This winter has been abysmal where weeknight shows are concerned, but tonight offers at least three live music options worth your time. Make it count!
Skully's, 1151 N. High St., has the most fascinating option. Mahjongg (pictured), a Chicago electronic outfit that blurs the lines between dance and rock better than most—and writes some splendid songs in the meantime—will headline the music diner, and though performance art trio Hugs & Kisses have dropped off the bill, the Mahjongg should still be worth the price of admission. This short preview should provide a little more insight into what they do. Zachery Allan Starkey and Marvin the Robot, polarizing artists both, will open the show instead. 8 p.m. door, $7 admission. Good deal.
The biggest show of the bunch is the Chris Brown-Bow Wow-Soulja Boy Tell 'Em trifecta at Nationwide Arena. My preview gives you all you need to know about these young urban stars. A source at the arena confirms that Shop Boyz, makers of my 40th-favorite song of last year, will also perform. Tickets range from $40 all the way up to a hefty $70 for this one, big spender.
Lastly, So What Wednesdays brings another big name in underground hip-hop to Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., tonight. One Be Lo is an anomaly in his universe for the immense popularity he enjoys despite no alignment with any of the big indie rap labels or allegiances with tastemaking stars. He doesn't even have a publicist, yet he lays claim to hordes of adoring fans. For more on this phenomenon, check Wes Flexner's preview over at Donewaiting. Apocalypse Inc. opens the show; Blueprint hosts as usual. Technically this starts at 10 p.m., but don't expect anything to happen until at least 11. Cover will be $5 or less.
Here's video of One Be Lo in action: