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C.J. Chenier Red Hot LouisianBwill perform Nov. 2 Freedom Hall Park Forest.

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will perform Nov. 2 at Freedom Hall in Park Forest.

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Updated: December 3, 2012 6:13AM



Here is a look at some upcoming concerts.

Gigs include C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band on Nov. 2 in Park Forest and Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s Fairy Tales concert on Nov. 4 in Palos Heights.

C.J. Chenier

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, will present zydeco extraordinaire C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.

Chenier talks a lot about energy. Ask him why he recorded a certain song and he’ll say he likes the energy of it.

The son of the King of zydeco, Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier joined his father’s Red Hot Louisiana Band, playing saxophone at the age of 21.

After his father’s death in 1987, Chenier picked up the accordion and took charge of his father’s ministry: to spread the word of zydeco music to the world.

Since then, Chenier has pushed the genre to new heights with his virtuosity.

The Boston Globe has called him “the crown prince of zydeco,” and Living Blues magazine hails him as “the best living zydeco singer and accordionist.”

Chenier’s musical style ranges from the traditional zydeco of his father up to modern funk with healthy doses of blues, rhythm and blues, swamp pop and country.

“C.J.’s total mastery of the accordion combined with his rich, satisfying voice are the driving forces behind this powerhouse zydeco band,” officials said.

Chenier has been called “the heir to the zydeco throne, an unparalleled party starter” by Billboard, while The Washington Post said, “C.J. takes zydeco into the R&B mainstream.”

Tickets are at the box office, (708) 747-0580 or freedomhall.org.

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Southwest Symphony Orchestra

Tall tales will be spun with music at Southwest Symphony Orchestra’s Nov. 4 concert at 4 p.m. at Trinity Christian College, 6601 West College Drive, Palos Heights.

“Tickle your imagination and dream dreams when the Southwest Symphony Orchestra presents its Fairy Tales concert,” officials said.

Attendees can enjoy Maurice Ravel’s charming and delicate “Mother Goose” suite, which includes the “Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty,” imagine Scheherazade spinning tales of wonder for her life in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and experience Edvard Grieg’s adaptation of the famous Norwegian fairy tale “Peer Gynt.”

Tickets are $5-$25 and can be at (708) 802-0686, southwestsymphony.com or at the door. Ages 12 and younger may attend for no charge.

Instrumentalists interested in auditioning for the symphony should call (708) 802-0686.

This concert is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

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BLARNEY STONE PUB: 15400 Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, (708) 535-4800: Nov. 3, Pony Boys.

BLUE CHIP CASINO: 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, Ind., (219) 879-7711: Nov. 2 in Rocks Lounge, 2 Trailers Down, Tonal Attitude and Foot 5; Nov. 2-3 in It’s Vegas Baby!, Radio Tokyo; Nov. 3 in Rocks Lounge, Middle of the Road (early) and Visions of Santana and BBI (late); Nov. 4 in Rocks Lounge, Meet the Beetles! (early) and Scott DuBose and the 101 Ranch; Nov. 4 in It’s Vegas Baby!, Smooth Jazz Series featuring Henry Johnson; Nov. 7 in It’s Vegas Baby!, Karaoke Wednesday.

BOTTOMS UP BAR & GRILL: 1696 Thornton-Lansing Road, Lansing, (708) 418-3877: Fridays, Freaky Friday Party with Jeremy & The Band of Brothers (acoustic, open mike and a disc jockey); Thursdays, Thirsty Thursday Jam (open jam with Jeremy and the house band).

THE BRAZEN HEAD: 13602 S. Cicero Ave., Crestwood, (708) 388-8862: Nov. 3, Sean Skyler Duo; Nov. 8, Rick & Kevin Duo.

BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS: 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, (312) 427-1190: Biscuit Miller with Nick and the Ovorols and Meisha Herron; Nov. 3, Big James and the Chicago Playboys with Alex Wilson and Fruteland Jackson; Nov. 4, Sunday Night Jazz Party (early) and Michael Coleman (late); Nov. 4, jam hosted by Jimmy Burns; Nov. 6, Ronnie Hicks; Nov. 7, College Night with Linsey Alexander; Nov. 8, Joe Moss.

CHICAGO GAELIC PARK: 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, (708) 687-9323: Nov. 2-3 in the Carraig Pub, Noel Cooney; Nov. 4 in the Tara Room, American Heritage Sertoma Club sock hop and fundraiser with the Neverly Brothers (space is limited, contact 708-385-4667 or p.rizzs@comcast.net for tickets); Thursdays in the Carraig Pub, Irish music sessions.

CHICAGO STREET PUB: 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet, (815) 727-7171: Nov. 2, Magic Box with John Condron; Nov. 8, Acoustic Night with Pat Otto, Tom and Becky and Don Nudl.

