/BS & DJ Wes. Monday, 9:30 PM, Naftule's Dream, Hedningarna. Tuesday, Sugarman Three, DJ Pete Nathan. Thursday, Tummler (see Spot Check), Bottom, Throttlerod, Six Sigma. Next Friday, September 29, El Vez for Prez, Iggy Yoakam & His Famous Pogo Ponies. Next Saturday, September 30, Trevor Watts Moire Music. Next Sunday, October 1, 1 PM, Blacks, Grifters, Edith Frost, Orso, Anders Parker; 10 PM, John Fahey, Early Day Miners. 773-276-3600.

ENCORE 171 W. Randolph: Music at 9 PM. Wednesdays, "Therapy" DJs Frique & Masado spin acid jazz, trip-hop, and funk (no cover). 312-338-3788.

EQUATOR CLUB 4715 N. Broadway: Wednesdays, 9 PM, "Beyond the Dance" percussion circle with master of ceremonies Hieroglyphic Being (21 & over). 773-728-2411.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Next Friday, September 29, Holly Has a Farm. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music at 8 PM. Friday, pianist Abi Demirgian. Next Friday, September 29, Randy Amundsen. Next Saturday, September 30, Breakin' Strings. 847-718-9272.

ETHIOPIAN VILLAGE 3462 N. Clark: Restaurant with African music. Fridays, 10 PM, DJ Assa spins reggae, hip-hop, and R&B (no cover). 773-929-8300.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: DJs spin music in the cabaret room nightly: Sundays through Fridays, 5 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 5 PM-5 AM; in Club X: Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-4 AM, and Saturdays, 9 PM-5 AM. Friday, 7:30 PM, Zazz Bash (benefit for the Sun-Times Charity Trust) with J.T. Taylor, Tonic, Marshall Crenshaw, Dakota, Chameleon. Saturdays, DJ Laura B. Thursdays, DJ Juan Carlos. 312-266-1944.

EXIT 1315 W. North: DJs spin music from 8 PM-2 AM nightly, 8 PM-4 AM Saturdays. 773-395-2700.

FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand: Tuesday, 9 PM, Morgan. Thursday, 9 PM, Charms. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Lootheads. 312-836-0066.

FALCON INN 1605 E. 53rd: A Taste of Soul/Soulkitchen Productions performs on weekends. Fridays, 8 PM-2 AM, Renauld Barnes & Carl Malik Ismael. Saturdays, 8 PM-3 AM, Reggie Oliver & Gary Cummings. 773-288-1711.

FAMOUS FREDDIE'S ROADHOUSE 510 S. Park, Fox Lake: Bands play after 2 PM Saturdays and Sundays and 9 PM Wednesdays through Fridays. Thursdays, 8 PM, DJ Lou. 847-587-9677.

FANTASY LOUNGE 4400 N. Elston: Fridays, Flat Broke. Sundays, 7-11 PM, open mike. 773-685-8083.

FIFTH FLOOR 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Thursdays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Friday, Chad Sommer, Geoffrey, Christopher Robin. Saturday, Frique & Majid. Sundays, DJs Vince Lawrence & Wayne Williams, DJ Harold Hiso. Thursdays, Noleian & Gabriel Palomo. 312-226-4555.

FINISH LINE 8550 W. Ogden, Lyons: Music at 9:30 PM. Saturday, Mind Oil. Next Friday, September 29, Box of Rocks. Next Saturday, September 30, Fifth World. 708-447-3116.

FIRESIDE BOWL 2646 W. Fullerton: All-ages shows nightly. Friday, 7 PM, Mr. T Experience, American Steel, Eyeliners, Useless ID. Saturday, 5 PM, Straight Legged Kick, Poonanies, Late Nights, Bounder; 9 PM, Lozenge, Bonfire Madigan, the Hex, Sorry. Sunday, 5 PM, Kakistocracy, Keelhaul, Authority Abuse, Bloody Tusk, Frontside; 9 PM, Gooloo, Neptune. Tuesday, 6 PM, Full, Pollen, Troma Kids, Rocks Pennycar. Wednesday, 6 PM, Despite, Shitlist, Skullcrusher, Human Cock; 10 PM, Yazuka, Barbaro. Thursday, Nymb, Moreno, Fivehead. Next Friday, September 29, 6 PM, Bigwig, All Else Fails, Hoppin' Mad; 10 PM, Get Hustle, Entertainment, Minim, Death of Marat. Next Saturday, September 30, 2 PM, $5 Botch, American Heritage, Mile Marker; 6 PM, 7Seconds, Union 13, Death by Stereo, Botch; 10 PM, Cherry Valence, Mexican Cheerleader, Mercury Birds. 773-486-2700.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Friday, 10 PM, Sleepy LaBeef. Saturday, 10 PM, Webb Wilder, Saps. Wednesday, 8 PM, John Renbourn, Willy Porter. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Brave Combo. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Heartsfield. 708-788-2118.

FIZZ BAR & GRILL 3220 N. Lincoln: Music after 10 PM. Fridays, Last Drag (no cover). Mondays, open mike. Tuesdays, Steve Z. sings the songs of Frank Sinatra. 773-348-6000.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM. Saturday, Paula Mengarelli Band. Wednesday, open mike hosted by Paul Allodi. 847-821-1234.

FRANK'S PLACE Hilton Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee, Northbrook: Music at 9:40 PM; no cover. Saturday, Short Cuts. Next Saturday, September 30, Ron Star & the Mystery Train. 847-480-7500.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music at 10 PM. Friday, American English (Beatles tribute band). Thursdays, 7 PM, DJs spin music of the 70s and 80s (no cover). Next Friday, September 29, Tim Mahoney. 630-416-4898.

FUEL 3724 N. Clark: DJ EKG spins Fridays and Saturdays after 8 PM. Wednesday, 9 PM, Big Angry Fish (no cover). 773-248-3330.

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE 728 W. Grand: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, 10 PM-2 AM, DJ Eric Williams spins underground house. 312-278-7130.

FUSE 738 N. Clark: DJs spin Tuesdays through Saturdays after 10 PM. Saturdays, DJ Andre Harris. Tuesdays, DJs Vince Williams, Derek Wize & Rob Thurmond. 312-932-9289.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Nancy Connelly & friends. Saturday, Flowery Branch Davidians. Next Friday, September 29, Tension. Next Saturday, September 30, BK Read & the Top Secret Blues Band, John Bull Locomotive. 773-489-5471.

GENTRY ON HALSTED 3320 N. Halsted: Friday, 9:30 PM, and Saturday, 10 PM, Matt Yee. 773-348-1053.

GET ME HIGH LOUNGE 1758 N. Honore: Open 7 PM-2 AM nightly. Mondays, 9 PM, "If You C Kay" open mike hosted by Roco. Wednesdays, DJs spin "retro classics." 773-252-4090.

GIN MILL 2462 N. Lincoln: DJs spin after 9 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 773-549-3232.

GIORGIO'S BANQUETS 276 E. Irving Park, Wood Dale: Sundays, 10 AM-3 PM, members of Stage Right Dinner Theatre perform show tunes. 630-766-4626.

GIRL BAR 2625 N. Halsted: DJs spin Wednesdays through Fridays after 9 PM. 773-871-4210.

GLOW 1615 N. Clybourn: DJs spin nightly from 10 PM-4 AM Sundays through Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-587-8469.

GUNTHER MURPHY'S 1638 W. Belmont: Music after 10 PM on weekends, 9:30 PM on weeknights. Friday, Great Crusades, Kevin Lee. Saturday, Yellowhammers. Thursday, Zambow, Growth Ltd. 773-472-5139.

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario: Friday, 7:30 PM, Zazz Bash (benefit for the Sun-Times Charity Trust) with Pryme Tyme. 312-943-2252.

HARRY'S VELVET ROOM 56 W. Illinois: Thursdays, 11 PM-4 AM, DJ Touch, DJ Mood & DJ Kenny. 312-527-5600.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant with music at 10:30 PM. Friday, Environmental Encroachment, Dahui. Saturday, Autumn Grieves. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Saturday, 9 PM, Jenny Walker, Shari Novak, Toy Delario, Ariane Lydon, Jenny McCarthy Bienemann. Sunday, 4-7 PM, children's show with Jon Langford, Rick "in a Woodpile" Sherry, Janet Beveridge Bean & others; 10 PM, Mr. Rudy Day, Chris Lee (see Critic's Choice). Monday, 9:30 PM, Cow Lily. Wednesday, 9:30 PM, Frames, Brandon Harvey. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, Guillermo Anderson, Ceibana. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, LeRoy Bach. 773-227-4433.

HI-TOPS 3551 N. Sheffield: Tuesday, 9 PM, Danny the Wildchild, Ry-n, Phix. Thursdays, 9:30 PM, Flocos (no cover). 773-348-0009.

HOG HEAD McDUNNA'S 1505 W. Fullerton: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Friday, Brat Pack. Saturday, Full Moon Buddha, Twelve Tone Row, Serilian. Next Friday, September 29, Shades of Grey. Next Saturday, September 30, Libido Funk Circus. 773-929-0944.

HOLIDAY CLUB 1471 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin after 10 PM. Sundays, DJs spin "extra zesty surf guitar & garage" music. 773-486-0686.

HOLLYWOOD EAST 5650 N. Broadway: Music at 10 PM. Saturday, Karl Watson & the New Dynamics, DJ Myke Wade. Next Saturday, September 30, Dan Boadi & the Ghannatta Band. 773-271-4711.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Backyard Variety Show hosted by Douglas Grew. Next Sunday, October 1, 8 PM, Bobby Conn, Sergent Garcia. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Music at 9 PM. Saturday, Smokey Robinson, Frank Townsend. Tuesday and Wednesday, Bangles (see Critic's Choice). Thursday, Sentidos Opuestos. Next Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM, Saint Etienne; 11 PM, Judybats, Extravery. Next Saturday, September 30, La Ley. Next Sunday, October 1, 7:15 PM, Kottonmouth Kings, Corporate Avenger, Rehab. 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212.

IVAN'S 3358 N. Ashland: DJs spin after 9 PM Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 773-525-2140.

EL JARDIN FIESTA CANTINA 3407 N. Clark: Music after 8 PM. DJs spin rock, pop, and alternative Fridays and retro Saturdays. 773-327-4646.

JILLY'S RETRO CLUB 1009 N. Rush: DJs play dance music of the 70s after 8 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. 312-664-1001.

JOE'S 940 W. Weed: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Friday, 7 PM, benefit for the Rainbow Foundation (in memory of Dash Dunbar) with Rik Emmett, Jim Peterik, E'nuff Z'nuff, Two Fires, Kelly Keagy, Dave Uhrich, and the Little Bo Peep Show. Saturday, Afrodisiacs. Thursday, Dave & Rae. Next Friday, September 29, Michaelangelo. Next Saturday, September 30, Swinging Love Hammers. 312-337-3486.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Saturday, Arbor Ave. Next Friday, September 29, Tuneage. 630-752-2000.

JOHNNY O'HAGAN'S 3374 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Friday and Wednesdays, Lootheads. Saturday, O'Doyle Rules. Sunday, Gareth Woods. 773-248-3600.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: DJs spin after 10 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. Fridays, 8 PM, Dan Darrah. Saturday, DJ Izzi. Thursdays, DJs Slick Lick & Izzi. 773-477-3330.

JUB JUB CLUB 2447 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 9 PM Saturdays through Thursdays. Saturdays and Tuesdays, DJ Polish Sausage. Sundays, "Garbage Sundays" with DJ Redneck Ed spinning garage, punk, country & blues. Wednesdays, DJ Uncle Doughnutz. 773-665-7557.

KATACOMB 1916 N. Lincoln Park West: DJs spin 8 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-337-4040.

LAKEVIEW LINKS 3206 N. Wilton: Music after 8 PM. Friday, Penthouse Boys. Saturday, Underwater People. Wednesday, Phil Angotti. Next Friday, September 29, Love Monkeys. Next Saturday, September 30, Maggie Speaks. 773-975-0505.

LEG ROOM 7 W. Division: DJs spin Thursdays through Sundays after 8 PM. 312-337-2583.

