A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...
Oklahoma-born songwriter Jimmy Webb gets around -- that much is clear by some of his most famous song titles, such as "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," even "Up, Up and Away" and "MacArthur Park" -- and the revered tunesmith is still touring. Webb, 65, alone with a piano is a pretty perfect evening. Bonus: Webb's opening act is hand-picked, a deep well of talent and spirit named John Fullbright. I went on a bit about his SXSW showcase, and Webb himself is quoted declaring that "in a very short time, John Fullbright will be a household name in American music." The talent is definitely there, akin to Richard Buckner, Lucinda Williams, Paul K., Townes Van Zandt, all the dusty greats.
At 8 p.m. at S.P.A.C.E., 1345 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. Tickets: $20-$42. Call (847) 492-8860; evanstonspace.com.
Larry O. Dean's monthly acoustic night, called Folk You!, is in its 10th year of providing something a little richer than your basic open-mike folk fare. Four performers (one of whom is usually Dean) take the stage solo every third Friday, playing only original songs. The song is the thing here, and the price can't be beaten. This week's gathering spotlights Christine Flores-Cozza, John Lucky and Dean Milano.
At 8 p.m. July 20 at the Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln. Admission is free. Call (773) 248-1366; folkyou.org.