CIVIC OPERA HOUSE: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, (312) 332-2244: Through Nov. 9, Lyric Opera of Chicago presents “Simon Boccanegra.”

COOL RIVER DRAUGHT HOUSE & EATERY: 12622 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-8006: Fridays, Near Dark Entertainment presents College Night Rockstar Karaoke; Nov. 3, Stevie Starlite.

CUZZIN’S: 8600 W. 159th St., Orland Park, (708) 226-8100: Nov. 3, Afterglow.

ED & JOE’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA: 17332 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 532-3051: Nov. 2, Take Two (acoustic and electric duo); Nov. 3, the Cruisers (rock and oldies); Nov. 8, open mike with Hall Hanes.

FITZGERALD’S: 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, (708) 788-2118: Nov. 2, American English (billed as Chicago’s No. 1 Beatles tribute band) and Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army; Nov. 3, the Del Moroccos plus the Bellfuries (rockabilly roundup); Nov. 4, Chicago Grandstand Big Band (jazz); Nov. 6 in the SideBar, open mike; Nov. 7, Jazz Community Big Band in a fundraiser for the Bill May Jazz Education Fund; Nov. 8 in the SideBar, David Olney featuring Sergio Webb; Nov. 8, Exposure featuring Northern Magnolia and Hop on Pop, the Hurtin’ Kind (local monthly showcase).

FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT’S HARD ROCK CAFE: 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Mich., (866) 494-6371: Nov. 2, Everclear and Eve 6; Nov. 3, Midnight Special; Nov. 4, Chris Meadows; Nov. 8, Kaleb Hensley.

FOX’S ON WOLF: 11247 W. 187th St., Mokena, (708) 478-8888: Nov. 2-3 and 8, Todd & Connie’s Acoustic Thing.

FRANKIE’S RISTORANTE: 9399 171st St., Tinley Park, (708) 226-6996: Nov. 7, keyboardist and singer Frank Rossi and singing drummer Tim Skorupa (listening and dancing music including requests of tunes by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martina and Tony Bennett along with light jazz and light rock; Rossi also will stroll the tables with his accordion) during 2-for-1 Pasta Night.

GLENDORA HOUSE: 102nd Street and Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, (708) 425-3686: Nov. 2, Good Time Charley’s Singles Dance; Nov. 3, country line dance party with DJ Paul & Eileen; Nov. 4, polka party.

HEROES WEST SPORTS GRILL: 1530 Commerce Drive, Joliet, (815) 725-1234: Nov. 3, Blind Reflexx.

HILTON CHICAGO/OAK LAWN’S 95TH STREET BAR & GRILL: 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, (708) 425-7800: Nov. 2, Afterglow.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JOLIET’S HOLLYWOOD STADIUM: 2300 Empress Drive, (888) 436-7737: Nov. 2, Trash Martini; Nov. 3, Brass Buckle.

HORSESHOE HAMMOND’S THE VENUE: 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond, Ind., (866) 711-7463: Nov. 3, Snow Patrol with Noel Gallagher.

J.J. KELLEY’S: 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: Nov. 2, Workhorse Kings with Last Envy; Nov. 3, the Hat Guys.

LIMESTONE CITY GRILL: 13415 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights, (708) 371-9000: Nov. 2, Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee; Nov. 3, the Calumet Band.

THE LINGER MARTINI BAR: 4142 W. 167th St., Oak Forest, (708) 960-0481: Fridays, Greek Night with a different disc jockey every time; Nov. 3, Rhonda High Browne & Pieces (neo soul); Nov. 4, Crosswinds Quartet (jazz); Sundays, the DJ Hi-Speed Experience featuring DJ Antoine.

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

MOJOES: 22 W. Cass St., Joliet, mojoesofjoliet.com: Nov. 2, Clutch with Lionize and MonstrO; Nov. 3, Everclear and Eve 6 with Namesake; Nov. 4 (all ages), Epica with Alestorm, Insomnium and System Divide; Nov. 7, Trapt with the Cringe, Killtherobotsdead and the Prowl.

115 BOURBON STREET: 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park, (708) 388-8881: Nov. 2, Who’s Bad (Michael Jackson tribute in the big room); Back Country Roads (in the saloon) and the Neverly Brothers (on the front stage); Nov. 3, American English (in the big room) and Rendition (on the front stage); Nov. 8, Wedding Banned (on the front stage).

191 SOUTH: 10160 191st St., Mokena, (708) 479-6873: Nov. 2, Green Thirteen; Nov. 3, Audiomatic; Tuesdays-Wednesdays, karaoke; Thursdays, Ladies Night with DJ Tony D.

PAPA JOE’S: 14459 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, (708) 403-9099: Tuesdays (two-for-one pasta) and Thursdays (half-priced martinis), Afterglow.

RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE: 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet, (815) 726-7600: Nov. 3, Straight No Chaser; Nov. 7, Engelbert Humperdinck.

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