Sound check: Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams play Evanston's Out of Space weekend

  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters headline Friday night's Out of Space concert in Evanston.

    Elvis Costello & the Imposters headline Friday night's Out of Space concert in Evanston. Courtesy of Mark Seliger

 
 
Updated 8/3/2022 12:54 PM

Out of Space with Costello, Williams and Guy

Evanston SPACE introduces the first of its two 2022 Out of Space concert series this weekend, with four shows set under the stars at the Canal Shores Golf Course in Evanston. On Thursday, indie folk singer Jenny Lewis headlines the show, joined by the bluegrass-inspired Tramped By Turtles. Friday, Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets and Nicole Atkins join Elvis Costello & the Imposters in the spotlight. Saturday brings Lucinda Williams and Waxahatchee, along with Liam Kazar, to town. And Sunday, Todd Park Mohr (of Big Head Todd & the Monsters) and Bobby Rush warm things up for Chicago's own blues legend Buddy Guy. Bring blankets or lawn seats and enjoy the show from the course's first and second holes.

 

• Jenny Lewis: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, (gates at 5 p.m.) at Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston. $45 for general admission; $145 for VIP. outofspaceconcerts.com.

• Elvis Costello: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, (gates at 5 p.m.) at Canal Shores. $49.50 for GA; $189.50 for VIP.

• Lucinda Williams: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, (gates at 5 p.m.) at Canal Shores. $49.50 for GA; $149.50 for VIP.

• Buddy Guy: 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, (gates at 5 p.m.), at Canal Shores. $45 for GA; $160 for VIP.

Southern rock meets modern alternative when The Revivalists head to Ravinia Festival Saturday, Aug. 6.
Southern rock meets modern alternative when The Revivalists head to Ravinia Festival Saturday, Aug. 6. - Courtesy of Zackary Michaels
The Revivalists at Ravinia

With one foot in classic Southern rock, the other in modern alternative and their head in the clouds belting out soaring soulful melodies, The Revivalists harness their Louisiana roots in their fiery stage performances and platinum-selling hits. The eight-member New Orleans outfit pays a visit to Highland Park for an outdoor show full of heat and heart, joined by rock singer-songwriter Grace Potter.

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, (gates open at 5 p.m.) at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park. $44 for lawn, $75-$110 for reserved pavilion seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org.

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Linden Method/Take the Reins release show

With this spring's catchy new single and witty video "I'm at Your Door," West Suburban punk rock band Take the Reins launched a new season of music, including the recent release of the seven-song EP of the same name. The Linden Method is jumping back on the release game with last week's single "Monsters Inside," the first of a set of new pop-punk songs the band -- originally hailing from DuPage and suburban Cook County -- will be dropping. The two bands team up on a dual-release show along with Guardrail at Chicago's GMan Tavern for a night full of new music and the camaraderie of the city's thriving punk scene.

9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 549-2050 or gmantavern.com.

Rising stars at Lincoln Hall

Talk about a hot show! Some of Chicago's indie rising acts-to-know head to Lincoln Hall this weekend as ZORILA -- originally from Plainfield and Central Illinois -- brings its recent single "Honey" and an increasingly lush alt-rock sound to the headlining slot, joined by indie pop stars The Mild West, Chicago hip-hop and recording artist Young Xav and dream-popsters Capital Soirée.

9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15 ($20 at the door). lh-st.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Town's 11th Anniversary Soiree

The Town Bar & Grill marks 11 years in Aurora with an all-day celebration Saturday. Enjoy brunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a taco bar later in the day, bags tournaments with a cash prize and music from Chicago's All-American Throwbacks.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at The Town Bar & Grill, 2681 E. New York St., Aurora. Free general admission, but $10 for brunch, $20 for bottomless mimosas and entry fees for the tournaments. Get tickets at eventbrite.com.

Beloved West Suburban punk rockers Take the Reins plays two album-release shows this weekend: Friday night at GMan Tavern with The Linden Method and Guardrail; and Saturday at Siren Records in McHenry with Shining Nothing.
Beloved West Suburban punk rockers Take the Reins plays two album-release shows this weekend: Friday night at GMan Tavern with The Linden Method and Guardrail; and Saturday at Siren Records in McHenry with Shining Nothing. - Courtesy of Take the Reins
Take the Reins, part 2

If you can't make Friday night's release show, catch Take the Reins for a free in-store record release performance at Siren Records. Special guest Shining Nothing will join TTR, playing and hanging out all afternoon at the McHenry indie record store.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Siren Records, 3902 Main St., McHenry. Free. takethereins.bandcamp.com or sirenrecordsmchenry.com.

Soundboard Sessions

With the success of its inaugural outing, Andrew Moore of Elgin's Watch City brings two out-of-town acts for the second edition of Soundboard Sessions, a new concert series featuring recording artists playing stripped-down, acoustic performances live in front of fans at Vern's Tavern. This weekend, emo-folk artist Lester. and indie-rocker Danny VanZandt head to Elgin from Detroit, Michigan, for the intimate show.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Vern's Tavern, 76 S. Grove St., Elgin. $15 general admission; $35 VIP includes early seating and a preshow cocktail hour with premium open bar and specialty cocktails. facebook.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at bshamie@dailyherald.com, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). He also keeps tabs on the Chicago music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.

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