City Planner: Wednesday 11/22
En Vogue @ Trocaderostoday's A-List: "Hard to imagine now, but 1990's 'Hold On' felt like the first true funk on Top 40 radio in years, its lumbering bass line and close female harmonies a bright thank-you to Soul II Soul—and to the hip hop that brought the beat back. En Vogue's subsequent early-'90s hits are ageless: 'My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It),' the George Clinton-quoting 'Free Your Mind,' the Salt-N-Pepa collaboration 'Whatta Man' (updating the old Linda Lyndell tune). Dawn Robinson, whose flighty work with Lucy Pearl is just as essential, has bowed out of this recent reunion tour featuring three other original members, though the remaining group is serious enough to be preparing a comeback album.
21+. $35/$45 at the door. 7:00 p.m.
Asylum Street Spankers @ the Cedar
Big Daddy Kane @ the Varsity
Rocksgiving @ Station 4
Otis Day & the Knights @ Myth
Ike Reilly @ First Ave
Detroit @ 400 Bar
Martin Devaney & friends @ Turf Club
Planes Mistaken for Stars @ Triple Rock
All this and more at the A-List.