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Four Classic Rock and Soul Shows to See in Chicago

Help yourself to some Hot Tuna and then make plans to see Gringo Star.

Gringo Star plays Schubas on December 12.   Photo: Courtesy of Gringo Star

Charles Bradley

12/6 at 9 The former James Brown impersonator, who received a revivalist makeover in the early aughts, went to church at Lollapalooza. His offerings in this more intimate setting, backed by a supercharged horn section, should be even more inspiring. $26. Metro, 3730 N Clark. etix.com

City Winery

12/8 at 8 Hot Tuna. The duo at the center of this Jefferson Airplane spinoff have been playing the blues for more than 20 years. They released a new record, Steady as She Goes, in 2011, but if they just played “Hesitiation Blues” all night, that’d be cool too. $42–$50.
1200 W Randolph. citywinery.com/Chicago

Gringo Star

12/12 at 9 The doo-wop-soaked, reverb-fueled anthems of Atlanta’s Gringo Star add a sunny dash of warmth to mid-December. $12. Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave. schubas.com

Booker T. Jones

12/6 at 7 and 9:30 A veteran Hammond B3 player who’s not afraid to tackle more contemporary artists like Lauryn Hill and Outkast, Jones plays from his expansive catalog of soul classics. $22–$62. Space, 1245 Chicago. evanstonspace.com

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