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As far as I’m concerned the big music happening this weekend is the annual Umbrella Music Festival, which brings together daring improvisers and avant-garde jazz musicians from 11 countries. Tonight’s the second evening of European Jazz Meets Chicago, the fest’s free kickoff event at the Cultural Center, where the out-of-town talent includes Jacques Demierre, Sven-Ake Johansson, and the trio Cactus Truck; Friday’s show at Elastic features Darius Jones and Joe Morris, Saturday’s concert at the Hideout is headlined by William Parker’s In Order to Survive, and on Sunday at the Hungry Brain Fred Van Hove warms up for the Harrison Bankhead Sextet.

For those of you who aren’t into that stuff, after the jump I’ve compiled some picks from the Soundboard page. But of course the good shows don’t end with those: to name just a few that nobody got around to writing about this week, Thursday has Cave with Tyvek and Running at the Hideout, Grass Widow at the Bottle, and King Tuff at Subterranean; on Friday there’s Escort at Metro and Juice at Reggie’s Rock Club; Saturday you can see Nunslaughter at Cafe Lura or David Dondero at Schubas; and Sunday there’s Implodes with Cleared and Psychic Steel at the Burlington.