Start your Valentine’s Day weekend with live indie folk rock at one of the most intimate venues in Chicagoland. Minneapolis band The Pines kick off a national headlining tour for the new album Above the Prairie at SPACE in Evanston on Friday, February 12. The Pines’ rich Americana pairs perfectly with the introspective musical explorations of special guest Haroula Rose who will preview songs from her soon-to-be released record Here the Blue River. Haroula Rose opens for The Pines at 7:30 p.m. tonight at SPACE, located at 1245 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.
If the groove is in your heart, don’t miss Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Martyrs’ in Chicago on Saturday night. Led by former Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Big Sam Williams, the Funky Nation is a self-described Noladelic PowerFunkin’ supergroup that dishes up an irresistible musical gumbo. Expect a high-energy mix of funk, rock, and hip-hop, steeped in brassy New Orleans jazz guaranteed to move your body.
“We play music for everybody,” Big Sam explained recently. “It’s not just funk; that’s the foundation, but the music goes from funk to rock to wild jazz. It’s music about love and partying. Everyone can get down with that.”
Big Sam’s Funky Nation with opener Swamp Heat play Martyrs’ at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feburary 13. Tickets are available online for $12, and for $15 day of show at the club, located at 3855 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
Theatre lovers have even more to celebrate since Valentine’s Day falls during Chicago Theatre Week which runs from February 11 to 21. The fourth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. Take your pick from over 100 productions with tickets specially priced at $15 or $30 each in spaces ranging from neighborhood storefronts to marquee venues in the Loop.
Among Chicago Theatre Week’s highlights this year is Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary tour of the risqué musical Cabaret. The national tour of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshalll’s Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret opened in Chicago at PrivateBank Theatre on February 10. Randy Harrison, best known as Justin in “Queer as Folk,” shines in the role of Emcee. The political issues explored in the musical, which takes place in Berlin on the brink of World War II, are especially pertinent this election year.
Tickets to Jeff Tweedy’s solo benefit concert for beloved restaurant owner Ibrahim Parlak are the perfect gift for those with big hearts who heart Wilco. The band’s frontman will perform at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan on February 26. Proceeds from the show will be donated to help cover Parlak’s legal fees. The Turkish immigrant, who owns Café Gulistan in Harbert, Michigan, is fighting deportation after 24 years.