Legendary blues singer/guitarist Buddy Guy takes the stage every weekend this month at his eponymous South Loop club, with a rotating cast of accompanying artists. At 81 years old, Guy still hasn’t lost his edge — though he doesn’t perform as frequently, so it’s a rare treat to witness the icon in action. He’ll share the spotlight with Linsey Alexander on Friday, Jimmy Burns on Saturday and Dave Herrero on Sunday. Stop by for the unique Chicago blues sound (which has influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer) that Guy himself helped pioneer. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash; TICKETS range from $55-$65
As someone who rarely makes good life choices (I have the bar stories to prove it), let me share one that I’m certain is good: Go see comedian Felipe Esparza perform his Bad Decisions Tour at The Vic Theatre on Friday night. You might recognize the 41-year-old Mexico native from his recurring role on NBC’s “Superstore” (he plays Cody, the drug-addled stockroom boy). For his standup, Esparza draws on his life experiences as an immigrant in the U.S. and struggles with drugs and money issues — but always turns the issues into a relatable laugh. The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield; TICKETS range from $35-$50
His songs are packed with twang, but country singer Cody Johnson’s voice is smooth as — hmm, how would you say this in country speak? Drinking Kentucky bourbon layin’ next to your honey-haired gal? His 2016 album “Gotta Be Me” topped out at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country chart, and that’s without the support of a major label. On Saturday he brings his Texas tunes to Joe’s Live in Rosemont. 5441 Park Place, Rosemont; TICKETS start at $18
I am a bigger fan of 21-year-old singer and YouTube star Alex Aiono than any adult man should ever be. (Not in a weird way, just in a “oh this kid is dope and maybe he can teach me how to use Snapchat” sort of way.) Aiono got his start doing covers and mashups on YouTube — his videos have racked up over half a billion views — before getting noticed by Interscope Records and releasing his own original songs like “Does it Feel Like Falling.” Go online, watch his videos, become obsessed, and then see him live on Sunday at Lincoln Hall. 2424 N. Lincoln; TICKETS $20, $25 at the door
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by remembering the civil rights icon with a stellar concert by the Chicago Sinfonietta. Their show “MLK Tribute: Ask Your Mama” is a Grammy Award-winning piece that has only been performed live three times. Orchestra, opera, jazz vocals, spoken word and archival samples all blend together to create a multimedia tribute to the famed activist. Hear the performance in Naperville on Sunday at the Pfeiffer Concert Hall (310 E. Benton, Naperville) and Monday downtown at the Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan). TICKETS start at $10
Zak Stemer is a former Splash editor and lifestyle expert who currently works for Henson Consulting.
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