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Friday, July 1
Soup & Bread holds a special benefit dinner for The Good Fork, a Brooklyn restaurant that was shut down by Hurricane Sandy, tonight at 5pm at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. Soup makers include Bloodshot Records' Rob Miller, Schwa, Lula, Swim Cafe, Milk & Honey and Soup & Bread's own Martha Bayne and Sheila Sachs. Publican Quality Meats is donating the bread, and Kelly Hogan will be making banana pudding. Rob Miller and Jon Langford will DJ. Free to eat, but donations go to help The Good Fork and Restore Red Hook. 21+
Indie pop band Never Shout Never headlines a show at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., at 5:30pm. Man Overboard, Mod Sun and Me Like Bees will also play. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door, all ages.
Greensky Bluegrass and Strange Arrangement play at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., at 8pm. The two bands routinely play shows together in Chicago because their musical sounds compliment each others' well. Both incorporate many different genres into their songs. Tickets are $17.50, 18+.
City Winery, the new music venue/winery/restaurant on Randolph Street, turns itself upside down tonight for a night of Whiskey, Beer and Music. The event features a tasting flight of different bourbons from Heaven Hill Distilleries, paired with some of the venue's favorite craft beers, while three separate alt-country acts provide an appropriate whiskey-drinking soundtrack. Performers include banjoist Danny Barnes, the raucous Waco Brothers, and the Al Scorch Country Soul Ensemble. Tickets range from $18-$22 and doors open at 6pm. Music begins at 8pm. City Winery is located at 1200 W. Randolph Street in the West Loop.
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead headline at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., tonight, with The Coathangers and Czar opening. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Doors are at 8pm, show's at 9pm. 17+
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (right) will play at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 9pm. They are an energetic local band that blends soul and punk into its unique music. Archie Powell and The Exports, I Kong Kult and DJ Ross Kelly (Kokoroko) will also perform. Tickets are $15, 18+.
American English will play at Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St., at 9pm. This Beatles tribute band that really does the "fab four" justice. American English's performances aim to take its audience on a musical journey through the distinct Beatles' eras by playing the appropriate songs and wearing authentic costumes. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, 21+.