There are so many benefits for so many worthy causes year-round in Chicago that it’s impossible to mention them all, and during the holiday season they always come especially thick and fast. But the show this Sunday night at the Hideout to benefit Goldie’s Place, a social-service organization that provides shelter, job training, and health services to the homeless, stands out–not necessarily because the cause is more worthy (how do you rank things like that?) but because the music is top-notch.
Jon Langford kicks off the evening with a solo set, and then Eleventh Dream Day (pictured) follow with a set of their own. At some point they’ll be joined by Langford, as well as some other guests, and rip into their own renditions of tunes by Langford’s band the Mekons. I can still remember EDD singer-guitarist Rick Rizzo waxing ecstatic about The Curse of the Mekons many moons ago, so these cover versions ought to be anything but dutiful. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and attendees are encouraged to donate some business-style attire for Goldie’s Place clients.
Modern Jazz Quartet, Concorde (Prestige)
Nas, Nas (Def Jam)
Les Amazones de Guinée, Wamato (Sterns)
Jazmine Sullivan, Fearless (J)
Kronos Quartet and Wu Man, Terry Riley: The Cusp of Magic (Nonesuch)