7 p.m. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. $35.
Jazz guitarist Ted Ludwig’s longtime stint playing in the corner of the Capital Hotel Bar with his illustrious trio was always sort of a head-scratcher to me. Jovial and gracious as Ludwig (above) always seemed to be about being relegated to background music, something seemed so wrong about those fingers flying across those seven strings while, inches away, smartly dressed travelers conjectured vociferously across the table settings, tempering martinis with crunchy house-made soda crackers and legendary pimento cheese. Maybe that’s too persnickety of me. After all, Ludwig’s a transplant from New Orleans, where it seems food and melody co-exist perpetually on every street corner. At any rate, here’s a chance to hear him in a room built for acoustic nuance and warmth (with a top-notch box dinner included in the ticket price) as Ludwig is next up in the storytelling series Potluck & Poison Ivy. See potluckandpoisonivy.org for tickets.