Tribute to Cole
Acclaimed jazz musician and composer Ramsey Lewis will lead a musical tribute to the legendary 1950s pop-jazz artist Nat King Cole in the suburbs this weekend. Lewis will be joined by guitarist John Pizzarelli in the "Straighten Up and Fly Right" concert event.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets start at $50; finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.
Catch a strong double bill this week at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, when power-pop legend Marshall Crenshaw teams up with roots-rock pioneers the Bottle Rockets. Crenshaw is best known for his melodic guitar rock from the 1980s, including hits like "Someday, Someway" and "Cynical Girl." The Bottle Rockets were part of the 1990s "alternative country" movement that included Uncle Tupelo and the Old 97s. The band's acclaimed first two albums have just been reissued in a two-disc set by local label Bloodshot Records. A night of rock 'n' roll doesn't get much better.
7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $30; oldtownschool.org.
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Local rock favorite Lucky Boys Confusion will perform in the suburbs this weekend. The band formed in DuPage County in the late 1990s and became an international success on the strength of its modern rock sound, which incorporated elements of ska and hip-hop. The band members have gone their separate ways to pursue other musical projects, but they get together for hometown shows every once in a while.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith Street, Palatine. $12; durtynellies.com.