Photo: Courtesy of James Hunter Music
10/1–2 at 8 Ian Hunter and the Rant Band. Hunter, now 74, combines the flamboyant swagger of glam rock with the earnest sensitivity of a confessional singer-songwriter. Get there in time to hear Jon Langford open on 10/1 or Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric on 10/2. $45–$55.
10/22–23 at 8 Shawn Colvin. For all the pretty melodies she delivers, the veteran roots-rock singer-songwriter has always possessed a tough-minded point of view that gives her songs both beauty and bite. $40–$50.
10/26 at 7 and 10 Cowboy Junkies. This group has spent more than a quarter century proffering a languid take on American roots music, centered around Margo Timmins’s hushed, haunted singing. $40–$55.
1200 W Randolph. citywinery.com.
JJ GREY AND MOFRO
10/25 at 8 The hard-belting Grey uses his gravelly voice to punctuate crunching guitars, rambunctious beats, and tart horns. $25 ($28 day of show). Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield. jamusa.com or etix.com.
HUGH LAURIE AND THE COPPER BOTTOM BAND
10/16 at 7:30 On his new record, the House star tackles blues songs from other regions of the country. $47. Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield. jamusa.com or etix.com.
OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
10/10 at 8 Mark Lanegan. Lanegan applies his bluesy rasp to a set of cover songs from his new solo album, Imitations. $25.
10/17 at 7 and 10 The Waterboys. $45.
10/27 at 7 Lizz Wright and Raul Midón. The two adventurous soul singers share the stage: Wright brings her powerful contralto voice to a blend of R&B and gospel, and Midón his guitar prowess and ventriloquist trumpet act. $38 ($2 discount for all shows for school members).
4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org.
10/20 at 7:30 Witness the legendary musician’s scorching slide guitar playing. $49.50–$75. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River, Rosemont. ticketmaster.com.
10/2 at 8 Nick Lowe. The British songwriter plays a solo acoustic show. Blue-eyed-soul veteran Paul Cebar opens. $30–$50.
10/9 at 9 The James Hunter Six. The English singer brings a light touch to retro R&B. $27–$46.
10/12–13 at 7:30 The David Bromberg Quintet. A fine guitarist (and passable singer), Bromberg has displayed a wide, deep knowledge of folk music during a career that stretches back to the ’60s. $24–$46.
1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com.
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