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Three Concerts This Weekend Will Be Worth Braving the Cold

Why you should see Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Mick Jenkins and Saba, or Hiss Golden Messenger. Or all three!

Hiss Golden Messenger, a North Carolina-based folk musician, performs at Schubas this Sunday   Photo: Harlan Campbell

Forget Chibernation, here are three shows worth bundling up for.

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

1/10 at 8 p.m. A respected name in the Chicago blues scene since the 1950s, Edward Harrington’s Chuck Berry-influenced performances are a perpetual crowd pleaser. He plays tonight to celebrate his 79th birthday—he’s still a spring chicken in blues years—and the show will be recorded for a live album. $15–$27. SPACE, 1245 W. Chicago Ave. evanstonspace.com.

Mick Jenkins + Saba + Noname Gypsy + Dally Auston

1/11 at 9 p.m. You know local MC/producer Saba’s voice from the track “Everybody’s Something” on Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap. Tonight he presents his frisky solo fare, which fits in nicely with the cheeky experimentalism of his pals from the Save Money crew, namely Chance and Vic Mensa, who appear on headliner Mick Jenkins’ track “Crossroads.” $7–$10. Reggie’s Rock Club, 2105 S. State St. reggieslive.com.

Hiss Golden Messenger

1/12 at 8 p.m. M.C. Taylor, a North Carolina-based folk musician who performs under the name Hiss Golden Messenger, makes a stop at Schubas after performing Saturday night at a sold-out tribute show for the singer-songwriter Jason Molina, who passed away in March of last year. Here he gathers an ace collective consisting of a primitive-style guitarist and other folk-leaning multi instrumentalists to play in support of his latest record, Haw. $12. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. schubas.com.

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