Free December shows

8 Dec

Already broke from Christmas shopping? Never fear – Chicago has plenty of free music to offer. Spice up your winter with some of these shows, all at no charge. Better yet, go to them all.

December 9, 12 p.m.
Schuba’s (3159 N. Southport)
No, not the one you’ve heard on YouTube. This Birdy is a Chicago-based,  acoustic/folk quartet with powerful vocals and haunting harmonies. Its four members, who released their newest album only last month, are become a staple of the local music scene and are not to be missed.

Columbia College bands
December 11, 7 p.m.
Reggie’s (2105 South State Street
They’re not famous yet, but if they ever make it big, you can say you saw them when. A night of free music from local Columbia College bands at one of Chicago’s best venues for live groups.

Sunday Night Jazz Party
Every Sunday, 5-8 p.m.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Three hours, free jazz, weekly. Need I say anything more?

Next Door Chi
Throughout December
659 W Diversey Parkway
A free community space (coffee shop included), on weekends Next Door Chi transforms itself into a casual concert venue featuring local musicians.  December’s shows include classical Indian violin by Nistha Raj (Dec 28) and Chicago artists Jenny B & Jay Langston (Dec 30).

Chota Madre & Pachacamak Folk Dance
January 23, 8:30 p.m.
Old Town School of Folk Music
If world music is your thing, Chota Madre is not to be missed. Their Bomba style – a blending of European, Ecuadoran, and African rhythms – is infectious dance music.

Know of other free shows in the area? Leave us a comment!


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