Songwriters in the Round

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 8 p.m. 2011

An in-the-round concert, featuring one Wobbly from Wanamaker and a couple guys in Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. Otis Gibbs may have left Indianapolis for Nashville, but he still sings about his hometown, telling audiences in Europe (for which he’ll depart shortly after this show) all about our inequities, potential for political subversion and essential goodness. Margot lead singer Richard Edwards, who has gotten a little funnier and louder over the years, now leads a lean-and-mean edition of his band that has done away with miscellaneous percussion in favor of pretty much straight-ahead rock. But an all-acoustic number closed his band’s last record, Buzzard, so this kind of man-with-guitar setting isn’t out of keeping even with his recent work. The Chicago-based Cameron McGill joined Margot on keyboards when the band slimmed down and moved to Chicago; his own songwriting bears similarities to Edwards’s.

Price: $15 advance (, $17 door, 21+

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