The 17th Annual Jeff Buckley Tribute returns to Chicago at The Uncommon Ground (3800 North Clark St.) on Nov. 17 and 18 and tickets are selling briskly for this year’s event, which has a tradition of selling out every year.
Featured performers this year are: Matthew Santos, Stanton McConnell, Marrow, Mike Maimone (of Mutts), Derek Nelson (of Martin Van Ruin), Todd Kessler, Rory Sullivan, Dan Krochmal, Jme Mann, and Brianna Kelly. Tickets are $60 and include a three-course dinner (6 p.m.) and donation to the Old Town School of Folk Music Scholarship Fund. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets and more: Call (773) 929-3680.
Jann Klose, who has been a featured performer in past years at the Jeff Buckley Tribute and who was the singing voice featured in the cult classic film, “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” after real life Jeff Buckley collaborator Gary Lucas recommended Klose to the film’s director Dan Algrant, may not be appearing at this year’s Buckley tribute, but Klose fans can catch him live in Northwest Indiana on Nov. 9.
That is when Klose performs an intimate 7 p.m. concert in the upstairs Edith Wood Studio at Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre (154 W. Chicago Street), as part of CST’s popular “One Night Jam” series. He will be accompanied by Northwest Indiana multi-instrumentalist husband/wife duo Chris and Megan Marolf. Tickets: $20. More: ChicagoStreet.org or (219) 464-1636.
Klose has a unique sound and a unique background. Being born in Germany, coming of age in South Africa, and residing in the American Midwest during his college years has resulted in the multi-cultural influences and flavoring in Klose’s acoustic-rock sound. His songs have been heard on the Grammy -nominated “Healthy Food For Thought” compilation CD as well as on “MTV Cribs” and in the Warner Bros. movie “Dead Broke” with Paul Sorvino.
Touring steadily for over a decade, Klose has built a loyal fan base in most major markets, with one of the strongest in Chicagoland. More: jannklose.com.
• Chicago music mainstay is upgrading. The Original Mother’s opened in 1968 at 26 West Division, area of Chicago proclaimed in 2009 by the Chicago City Council as the “Division Street Entertainment District.” Famous for having been featured in the 1986 film “About Last Night,” the Original Mother’s stage has also been graced by many incredible acts over the years, including The Velvet Underground, Chicago and Chaka Khan.
The management looks forward to its future with new generations with its 46th Anniversary party on Nov. 12, dubbed “This Ain’t Your Father’s Mother’s” where they will introduce new-and-improved aspects of the venue, while still giving a nod to its celebrated past. The Original Mother’s opens to the public on Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. for the party and stays open until 4 a.m. Local jazz-funk trio, Spare Parts (sparepartsmusic.com) performs 10 p.m. to midnight with a DJ to follow. No cover/21 and older. More: OriginalMothers.com or (312) 642-7251.
• Attention String Band enthusiasts! Bluegrass legend Del McCoury and iconic mandolinist David “Dawg” Grisman will be in Chicago for two very special duo performances at the City Winery (1200 W. Randolph) on Nov. 15 and 16, where the two old friends will swap stories and play favorite tunes from both their repertoires. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Tickets: $50-$60. Fun fact about Grisman is his nickname “Dawg” was given to him by his frequent collaborator Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.
Another show of note at City Winery is a solo 8 p.m. concert by guitarist Dave Davies of The Kinks on Nov. 13 (special guest Brad Cole). Davies’ early garage rock guitar tones inspired the punk rock sound, inspiring three generations of string benders. He's currently touring in support of his latest solo album, “I Will Be Me.” Tickets: $45-$65. More info on both shows: citywinery.com or (312) 733-WINE.
• Two artists on Chicago’s Alligator Records roster -- harmonica giant James Cotton and blues rockers Tommy Castro and The Painkillers -- each received a 2014 “Blues Blast Music Award” at the Blues Blast ceremony held Oct. 23 at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Ill. Cotton won for “Traditional Blues Album of the Year” for his Grammy-nominated CD, “Cotton Mouth Man.” Castro won “Rock Blues Album of the Year” for his 2014 release “The Devil You Know.” Congrats to them and also to Chicago blues icon, Buddy Guy, who won “Male Blues Artist of the Year” and “Contemporary Blues Album” with his latest CD, “Rhythm & Blues.”
Buddy Guy returns to his hometown club Buddy Guy's Legends for his annual 16-show run to kick off 2015, starting Jan. 2 and running every weekend in January. All tickets are general admission and now on sale for all performances. More: buddyguy.com.
• Last week’s “Local Scene” included news of how Foo Fighters band leader Dave Grohl’s “Sonic Highways” TV series was filmed in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electric Audio Studio. I was remiss not to point out how in the background as the Foo Fighters are recording, Northwest Indiana singer/songwriter Robert Rolfe Feddersen’s “American Loser” LP is clearly seen on the wall behind the band.
When Feddersen asked Albini about the strategic placement of his LP in range of the camera lens, Albini told him – “I had to put my best work on display.” Feddersen recorded “American Loser” with Albini in 2013 and it’s become Feddersen’s best-selling and most popular album since his days of fronting the mid-'90s Hollywood Records group, Loudmouth. More: robertrolfefeddersen.com.