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By Andy Argyrakis
A "Queen of Soul" serenade, Walker's artist side, plus NYE with Randolph and Denson
Monday, December 24, 2012


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A "Queen of Soul" serenade: She may have turned 70 earlier this year, but Aretha Franklin is still the "Queen of Soul" who sounds just as smooth as she did back in the day. Though her set lists are always a mixed bag between cherry picked hits, new tunes from "A Woman Falling Out Of Love" and seemingly random album cuts, this icon is still essential to see at least once. Saturday, December 29 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino: www.thevenuechicago.com.

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Walker's artist side: He probably makes boatloads more money producing the likes of Weezer, Pink, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, but Butch Walker is hands down an even more accomplished under the radar solo artist. From his days fronting Marvelous 3 through solo life, he's blurred the lines of power pop, glam metal and post-grunge with an endlessly infectious groove. Sunday, December 30 at Double Door: www.jamusa.com.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band Robert Randolph & The Family Band

NYE with Randolph and Denson: Seeing a concert on New Year's Eve certainly has its fair share of challenges, especially for those who are more into the music than the revelry, but it's worth braving the crowds for this jam band-themed double bill. Robert Randolph & The Family Band bring a vibrant blend of soul, blues and gospel, while Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is sure to deliver plenty of sax-centered jazz and funk. Monday, December 31 at Park West: www.jamusa.com.


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