Coco Montoya Plays Club Cafe; Benny Benack and Friends at Backstage Bar; Giving Tuesday (Tues., 11/27/18)

1) Blues guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya first started out as a drummer with a secondary love for the guitar. He played drums for guitar legend and “master of the Telecaster” Albert Collins for over five years and worked on his guitar skills with Collins mentoring him. He became so skilled that John Mayall asked him to join his reformed Bluesbreakers band in the early ’80s, staying for 10 years. Since then, he has enjoyed a successful solo career with 10 albums released. Montoya plays his scorching riffs as a southpaw. He has returned home to Alligator Records for his latest album, 2017’s Hard Truth. 8 p.m. Club Cafe, 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. (RH)

2) At Theater Square, trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III is the featured performer at this week’s Tuesday night jazz series at the Backstage Bar. He is equally adept at both jazz and pop songs. No cover. See Benny Benack and Friends beginning at 5 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when donating to your favorite charity or nonprofit organization, including arts and entertainment organizations, is highlighted nationally. It was started as a push back to the materialism of the holiday season. For more information visit the Giving Tuesday website or contact your favorite nonprofit group.