Enjoy a melding of classical music and classic rock or a rock violin quartet, both at Evanston Rocks, or a more traditional performance of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at Pick-Staiger. Those are just two of the musical offerings this week in Evanston:


Keyboard Conversations: The Joyous Music of Beethoven by Jeffrey Siegel
The festive Polonaise, Op. 89; the “Theresa” Sonata (who was she?), and the “Farewell” Sonata, Op. 81a (who was leaving, and why was Beethoven so deeply affected?).
At Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. tickets $30

Unexpected Acquaintances by Helen Callus, violinist

  • J. S. Bach, Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 2 in D Major
  • Charles Martin Loeffler, “The Bagpipe” from Two Rhapsodies
  • Jean-Marie LeClair, Sonata for Two Violas
  • Johannes Brahms, String Sextet No. 2 in G Major

At Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive
Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. tickets $8

Rock, Pop and Country

Red Wanting Blue
Called “midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter magazine.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave.
Oct. 6, 8 p.m. tickets $22-35

Classical Blast — Bach to Rock
A melding of classical and classic rock, featuring music from their Metamorphosis album and so much more! The show is rock music with famed classical composers brought together in perfect harmony!
At Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St.
Oct. 6, 9 p.m. tickets $10

Leigh Nash
More than two decades into her career, singer-songwriter Leigh Nash shines a light on her Texas roots with The State I’m In, a solo album that plants its feet on both sides of the border.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave.
Oct. 7, 7 p.m. tickets $18-28

Shawn Phillips: Farewell Tour with Kristin Cotts
One of the most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early ’70s singer-songwriter boom.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave.
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. tickets $17-25

Femmes of Rock
A “hard-rock” violin act led by violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio.
At Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St.
Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., tickets $15

Jazz, blues, soul and funk

Bobby Broom CD Release
His love of jazz has never blocked out his affection for the pop music he grew up with.
At SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave.
Oct. 5, 8 p.m. tickets $15-25

Folk, Singer-Songwriter

The Heights Brass Band
The new Chicago area quintet takes a conventionally classical ensemble into overdrive by playing adventurous repertoire.
At Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.
Oct. 6, 9:30 p.m., no charge

Bars with Live Music

Rhythm Room Bar & Bistro (Century 12), 1715 Maple Ave.
Live music, Friday and Saturday evenings, 7-11 p.m., no cover

Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.
Irish Music Session with John Williams, Sundays, 4-6 p.m.
American Roots Music by The Mudflaps, Mondays, 8 p.m.-midnight

Pete Miller’s Steak & Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave.
Live jazz, Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.-midnight

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