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BUDDY GUY

Style: Chicago blues and how. Back­story: Af­ter play­ing in bands in his na­tive Louisiana, Guy moved to Chicago around 1957 and found him­self in­flu­enced by Muddy Wa­ters, who can hardly be said to be a bad in­spi­ra­tion when it comes to the blues. Yet it re­ally took a blues re­vival dur­ing the 1990s and beyond to make Guy’s show­man­ship stick in the minds of a mass au­di­ence.

Why you should go: Cited by Eric Clap­ton as “the best gui­tar player alive” and in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, Guy nev­er­the­less is a no­tably mer­cu­rial per­former who can de­liver the heat one night and go all tepid the next night. Com­ing off his 2015 al­bum “Born to Play Gui­tar,” he should be more fiery and con­sis­tent.

Time and place: 8 p.m. Fri­day, Pabst The­ater, 144 E. Wells St.

Price: $49.50 to $65 at the box of­fice, (414) 2863663 and pab­stthe­ater.org.

— Jon M. Gilbertson, Spe­cial to the Jour­nal Sen­tinel

MARTHA WAIN­WRIGHT

Style: Fam­ily-val­ues rock and pop.

Back­story: Raised by Cana­dian folk singer Kate McGarrigle and Amer­i­can folk singer Loudon Wain­wright, Martha Wain­wright also stood in the shadow of her older brother Ru­fus un­til near the end of the last decade, when her tal­ent emerged in a huge and sub­tle way on her sec­ond al­bum, 2008’s “I Know You’re Mar­ried But I’ve Got Feel­ings Too.”

Why you should go: Wain­wright’s most re­cent full-length, “Good­night City,” came out last year and sus­tained her rep­u­ta­tion for in­tel­li­gent ec­cen­tric­ity. If she doesn’t get quite so much at­ten­tion as her brother, that’s not for lack of tal­ent or try­ing, be­cause she is the equal of any­one else in her fam­ily when it comes to pop-rock so­lid­ity.

Time and place: 8 p.m. Tues­day, Shank Hall, 1434 N. Far­well Ave.

Price: $25 at the box of­fice, (866) 468-3401 and tick­etweb.com. — Jon M. Gilbertson

VIN­TAGE TROU­BLE

Style: Old-school R&B to match the name of the group.

Back­story: If Los An­ge­les isn’t ex­actly re­garded as a soul­ful town, then it’s just as well Vin­tage Trou­ble went to Europe to get its name out there. Af­ter tour­ing with Queen gui­tarist Brian May and New Jer­sey’s own Bon Jovi, along with AC/DC later on, the quar­tet be­gan to find trac­tion in its home coun­try, too.

Why you should go: Vin­tage Trou­ble is work­ing on a fol­low-up to 2015’s “1 Hope­ful Rd.,” a groovy work that made an im­pact from Cal­i­for­nia to Aus­tria, Switzer­land and Bel­gium. The four­some can make it hap­pen in the stu­dio but is al­most in­evitably rawer in per­son, be­cause that’s how classic soul gets its busi­ness go­ing.

Opener: Desi Valen­tine, a Lon­don-to-L.A. soul man.

Time and place: 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Turner Hall Ball­room, 1040 N. 4th St.

Price: $20 at the door and in ad­vance through the Pabst. — Jon M. Gilbertson

MARY CHAPIN CAR­PEN­TER

Style: Deep Amer­i­can coun­try, folk and rock.

Back­story: In the early 1990s, New Jer­sey na­tive Car­pen­ter broke wide open with “Come On Come On,” a gi­gan­tic, sin­gle-gen­er­at­ing hit al­bum. She sub­se­quently worked for and with Cyndi Lau­per, Tony Rice and Wynonna Judd, and de­vel­oped a sta­tus as a song­writer less in­ter­ested in the coun­try genre than in her own philo­soph­i­cal muse.

Why you should go: If she’s not as pop­u­lar as she once was, Car­pen­ter re­mains in­dus­tri­ous, hav­ing re­leased four LPs in the 2010s, in­clud­ing last year’s “The Things That We Are Made Of.” She’s got a voice weath­ered by the years but still beau­ti­ful in a folk way, and in per­son she brings across a home­spun in­tel­li­gence as well as a per­former’s in­ti­macy.

Opener: Emily Barker, pro­vid­ing Amer­i­cana via her UK her­itage.

Time and place: 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Pabst The­ater. Price: $39.50 and $49.50. — Jon M. Gilbertson

BUDDY GUY

VIN­TAGE TROU­BLE

MARTHA WAIN­WRIGHT

MARY CHAPIN CAR­PEN­TER

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