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The 12 Best Classic Rock, Blues, and Soul Shows in Chicago This October

The James Hunter Six, Bonnie Raitt, the Cowboy Junkies, and more make an even dozen concerts to see this month.

Photo: Courtesy of James Hunter Music

The James Hunter Six plays SPACE in Evanston on October 9.

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.

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.

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.

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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