HAR MAR SUPERSTAR
With his wit, brio and relentlessly infectious hooks, Sean Tillmann is completely rewriting the rules for being a pop star.
Japanese-infused jazz, alternately rakish and refined, by a young Chicago quartet headed by guitarist Andrew Trim.
BIRDS OF CHICAGO
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
Singer-songwriters JT Nero and Allison Russell pool their resources for a project that abounds with both sunshine and shade.
R&B crooners Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton come together in what promises to be a swoonworthy summit.
(Logan Center for the Arts)
Ravishing Armenian folk songs from an a cappella of shimmering soprano voices; earthy in one tune, celestial the next.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.