LIAR'S CLUB 1665 W. Fullerton: DJs spin nightly at 9 PM. Sundays, Machine Gun Etiquette DJs spin old school punk and glam. Mondays, Big Brad, DJ Scott Lucas. Tuesdays, DJs Rich Gonshak, Todd Witt & Kevin Loftus. Wednesdays, DJ Kevin Tihista. 773-665-1110.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Live music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM and weeknights at 9 PM; no cover. Friday, Roots, Stems & Branches, Arthur Lee. Saturday, Thick Red Shag, Bill Denny. Sunday, Arthur Lee. Tuesdays and Thursdays, open mike hosted by Alec & Anyone's Guess. 773-384-1040.

LIMERICK PUBLIC HOUSE 13404 S. Old Western, Blue Island: Music at 9 PM. Mondays, open mike hosted by Bobby Dunne. Thursdays, open mike hosted by Back in Stride. 708-388-6755.

LINCOLN RESTAURANT 4008 N. Lincoln Ave: Mondays, 8 PM, Windy City Jammers. 773-248-1820.

LIQUID 1997 N. Clybourn: Saturday, 9 PM-3 AM, Orquesta Sabor (with salsa dance lessons starting at 6 PM). Next Saturday, September 30, Orquesta Isla. 773-528-3400.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Ethyline, Woolworthy. Saturday, Convulsions, Soul Fix, Wired, Batteries Not Included, Steam Shovel. Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Wendy Morgan's Local Vocal Brew. Wednesday, Bash, Trading Brains. Thursday, Seers Poncho (no cover). Next Saturday, September 30, Blue Lit Souls, Becki Hemingway. 773-871-3757.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM Saturdays and Mondays through Thursdays. Saturday, Myles Holloway. Sundays, DJs Brian G & Frique. Mondays, "Beat Project" funk, soul & hip-hop showcase with DJs Shon Dervis & Hiroki features live performances and guest DJs. Tuesday, open mike hosted by Anida, Krystal, Lucy & Tara. Next Saturday, September 30, Stephan Grieden & Jesper Dahlbeck. 773-227-2277.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 777 Butterfield, Lombard: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Fridays, at 5 and 9 PM on Saturdays, and after 4 PM on Sundays. Fridays, Stan Karcz. Sundays, Tom Linsk. Mondays, Peter Miletic. Tuesdays, Stan Karcz. Wednesdays, Tom Linsk. Thursdays, Gary Filip. 630-543-1010.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 225 W. Ontario: Live piano music after 6 PM Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 PM Sundays; no cover. Saturday, Scott Holman. Next Saturday, September 30, Chicago Rose. 312-337-8080.

MAGNUM'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 1701 W. Golf, Rolling Meadows: Music after 6 PM nightly, 5 PM on Sundays. Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays, Scott Holman. 847-952-8755.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Coin, Joe Armstrong. Saturday, Robbie Fulks, Juleps. Tuesday, Dark Star Orchestra. Wednesday, MVP. Thursday, Ray's Music Exchange, Rebecca's Statue. Next Friday, September 29, Hank III & Assjack. Next Saturday, September 30, Graham Parker. 773-404-9494.

MASHED POTATO CLUB 316 W. Erie: Restaurant with DJs nightly after 5:30 PM; dance floor Fridays and Saturdays from 10 PM until 2 AM. Mondays, 10 PM, "Ultra Glam" female impersonators perform. 312-255-8579.

MERCURY 221 W. Van Buren: Restaurant and nightclub with DJs spinning nightly after 5 PM. 312-427-1774.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Friday, 10 PM, Los Mocosos, Vezhliviy Otlaz, Ulele, DJ Warp. Saturday, 9 PM, Poster Children, Kelly 18, Rectangle. Sunday, 9 PM, "Chicago Hip-Hop for the Homeless" with Rubberoom, All Natural, B-Movie Fiendz, Vixitorx, La Junta, and Slaughterhouse V. Tuesday, 7 PM, Gloria Record, Frames, Sleeping at Last. Wednesday, 8 PM, Trans Am, Don Caballero, Black Heart Procession, Califone, Fucking Champs. Thursday, 8 PM, Burning Airlines, Hey Mercedes, Shiner, Blue Tip. Next Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Tortoise, Antietam, Lonesome Organist; 10 PM, Amon Tobin, Karsh Kale with Sussan Deyhim, U-Cef. Next Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM Sea & Cake, Isotope 217, Macha, Joan of Arc, Brokeback with the Chicago Underground Duo (sold out). Next Sunday, October 1, 7 PM, Jets to Brazil, Jimmy Eat World, Turing Machine (sold out). 773-549-0203.

MILLENNIUM NIGHTCLUB 155th & Torrence: Thursdays, 8 PM, music and poetry open mike hosted by JB; 10 PM, DJ Denard Venale spins R&B, hip-hop, reggae, disco, and house. 773-251-5252.

MISSION 209 E. Chicago, Elgin: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and Saturdays. 847-488-0320.

MOOSE LODGE 1799 Green Bay, Highland Park: Next Sunday, October 1, 3 PM, Eddie Barrett & the Goodman Legacy Band with vocalists Gingi & Lou Nocera. 847-446-8700.

MORETTI'S RISTORANTE & ULTIMATE SPORTS BAR 6727 Olmsted: DJs spin dance music Thursdays after 10 PM. 773-631-1223.

MORSELAND MUSIC ROOM 1218 W. Morse: Bar and restaurant; music at 10 PM. Friday, Milkbaby, Terminal Bliss, Project 44. Saturday, Go-Go Devils, Missle. Tuesday, Laddio Bolocko, Panicsville. Wednesday, Detholz. Thursday, Viery Peel, Gayle Ritts, Gel. Next Friday, September 29, Dum Dum Bullets, Dalet Yod, Streamliner. Next Saturday, September 30, DJ Scary Lady Sarah, DJs Ky & Joolz, DJ Agent Webb. 773-764-6401.

NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM 1801 S. Indiana: Thursdays, 6-8:30 PM, Band of Jimis performs the music of Jimi Hendrix (no cover). 312-326-0270.

NEO 2350 N. Clark: DJs spin dance music 10:30 PM-4 AM Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Tuesday, Last Dance, DJ Gill T. Wednesday, Carrie Monster. 773-528-2622.

NERVOUS CENTER 4612 N. Lincoln: Tuesdays, 8 PM, "home recording" showcase (public may bring in music). Wednesdays, DJs spin "rare and unusual" records. 773-728-5010.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Saturday, Past Forward. Next Friday, September 29, Paul Kotheimer. Next Saturday, September 30, Aerin Tedesco, Shelley Miller. 773-743-3355.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: DJ Tankboy spins late on Fridays and DJ Stallion Luv spins late on Saturdays. Friday, 10 PM, Sugarman 3, Ulu (see Critic's Choice). Saturday, 11 PM, Homunculus. Sundays, 10:30 PM, Dirty MF & the Smoking Section. Tuesdays, DJs Shon Dervis & Evan Coleman. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Nubile Thangs, Fly Williams. Next Saturday, September 30, 11 PM, Fat Time, Mr. Marco's V7. 773-489-0011.

THE ORIGINAL MOTHER'S 26 W. Division: Open at 8 PM Tuesdays through Sundays. Thursdays through Sundays, DJ Dan "the Man" Arias. 312-642-7251 or 312-642-7252.

PALM COURT Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30-5 PM, harpist Dawn Punches; 8:30 PM, Chad Willetts Trio. Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7:30-11 PM, pianist Chad Willetts. 312-787-2200.

PAPA'S PUB 77 N. Main, Manteno: Music at 10 PM. Saturday, the Blast. Next Saturday, September 30, Shortcuts. 815-468-6666.

PAPAGALLO'S RISTORANTE 246 Green Bay, Highwood: Saturdays, 7-10 PM, Eric "Pianoman" Stang. 847-432-6663.

PHYLLIS' MUSICAL INN 1800 W. Division: Music at 9:30 PM. Friday, Wellstones. Saturday, Farm Team, Pistol Whipped, Tony vs. Tiger, Kee Wee Fist. Sunday, Bible of the Devil, Half-Rounded Bastard File, Ravine. Thursday, Rants. Next Friday, September 29, Stories for Boys, Yago. Next Saturday, September 30, Palms, Brother Lowdown. 773-486-9862.

PIANO MAN 3801 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Tuesdays, DJs spin dub, funk, and jazz. Thursdays, "Cabaret Night" with Scott & Matt. Next Friday, September 29, Danglers. 773-472-2956.

POLLY ESTHER'S & CULTURE CLUB 213 W. Institute: DJs spin disco music of the 70s and 80s after 8 PM Thursdays through Saturdays. 312-664-0777.

PONTIAC CAFE 1531 N. Damen: DJs spin after 10 PM Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays; no cover. Wednesdays, Garden Foundation & Rust Crew DJs spin hip-hop. 773-252-7767.

POP'S SPORTS BAR 817 E. Nerge, Roselle: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Selective Recall. Saturday, Camouflage Guru. Next Friday, September 29, Only Sons. Next Saturday, September 30, Jostelen Weed. 630-924-9368.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Music at 9:30 PM. Wednesday, Pete Special. Next Friday, September 29, Moods. 815-477-0340.

PORTILLO'S 100 W. Ontario: Friday, 8:30 PM, Zazz Bash (benefit for the Sun-Times Charity Trust) with Perry Danos & Backstreet. 312-587-8910.

RAINFOREST CAFE 605 N. Clark: Friday, 9 PM, Zazz Bash (benefit for the Sun-Times Charity Trust) with Isaiah Mitchell. 312-787-1501.

THE (PROP) HOUSE 1675 N. Elston: DJs spin 11 PM-4 AM Sundays and Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 PM-5 AM Saturdays; three separate rooms feature hip-hop and reggae, Latin and house music, and progressive dance and old school. 773-486-2086 or 773-486-2390.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Friday, Midnight Renegades. Saturday, O'nit. 773-276-9730.

RAPTURE 730 N. Green: DJs spin nightly on two floors. Fridays, DJ Lego. Saturdays, DJ Max TC. Sundays, "Boca Music" hosted by Xavier. Tuesdays, DJ Subzero. Wednesdays, DJs Mea, Jonny Kaos, Max TC, Pump Boy Lee & Hakim Murphy. Thursdays, DJ Spin. 312-409-7777.

RED DOG 1958 W. North: DJs spin a mix of funk, house, and dance music 10 PM-4 AM nightly, 5 AM on Saturdays. 773-278-1009.

REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario: Music after 8:30 PM Fridays and Sundays through Thursdays and after 8 PM Saturdays. Fridays, Gene Garcia. Saturdays, 8 PM, Kenny Phelps; 1 AM, John Zamojcin. Sundays, John Zamojcin. Mondays and Thursdays, Tom Linsk & Lisa McCloury. Tuesdays, John Zamojcin. Wednesdays, Kenny Phelps. 312-640-1000.

REDNOFIVE 440 N. Halsted: DJs spin after 10 PM; free admission before midnight. Friday, Dave Siska & Josh Werner. Saturday, Archetype record release party with Mike Wade, Sabeo & John Patterson, Chad Sommer. Thursdays, "Dig Dug" with residents Derrick Carter, Diz & James Curd. 312-733-6699.

REILLY'S DAUGHTER 4010 W. 111th, Oak Lawn: Sunday, 9 PM, Dae. 708-423-1188.

RIVE GAUCHE 306 N. Halsted: DJs Meza & Xavier Temple spin "high energy dance music" 10 PM-4 AM Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. 312-738-9971.

ROADHOUSE 1653 N. Wells: Music after 10 PM; DJs spin dance music Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays; live bands on Wednesdays. 312-440-0535.

RORY'S MUSIC CAFE 701 W. Lake, Addison: Music at 9:30 PM. Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Rory's Raiders. 630-543-3101.

ROSARIO'S RESTAURANT 5956 W. Higgins: Music after 7 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Mix Band. 773-775-7525.

RUBY SLIPPER 1161 N. Dearborn: DJs spin until 4 AM Fridays and Tuesdays through Thursdays, until 5 AM on Saturdays. 312-337-2300.

SAUCE 1750 N. Clark: Restaurant. Thursdays, 10 PM, Sam Post. 312-932-1750.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Friday, 10 PM, Ryan Adams, Jon Langford. Saturday, 10 PM, Ryan Adams, Steph Turner. Sunday, 8 PM, Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love, Barbara Kessler (see Spot Check). Monday, 7 and 9:30 PM, Jonatha Brooke. Tuesday, 8 PM, Lucy Kaplansky, Josh Ritter. Wednesday, 9 PM, Bucky Dent, Oh My God, Phil Rockrohr & the Lifters. Thursday, 9 PM, Richard Buckner (see Critic's Choice), Original Brothers & Sisters of Love (see Spot Check). Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Hank III & Assjack, Jennyanykind. Next Sunday, October 1, Ellen Rosner, Sarah B. 773-525-2508.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Music at 10 PM. Saturday, Wave. 630-372-2900.

