The Besnard Lakes, The Ponys
6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park; free
Spurred by husband-and-wife duo, Jace Lasek and Olga Coreas, the Besnard Lakes' sound includes lots of strings and choir-tall harmonies, plus the occasional bout of guitar fuzz. As this show will be celebrating the release of the Canadians' third effort, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, which was mixed using the same console that Led Zeppelin used for some of Physical Graffiti, you can expect some psych-rock teases, as well. The Ponys, however, are all garage scuzz, excited to kick out some new tunes they've been crafting since signing to the Matador roster.
7:30 p.m. at Raven Theatre; $20
Signal Ensemble rocks it out with this premiere about Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, who, like any worthwhile musician, died mysteriously at 27. Signal specializes in a kind of hallucinatory intimacy, so if any company can make you feel what it's like to go down in a haze of smack and recriminations, it's them. With live jams from the company's versatile actors.
Commander’s Palace Guest Chef Dinner
6 p.m. at Custom House Tavern; $75
Miss out on your Jazz Fest trip this year? Tory McPhail, executive chef of the renowned Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans, will bring you that taste of the South you've been craving. He joins Custom House chef Aaron Deal to create a collaborative four-course dinner including modern takes on Southern cuisine along with cocktail pairings from Ransom Distilleries.