Hey vonbraig, sounds like a good time! I don't know if I can make it, but wanted to post some info for all who can.
Firstly, a slight correction on the date. The Dave Leibman Quartet will be playing Friday 10/28
from 9pm to 1am, and
Saturday 10/29 from 8pm to 12mid.
There is free parking for the Green Mill in a lot just west of the building. Head west on Lawrence from Broadway, and turn right at the first street you come to (Magnolia). Make an immediate left into the parking lot on the NW corner of Magnolia and Lawrence.
Since the Green Mill has no kitchen, they have no problem with people bringing in food. I would suggest that you pick up some food and get to the Mill between 7:30 and 8:00. Get a table or booth in the front section and enjoy your meal. Then you will have a seat right in front of the band, where no idiots will come in later and stand in front of you. There is a Mexican restaurant, Fiesta Mexicana, just north of the Mill, and a great Chinese restaurant, Silver Seafood, across Broadway (east side) and a bit further north. Directly across the street, on the NE corner of B'way & Lawrence is an Ethiopean restaurant. On the SE corner is Starbucks.
The Mill will be cool for the first set, but during the first break, it will FILL up with people, not all of whom are jazz fans. This is when you'll appreciate a seat up front. If you sit at the bar, you'll see the first set, but then you won't see
the rest of the night, and there is a lot of talking and crowd noise. Maybe Liebman's audience will be different, but I wouldn't count on it.
And last but not least, here is the text from an email I received Monday:
PM Woodwind invites you to attend a special clinic with Dave Liebman
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 1 pm until 3 pm
Where: PM Woodwind's "Space Around the Corner" - 707 Washington, Evanston, Il
More info: 847-869-7049
STAY after the clinic and try NEW Keilwerth Saxophones. Bring your mouthpieces. All saxes will be available for purchase. This event is free to all.
Visit Dave Liebman at: www.daveliebman.com
Visit us at: www.pmwoodwind.com
Hope this info is helpful!