SILVER ROOM 1410 N. Milwaukee: Saturdays, 2-6 PM, Hieroglyphic Being. 773-278-7130.

SINIBAR 1540 N. Milwaukee: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Fridays, "Siniboy" DJs spin house. Sundays, Fathom. Mondays, Sadar Bahar. Tuesdays, Diz. Thursdays, Tone B. Nimble. 773-278-7797.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Saturday, 10 PM, Francisco Lopez (see Critic's Choice). Next Saturday, September 30, English Softhearts. 312-666-4412 or 773-227-3617.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Friday, Sunshine & Moonbeam, Corey Black. Saturday, Darrel Woodson, V. Sundays, DJ Louie Santuro. Mondays, DJs Cease & Opeski. Tuesdays, DJ Scary Lady Sarah. Wednesdays, DJ Rekliner spins punk rock. Thursdays, V. Next Friday, September 29, Badawi, Sultan 32, Notorius WIG, T.S. Soundz. Next Saturday, September 30, Luke Soloman, Lego. 773-549-4140.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Sundays, 9:30 PM, Torturing Elvis. 773-772-6656.

SNUGGERY PUB 36 E. New York, Aurora: Music at 8 PM. Fridays and Thursdays, DJ Maz. 630-264-9800.

SPIN 800 W. Belmont: DJs spin after 10 PM nightly. Fridays, DJ Mark Hultmark (no cover). Saturdays, DJ Jungle Jorge. Mondays, DJ Fancy spins disco, house, and hip-hop (no cover). Tuesdays, VJ Whon (no cover). Wednesdays, DJ Freddie Bain. Thursdays, DJ Billy Seagrave (no cover). 773-327-7711.

SPUTNIK 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood: Friday, 8 PM, DJs Simon Templar & Unit One spin trance, jungle & house. Mondays, 7:30 PM, spoken word/open stage (no cover). Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, open mike (no cover). Thursday, 8 PM, Arrivals, Tossers. Next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, "Nirvana-rama" tribute to Nirvana features local bands. Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Janvier Jones. 708-922-9950.

SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin: DJs spin 10:30 PM-4 AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJs Edmin & Fabian. Saturdays, DJs Monna & Seraphine. Wednesdays, DJ Fabian. Thursdays, DJ Andre Harris. 312-587-8779.

SUBTERRANEAN CAFE & CABARET 2011 W. North: Music at 10 PM in the upstairs Cabaret Room; DJs spin on the first floor. Friday, Giant Step, .22. Saturday, Butterside Down, Dan Darrah, Sono. Next Friday, September 29, Old #8, Stroller, Cedarcase. Next Saturday, September 30, Shaista Bosch. 773-278-6600.

TEN56 1056 N. Damen: Music after 10 PM. Thursdays, DJ Scratch & Sniff. 773-227-4906.

TRANSIT 1431 W. Lake: DJs spin 9 PM-2 AM Thursdays and Fridays, 9 PM-3 AM Saturdays. Friday, Chris Fortier, DJs John Curley & Chris Walsh, DJs Anthony Nicholson & Frique. Next Friday, September 29, Bob Sinclair, DJ Kemit, DJs John Curley & Chris Walsh. 312-491-9767.

THE U!N! CLUB 3548 N. River Rd., Franklin Park: DJs and live music after 9 PM; no cover. Fridays, DJ Jimmy B. spins music from the 50s to the present. Saturdays, DJ Wild Bill spins dance music. Sundays, DJs Seba & Erik K. spin Polish progressive music. Tuesdays, Dr. Hortex spins Euro dance music. Wednesdays, DJ Wild Bill spins old school. Thursdays, DJ Frankie Perez, salsa & merengue dance lessons with Manny Lopez. 847-233-9091.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Music after 8 PM. Friday, Brenda Weiler, Andrew Kerr. Sunday, 7 PM, Jonathan Rundman, Julie Frost, Nomad Planets. Monday, 9:30 PM, Brooks West. Wednesday, C.H.A.T. music showcase with J for Jules, Mark Vavra. Thursday, 7 and 9 PM, Sam Shaber. Next Friday, September 29, Adam Marsland, Joe Armstrong. Next Saturday, September 30, Vernon Tonges, Bryan Kelley, Glen Hansard. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Sundays, "Thrift" DJs Anton & Funktion. 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Sundays, 10 PM-1 AM, Heather Horton Band. 312-266-7761.

U.S. BEER CO. 1801 N. Clybourn: Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Garden of Dreams. 773-871-7799.

VAUGHAN'S PUB 2917 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM Sundays, 10 PM Tuesdays. Tuesdays, open jam with Anthony & Tony C. 773-281-8188.

VIOLET 3423 N. Southport: Restaurant and bar. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Stockboy. 773-528-2220.

VISTA ON THE PARK 4343 N. Clarendon: Music on the third floor. Saturday, 9 PM, Ronnie Rice. 773-296-4999.

VOODOO NIGHTCLUB 601 Mall, Schaumburg: DJs spin "high energy dance music" after 7 PM Wednesdays through Fridays and after 9 PM Saturdays. 847-969-1602.

VOYEUR 151 W. Ohio: DJs spin after 10 PM. Wednesdays, Bandoleros. 312-832-1717.

WALTER PAYTON'S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Red Pop Theory. Wednesday, Dirk Diggler & His All-Star Band. Next Friday, September 29, Fabulous Janes. Next Saturday, September 30, J.P. & the Cats. 630-264-2739.

WATERLOO TAVERN 2270 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Jaked, Mark Watson Band. Saturday, Punsapaya. Wednesday, Underwater People. Thursdays, Marty Lloyd Band. Next Friday, September 29, Generations. Next Saturday, September 30, King Super, Hoochie Suit. 773-929-1300.

WEBSTER WINE BAR 1480 W. Webster: No cover. Mondays, 10 PM, Sticky Lupree. 773-868-0608.

WEEDS 1555 N. Dayton: Music at 9 PM. Friday, Jarvisions Project. Saturdays, open stage. Next Friday, September 29, Jim Parks. 312-943-7815.

WHITE STAR 225 W. Ontario: DJs spin 10 PM-4 AM Fridays and 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays. Fridays, DJ Jernell Geronimo. Saturdays, DJs Freddie, Mike Z. & Jernell Geronimo. 312-337-3223.

WILD HARE 3530 N. Clark: Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music nightly at 9:30 PM. Friday, Oversoul, Melaku. Saturday, Zeleke, U & I, Dub Flex. Sunday, Frankie Paul. Monday, Kwame. Tuesdays, Devon Brown, Dub Dis, DJ Slacky J. Wednesday, Ras Kelly, Indika. Thursday, Belizean Vibes. Next Friday, September 29, Baaro. Next Saturday, September 30, Djambi, Carl Brown. 773-327-4273.

WINNER'S 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Saturday, Grain Belt. 773-271-0401.

WOODEN NICKEL 327 Waukegan, Highwood: Music after 9:30 PM. Wednesday, Anne Harris Band. Thursdays, Uncle John's Band. Next Friday, September 29, Stu Remey Band, John Norton. 847-432-6430.

WRIGHTWOOD TAP 1059 W. Wrightwood: Music after 9 PM. Thursdays, Louis & Scharpf. 773-549-4949.

YVETTE 1206 N. State: Restaurant. Sundays, 7 PM, Nadine Baxter. Mondays, 7 PM, Ester Hana. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Gwen Pippin. Wednesdays, 8 PM, pianist Bob Solone. Thursdays, 8 PM, Faye Bolden. 312-280-1700.

ZEBRA LOUNGE 1220 N. State: Piano bar with music at 8:30 PM; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Tom Oman. Sundays, open jam session with Gary Filip & friends. Mondays, pianist Ruth Allen. Tuesdays, pianist Gary Filip. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Tom Oman. 312-642-5140.

ZENTRA 923 W. Weed: DJs spin 9 PM-4 AM Fridays, 10 PM-5 AM Saturdays, and 10 PM-4 AM Tuesdays and Thursdays. 312-787-0400.

folk & country

concerts

KEITH BAUMAN & SUSAN SMENTEK "American Friday Nights" concert and exhibition viewing. Next Friday, September 29, 5 PM, Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan. 312-664-3939.

EUGENE CHADBOURNE Banjo, guitar, and electric rake. See Post No Bills. Saturday, 7 and 10 PM, theater, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee. 312-243-9088.

MARK CHESNUTT, CHRIS WYATT Friday, 8 PM, Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. 815-726-6600 or 312-902-1500.

BILLY RAY CYRUS Next Sunday, October 1, 7 PM, Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana. 773-734-7266 or 312-559-1212.

CONNIE KALDOR Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 17 W. Maple, Hinsdale. 708-802-0236.

MARY JANE LAMOND, LIZ CARROLL Free concert. Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

LOST & FOUND BLUEGRASS BAND Friday, 8 PM, American Legion Hall, 1030 Central, Evanston. 847-251-0574.

BILL MILLER Friday, 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

OLIVER MTUKUDZI & BLACK SPIRITS, BILL MILLER Free live radio broadcast. Friday, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

RHUBARB Free performance. Saturday, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 1144 Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

RIDERS IN THE SKY Saturday, 5 & 8 PM, Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren, Woodstock. 815-338-5300.

folk & country

clubs

ABBEY PUB 3420 W. Grace: Restaurant featuring popular and traditional Irish music after 8 PM. Sundays, Irish jam session. Mondays, Chicago Barn Dance Company. Tuesdays, open stage. Wednesday, Cornmeal. Thursday, Jojo. Next Friday, September 29, Beginish. Next Saturday, September 30, Finbar McCarthy. 773-478-4408.

BEAN COUNTER CAFE 1932 Central, Evanston: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Saturday, Steve & Jenny Moss. 847-332-1116.

BEAT KITCHEN 2100 W. Belmont: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Bluegrass Outfielders. 773-281-4444.

BLACKHAWK LODGE 41 E. Superior: Sundays, 11 AM-2 PM, bluegrass music with the Bashful Brothers during brunch. 312-280-4080.

CADILLAC RANCH 1175 W. Lake, Bartlett: Country music at 6 PM Sundays and 7 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. 630-830-7200.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music at 9:30 PM. Sundays, Can-Ky-Ree. Next Saturday, September 30, Lush Budgett. 773-384-2547.

CAROL'S PUB 4659 N. Clark: Country music at 9 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Diamondback. Sundays, open jam with Diamondback. 773-334-2402.

CELTIC CROSSINGS 751 N. Clark: Sundays, 5 PM, Irish session. 312-337-1005.

CHIEF O'NEILL'S PUB 3471 N. Elston: Bar and restaurant with music after 10 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Mighty House Band. Sundays, 4-7 PM, traditional Irish session. Tuesdays, 8-11 PM, traditional Irish session. 773-583-3066.

DELILAH'S 2771 N. Lincoln: DJs spin weeknights after 9 PM; no cover. Wednesday, DJ Jon Langford spins country music. 773-472-2771.

EARL OF LOCH NESS 2350 N. Clark: No cover. Saturdays and Wednesdays, 9 PM, live Celtic music. Sundays, 3-6 PM, Scottish Ceilidh. 773-529-9879.

FAST EDDIE McATEER IRISH PUB 5943 N. Northwest Highway: Sundays, 7 PM, North & South. 773-763-0095.

FIFTH PROVINCE PUB Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox: Music in the Fifth Province Pub after 9 PM. Friday, Seamus O'Kane & Jimmy Moore. Saturday, Dave Dunne & Blackwater. Next Friday, September 29, Johnny Gleeson & Ted Healy. Next Saturday, September 30, Dooley Brothers. 773-282-7035.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Tuesday, 8 PM, Rich Ingle. 708-788-2118.

FOLK-LORE CENTER & ACORN COFFEE BAR 29 W 140 Butterfield, Warrenville: Music at 8 PM. Saturday, Larry Penn. Next Saturday, September 30, Michael Miles. 630-393-1247.

