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Mike Ellis accordion

Mike Ellis on the accordion

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:26AM



Here is a look at some upcoming concerts.

Events include Beverly Arts Center’s BACtoberfest in Chicago, Beppe Gambetta at Down Home Guitars in Frankfort and Oak Forest’s Chris Medina at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago.

BACtoberfest

Looking forward to a fall filled with entertainment, arts and events, the Beverly Arts Center will host BACtoberfest, an area-wide celebration from 4-10 p.m. Sept. 29 at 2407 W. 111th St. (111th Street and south Western Avenue), Chicago.

The performance lineup includes popular rock cover band the Railroad Gin, an acoustic duo from the bluegrass jam band Leadfoot, punk and rock band the Organ Crushers, the Ron Smolen Band performing traditional Oktoberfest music, and Mike Ellis on the accordion.

The party will feature food by Fat Tommy’s and Oktoberfest beers and other beverages. Admission is $5.

Information: (773) 445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org.

Beppe Gambetta

Italian guitarist and singer Beppe Gambetta will visit Frankfort for a solo concert.

After touring in 49 States and 24 countries Gambetta and his wife, Federica, have bought a house on the Delaware River and are making the United States their second home.

Gambetta will bring to Down Home Guitars, 11 S. White St., Frankfort, his show based on his unique fluency in American roots and Italian traditional music, coupled with original compositions and a sense of humor.

The music is inspired by his studies on traditions, his traveling through different cultures and his encounters with the great masters of the music like Doc Watson and Pete Seeger.

The show will feature music from Gambetta’s most recent projects where he experiments new picking techniques on alternative tunings and sings in different languages and dialects.

Part of the program will be dedicated to the memory of Watson, father of the American acoustic guitar who died on May 29.

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Information: beppegambetta.com.

Chris Medina

The Oak Forest resident who made the top 40 of TV show “American Idol” will be playing his last Chicago-area show of 2012 on Sept. 29 at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago.

RockChicago Promotions will co-present the all-ages show featuring Medina, who has had 21 million hits on YouTube.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the bill will include Spectators at 6 p.m., Printer’s Row at 6:45 p.m., the Moth & The Flame at 7:30 p.m. and Medina at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15 tickets directly from the bands or BottomLounge.com or $17 at the door. Information: (312) 666-6775.

MORE PLAYING LIVE

ANOTHER HOLE IN THE WALL: 3236 Union Ave., Steger, (708) 392-3034: Sept. 28, Mureau, A Hero a Fake and Life As a Ghost; Sept. 29, Radium Records showcase featuring Expired Empire.

BAILEY’S BAR & GRILL: 17731 S. Oak Park Ave., (708) 429-7955: Sept. 28, Billy’s Boys; Sept. 29, Mudd Sharks.

BLUE CHIP CASINO: 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, Ind., (219) 879-7711: Sept. 28 in Rocks Lounge, 2 Trailers Down, Tonal Attitude and Foot 5; Sept. 28 in It’s Vegas Baby!, Boys Are Mean; Sept. 29 in Stardust Event Center, the Guess Who; Sept. 29 in Rocks Lounge, Middle of the Road (early) and Visions of Santana and 2nd Hand Entertainment (late); Sept. 29 in It’s Vegas Baby!, Hey Jimmy; Sept. 30 in Rocks Lounge, Meet the Beetles! (early) and Smokin Gunz (late); Sept. 30 in It’s Vegas Baby!, Smooth Jazz Series featuring Elaine Dame; Wednesdays in It’s Vegas Baby!, karaoke; Oct. 4 in Rocks Lounge, Monterrey.

BOTTOMS UP BAR & GRILL: 1696 Thornton-Lansing Road, Lansing, (708) 418-3877: Fridays, Freaky Friday Beer Garden Party with Jeremy (acoustic music, open mike and a disc jockey); Sept.29-30, Big Top; Sunday Fundays in the beer garden with the Boothy Collins Band; Thursdays, Thirsty Thursday Jam hosted by Jeremy and the House Band.

THE BRAZEN HEAD: 13602 S. Cicero Ave., Crestwood, (708) 388-8862: Sept.29, Pairallel.

BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS: 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, (312) 427-1190: Sept. 28, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops with the Screamin’ End and Diamond Jim Greene; Sept. 29, Linsey Alexander with Sonic Soul and Donna Herula; Sept. 30, Sunday Night Jazz Party (early) and Studebaker John and the Hawks (late); Oct. 1, jam hosted by Brother John; Sept. 2, Marty Sammon; Sept. 3, College Night with Quintus McCormick; Sept. 4, Dustin Pittsley.

CHICAGO BLU: 19917 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, (815) 469-2204: Sept. 28, the Neverly Brothers.

CHICAGO STREET PUB: 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet, (815) 727-7171: Sept. 28, Cutthroat Shamrock; Sept. 29 at Silver Cross Field on Art Schultz Drive (early), Hopstring Festival, a celebration of craft beer and roots rock featuring the Steepwater Band, Miles Nielsen and Rusted Hearts, Chicago Farmer, John Condron, the Righteous Hillbillies, Cutthroat Shamrock, Ed Anderson and others; Oct. 4 in downtown Joliet, Taste of Oktober featuring live music and a celebration of all things fall (early); Oct. 4, Matt Biskie (acoustic, late).

CIVIC OPERA HOUSE’S ARDIS KRAINIK THEATRE: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, (312) 827-5657: Oct. 3, Lyric Opera of Chicago Season Preview Concert, which will be performed by members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, with a season overview by Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg.

