The Mudflapps The five-piece “drinking band with a music problem” serves up its acoustic mix of bluegrass, folk, country and rock every week to fans who like to get jiggy with fiddles and mandolins. Drink specials include $5 Fighting Cock bourbon and $3 Hamm’s tallboys. Yee-haw! Tuesdays at Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood Ave (773-274-5463). 9pm, $5.
Country Karaoke Aspiring Carrie Underwoods and Kenny Chesneys can croon about their achy-breaky hearts every Tuesday night, backed by a live band at River North’s newly reopened barbecue joint. It’s like NBC’s Nashville, starring you. Tuesdays at Bub City, 435 N Clark St (312-610-4200). 10pm, free.
Banjo Lessons If you’re hankering to play the kind of music your Appalachian grandpa used to listen to, sign up for private lessons or group classes. Take your pick of three styles offered: clawhammer, bluegrass, or old-time two-finger. Check schedule online for dates and pricing; Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave (773-728-6000).
True Grits: Southern Brunch Cooking In this class, you’ll learn how to make Creole favorites such as eggs Sardou, shrimp ’n’ grits and banana whisky bread pudding. Come hungry, because the lesson culminates in eating the feast you’ve just seen prepared. Weekends at the Chopping Block; check website for schedule and registration. 4747 N Lincoln Ave (773-472-6700). 10–12:30pm, $50.
Line Dancing Lessons Wear your best cowboy boots and learn classics like the Texas two-step at this country-western club, where the drinks are strong and the bigger the belt buckle, the better. Mondays at Charlie’s Chicago, 3726 N Broadway (773-871-8887). 7:30pm, free.
Hey Ladies! Southern Sketch Revue Featuring performers who’ve moved to Chicago from the South, this rip-roarin’ all-female sketch revue includes songs, vignettes, Southern characters and situational comedy. Will you laugh? Darn tootin’! Schedule varies. Check online for show dates, times, locations and pricing. facebook.com/heyladieshey.