Mud Morganfield ‘Portrait’ party
Aiming to forge his own path separate from his acclaimed father, Muddy Waters, bluesman Mud Morganfield shows off his talents with last month’s album, “Portrait,” a 14-song collection he’s celebrating with a release party at The Venue. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $20-$25 ($5 extra if purchased at the door). themusicvenue.org.
Mark Rose’s musical soiree
GMan Tavern hosts former Spitalfielder Mark Rose’s Holiday Party Friday, complete with music trivia (with cash prizes and Metro tickets on the line), followed by free karaoke jams late into the night. A portion of the proceeds from the trivia team entry fees will benefit the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. RESCHEDULED TO 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. Party and karaoke are free; $40 for trivia teams of up to four players. gmantavern.com.
A cappella Christmas
The chart-topping Straight No Chaser hits Chicago just in time for the holidays as part of the a cappella group’s 25th anniversary tour. The group will share its rousing twists on holiday classics (along with some new original works) at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. Tickets start at $25. msg.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23
Wild Waco Brothers
Don’t expect any holiday glow when the Waco Brothers shake off Christmas with their country-punk blend at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Their hard-driving alt-rock favorites will have the intimate show up and moving. Premier seats are sold out, but standing room tickets are $20 at heynonny.com. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27
Chicago’s Pravda Records label hosts a pop-up show at Evanston’s SPACE highlighting three area faves. The Josh Caterer Trio brings the rock, Steve Dawson & The Lucid Dreams handle the folk-Americana and The Service packs ’80s-’90s alternative. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $20-$30. evanstonspace.com.
Shoe Fest Holiday Jam
The second annual Shoe Fest Holiday Jam is back at Martyrs’ next week with a slate of celebrated performers — including Mark Hague of Mr. Blotto, Justin Reckamp of Mungion, Wavy Dave from Cornmeal, Josh Olken of Terrapin Flyer, Charlie Otto, Ernie Hendrickson, Carrie Chandler and vocalists Kiley B. Moore and Sadie Rose Glaspey — for some collaborative jams. Also, fans can win some prizes and get their hands on swag and Shoe Fest 2023 tickets. 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15-$20. martyrslive.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at email@example.com, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).