There's a lot of great folk music in the Chicago area this week, as there is every week. Coming up with a new grabber headline is the hard part.
Monday, August 18.
Leo Kottke at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St, Chicago. 8 pM. $30 - $40.
Tuesday, August 19.
Sue Fink at Woodstock Farmers' Market. 11 AM.
Folk Festival with Lilli Kuzma includes a segment on the National Barn Dance with Stephen Perry and Paul Tyler, and Chris Farrell live in-studio. 90.9 FM or www.wdcb.org. 8 PM.
Wednesday, August 20.
Pierce and Grace Pettis, plus David Hawkins, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 Devon Ave, Chicago. 8 PM. $15.
Thursday, August 21.
Merv Collins at Elgin Harvest Market - somewhere in Elgin, we presume. 11 AM.
The aforementioned Merv Collins at Katie's Cup, 502 7th St, Rockford. 6:30 PM.
Jeff and Ben Daniels at Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston. 7 PM. $25 - $45.
Acoustic Music Jam in Grayslake. Contact Jeff Justman at (847)989-9634 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Chris Walz and Mark Dvorak perform a house concert to benefit Feline Friends Chicago, on the north side. To RSVP and/or for details, email Ria at email@example.com. 7:30 PM. $20.
Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash, Chicago. 5:30 PM.
Chris Farrell at Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St, Downers Grove. 8:15 PM. $7.
Grace and Pierce Pettis, plus David Hawkins, perform a house concert in Lake Forest. The contact is firstname.lastname@example.org., 8 PM.
Saturday, August 23.
David Hawkins and Friends (and Dave has lots of friends) at Cellar Gate Wine Market, 524 Sheridan Rd, Highwood. 7:30 PM.
Merv Collins, who seldom puts his guitar back in the case, at Lisle French Market, 925 Burlington, Lisle. 9 AM.
Sanctified Grumblers at Skokie Backlot Bash, Oakton and Niles Center Roads, Skokie. 3 PM.
Eric Noden at the Honky Tonk Bar B Q, 1800 S. Racine, Chicago. 7:30 PM.
Megan McDonough at Twisted Q Bar B Q, 2053 Ridge Rd, Homewood. 8 PM. $12.
Andina and Rich at the Edgewater Farmers' Market, 6034 N. Broadway, Chicago. 9 AM.
Simeon Peebler and Liz Chidester at Grand Tour, 2434 W. Montrose, Chicago. 9 PM.
Sunday, August 24.
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues Band, plus Sons of the Never Wrong, at City Winery, 1200 Randolph St, Chicago. 2 PM.
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