COOL RIVER DRAUGHT HOUSE & EATERY: 12622 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-8006: Sept.29, Self Inflicted.

ED & JOE’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA: 17332 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 532-3051: Sept. 28, Full Circle Trio (acoustic rock playing 1960s-1990s); Sept. 29, Gemini (alternative, classic rock, grunge from Anj & Steve - the Becker Brothers); Oct. 4, open mike with John Perovich.

FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE: 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616: Sept. 30, Zac Brown Band. Tickets are $22.50 for general-admission lawn, $22.50-$58 for second-pavilion seating, $42-$58 for first-pavilion seating or $58 for general-admission standing-room-only section at (800) 745-3000 or livenation.com.

FITZGERALD’S: 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, (708) 788-2118: Sept. 28, Los Straitjackets plus Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys (rockabilly); Sept. 28 in the SideBar, Cannonball (rock); Sept. 29, Elaine Stepter and the Jackson Street Band with the Velvet Jimis (rhythm and blues, soul); Sept. 29 in the SideBar, the Lost and Nameless Orchestra (roots); Sept. 30, Fred Cantu Big Band (jazz).

FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT’S HARD ROCK CAFE: 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Mich., (866) 494-6371: Sept. 28, Shock Roxy; Sept. 29, Platinum; Sept. 30, Chris Meadows; Oct. 4, Smoke N’ Guns.

FOX’S PIZZA ON WOLF: 11247 W. 187th St., Mokena, (708) 478-8888: Sept. 28-29, Todd & Connie’s Acoustic Thing.

FRANKIE’S RISTORANTE: 9399 171st St., Tinley Park, (708) 226-6996: Oct. 3, Frank Rossi (keyboard and singing) along with singing drummer Tim Skorupa performing listening and dancing music including requests such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, light jazz and light rock tunes. It’s also two-for-one pasta night featuring homemade cooking, and Rossi will stroll table to table with his accordion.

HARRAH’S JOLIET’S STAGE 151: 151 N. Joliet St., (815) 740-7800: Sept.28, Green Thirteen; Sept. 29, Run for Covers.

HEROES WEST SPORTS GRILL: 1530 Commerce Drive, Joliet, (815) 725-1234: Sept. 28, Mid Lyfe Krysys Band (rock and Southern rock including tunes from the Eagles, Poison, Bon Jovi, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Van Morrison and Lynyrd Skynyrd; Sept. 29, Harvest Moon.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JOLIET’S HOLLYWOOD STADIUM: 2300 Empress Drive, (888) 436-7737: Sept. 28, A Thousand Julys; Sept. 29, No Direction.

J.J. KELLEY’S RESTAURANT & PUB: 2455 Bernice Road, Lansing, (708) 474-9977: Tuesdays, karaoke with Chris; Thursdays, open mike with Cody and friends.

J.W. HOLLSTEIN’S SALOON: 17358 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 429-7000: Sept. 28, Hillbilly Rockstarz; Sept. 29, Ear Candy; Thursdays, DJ delaChapelle.

LIMESTONE CITY GRILL & LOUNGE: 13415 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights, (708) 371-9000: Sept. 28 and Oct. 3, Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee; Sept. 29, Downtown Sound.

THE LINGER MARTINI BAR: 4142 W. 167th St., Oak Forest, (708) 960-0481: Fridays, Greek Night featuring a different disc jockey each time; Sept. 29, Main Event (neo soul); Sundays, the Sunday Experience featuring DJ Hi-Speed.

LITTLE JOE’S: 1300 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox, (815) 463-1099: Tuesdays, Piano Styles by Joe.

MOJOE’S: 22 W. Cass St., Joliet, mojoesofjoliet.com: Sept. 28, Hometown Throwdown Day 1 - Unvisioned with Beneath the Hollow, Hot for Skippy, Arch Heretic and Grace the Damned; Sept. 29, Hometown Throwdown Day 2 - The Action Blast with Marina City, This Is Our Year, Captain Crew, Famous Like You and Loud Loud; Sept. 30, Your Memorial & Broadway with Erra, For All I Am, Us From Outside, Evelynn, With Life In Mind, Hollow Eyes, Normandy and Ezra; Oct. 4, Morbid Angel with Dark Funeral, Grave, Empyreus and Eviscretorium . All of these shows are all-ages.

115 BOURBON STREET: 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park, (708) 388-8881: Sept. 28, Joey Midnight & the Fleshtones (front stage); Sept. 29, RadioLive (front stage); Oct. 4, Wedding Banned (big room).

191 SOUTH: 10160 191st St., Mokena, (708) 479-6873: Sept. 28, Simple Remedy; Sept. 29, Dueling Pianos; Tuesdays-Wednesdays, karaoke; Thursdays, Ladies Night with DJ Tony D.

RIVERS CASINO’S CUBE: 3000 S. River Road, Des Plaines, (888) 307-0777: Oct. 2, Smokin Gunz (country); Oct. 3, Too White Crew (hip-hop); Oct. 4, American English (Beatles tribute); Thursdays-Saturdays, disc jockeys.

TOMMY NEVIN’S PUB: 9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort, (815) 464-1000: Sept. 29, Bernie Glim and Country Roads Band.

ZANTE LOUNGE: 8888 W. 159th St., Orland Hills, (708) 364-0100: Sept. 28, Final Say.

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