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The weekend’s best blues beyond the fest

9 PM, Odyssey East, 9942 S. Torrence, 773-530-7543, free, 21+

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The Blues Heaven Foundation, in the iconic Chess Records building at 2120 S. Michigan, will stay busy all weekend: Vocalist-harpist Lamont Harris performs Thursday afternoon, former Muddy Waters...

7:30 PM, Motor Row Brewing, 2337 S. Michigan, $20

8 PM, SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, $15-$25, all-ages

9 PM, the Water Hole, 1400 S. Western, 312-243-7988, free, 21+

3 PM, Lemelle's Luxury Lounge, 1801 W. 87th, 773-614-8577, free, 21+

9:30 PM, Rooster's Palace, 600 N. Kedzie, 312-342-0179, free, 21+

9:30 PM, Linda's Lounge, 1044 W. 51st, 773-373-2351, free, 21+

The neon-lit bar at Lawrence and Broadway, now a legendary jazz club, has been around for 107 years—and has more stories than any tavern in town. Here are a few from the past three decades.

    The weekend's best blues beyond the fest
    This year Chicago seems to be hosting fewer extracurricular blues events during Blues Festival week than it has in the past. It's too soon to decide that audiences have gotten complacent, though-and you can still find plenty of worthwhile shows. The city's blues clubs kick into overdrive during the fest, of course (see the Reader's listings for more on them).

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