FRONT PORCH MUSIC 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana: Music at 8 PM. Friday, Judy Cook. Saturday, Dan DeVries. Thursday, open stage with Mario Sanchez. Next Friday, September 29, John Derado. Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, open stage with Mark Dillon. 219-464-4700.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Friday, 10 PM, Nancy Connelly & Friends. Sundays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Fred. 773-489-5471.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Saturday, 10:30 PM, Autumn Grieves. Thursday, 9 PM, Minna Bromberg & guests. 773-465-8005.

HIDDEN SHAMROCK 2723 N. Halsted: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band. 773-883-0304.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Saturday, 9 PM, Nancy Walker, Shari Novak, Toy Delario, Ariane Lydon, Jenny McCarthy Bienemann. Sunday, 4-7 PM, children's show with Jon Langford, Rick "in a Woodpile" Sherry, Janet Beveridge Bean & others. 773-227-4433.

INNER TOWN PUB 1935 W. Thomas: Sundays, 8 PM, songwriter showcase. Thursdays, 10 PM, open mike. 773-235-9795.

IRISH MILL INN 26592 N. Highway 83, Mundelein: No cover. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Whitey O'Day. Thursdays, 8 PM, open stage. 847-566-7044.

IRISH OAK PUB 3511 N. Clark: Wednesdays, 9 PM-midnight, live Irish music. 773-935-6669.

KEEGAN'S PUB 10618 S. Western: Thursdays, 9 PM, live Irish/folk music. 773-233-6829.

KERRY PIPER 7900 Joliet, Hinsdale: Saturday and Thursday, 9 PM, Dyed in the Wool. 630-325-3732.

LAKEVIEW LOUNGE 5110 N. Broadway: No cover. Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 PM, Nightwatch. 773-769-0994.

LIQUID 1997 N. Clybourn: Country music and dancing 6 PM-2 AM Wednesdays (no cover). 773-528-3400.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Famous Brothers, Scott Momenthy. 773-871-3757.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Monday, Siucra (no cover). Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Hank III & Assjack. 773-404-9494.

McNALLY'S IRISH PUB 201 E. Main, Saint Charles: Sunday, 1-4 PM, Irish session hosted by Declan Binninger & John Shine (no cover). 630-513-6300.

NEWPORT COFFEEHOUSE 1121 Half Day Rd., Bannockburn: Music at 8:30 PM. Saturday, Kindred Andi & I. 847-940-7134.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Music at 9 PM. Friday, Minna Bromberg & guests. Saturday, 7 PM, Past Forward. Mondays, open mike hosted by Pat Hall. 773-743-3355.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Thursday, September 28, open mike hosted by Jen & Mel. Next Friday, September 29, Sag Valley Boys. 773-276-9730.

SCHUBAS 3159 N. Southport: Monday, 7 and 9:30 PM, Jonatha Brooke. Tuesday, 8 PM, Lucy Kaplansky, Josh Ritter. Next Friday, September 29, 7 and 10 PM, Carrie Newcomer Band. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Hank III & Assjack, Jennyanykind. 773-525-2508.

TOMMY NEVIN'S PUB 1450 Sherman, Evanston: Live Irish music on Sunday afternoons; no cover. 847-869-0450.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEEHOUSE 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove: Music at 8:45 PM. Friday, Four Shillings Short. Thursday, 7 PM, open mike for high school and college students. Next Friday, September 29, Tom Dundee. 630-969-9720.

UNCOMMON GROUND CAFE 1214 W. Grace: Saturday, John Kimler, GreenChoby. Sunday, 7 PM, Jonathan Rundman, Julie Frost, Nomad Planets. Monday, 9:30 PM, Brooks West. 773-929-3680.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Monday, 8-10 PM, Debi Kujawa. Wednesdays, 8-10:30 PM, John Lawler. Thursdays, 7:30-10 PM, Lynne Mandarino. 312-266-7761.

WINNER'S 4530 N. Lincoln: Thursdays, 9 PM, open mike hosted by Ben Porter. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Mark DeNardo. 773-271-0401.

blues, gospel, r&b

concerts

CHICAGO DRIVESHAFT Free performance. Next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, Borders Books and Music, 1144 W. Lake, Oak Park. 708-386-6927.

SUSSAN DEYHIM, U-CEF Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-397-4010.

HAMZA EL DIN, ALIM QASIMOV Tuesday, 7 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-397-4010.

JESUS BY THE RIVER with DJ Farley "Keith," Blood Brothers, and performance poetry with the Stowaways, Nazir, and Helkath-Hazzurim. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Lakeside Center/South Lawn, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 708-728-9258.

MISSISSIPPI GOSPEL EXPLOSION 2000 with the Canton Spirituals, Mississippi Mass Choir, Williams Brothers, Lee Williams & the Spiritual QC's, Willie Neal Johnson & the Gospel Keynotes. Saturday, 3 and 8 PM, New Regal Theater, 1665 E. 79th. 773-721-9301 or 312-902-1500.

NEW BLACK MUSIC REPERTORY ENSEMBLE performs music by Leroy Jenkins, Dolores White, Jimmy Heath, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson & others in a free concert entitled "The Black Composer, the Jazz Idiom, and the Blues." Thursday, September 28, 7:30 PM, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. 312-344-7579.

BOUBACAR "KAR KAR" TRAORE, EDDIE C. CAMPBELL & WILLIE "BIG EYES" SMITH Saturday, 8 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-397-4010.

blues, gospel, r&b

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Fridays, 9 PM, Ken Saydak Blues Band/Peter Dames Quartet. 312-642-6805.

ARTIS'S 1249 E. 87th: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Mondays, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. Wednesdays, blues jam with the All-Stars. 773-734-0491.

BEALE STREET BLUES CAFE 1550 N. Rand, Palatine: Music at 9:30 PM. Friday, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials. Saturday, Joanna Connor. Next Friday, September 29, Jay Stulo Band. Next Saturday, September 30, A.C. Reed. 847-776-9850.

BLUE CHICAGO 736 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Friday and Saturday, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Monday, Lindsey Alexander Blues Band with Zora Young. Tuesday, Willie Kent & the Gents. Wednesday, James Wheeler Band with Grana' Louise. Thursdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. 312-642-6261.

BLUE CHICAGO ON CLARK 536 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday, Allen Batts Band with Grana' Louise. Sundays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Shirley Johnson. Wednesdays, Willie Kent & the Gents with Patricia Scott. Thursdays, Johnny B. Moore Band with Mary Lane. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express. 312-661-0100.

BLUE CHICAGO STORE 534 N. Clark: Saturdays, 8 PM, Gloria Shannon Band. 312-661-1003.

B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted: Music at 9 PM. Friday, Dion Payton & the 43rd Street Blues Band. Saturday, Eddie King. Sunday, King Corey. Monday, Willie Kent & the Gents. Tuesday, Larry Garner & the Boogaloo Blues Band. Wednesday, Pistol Pete. Thursday, J.W. Williams & the Chi-Town Hustlers. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Willie Kent & the Gents with Bonnie Lee. Next Sunday, October 1, Little Al Thomas & the Crazy House Band. 773-528-1012.

BONANZA LOUNGE 552 E. 47th: Sundays, 8 PM, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters. 773-538-3200.

BOULEVARD CAFE 3137 W. Logan: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Thursdays, Sugar Blue. 773-384-8600.

BRIXIE'S BROOKFIELD 9526 W. Ogden, Brookfield: Music at 9:30 PM. Wednesdays, open stage hosted by Brother John & others. 708-387-0050.

BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ & BOOZE 2909 N. Sheffield: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Friday, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Next Friday, September 29, Chicago Playboys. 773-528-0888.

BRUNSWICK ZONE LOUNGE 1515 W. Aurora, Naperville: Friday and Saturday, 9:30 PM, Smokin' Goose Blues Experience with Elmo's Fire Blues Band. 630-355-7622.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash: Bar and restaurant with music at 9:30 PM. Friday, 5:30 PM, Steve Arvey; 9:30 PM, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Elmo Bliss. Saturday, 6:30 PM, Devil in a Woodpile; 9:30 PM, Otis Clay, Tommy McCracken & the Force of Habit Band. Sunday, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. Monday, jam hosted by Brother John. Tuesday, Little Mack Simmons. Wednesday, King Corey Band. Thursday, John Primer. Next Friday, September 29, 5:30 PM, Jon McDonald; 9:30 PM, Rusty Zinn, Nick Moss. Next Saturday, September 30, 6:30 PM, Diamond Jim Green; 9:30 PM, Carl Weathersby, Matthew Skoller. 312-427-0333.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Fridays, Erwin Helfer & Barrelhouse Chuck. Mondays, DJ Steve. 773-384-2547.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, 6 PM, Professor John. 312-433-0025.

CELEBRITY LOUNGE 4830 S. Cottage Grove: Music after 9 PM. Fridays, Mississippi Raiders with Patricia Scott. Saturdays, Fred Johnson & the Checkmates with Pee Wee Madison. 773-548-4812 or 773-285-8353.

CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE 423 E. 43rd: Music after 9:30 PM. Friday and Saturday, Phil Guy & the Chicago Machine. Monday and Thursday, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-624-3240.

CHORD ON BLUES 106 S. First, Saint Charles: Music after 10 PM on weekends. Friday, Anthony Gomes. Saturday, Greg "Fingers" Taylor. Next Friday, September 29, Kid Ramos, Lynwood Slim. Next Saturday, September 30, Big James & the Chicago Playboys. 630-513-0074.

CLUB MALCOLM 744 E. 83rd: Wednesdays, 8 PM, L.V. Banks & His Swinging Blues Band. 773-723-1600.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Mondays, 7 PM, open mike with Carolyn Albritton. Wednesdays, 6 PM-midnight, Killer Ray & Killer Players. Next Saturday, September 30, 10:30 PM and 12:30 and 2:30 AM, Pat Smille Band. 312-341-9787.

COTTON'S LOVER'S LOUNGE 7253 S. Ashland: Fridays, 8 and 10 PM and midnight, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. 773-488-9807.

CRAWDADDY BAYOU 412 Milwaukee, Wheeling: Restaurant and bar features live blues and zydeco after 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Thursdays; no cover. Friday and Saturday, Joe Moss. Thursday through next Saturday, September 30, Creole Zydeco Farmers. 847-520-4800.

DICK'S LAST RESORT 435 E. Illinois: No cover. Saturday, 7-11 PM, Liz Mandville Greeson & the Blue Points. Sundays, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, Gospel Supremes. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 PM, Professor John & His Band. 312-836-7870.

FAMOUS DAVE'S 739 N. Clark: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays; no cover. Friday, benefit for the Mighty Joe Young Foundation with Roy Hytower. Saturday, Li'l Ed & the Blues Imperials. Sundays, Li'l Al Thomas & the Crazy House Band. Monday, Joanna Connor. Tuesday, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Wednesday, Casey Jones. Thursday, Kid Ramos & Lynwood Slim. Next Friday, September 29, Howard & the White Boys. Next Saturday, September 30, John Primer. 312-266-2400.

FLATLANDER'S Milwaukee & Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire: Restaurant and bar with music at 9 PM; no cover. Thursday, September 28, Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames. Next Saturday, September 30, Joe Moss Band. 847-821-1234.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Music after 10 PM. Saturday, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Next Saturday, September 30, Mississippi Heat. 630-416-4898.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Fish & the Bluefins. Next Saturday, September 30, BK Read & the Top Secret Blues Band, John Bull Locomotive. 773-489-5471.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Music at 9:30 PM. Next Friday, September 29, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Saturday, Rodney Brown & Hot Rod. 773-395-0066.

HARLEM AVENUE LOUNGE 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn: Saturday, 9:30 PM, Studebaker John & the Hawks. Tuesday, 8:30 PM, Maurice John Vaughn (no cover). Thursday, 8:30 PM, open jam with Sam Cockrell (no cover). Next Saturday, September 30, 9:30 PM, Legendary Sam Lay Blues Band. 708-484-3610.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Restaurant and bar with music at 10:30 PM. Next Saturday, September 30, Evidence. 773-465-8005.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Tuesdays, 9:30 PM, Devil in a Woodpile. 773-227-4433.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Live music on the Back Porch Stage at 10 PM. Friday, Joanna Connor Band. Saturday, Elmo Bliss & Cold Sweat. Sundays, 9:30 AM, noon, and 2:30 PM, gospel brunch; 10 PM, Matthew Skoller. Mondays, Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Thursday, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings. Next Friday, September 29, Pete Special. Next Saturday, September 30, Chicago Redhots. 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar 9 PM-1 AM. Saturdays, Debbie & the Elite Blues Band. 312-245-0333.

