It's minus a gazillion degrees outside, so, of course, it's time for Saturday's Maritime Festival.
Tuesday, February 18.
Nora Jane Struthers at City Winery, 1200 Randolph St, Chicgo. 8 PM. $12 - $18.
Chris and Tom Kastle live in-studio, previewing the Chicago Maritime Festival, on Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma, now (and forever) 3 hours, 8 - 11 PM, 90.9 FM, or www.wdcb.org.
Thursday, February 20.
Donna Adler, Chris Farrell, and Robin and Jenny Bienemann at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St, Chicago. 8 PM. $8.
Equinox at The Globe, 1934 Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 9 PM.
Friday, February 21.
Mark Dvorak at Just Goods, 201 7th St, Rockford. 7 PM. $10.
Steve Earl and Leroy Stagger at City Winery, 1200 Randolph St, Chicago. 8 PM. $45 - $65.
Tom Rush at The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 8 PM. $35.
Susan Werner at Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 8 PM. $22 - $42.
Larry O. Dean's Folk You at the Horseshoe, 4115 Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 8 PM.
Saturday, February 22.
Here's that festival we mentioned: The Chicago Maritime Festival is at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St, Chicago, presented, as always, by Tom and Chris Kastle. Lots of all-day maritimey booths, and a constant music stage hosted by Lilli Kuzma of WDCB. 10 AM - 4 PM. Also, evening concert in the auditorium at 7 PM. All-day pass for $30.
Michael Smith, plus Sweeter Gift Trio, at Stained Glass Coffee House, 225 Wilmot Rd, Deerfield. 7 PM. $15.
Edie Holstein and Steve Dawson at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. 3 PM. $10 - $12.
Jazzman Jeff Justman and Howard Shraiberg at Johnny's Kitchen and Tap, 1740 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview. 7 PM.
Sunday, February 23.
Jim and Vivian Craig, plus Fred Campeau and Mitch Thomas at Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport, Chicago. Noon.
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