On Monday, January 28, the public is invited to attend the first installment of Off The Record, a new monthly music series presented by saki and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. To kick off the free series, Brokeback will perform tracks from their new album Brokeback & the Black Rock at 7:00 pm followed by a reception with Provenance snacks, Goose Island beverages, and a DJ set from Thrill Jockey Records on 3716 West Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square.
Having just returned from performing at the Presidential Inauguration, Walt Whitman’s Soul Children of Chicago will perform a special concert at 2:00 pm on February 9. This Family Series performance is in celebration of Black History Month and includes songs performed at the Inauguration. Tickets are $10 for the concert which takes place at Chicago’s Harris Theatre on 205 East Randolph Drive.
On February 19, City Winery Chicago on 1200 West Randolph Street welcomes the Michigan quintet Deadly Gentlemen. The 7:30 pm show features bluegrass with a blend of rock-n-roll. On Sunday, February 24, Company of Thieves plays at the winery. Fronted by Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch, the Chicago-born indie rock outfit takes its inspiration from The Beatles, Billie Holliday, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Nirvana. For more information, visit www.citywinery.com.
Following two sold-out shows at City Winery, Poi Dog Pondering next plays Aurora’s Paramount Theatre on 23 East Galena Boulevard on February 9. “Poi Dog rocked the house last year at the Paramount and now they’re coming back for more,” remarks Paramount’s President and CEO Tim Rater. Tickets for the 8:00 pm show are $35 to $45 and are available at www. ParamountAurora.com.
Bailiwick Chicago Theater Collective Members present the Hope for Joe benefit from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Febuary 8 at Uncommon Ground on 1401 West Devon Avenue in Chicago. Emceed by Kate Garassino and Christopher Pazdernik with musical accompaniment by Aaron Benham and Robert Ollis, the benefit includes musical performances by Julie Bayer, Kevin Bishop, Christin Boulette, Danny Bernardo, Kevin Bishop, Lili-Anne Brown, Katherine Condit, Harmony France, Kate Garassino, Kathleen Gibson, Michael Harnichar*, Ryan Lanning, Mark LeBeau, Bethany Thomas and others. For a $20 ticket, visit bailiwickchicago.com. All proceeds benefit the Joe Garassino Foundation.
The Orion Ensemble, winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, celebrates Women’s History Month by welcoming guest soprano Patrice Michaels for A Voice from Heaven, the third concert series of its 20th Anniversary Season. Performances take place March 10 at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva; March 13 at the PianoForte Salon at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago; and March 17 at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. For tickets and more information, call 630-628-9591 or visit orionensemble.org.