It’s Bandcamp Friday, and Reader senior writer Leor Galil has regularly compiled lists for us of Reader-recommended music available for download on Bandcamp—check out one of the latest lists here. Bandcamp Fridays allow the artists and labels on the platform to receive a larger percentage of the money earned through sales, so it’s a great chance to support the musicians you like directly. And if downloading gets you in the mood to see it live, here’s some options for concerts tonight:
Pittsburgh punk band Anti-Flag host and perform at their ANTIfest tonight at Metro. The bill also includes Suicide Machines, We Are the Union, Gully Boys, and Blind Adam & the Federal League (3730 N. Clark, 6 PM, $36, all-ages, tickets at Etix).
Experimental musician, independent label head, and occasional Reader contributor Jordan Reyes brings his Ark of Teeth ensemble (including Travis, Will Ballantyne, Patrick Shiroishi, and Eli Winter) to the International Museum of Surgical Science tonight (1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 7:30 PM, $25, 18+, tickets available at Eventbrite).
The Bridge, a network of artists creating collaborations between musicians in France and the Chicago area, hosts an ensemble program at Logan Center for the Arts featuring poet Marvin Tate, bagpiper Erwan Keravec, saxophonist Gerrit Hatcher, cellist Lia Kohl, and cellist Gasper Claus (915 E. 60th, 7:30 PM, free, all-ages, reservations requested at Eventbrite).
Carl Weathersby Blues Band and the Joanna Connor Band take the stage tonight at Kingston Mines (2548 N. Halsted, 7:30 PM, $20, all-ages, tickets at Ticketweb). (SCJ)
The 20th annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer happens this weekend at Credit Union 1 Arena, with two in-person tasting sessions scheduled to highlight new and innovative barrel-aged beers, locally-made ciders, meads, and perries across 12 style categories. There’s concession-style food available too, to assist you imbibers in pacing thyself. Get a ride to and from 525 S. Racine for tonight’s session (6-10 PM) or tomorrow (Sat 11/5, 1-5 PM), and pre-purchase tickets (and find more information about participating breweries) here. (SCJ)
Tonight at 8 PM is the official opening of Cat McKay’s Plaid as Hell, courtesy of Babes With Blades. McKay’s script, which won the company’s Joining Sword & Pen playwriting competition, was supposed to go up last January, but the COVID surge last winter delayed those plans. Four queer women go off for a weekend in the woods, and in the time-honored tradition of Evil Dead and, well, Cabin in the Woods, their interpersonal conflicts intensify when they realize there is Something Out There. As McKay told Reader contributor Bridgette M. Redman earlier this year, “Babes’ shows have to have fights and it’s built into many horror shows. It doesn’t have to be gory. What I like best about horror is the idea that the scariest thing is whatever we brought with us, not what is out there. It is the stuff we are already dealing with.” Christina Casano directs, with fight and intimacy choreography by Maureen Yasko. It runs through 11/19 at Factory Theater (1623 W. Howard), Wed-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; tickets are $35 ($28 seniors and students) and proof of vax is required. Recommended for 18+. Information and reservations at babeswithblades.org. (KR)