(Old Town School of Folk Music)
Elvis Costello is in town this month—but his equally gifted former colleague shouldn’t get shunted from the limelight.
The acclaimed jazz bassist-vocalist adopts an alt-pop alter ego, Emily’s D+Evolution, with endlessly spectacular results.
The daredevil West Coast woodwind quintet makes its Chicago debut; expect a bravura conquest of any given genre, if not all of them.
The velvet-voiced country troubadour hits town to promote his new album of cowboy songs, “Blue Mountain.”
The three sisters Closner, each more liquid-voiced than the last, together offer a torrent of gorgeous harmonies.
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.