Daughter of a Blue Man Group member and a mother who once played with Human Sexual Response, Cameron Mesirow, aka Glasser, debuted this year with a vibrant album of angelic a cappella vocals occasionally augmented by primal percussion and lush electronics. Think Cocteau Twins, Bat for Lashes. Twin Shadow and Yawn open beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $12. Call (773) 525-2501; lincolnhallchicago.com.
13th ANNUAL JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE
Buckley's haunting voice and powerful music remains one of the lasting legacies of '90s music. His first appearances in Chicago were at Uncommon Ground (the Clark location) in 1994. Since his tragic drowning death three years later, that venue has played host to a tribute concert, supported by Buckley's family. Performers this year include Chicago artists Dastardly, Todd Kessler Trio, Arthi Meera & Tyler Beach, Nelken, Patrick Gemkow, Matt Crews, plus Deanna Devore (Toronto), Jann Klose (New York) and Spencer Michaud (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Music starts at 8 p.m.; dinner reservations at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Call (773) 929-3680; uncommonground.com.
R&B's Monica takes her own sweet time between albums, but they're usually worth the wait. "Still Standing" arrived this year, titled to reassure fans, showcasing more powerful balladry from the Atlanta singer. She leads a bill of like-minded crooners, including Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Arie Crown Theatre, 2301 S. Lake Shore. Tickets, $65-$105. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.