Music notes: Michael Charles brings the blues to Geneva

 
 
Updated 10/13/2015 1:18 PM
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  • Blues singer-guitarist Michael Charles will perform this weekend in Geneva.

    Blues singer-guitarist Michael Charles will perform this weekend in Geneva. Photo courtesy of Jane Rogers

  • The Time Jumpers, a country-swing ensemble, will perform in St. Charles this weekend.

    The Time Jumpers, a country-swing ensemble, will perform in St. Charles this weekend. Photo courtesy of WME Entertainment

Blues master

Michael Charles learned the blues in his native Australia, but he perfected it after moving to the U.S. more than 30 years ago. Today, the singer-songwriter-guitarist is an acclaimed blues artist with multiple Grammy nominations and a permanent spot in the Blues Hall of Fame. Charles will perform two shows in the Chicago area this weekend, including one on Friday in Geneva. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. For information, call (331) 248-0269, or go to evenflowmusic.com. Charles also performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago. $10. Go to houseofblues.com.

Revisiting classic 'Songs'

A true living legend in the world of pop music, Stevie Wonder will revisit his 1976 masterpiece, "Songs in the Key of Life," during a special performance this weekend in Chicago. Wonder was in his late 20s when the album came out, but he was already a seasoned veteran of the music industry, having been signed to his first record deal when he was a child. "Songs" was a sprawling double album that featured a wide range of musical styles and themes. Fans not should not miss this chance to see Wonder perform this enduring work on stage. United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago. Tickets start at $39.50. Go to ticketmaster.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

Country concerts

Suburban fans of country music have a couple of good shows to consider in the coming week at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. First, the Time Jumpers, a country-swing ensemble featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green, will perform Saturday evening. And then country-pop superstar Clint Black comes to town on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Time to dust off that old cowboy hat! The Time Jumpers perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and Clint Black performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $59 for the Time Jumpers, and $39 for Black. Go to oshows.com.

Scottish alt.rock band Idlewild plays Bottom Lounge Monday, Oct. 19.
Scottish alt.rock band Idlewild plays Bottom Lounge Monday, Oct. 19. -
Concerts

The Indigo Girls, Natalie Clark: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $38-$48. (800) 982-2787 or geneseetheatre.com.

Stevie Wonder: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago. $39.50-$149.50. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Bee Gees Night Fever: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Belushi Performance Hall at McAninch Performing Arts Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn. Bee Gees tribute band, $40-$45. VIP $49. Visit atthemac.org.

Josh Groban: 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and Oct. 17, The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. Pop, standards, Broadway and more. $39-$175. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com or ticketmaster.com.

Cellist Steuart Pincombe, vocalist Michelle Pincombe and violinist Lee Joiner with "What Wondrous Love" concert: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Faith Evangelical Covenant Church, 2001 Lakeview Drive, Wheaton. Early American music, featuring spirituals and more. The staging and audience seating is modeled after the traditional shape-note 'square' with the four performers facing one another in the center of the audience. $1-$100. Name-your-own-ticket-price (at the door). 630-653-4140 or musicinfamiliarspaces.com.

Michael Charles Band: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva, Blues. $5-$15. (331) 248-0269 or evenflowmusic.com.

Leon Russell: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $19-$79. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.

The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$99. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.

Ronnie Baker Brooks: 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Raod, Berwyn. $15-$20, (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldnightclub.com.

Giles Corey's Stoned Soul: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn, Rockin' guitar blues. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra with narrator Brian Dennehy: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Tony Award-winning Actor Brian Dennehy narrates Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" and Joseph Schwantner's "New Morning for the World." Violinist Joshua Brown also performs. Adults $32; seniors $30; students $9. $5 surcharge at the door. (630) 941-0202 or elmhurstsymphony.org.

Garbage, Torres: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $42.50. (773) 275-6800 or jamusa.com.

Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Drum and dance troupe features African-themed works. Free. Register at ahml.info.

Juan Gabriel: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Latin, mariachi and more. $79-$235. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Music of the Baroque: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Classical, featuring works by Bach. Soloists include soprano Sherezade Panthaki, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera, tenor Thomas Cooley and baritone Roderick Williams. $38-$75. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org.

Idlewild, The Jaguar Club: 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. Scottish alt.rock. $20. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.

Clint Black: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$89. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.

Kansas: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$89. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.

"Say You Love Me: Fleetwood Mac Turns 40": 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. A musical tribute to legendary band Fleetwood Mac. Julia Merchant, Dan Riley, Scott Simon, Nick Sula and Melissa Young star. $25. (847) 677-7761 or skokietheatre.org,

Information is provided by the entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.

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