The Wine Goddess, 702 Main St, Evanston IL

Chicago’s free-range cover band comes to The Wine Goddess for a special night of songs and stories. It’s been nearly a decade since Poi Dog Pondering’s Dag Juhlin assembled his friends Kenny Goodman, John Carpender and Ralph Baumel for the first Expo’76 gig in a pizza parlor near the Wisconsin border. They’ve followed their instincts ever since, playing only the music that they love, and politely leaving the obvious cover band warhorses to others. As musically dexterous as they are omnivorous, they’ve backed up soul men (Andre Williams, Renaldo Domino), songbirds (Syd Straw, Kelly Hogan, Susan Voelz), and superstars (Joel Murray, Eddie Vedder). There’s nothing stopping from this Wine Goddess event from turning into a full-blown dance party, but just be careful – there are a lot of bottles on the shelves!