DOUBLE PLAY This week: rare baseball films at the Block, America’s pastime circa 1858 at Cantigny.
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concerts Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts Chicago Blues Festival and more
Play six degrees of Howlin’ Wolf, the legendary Chicago musician who would have turned 100 on Thursday: On June 10, Bassekou Kouyate closes his Music Without Borders concert of Malian folk with a set devoted to Wolf—with Eddie Shaw, Otis Taylor, and Wolf’s longtime guitarist Hubert Sumlin sitting in. Then, on June 11, Blues Fest plugs in with a bang when Sumlin and a roster of fellow Wolf alumni play at 5; the blues harmonica giant James Cotton and Matt “Guitar” Murphy, colleagues from Wolf’s early days in Mississippi, reunite at 7:20; and the young transatlantic-singer-on-the-rise Zora Young, a distant relative of Wolf’s, leads a tribute to him and the late blues pianist Sunnyland Slim, with Sumlin on guitar once again, at 8:25.
GO: Kouyate: June 10 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. 312-742-1168. Blues Fest: June 11-13 from 11 to 9:30. Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus. chicagobluesfestival.us
ALSO THIS WEEK: Chicago’s hippest hip-hop duo, The Cool Kids, play a free lunchtime gig in Millennium Park, June 14 at noon; call 312-742-1168 for details.
Photography: (left) National Baseball Hall of Fame Library; (right) Jim Frazier