JB LOUNGE 5959 W. Chicago: Sundays, 6-11 PM, Z.Z. Hill Jr. & the Bad Influence. 773-261-8228.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant with music at 6 PM. Thursdays, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. 312-595-5299.

JOHN'S BUFFET 27 W 482 Jewell, Winfield: Music at 9 PM; no cover. Friday, Eomot Rasun Band. Saturday, Arbor Ave. Next Saturday, September 30, Chicago Red Hots. 630-752-2000.

KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted: Music at 9:30 PM. Friday and Saturday, John Primer. Sundays, 4-8:30 PM, blues jam with Zanne Mack Band; 9:30 PM, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band, Casey Jones. Mondays and Wednesdays, Howard Scott & Chick Rodgers, Andre Taylor & Nellie Travis. Tuesdays, Zanne Mack Band, J.W. Williams & the ChiTown Hustlers. Thursdays, Charlie Love & special guest (live radio broadcast). Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Billy Branch & Sons of Blues. 773-477-4646.

KOKO TAYLOR'S CELEBRITY 1233 S. Wabash: Music after 9:30 PM. Friday, Delores Scott & Masheen Company. Saturday, Artie "Blues Boy" White. Sundays, noon-3 PM, gospel buffet; 8 PM, blues jam hosted by Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. Wednesdays, Charlie Love & the Silky Smooth Band. Next Friday, September 29, John Primer. Next Saturday, September 30, Joe Barr & Soul Purpose. 312-566-0555.

LEE'S UNLEADED BLUES 7401 S. South Chicago: Music after 9 PM. Fridays and Saturdays, Johnny Drummer & the Starlighters. Sundays, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. 773-493-3477.

LIFE'S TOO SHORT 1177 N. Elston: Live music Fridays and Saturdays at 10 PM and weeknights at 9 PM; no cover. Next Friday, September 29, Might Joe, Cadillac Dave & His Chicago Red Hots. 773-384-1040.

LILLY'S 2513 N. Lincoln: Music after 9:30 PM Fridays, 10 PM Saturdays. Friday and Saturday, Z.Z. Hill Jr. & the Bad Influence. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Jumpin' Willie Cobbs & the Fireballs. 773-525-2422.

LUCIANO'S 6431 W. Cermak, Berwyn: Bar and restaurant with music at 10 PM. Friday, Stumblers. Next Friday, September 29, Margo & the Strictly Southside Band. 708-863-2000.

MR. RICKY'S NOTE 118 E. Cermak: Restaurant and bar with music after 4 PM. Mondays, blues musicians perform at a soul food buffet. 312-842-0400.

NICK'S 1516 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Saturday, Big Sweaty Men. Next Saturday, September 30, Dave Specter & the Bluebirds. 773-252-1155.

111 CLUB 111 W. 111th: Fridays, 8 PM, L.V. Banks & His Swinging Blues Band. 773-821-9165.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Saturday, Billy Flynn Trio. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Next Saturday, September 30, Ken Saydak Trio. 847-266-1313.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM Wednesdays. Friday, Liberty City. Saturday, Woody Johnson Band. Wednesday, Pete Special. 815-477-0340.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, open jam hosted by Blues Effect. Next Saturday, September 30, Jesse Shinto. 773-276-9730.

REDFISH Voodoo Lounge, 400 N. State: Bar and restaurant with music after 9:30 PM; no cover. Next Saturday, September 30, Eomot RaSun. 312-467-1600.

RICO'S 2620 W. North: Next Saturday, September 30, 9:30 PM, Smokin' Goose Blues Experience featuring Rock Bottom Blues Band with Margo & the Strictly Southside Blues Band. 773-862-3854.

RITZ HOTEL BALLROOM 39th & King Dr.: Saturdays, 8 and 10 PM and midnight, Elmore James Jr. & the Blues Dusters with Lady T. Wright & Crumar. 773-538-4271.

RORY'S MUSIC CAFE 701 W. Lake, Addison: Mondays, 8:30 PM, open blues jam hosted by Blue Heat. 630-543-3101.

ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage: Music after 9:30 PM. Friday, Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band. Saturday, Kinsey Report. Tuesdays, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band. Wednesdays, Chico Banks, Jesse Cross. Thursdays, Little Mack Simmons. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Stan Mosley. 773-342-0452.

SEASON TICKETS 50 N. Barrington, Streamwood: Next Saturday, September 30, Howard & the White Boys. 630-372-2900.

THE SHACK 20886 W. Park, Mundelein: Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. 847-566-7000.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE 21 E. Hubbard: Restaurant with music; no cover. Sundays, 1-4 PM, brunch with Professor John & His Band. 312-527-2722.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Music at 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 PM Sundays through Thursdays. Friday, Rockin' Johnny Band. Saturday, Scotty & the Bad Boys. Mondays, Rockin' Johnny Band. Wednesday, Scott Dirks & the Chicago Bound Blues Band. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Bill Lupkin Blues Band with Billy Flynn. 773-772-6656.

SOMEPLACE ELSE 11043 S. Ashland: Thursdays, 7 PM, L.V. Banks & His Swinging Blues Band. 773-239-4010.

SPUTNIK 18067 Dixie Hwy., Homewood: Saturday, 8 PM, Half Blind Mike & the Seeing Eye Dogs. 708-922-9950.

STARLITE 605 S. Pulaski: Sundays, 7 PM-midnight, Jumpin' Willie Cobbs & the Fireballs. 773-826-5676.

TOWNHALL PUB 3340 N. Halsted: Wednesdays, 10 PM, Brothers K Band. 773-472-4405.

290 SPORTS & JUICE BAR 3457 W. Harrison: No cover. Fridays, 10 PM, and Sundays, 9 PM, Willie D. & the All-Stars. 773-533-9208.

WAVELAND CAFE 3817 N. Recreation Dr.: Sundays, 3 PM, Pat Hall & the Fat Guys. 773-868-4132.

WINNER'S 4530 N. Lincoln: Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, open blues jam with Matthew Skoller Band. 773-271-0401.

jazz

concerts

KYLE ASCHE TRIO in a free concert. Friday, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

AZUKAR, SAM BURCKHARDT QUINTET Salsa and swing concert with dance lessons preceding performances. Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-322-0329.

PATRICIA BARBER Next Friday, September 29, 8:30 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage. 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET with the Fourth Presbyterian Church Morning Choir. Sunday, 7 PM, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut. 312-787-2729, ext. 600.

PETER CALLWAY Free concert. Thursday, September 28, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

CHICAGO JAZZ ENSEMBLE William Russo conducts works by Stan Kenton. Friday, 8 PM, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, 501 College, Wheaton. Sunday, 3 PM, Harold Washington Theater, DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. 312-344-6300.

FOURPLAY Thursday, September 28, 8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212.

MARALYN GAZA QUARTET Free admission. Tuesday, 12:15 PM, Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-7094.

GINA GIBSON Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, Lincolnwood Radisson Hotel, 4500 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood. 847-677-1234.

MARNIE GLASER & DENNIS LUXION vocals and piano, in a program entitled "Mingus, Monk, and Mercer." Next Sunday, October 1, 3 PM, auditorium, Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, 2500 W. Lunt. 312-742-7887.

GLOBALJAZZ OF FLIPPOMUSIC Free in-store performance. Next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, Rte. 83 & 16th, Oak Brook. 630-574-0800.

STEVEN HASHIMOTO QUARTET Free concert. Monday, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

DENISE LA GRASSA TRIO Fridays, 5-7 PM, Homewood Suites, 40 E. Grand. 312-644-2222.

LAMPLIGHTERS Free concert. Next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

HOWARD LEVY Wednesday, 6:30 PM, ballroom, Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. 312-944-6250.

LUCKY 7 Swing concert and dance. Next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, New Orleans Ballroom, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main, Saint Charles. 630-584-6300.

REGINALD T. McCANTS Thursday, September 28, 5:30 PM, courtyard at Skyline Stage, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 312-595-7437.

JON MENGES TRIO Free in-store performance. Friday, 8 PM, Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. 773-935-3909.

NEW BLACK MUSIC REPERTORY ENSEMBLE performs music by Leroy Jenkins, Dolores White, Jimmy Heath, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson & others in a free concert entitled "The Black Composer, the Jazz Idiom, and the Blues." Thursday, September 28, 7:30 PM, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. 312-344-7579.

MATT ROSS & CATHERINE WEELER Free performance. Friday, 6:30 PM, Seattle's Best Coffee, 1700 N. Wells. 312-649-1620.

JOHN SCOFIELD Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg. 847-895-3600.

CAROLYN WEHNER Free performance. Wednesday, noon, Chicago Music Mart, DePaul Center, 333 S. State. 312-362-6700.

jazz

clubs

ANDY'S 11 E. Hubbard: Bar and restaurant. Friday, noon, Kim Cusack, Bob Neighbor, Tom Hope, Dan DeLorenzo & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Saturday, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9 PM, Catherine Whitney Quintet. Sunday, 6 PM, Julie Volkmann. Mondays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Chuck Hedges Swingtet; 9 PM, No Am/Pro Jam with Art Davis, Don Stille, John Bany & Charles Braugham. Tuesdays, noon, Tom Hope; 5 PM, Wallace Burton Group; 9 PM, Men of Note. Wednesday, noon, Max Hook; 5 PM, Ron Dewar Quintet; 9 PM, Henry Johnson Quartet. Thursday, noon, Steve Sandner; 5 PM, Russ Phillips & the Windy City All Stars; 9 PM, Ron Friedman Quintet. Next Friday, September 29, noon, Franz Jackson, Art Davis, Tom Hope, Rob Amster & Wayne Jones; 5 PM, Eric Schneider/Greg Fishman Quintet. Next Saturday, September 30, 6 PM, Chante Hamilton Trio; 9 PM, Steve Sandner/Marcus Belgrave Quartet. 312-642-6805.

BACINO'S 75 E. Wacker: Mondays, 6-9 PM, Famous Pizza Gig Quartet with John Lewis, Carter Luke, Steven Hashimoto & Heath Chappell. 312-263-0700.

BACINO'S 15256 S. La Grange, Orland Park: Thursdays, 6:30-10 PM, Ray Bailey Trio. 708-403-3535.

BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush: Music after 9 PM nightly. Friday through Monday, Carlos Cannon. Tuesday through next Saturday, September 30, Bobby Lewis Quartet. Next Sunday, October 1, Detour. 312-751-2433.

BELLA-VIA RISTORANTE 6063 W. Dempster, Morton Grove: Fridays and Saturdays, Milt Trenier & Company with Dave "Bubba" Mitchell. 847-470-1405.

BIG JOE'S 1818 W. Foster: No cover. Sundays, 8 PM, Big Joe's Jazz Masters Trio with vocalist Michele Thomas; 9 PM-midnight, jam session with Darren Scorza, Neil Alger, and Alex Bednarke. 773-784-8755.

BISTRO AMERICA 12 N. River, Batavia: Wednesday, 8 PM, Paul Abella Trio. 630-406-0008.

BISTRO ULTRA 2239 N. Clybourn: Tuesdays, 8:15 PM, Denise LaGrassa Duo. 773-529-3300.

BRAXTON SEAFOOD GRILL 3 Oak Brook Center Mall (Rte. 83 & 22nd), Oak Brook: Fridays, 7:30-10:30 PM, and Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 PM, Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz with Judi K (no cover). 630-574-2155.

BRICK HOUSE 2649 W. Walton (rear): Music at 8 PM. Next Saturday, September 30, Jack Wright, Michael Stover. 312-822-9370.

CALIFORNIA CLIPPER 1002 N. California: Music after 9:30 PM. Thursday, September 28, Sam Burckhardt Combo. 773-384-2547.

CARMICHAEL'S CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Donny Nichilo. 312-433-0025.

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker: Piano bar and restaurant. Friday, 5:30-9 PM, Libby York Trio. Saturdays, 6:30-9:30 PM, Beckie Menzie. Tuesdays, 5-8 PM, Elizabeth Doyle. Wednesdays, 5-8 PM, Beckie Menzie. 312-346-3500.

