From iconic Cher hits to ambient Icelandic chamber music, hip-hop and sunny New Zealand tunes, this week’s concert lineup in Chicago has something for everyone.
Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
Grammy vocalist Lisa Fischer has supported the likes of the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner and Sting on stage. After being featured in the film Twenty Feet form Stardom, she’s stepping out of the backup role and into her rightful place in the spotlight. Marvel at Fischer’s impressive range, whether she’s taking on soul, rock, gospel or pop.
Details: February 4 and 5, 8 p.m. nightly at City Winery; $45-55
Ease into the week with a dreamy evening of introspective lyrics sung over soothing guitar. The project of local singer-songwriter Claudia Ferme, Claude released their debut Enactor EP last spring. With ethereal synths and sometimes cutting lyrics, Claude proves that the simplest composition is often the deepest.
Details: February 4, 8:30 p.m. at the Empty Bottle; free
Icelandic composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds brings his ambient chamber music to Thalia Hall for two nights. His recently released fourth album re:member offers a mysterious musical journey through a variety of genres. Expect the unexpected as Arnalds connects his piano to two player pianos and utilizes keyboard loops to guide the listener into unique soundscapes.
Details: February 6 and 7, 7 p.m. nightly at Thalia Hall; $31-45
Chicago rapper Elton Aura makes his Empty Bottle debut fresh off opening for Noname on her national tour. The energetic artist is one of local hip-hop’s rising stars, along with crewmates Rayvn Lenae and Akenya. Catch Elton performing his debut EP Elevated and say you saw him live before he blew up.
Details: February 7, 8:30 p.m. at the Empty Bottle; $5-8
Despite several farewell tours, Cher can’t keep away. This time the icon heads to town on her “Here We Go Again” tour, inspired by her turn in Mamma Mia 2. Come for a show-stopping performance, revel in her costumes and sing-along to ABBA while watching a legend in action.
Details: February 8, 8 p.m. at the United Center; $109-2,494
Bassel & The Supernaturals
Chicago’s Bassel & The Supernaturals celebrate the release of their new single “Calculated Love” off their upcoming Smoke & Mirrors LP at Lincoln Hall. The catchy song celebrates the everyday Netflix and chill love of sharing pizza in sweatpants just in time for Valentine’s Day. Get funky with your Valentine and groove to Bassel’s Syrian-American neo-soul.
Details: February 8, 8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $12-15
New Zealand engineer turned producer Jock Nowell-Usticke went from producing in his bedroom to performing at festivals in just two years. Since then, he’s been touring the world as Baynk and spreading the sunny soundscapes of New Zealand to the rest of us. Soak in the bass and catch a synth wave to imagine you’re dancing on a Kiwi beach.
Details: February 9, 9 p.m. at Chop Shop; $15-20
J Dilla’s Donuts Feat. Makaya McCraven, Braxton Cook and Chris Turner
Pay tribute to the late J Dilla’s landmark album Donuts with a 20-piece orchestra led by Charlie Coffeen of Sidewalk Chalk. The second annual performance will feature local luminaries Makaya McCraven, Braxton Cook and Chris Turner. All merch sales will benefit Dilla Youth Day 2020.
Details: February 9, 9 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $15-20
Mozes and the Firstborn
Dutch rockers Mozes and the Firstborn are bringing their brand of garage pop to Schuba’s in support of their latest LP, Dadcore. Tongue-in-cheek tracks like “Sad Supermarket Song” blend the mundane elements of dad life with power pop and grimey grunge. You might not feel better about getting older, but Mozes will make it more fun.
Details: February 9, 9 p.m. at Schubas Tavern; $10
Vocalo Winter Block Party
Celebrate the 10th annual Winter Block Party with WBEZ, Vocalo and Young Chicago Authors. The all-ages festival celebrates hip-hop and community with live music, poetry, DJ’s, dance, a pop-up barber shop and more. The free festival offers a fun day of live performances and hands-on activities from local artists.
Details: February 9, 6 p.m. at Metro; free
Celebrate the release of Chicago saxophone trio Twin Talk’s latest album. Their jazz roots lend themselves to spontaneous improvisation and collaboration that’s thrilling to hear live. They even caught the ear of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who offered the use of his April Base studio to record the new LP.
Details: February 10, 9 p.m. at Hideout Inn; $10