1) Chris Smither creates very beautiful acoustic guitar music, and when that’s mixed with his husky blues voice and heartfelt lyrics, the combination is almost transformational on songs like “Link of Chain,” “Killing the Blues,” and “Leave the Light On.” One key to the artistry: Smither has been doing this for a long time. Ever since growing up all over the place (a fitting background for a folk/blues man), he’s been playing all around the world and has cut 17 albums. His 2014 release Still on the Levee was a double-CD, 50-year retrospective. Smither’s show at Club Cafe is a chance to hear new songs from an old master: He is touring in support of his latest release, this year’s Call Me Lucky. With special guest Zak Trojano. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. (RH/MV)
2) Do you want to go see the battlin’ Buccos play the Chicago White Sox, but your dog is giving you the “we don’t spend enough time together” look. Don’t fret, the Pirates got you covered with Pup Night, aka bring your dog to the Pirate game night. A portion of the proceeds benefit local animal organizations. A special ticket is required so don’t just show up with your pooch. 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.