CHAMBERS 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles: Friday, 9 PM, Tony Smith Show. Saturdays, 9 PM, Lou DiGangi Swing Band. Sundays, 5 PM, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Tuesdays, 7 PM, Jack Carr. Wednesdays, 7 PM, Jerry Owings. Thursdays, 6:30 PM, Jack Carr; 9 PM, jazz jam session with John Bany, Charlie Braugham & Don Stille. Next Friday, September 29, Bob Centano Quartet. 847-647-8282.

CIAO BELLA RISTORANTE 538 Crescent, Glen Ellyn: Music at 8:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Fridays and Saturdays, Toscanellie "Lady T." Marcelain. 630-469-1080.

CLUB ALPHONSE 1351 S. Michigan: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Latin and jazz jam session with Crosswind. 312-697-0975.

CORBIN'S 4128 N. Lincoln: Music at 9 PM. Sundays, Matt Ross Quartet. Mondays, Jon Menges Quartet. Tuesdays, Bill Voltz Trio. Wednesdays, Bruce Mak Trio. Thursdays, Sons of Soil. 773-525-4906.

COTTON CLUB & ALL THAT JAZZ 1710 S. Michigan: Mondays, 7 PM, open mike with Carolyn Albritton. Thursdays, 8 PM-1 AM, open mike (in the Cab Calloway Room). 312-341-9787.

DILLIGAF'S 5401 W. Addison: Mondays, 8 PM, Jazzy Sound Trio. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Revolutionary Swing Orchestra (preceded by dance lessons at 8 PM). 773-202-9209.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Music at 10 PM. Wednesday, Tim McNamara. 773-276-3600.

ENNUI CAFE 6981 N. Sheridan: Music after 7 PM; no cover. Sundays, Bopzilla. Wednesdays, Jazz Hippies Power Trio. 773-973-2233.

ESPRESSO BREWERY COMPANY 1455 W. Lake, Addison: Music after 8:30 PM. Saturday, Pat Brady Duo. Next Saturday, September 30, Ron Smith Duo. 630-916-6242.

ESPRESSO BREWERY II 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village: Music after 8 PM. Friday, pianist Abi Demirgian. Saturday, Airborne. 847-718-9272.

FITZGERALD'S 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn: Sunday, 6 PM, Chicago Grandstand Big Band. Thursday, 8 PM, John Burnett Swing Orchestra. 708-788-2118.

FOND DE LA TOUR 40 N. Tower, Oak Brook: No cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Denise Tomasello. 630-620-1500.

FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago, Naperville: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, live swing bands perform (preceded by dance lessons at 7:30 PM). 630-416-4898.

GALLERY CABARET 2020 N. Oakley: Music at 9 PM. Monday, Pepper & friends. Wednesday, Bongo Head. 773-489-5471.

GERRI'S PALM TAVERN 446 E. 47th: Wednesdays, 9 PM, David Boykin's Expanse. 773-373-6292.

GIANNI V. 550 Green Bay, Highwood: Restaurant with music in Club 550. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM, Joey Duna Trio (no cover). 847-433-5515.

GREAT SCOTT 1240 N. Wells: Mondays, 9:30 PM, open mike for jazz and spoken word (no cover). 312-642-0481.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Friday, 9:30 PM, Fareed Haque Sextet. Saturday, 10 PM, Terisa Griffin. Monday, 8 PM, Frank Lamphere Quartet (no cover). Wednesday, 9 PM, Bill Porter Orchestra with Rich Fudoli. Thursday, 9 PM, Mark Madsen Quartet. 773-395-0066.

GREEN MILL 4802 N. Broadway: Friday, 5 PM, pianist Ben Rudolph; 9 PM, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers; 1:30 AM, Green Mill Quartet. Saturday, 8 PM, Eric Hochberg Quartet; midnight, Sabertooth Organ Quartet. Sunday, 11 PM, Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen. Mondays, 9 PM, Patricia Barber Trio. Tuesdays, 9 PM, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms. Wednesday, 9 PM, Kurt Elling Quartet. Thursdays, 9 PM, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra with Kimberly Gordon. Next Friday, September 29, George Freeman Quartet. Next Saturday, September 30, Mike Jones Trio. 773-878-5552.

HEARTLAND CAFE 7000 N. Glenwood: Bar and restaurant. Mondays, 9 PM, jam session hosted by Fareed Haque. Next Friday, September 29, 10:30 PM, Bruce Mak Quartet. 773-465-8005.

HOTEL INTER-CONTINENTAL 505 N. Michigan: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM, Judy Roberts Trio. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30 PM, Judy Roberts. 312-944-4100.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: World Music Festival Chicago concerts Friday through next Sunday, October 1 (see listing under International Clubs). 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES HOTEL 333 N. Dearborn: Music in the Kaz Bar. Fridays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Elaine Dame. 312-245-0333.

HUDSON CLUB 504 N. Wells: Restaurant and bar. Music after 7 PM; no cover. Tuesdays, Sherri Riley Trio. Wednesdays, Donnie DeMarco Trio with Robyn Alexis. 312-467-1947.

JAZZ SHOWCASE 59 W. Grand: Music at 9 and 11 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 4, 8, and 10 PM Sundays; 8 and 10 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. Friday through Sunday, Bunky Green Quartet. Monday, 8 and 10 PM, Lynne Arriale Trio (see Critic's Choice). Tuesday through next Sunday, October 1, Danilo Perez Motherland Quintet. 312-670-2473.

JOE'S BE-BOP CAFE & JAZZ EMPORIUM Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand: Restaurant. Music after 6 PM; matinee performances on Sundays. Fridays, Skinny Williams. Saturdays, Bopology. Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM, Katherine Davis; 5 PM, Sonny Turner Quartet with Ray Bailey. Mondays and Tuesdays, Franz Jackson & His Jazz Entertainers. Thursdays, Erwin Helfer & the Chicago Boogie Ensemble. 312-595-5299.

JOY-BLUE 3998 N. Southport: Mondays, 9 PM, Long Count Quartet. 773-477-3330.

KATERINA'S 1920 W. Irving Park: Thursdays, 8-11 PM, John Brumbach Quartet. 773-348-7592.

LOCAL GRIND 1585 N. Milwaukee: Music at 10 PM; no cover. Friday, Scott Stenten with Matt Geraghty & Mike Casio. Saturday, Ryan Schultz Quartet with Mike Allemana, Matt Geraghty & Mike Schlick. 773-489-3490.

LUSH LIFE 226 E. Ontario: Restaurant with music at 9:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays, Henry Johnson Organ Express. Monday, jam session with Henry Johnson. Tuesday, Harvie Swartz & Akio Sasajima. Wednesday and Thursday, Harvie Swartz/Akio Sasajima Trio. 312-649-5874.

LYONS DEN 1934 W. Irving Park: Sunday, 10 PM, the All Rectangle. 773-871-3757.

MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln: Sunday, 10 PM, Bobby Broom Trio. Next Sunday, October 1, 10 PM, California Guitar Trio. 773-404-9494.

MIA CUCINA 56 W. Wilson, Palatine: Restaurant with music at 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; no cover. Friday and Saturday, Mueller Group. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Breaking Point. 847-358-4900.

NEW APARTMENT LOUNGE 504 E. 75th: Tuesdays, 10 PM, open jam with Von Freeman & friends. Wednesdays, 9 PM, Clarence Wheeler. 773-483-7728.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Sunday, 8 PM, Thomas Ankersmit & guests. 773-743-3355.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Restaurant with music at 8:30 PM. Friday and Saturday, Chris Greene & New Perspective. Mondays, Ron Perillo Trio. Tuesday, Bobby Broom Trio. Thursday, Geoffrey Bradfield Trio. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Gephart Long Quartet. 847-328-0399.

PHILANDER'S OAK PARK 1120 Pleasant, Oak Park: Fridays, 9:30 PM, King Fleming Trio. Saturdays, 9:30 PM, Rankinfyle. Mondays, 7:30 PM, Lori McClain Trio. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Pat Williams Trio. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Eddie Harrison Trio. Thursdays, 8 PM, Valerie Booker Trio. 708-848-4250.

PIANO MAN 3801 N. Clark: Music at 9 PM. Friday, Martha Lorin Trio. Saturday, Michael Mason & the Exploratory Quintet. Wednesdays, open mike. Next Saturday, September 30, Phil Kidder. 773-472-2956.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE 2934 N. Sheffield: Music at 9 PM on weekends, 8:30 PM on weeknights. Friday, Marshall Vente Quartet. Saturday, Redd Holt Quartet. Sunday, Yoko Noge Trio. Mondays, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman. Tuesdays, Paulinho Garcia & Grazyna Auguscik. Wednesday, Scott Stevenson Trio. Thursdays, Kari Nelson Quartet. Next Friday, September 29, Tim Tobias Quartet. Next Saturday, September 30, Jimmy Ellis Quartet. Next Sunday, October 1, Elaine Dame Trio. 773-472-1000.

POPS HIGHWOOD 214 Green Bay, Highwood: Music at 8:30 PM. Friday, Typhanie Monique. Saturday, Alison Ruble Quartet. Tuesdays, Steve Frisbie & Liam Davis. Wednesdays, Mark Madsen Trio. Thursdays, Suede & Blue Roy. Next Friday, September 29, Rankinfyle. Next Saturday, September 30, Ken Chaney Trio. 847-266-1313.

PORTER'S OYSTER BAR & NIGHTCLUB 446 Virginia (Rte. 14), Crystal Lake: Live jazz at 6:30 PM Sundays. Sunday, Ron Mills Orchestra. 815-477-0340.

PUFFER'S 3356 S. Halsted: Saturday, 3-8 PM, Mick Scott Trio performs as part of Homebrewer's Pride of Southside Oktoberfest. 773-254-7553 or 773-927-6073.

PUMP ROOM Omni Ambassador East Hotel, 1301 N. State Parkway: No cover. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 PM, live piano music; 8:30 PM, Dan Merrigan Trio. Sundays through Thursdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, live piano music. 312-266-0360.

QUENCHERS SALOON 2400 N. Western: Music at 9 PM. Wednesday, Eric Roth Trio. 773-276-9730.

RED 1958 W. Roscoe: Mondays, 10 PM, John Airo's Kung Fu Jazz, John Paris/John Irabagon Quartet (no cover). 773-248-9523.

SMOKE DADDY 1804 W. Division: Tuesdays, 10 PM, Taku Akiyami Trio. Thursday, 10 PM, Dave Clark & the Jazz Jivers. 773-772-6656.

SOME LIKE IT BLACK COFFEE CLUB 1904 S. Michigan: Next Friday, September 29, 9 PM, Oscar Brown Jr. 312-225-4140.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 244 Main, Naperville: Music at 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM Wednesdays and Thursdays; no cover. Fridays, Kevin Kizer Trio. Saturday, Jared Bufe Trio. Wednesdays, Eric Allen Trio. Thursdays and next Saturday, September 30, Mark Maegdlin Trio. 630-305-0230.

SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE 415 N. Dearborn: Music at 6:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM on weeknights. Fridays, Mark O'Connor Trio. Saturdays and Mondays, Donny DeMarco Trio. Tuesdays, Eric Allen Duo. Wednesdays, Juli Wood Duo. Thursday, Kevin Kizer Duo. 312-527-3510.

TORTILLA FLATS 116 Schiller, Elmhurst: Sundays, 5-7:30 PM, and Thursdays, 7-9:30 PM, Essence of Jazz Trio. 630-832-9797.

UNDERGROUND LOUNGE 952 W. Newport: Music after 9 PM. Mondays, Steve Ramsdell Quintet (no cover). 773-327-2739.

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR 10 E. Walton: Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 PM, Lorna Boston & friends (no cover); 11:30 PM-4 AM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Sundays, 1-4 AM, Mark Madsen. Mondays, 1-4 AM, Vince Willis. Tuesdays, 8-10 PM, Lonie Walker; 10 PM-1 AM, Kimberly Gordon Quartet; 1-4 AM, Koco Brunson. Wednesdays, 10:30 PM-4 AM, Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band. Thursdays, 1-4 AM, Vince Willis. 312-266-7761.

VELVET LOUNGE 21281:::2 S. Indiana: Music after 9:30 PM. Friday and Saturday, Douglas Ewart Ensemble. Sundays, 6 PM, jam session with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Josh Abrams, saxophonist Dennis Winslett, and percussionist Colby Watkins. Wednesdays, 9:30 PM, Velvet Lounge Inside/Outside Band with pianist Jodie Christian, trumpeter Walter Henderson, alto saxist Dennis Winslett, bassist Mendi & percussionist Tony Walton. Thursday, Elijah Levi Quartet with George Freeman Tatsu Aoki. Next Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, Fred Anderson Trio with Kobie Watkins. 312-791-9050.

VIKING STEAK HOUSE 27 W 150 Roosevelt, Winfield: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-11 PM, jam session with Bruce Oscar Trio (no cover). 630-653-2110.

VILLA KULA 4518 N. Lincoln: Tearoom and cafe features jazz pianists. Fridays, 6-9 PM, Eric Lugosch; 9 PM, Enrique Granados. Saturdays, 9 PM, Erwin Helfer & John Brumbach. Sundays, 8:30 PM, John Campbell. 773-728-3114.

VILLA VERONE RISTORANTE ITALIANO 416 Hamilton, Geneva: Music at 8 PM; no cover. Fridays, Amber Dawn Trio. Saturdays, Summer Kwai Duo. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Peter Miletic. 630-232-2201.

WILLOW COFFEE & TEA 1100 W. Thorndale: Music at 8 PM. Sundays, 4-6 PM, vocalist Gina McLaughlin; 8 PM, open mike. 773-907-3500.

WINNER'S 4530 N. Lincoln: Music at 10 PM. Friday, Nevada. 773-271-0401.

international

concerts

CHAVA ALBERSTEIN, SUSANA BACA Next Sunday, October 1, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

AZUKAR, SAM BURCKHARDT QUINTET Salsa and swing concert with dance lessons preceding performances. Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. 312-322-0329.

DEBOJYOTI BOSE, SAMAR SAHA & SANGETA KUMAR, SIVAN PERWER Free concert. Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

CHICO CESAR Saturday, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

AJOY CHAKRABORTY, SAMAR SAHA & JYOTI GOHO, ALIM QASIMOV Free concert. Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

STEVE COLEMAN & THE MYSTIC RHYTHM SOCIETY, AFROCUBA DE MATANZAS, VON FREEMAN World Music Festival Chicago concert. Friday, 7 PM, Simpson Theatre, Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore. 312-665-7400.

HAMZA EL DIN, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK ENSEMBLE Free concert. Monday, 6:30 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

HAMZA EL DIN, HASSAN HAKMOUN Free live radio broadcast. Tuesday, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

LILA DOWNS Free in-store performance. Wednesday, 6 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

LILA DOWNS, SUSSAN DEYHIM Free live radio broadcast. Next Friday, September 29, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

LILA DOWNS, MARY JANE LAMOND Next Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

DREPUNG GOMANG MONKS Free concert. Sunday, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-742-1938 or 312-744-6630.

HECTOR FERNANDEZ & TOM KIMBALL Free Spanish guitar concert. Thursday, September 28, 12:15 PM, auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. 312-747-4999.

FREDDY C Free Caribbean music concerts. Saturday, 11 AM, Hegewisch branch, Chicago Public Library, 3048 E. 130th. 312-747-0046. Saturday, 2 PM, Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. 312-747-6915. Next Saturday, September 30, 11 AM, Rogers Park branch, Chicago Public Library, 6907 N. Clark. 312-744-0156.

GOKH-BI SYSTEM, TONY VACCA, MASSAMBA DIOP, MR. GREENWEEDZ World Music Festival Chicago concert. Wednesday, 7:30 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. 773-278-1500, 773-296-1268, ext. 26, or 312-742-1938.

HEDNINGARNA, WIMME Sunday, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

HORIZONTES MEXICANOS performs Mexican music. Saturday, 2 PM, East Mall, Brookfield Zoo, 1st and 31st, Brookfield. 708-485-0263, ext. 879.

AASHISH KHAN & SWAPAN CHAUDHURI Next Sunday, October 1, 4 PM (preceded by a free carnatic dance workshop at noon and a free discussion with Khan & Chaudhuri at 2:30 PM), Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

MARY JANE LAMOND Free in-store performance. Thursday, September 28, 3 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

MARY JANE LAMOND, LIZ CARROLL Free concert. Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630 or 312-742-1938.

LENINE Free in-store performance. Friday, noon, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

LO' JO Free concert. Tuesday, 5:30 PM, Harper Court, 52nd Place and Harper. 312-742-1938.

MARIACHI JUVENIL TENOXTITLAN performs mariachi music. Sunday, 3 PM, East Mall, Brookfield Zoo, 1st and 31st, Brookfield. 708-485-0263, ext. 879.

BILL MILLER Friday, 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

OLIVER MTUKUDZI & BLACK SPIRITS, BILL MILLER Free live radio broadcast. Friday, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

MUSIC FROM CHINA Free concert. Sunday, 3 PM, 57th Street Children's Book Fair, 57th and Kimbark. 773-536-8103.

MUSIC WITHOUT BOUNDARIES with Pundit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute), Egberto Gismonti (piano, guitar, and clarinet), Vijay Ghate (tabla), and Anandan Sivamani (percussion). Saturday, 7 PM, Paramount Arts Centre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora. 630-896-6666 or 312-559-1212.

NASS MARRAKECH Free concert and workshop for children. Next Friday, September 29, 10:30 AM, DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. 773-947-0600 ext. 271 or 312-742-1938.

NASS MARRAKECH, GUILLERMO ANDERSON Next Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

JESUS "CHUY" NEGRETE Free biligual concert of Chicano corridos with poetry and an oral history of the Chicago labor movement. Thursday, September 28, 6 PM, Toman branch, Chicago Public Library, 4005 W. 27th. 312-747-8114.

LA PE--A Latin music showcase features son jaracho music with Mono Blanco; free admission. Wednesday, 8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 773-728-6000.

SIVAN PERWER Free live radio broadcast. Monday, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

PLENA LIBRE Free concert. Friday, 7:30 PM (at Chicago Summerdance; preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM), Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison and Balbo. 312-742-4007.

ALIM QASIMOV ENSEMBLE Free in-store performance. Tuesday, noon, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

ALIM QASIMOV Free live radio broadcast. Wednesday, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

SHIRIM World Music Festival Chicago concert at Chicago Summerdance. Sunday, 3 PM (preceded by dance lessons at 2 PM), Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison and Balbo. 312-742-1938 or 312-742-4007.

SIKIM Free concert. Next Sunday, October 1, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630.

SONES DE MEXICO Sunday, 2 PM, East Mall, Brookfield Zoo, 1st and 31st, Brookfield. 708-485-0263, ext. 879.

STEEL EXPRESS Saturday, 1 PM, East Mall, Brookfield Zoo, 1st and 31st, Brookfield. 708-485-0263, ext. 879.

OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK & HIS ENSEMBLE Free in-store performance. Sunday, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

BOUBACAR "KAR KAR" TRAORE Free in-store performance. Saturday, 2 PM, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

BOUBACAR "KAR KAR" TRAORE, EDDIE C. CAMPBELL & WILLIE "BIG EYES" SMITH Saturday, 8 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-397-4010.

TRIBUS FUTURAS Free Andean music concerts. Saturday, 2 PM, Mount Greenwood branch, Chicago Public Library, 11010 S. Kedzie. 312-747-2805. Sunday, noon, East Mall, Brookfield Zoo, 1st and 31st, Brookfield. 708-485-0263, ext. 879. Wednesday, 7 PM, auditorium, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616. Next Saturday, September 30, 2 PM, Marshall Square branch, Chicago Public Library, 2724 W. Cermak. 312-747-0061.

TRIO LOS CHALANES performs criolla music. Saturday, noon, East Mall, Brookfield Zoo, 1st and 31st, Brookfield. 708-485-0263, ext. 879.

TONY VACCA & MASSAMBA DIOP WITH GOKH-BI SYSTEM Free concert. Monday, 5:30 PM, Harper Court, 52nd Place and Harper. 773-363-8282.

JACI VELASQUEZ, PLUS ONE Friday, 8 PM, North Central College, 450 S. Brainard, Naperville. 800-965-9324.

WOFA World Music Festival Chicago concert. Next Sunday, October 1, 3 PM, DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. 773-947-0600 or 312-742-1938.

SAVINA YANNATOU & PRIMAVERA EN SALONICO Free live radio broadcast. Thursday, September 28, 12:30 PM, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-6630. Free in-store performance. Next Friday, September 29, noon, Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. 312-573-0564.

ZLATNE USTE BALKAN BRASS BAND Free concerts. Saturday, 7:30 PM (at Chicago Summerdance; preceded by dance lessons at 6 PM), Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison and Balbo. 312-742-4007. Sunday, 3 PM, front plaza, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. 312-397-4010.

international

clubs

CLUB RITMO LATINO 2554 W. Diversey: Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 PM, salsa & merengue, bachata, and mambo dancing (no cover). 773-276-5762.

CLUB 720 720 N. Wells: DJs spin salsa and merengue, rock en español, and progressive underground Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays. 312-397-0600.

DOUBLE DOOR 1572 N. Milwaukee: Friday, 10 PM, Antibalis, Funkadesi, Slavic Soul Party. Saturday, 10 PM, Vezhliviy Otlaz, Isotope 217. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Los de Abajo, Comifo, DJ Daniel Givens. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Mino Cinelu, Los de Abajo. 773-489-3160.

EMPTY BOTTLE 1035 N. Western: Monday, 9:30 PM, Naftule's Dream, Hedningarna. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Trevor Watts Moire Music. 773-276-3600.

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn: Thursday, September 28, 9 PM, Orquesta Arabu. 312-266-1944.

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 2200 N. Ashland: Tuesday, 9 PM, salsa music with Eliezer y Su Combo. 773-395-0066.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Thursday, September 28, 10 PM, Matapat, Mono Blanco. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, Guillermo Anderson, Ceibana. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire, LeRoy Bach. 773-227-4433.

HOLLYWOOD EAST 5650 N. Broadway: Fridays, 10 PM, Angel D'Cuba & His Sugarcanes. Saturday, Belize Independence celebration with Karl Watson & the New Dynamics, DJ Myke Wade. Next Saturday, September 30, Dan Boadi & the Ghannatta Band. 773-271-4711.

HOTHOUSE 31 E. Balbo: World Music Festival Chicago concerts Friday through next Sunday, October 1. Friday, 9:30 PM, Boubacar Traore, Oliver Mtukudzi. Saturday, 9 PM, Tatsu Aoki's Myumi Project, Steve Coleman & the Mystic Rhythm Society. Sunday, 7 PM, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Chico Cesar. Monday, 8 PM, Wimme, Sivan Perwer. Tuesday 8 PM, Hassan Hakmoun, Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures, Hamid Drake, Tony Vacca, Massamba Diop & Gokh-bi System. Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Backyard Variety Show hosted by Douglas Grew, Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures, Lo' Jo. Thursday, 8 PM, Lila Downs, Savina Yannatou. Next Friday, September 29, 9:30 PM, Nass Marrakech, Trevor Watts Moire Music. Next Saturday, September 30, 10 PM, WOFA, Comifo. Next Sunday, October 1, 8 PM, Bobby Conn, Mino Cinelu. 312-362-9707.

HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn: Thursday, September 28, 9 PM, Sentidos Opuestos. Next Saturday, September 30, 9 PM, La Ley. 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000.

LITTLE BUCHAREST & EURO CAFE 3001 N. Ashland: Restaurant & cafe. Tuesdays, 8 PM, Valerie Booker performs Latin jazz. Wednesdays, 8 PM, Breno Sauer plays Brazilian tango and jazz. 773-929-8640.

LULA CAFE 2537 N. Kedzie: Next Sunday, October 1, 7 PM, violinist Elisabeth Johnson & accordionist Robert Cruz-Orofino perform contemporary tango and musette. 773-489-9554.

MAD BAR 1640 N. Damen: DJs spin nightly after 9 PM Fridays and Sundays, 10 PM Saturdays and Mondays through Thursdays. Wednesdays, flamenco music with Grupo Kaskara, DJ Mel Hammond. Thursdays, Samba Brazil, DJ Redlocks. 773-227-2277.

METRO 3730 N. Clark: Friday, 10 PM, Los Mocosos, Vezhliviy Otlaz, Ulele, DJ Warp. Next Friday, September 29, 10 PM, Amon Tobin, Karsh Kale with Sussan Deyhim, U-Cef, Badawi, Sultan 32, Notorius WIG, T.S. Soundz. 773-549-0203.

