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Concertline: Jimmy Webb, Square Roots fest, more

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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;

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;

For the first of three touring festivals this summer with two things in common -- wild metal music and energy-drink sponsorship -- the headliners are Slipknot (before peeling off to lead their own inaugural tour package, Knotfest, later in the summer), Slayer, Motorhead and As I Lay Dying. Two other stages feature 11 acts (including Anthrax!).
Gates open at 1:30 p.m. July 21 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland in Tinley Park. Tickets: $30-$85. Call (800) 745-3000;

The Old Town School of Folk Music's annual Folk & Roots Festival has morphed this year into an expanded new event at a new location just up the block (the better to showcase the school's handsome new construction). Square Roots will feel somewhat the same, though, featuring folkie and world-music acts such as Garland Jeffreys, the Hoyle Brothers, Mrigya and the great Sidi Toure, plus plenty of locals such as Ezra Furman, Canasta and the Waco Brothers. This all takes place on several stages inside the school and outside on and around Lincoln Avenue.
Music starts at 5 p.m. July 20 and at noon July 21-22 on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 adults; $5 seniors and children. Call (773) 728-6000;

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