Best Bets this week: Chicago Jazz Festival and John Hiatt at Ravinia

 
 
Posted8/27/2018 10:15 AM
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  • Jazz pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis performs at the Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion Saturday, Sept. 1.

    Jazz pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis performs at the Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion Saturday, Sept. 1. Associated Press, 2011

  • Grammy Award-winner Kurt Elling performs at the Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 30.

    Grammy Award-winner Kurt Elling performs at the Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 30. Courtesy of Anna Webber

  • Orbert Davis performs as part of the Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

    Orbert Davis performs as part of the Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Jazz celebration

Orbert Davis, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling and Ramsey Lewis are just a few of the headliners for the 40th annual Chicago Jazz Festival. The concerts begin Wednesday at two venues: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., and at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. Free. chicagojazzfestival.us. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sept. 1; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; and 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt shares a concert bill with The Goners and Sonny Landreth at Ravinia Thursday, Aug. 30.
Singer-songwriter John Hiatt shares a concert bill with The Goners and Sonny Landreth at Ravinia Thursday, Aug. 30. - Courtesy of Jim McGuire
'Turning' anniversary

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album "Slow Turning" when John Hiatt & The Goners perform with guest Sonny Landreth at Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $70-$90 pavilion seating; $33-$38 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30

Comedian Taylor Williamson of "America's Got Talent" fame will perform at Zanies in Rosemont.
Comedian Taylor Williamson of "America's Got Talent" fame will perform at Zanies in Rosemont. - Courtesy of NBC
Runner up

Comedian Taylor Williamson ("America's Got Talent," "Last Comic Standing") performs a special set at Zanies at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $20 plus a 2-item purchase. (847) 813-0484 or rosemont.zanies.com. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30

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