EL NANDU 2731 W. Fullerton: Thursdays through Saturdays, 8:30 PM, South American music. 773-278-0900.

NO EXIT 6970 N. Glenwood: Thursday, September 28, 9 PM, "Noche Mexicana" with Gonzalo y Rudy Nalini, Margarita y Miriam, and guest poets. 773-743-3355.

THE NOTE 1565 N. Milwaukee: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, DJ Papichulo spins salsa & Latin grooves. Thursdays, 10 PM, Chicago Samba. 773-489-0011.

ONCE UPON A THAI 3705 N. Southport: Restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM, Thai classical music. 773-935-6433.

PASHA 642 N. Clark: Music at 10 PM. Tuesdays, Bandoleros. Wednesdays, Chicago Samba. 312-397-0100.

PETE MILLER'S STEAKHOUSE 1557 Sherman, Evanston: Wednesdays, 8:30 PM, Casolando. 847-328-0399.

RANCHO LUNA 3357 W. Peterson: Fridays, 7 PM, Caesar Fuentes; 10 PM, DJ Storm spins salsa & merengue. Saturdays, 7 PM, Rancho Luna Orchestra Tropical; 10 PM, DJ Storm spins salsa & merengue. Sundays, 7 PM, Son del Caribe. Tuesdays, 9 PM, DJ Martin Master Zayas (preceded by dance lessons at 7 PM). 773-509-9332.

REZA'S 432 W. Ontario: Restaurant. Nightly at 6:30 PM, cimbalom player Alex Udvary & violinist Jovan. 312-664-4500.

6ODUM 2116 W. Chicago: Saturday, 10 PM, Spanish sound artist Francisco Lopez (see Critic's Choice). 312-666-4412 or 773-227-3617.

SKADARLIJA 4024 N. Kedzie: Restaurant featuring eastern European music. Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 PM, Skadarlija Ensemble. 773-463-5600.

SMART BAR 3730 N. Clark: DJs spin nightly after 10 PM. Next Friday, September 29, Badawi, Sultan 32, Notorius WIG, T.S. Soundz. 773-549-4140.

UNDER THE PICASSO Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington: Free noontime programs. Friday, Antibalas. Monday, Zlatne Uste. Tuesday, 11:30 AM, Austrian-American music and song; 12:30 PM, Lo' Jo. Wednesday, salsa music with Miguel Mendez. 312-346-3278.

VILLA KULA 4518 N. Lincoln: Tea room and cafe. Fridays, 9 PM, Enrique Granados. 773-728-3114.

WHAM BONGO BAR 111 W. Hubbard: Fridays, 9 PM, Dr. Brad & Company (no cover). Saturday, 10 PM, Dr. Brad & the Ivory Coast. Thursdays, 9 PM, open percussion jam. 312-396-9426.

classical

ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET with violist Paul Biss (Bartok, Walton, Mozart). Sunday, 3 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 847-835-5084.

AMELIA PIANO TRIO in a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert (Beethoven, Ravel). Free admission. Wednesday, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 312-744-1430 or 312-744-6630.

AMERICAN OPERA GROUP performs Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Next Friday, September 29, 7:30 PM, and next Sunday, October 1, 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. 773-342-4796.

ANI AZNAVOORIAN AND MARTA AZNAVOORIAN cello and piano (Schumann, Martinu, D. Scarlatti, Shostakovich, Cassado). Friday, 8 PM, and Sunday, 3 PM, Music in the Loft, 1017 W. Washington. 312-243-9233.

KELLY BARR violin, with pianist Andrea Swan (Ravel, Franck, Massenet, Kreisler). Sunday, 3 PM, Illinois Math and Science Academy, 1800 Sullivan, Aurora. 630-859-3292.

BRAD BRICKNER, BOBBY EVERSON, AND GARY JENSEN clarinet, percussion, and piano, in a free concert (Finzi, Chatman, Onofrey, Bolcom, Vaughan Williams). Thursday, September 28, 12:15 PM, Fulton Recital Hall, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th. 773-702-8098.

CAVATINA DUO (Piazzolla, Rodrigo, Yague, Takemitsu, Ruiz-Pipo, Denisov). Sunday, 3 PM, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan, Lake Forest. 847-735-5169.

CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS (Nielsen, Schumann, Dvorak). Sunday, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston. 312-225-5226.

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA Paul Freeman, conductor, with pianist Yin Ma and steel pan player Liam Teague (Selciano, Ravel, Bach, Dvorak). Sunday, 2:30 PM, Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. Monday, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-857-1062.

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan: Friday and Saturday, 8 PM, and Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor and piano (Thomas, Mahler). Thursday and next Friday, September 29, 8 PM, Daniel Barenboim, conductor, with mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier and baritone Bo Skovhus (Mahler, Varese). Preconcert talks are given one hour and 15 minutes before each performance. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

COLORADO STRING QUARTET (Haydn, Shostakovich, Brahms). Sunday, 3 PM, auditorium, Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main, Downers Grove. 630-969-2069 or 630-963-9093.

ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Robert Hanson, conductor, with violinist Itzhak Perlman (Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Bizet). Saturday, 8 PM, Hemmens Auditorium, 150 Dexter, Elgin. 847-888-0404.

GATEWAYS MUSIC FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE in free concerts (Beethoven, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Leon). Friday, 8 PM, DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Saturday, 10 AM and 1:30 PM, Merit Music Program Recital Hall, Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk. 312-947-0600 or 312-294-3094.

GIA MIA 324 Burr Ridge, Hinsdale: Restaurant. Fridays and Saturdays, guitarist Goran Ivanovic. 630-734-0300.

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH SENIOR CHOIR Paul Bouman, conductor, with the Faith Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir of Glen Ellyn in a religious service (Bach). Sunday, 3:45 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division, River Forest. 708-366-6900.

LINDA HOLZER in a free program of 20th-century piano music (Okumura, Mompou, Villa-Lobos, Prokofiev, Debussy, Ellington, Zwilich, Barber). Next Sunday, October 1, 4 PM, Chapel of Our Lord, Addison Hall, Concordia University, 7400 Augusta, River Forest. 708-209-3060.

ILLINOIS CHAMBER SYMPHONY Terrance Gray, conductor, with vocalist Michael Devine and the Heartland Voices (Bernstein, Bach, Walker, Part). Saturday, 7:30 PM, Norris Theatre, Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham, Saint Charles. 630-584-7200, ext. 10.

LAKE STREET CHURCH CHORUS with sopranos Carol Watkins and Dara Hobbs, tenor Roy Smith, baritone Ron Watkins, and string quartet in a free concert (Schubert, Missa Brevis in G). Sunday, 10:30 AM, Lake Street Church, 607 W. Lake, Evanston. 847-864-2181.

RAY LUCK piano. Next Sunday, October 1, 2 PM, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. 312-744-7616.

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker: Saturday, 6 PM, Wednesday, 7:30 PM, and next Sunday, October 1, 2 PM, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, with tenor Vladimir Galouzine, soprano Katarina Dalayman, and baritone Bo Skovhus (Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades). See Critic's Choice. 312-332-2244.

WALTRAUD MEIER, BO SKOVHUS, AND DANIEL BARENBOIM soprano, baritone, and piano, in an all-Mahler program. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

MUSICIANS OF ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL in a free concert (Bach, Buonamente, Posch, Vaughan Williams, Rorem, Vierne, R. Strauss, and others). Saturday, 7:30 PM, St. James Lutheran Church, 1380 N. Waukegan, Lake Forest. 847-234-4859 or 847-486-9515.

CHRISTOPHER PARKENING AND JUBILANT SYKES guitar and baritone, in a program of Latin American music (Crespo, Lauro, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Brouwer). Thursday, September 28, 8 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5010.

MICHAEL PISARO and others in a performance of new music (Pisaro, Glass, and others). Sunday, 2:30 PM, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, 1967 South Campus, Evanston. 847-491-4001.

NAOMI ROWLEY organ (Mendelssohn, Gade, Diemer, Zwart, Bedard, Wesley, Hovland, and others). Sunday, 4 PM, Pullman United Methodist Church, 112th and Saint Lawrence. 708-579-5433.

SALT CREEK SINFONIETTA Dan Pasquale D'Andrea, conductor, with cellist Ted Scropos and the Redeemer Lutheran Church Choir (Beethoven, Brahms, Popper). Sunday, 3 PM, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E. First St., Hinsdale. 630-415-2899.

SAVOY-AIRES perform excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Sunday, 3 PM, First Congregational Church of Evanston, 1445 Hinman, Evanston. 847-864-8332.

SAMUEL SORIA organ (Bach, Guilain, Vierne, Reubke). Next Sunday, October 1, 3:30 PM, Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State. 312-664-6963.

LISA AND ANNA STELTENPOHL viola and oboe, in a free concert. Monday, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 708-442-9453.

STEVEN SUVADA guitar, performs music of Chicago composer Richard Pick in a free concert. Next Sunday, October 1, 3 PM, Sullivan Auditorium, Loyola University, 6525 N. Sheridan. 773-508-8327.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE Barbara Schubert, conductor (Ravel, Berg, Reger, Schoenberg, Webern, Zemlinsky). Saturday, 7 PM, Fulton Recital Hall, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th. 773-702-8098.

WHEATON COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE AND CONCERT CHOIR (DeMeij). Next Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton. 630-752-5010.

fairs & festivals

BRIDGEPORT UNITY FESTIVAL 32nd St. between Green and Lituanica: Saturday, 11:30 AM-6 PM, Armour School Pop Group & others. 312-326-2282.

DOWNTOWN OAK PARK OKTOBERFEST North Blvd. and Marion, Oak Park: Friday, 5 PM, Cravin's; 8:30 PM, Ides of March. Saturday, noon, Pretzel Benders; 2 PM, Yoko Noge & Jazz Me Blues; 4 PM, Bongolicious Jazztet; 6 PM, Bumble Bee Bob & the Stingers; 8:30 PM, Lonnie Brooks. Sunday, noon, Summer Kwai; 2 PM, Beki Hemingway; 4 PM, Supreme Quartet with Adi Mac; 6:30 PM, Aswah Greggori & the Enforcers. 708-383-4145.

ELIM'S DUTCH FESTIVAL on the grounds of Elim Christian Services, 13020 S. Central, Palos Heights: Saturday, 11 AM and 1:45 PM, Fairhaven Dixieland Gospel Praise Band; 1:05 PM, Elim Christian Services Choir. 708-389-0555.

ESCHIKAGOU POWWOW Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago, 59th and Dorchester: Saturday, 10 AM-8 PM (reggae ensemble Native Roots performs at 6 PM), and Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM, free Gathering of Nations event features American Indian musicians, dancers, artisans, and culinary offerings. 888-974-5004.

SEPTEMBER STROLL CREOLE FEST Madison and Hannah, Forest Park: Saturday, 2 PM, Phil Baron & Jump City; 6 PM, Midway Cajun Ramblers. 708-771-4777.

miscellaneous

AVE SINGERS Program includes readings by Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau; free admission. Sunday, 1:30 and 3 PM, Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. 312-443-3600.

RIVES COLLINS Free family concert. Next Sunday, October 1, 10 AM, Kraft Education Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams. 312-857-7161.

THE HIDEOUT 1354 W. Wabansia: Sunday, 4-7 PM, children's show with Jon Langford, Rick "in a Woodpile" Sherry, Janet Beveridge Bean & others. 773-227-4433.

KIDS FARE: READY, SET, MARCH! Children's concert with the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band (children should bring an instrument to play). Saturday, 10:30 AM, Trienens Hall (park in the Ryan Field west lot), Northwestern University, Ashland north of Central, Evanston. 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

JOHN LITHGOW with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a family concert. Saturday, 11 AM and 12:30 PM, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

NASS MARRAKECH Free concert and workshop for children. Next Friday, September 29, 10:30 AM, DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. 773-947-0600 ext. 271.

NOAH'S ARK 1704 W. 69th: Next Saturday, September 30, 4 PM, "Gospel Poetry" open mike hosted by the Christian Poet Society. 708-865-7981.

SCHILLER BO 9500 Irving Park, Schiller Park: Saturday and next Saturday, September 30, 8:30 PM, Smokin' Goose's "Just the Gigolo: A Musical Potpourri." 708-452-5630.

SONGS FOR WIGGLEWORMS Children's concert. Sunday, 4 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music Children's Center, 909 W. Armitage. 773-728-6000.

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