36 things to do this week in Chicago | Aug 22-25
Gary Clark Jr. (Mon)
One of the stars of the current Austin, Texas, scene, Gary Clark Jr. plays an impressively raw and restless take on the blues. Stardom is his for the taking, as you can hear on his debut EP, Bright Lights.
eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion (Mon)
Grab a spot on the lawn and tune in to eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion. They'll join forces to toast composer Steve Reich for his 75th birthday. The program includes Reich’s "Double Sextet" jam fest and concludes with the musical road trip "Music for 18 Musicians."
Josh Berman (Tue)
After sweeping Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion with his octet, cornetist Berman pares down his band for an intimate outdoor show on the MCA's terrace.
Peter Bjorn and John (Wed)
Half a decade on, it's a good bet that many people still have Peter Bjorn and John's whistly "Young Folks" stuck in their head. The Swedish band—a bit flatter live than on record—hopes to replace the song with something from its latest album, Gimme Some.
The Knights (Wed)
The Knights are back in Highland Park for an evening of Schubert and Liszt, some of which has been arranged by conductor Eric Jacobsen for the chamber orchestra's smaller numbers.