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Sound check: America rides to town for two Arcada shows

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  • Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley will perform with America Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley will perform with America Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
    Associated Press, 2014

  • Retro rock band Rosie and the Rivets kicks off a four-show holiday set Saturday, Nov. 18, at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.

    Retro rock band Rosie and the Rivets kicks off a four-show holiday set Saturday, Nov. 18, at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.
    Courtesy of Rosie and the Rivets

 
 

American classics

Folk rock favorite America celebrates the band's 47th anniversary on stage with two shows in St. Charles this weekend. Catch classic rock jams such as "A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair" and more long-standing influential hits. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59 Saturday, $55 Sunday. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19

Holidays are Rosie and bright

Rosie and the Rivets, one of the Chicago area's premier retro rock acts, unpacks the holidays with four performances of the "Jingle Bell Rock" Holiday Music Show. The shows, at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe, kick off Saturday, Nov. 18, in conjunction with The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Reservations are recommended for the free, family-friendly events. Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario St., Chicago. Free. (312) 943-2252 or hardrock.com/cafes/chicago/. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15

Help Ike Reilly help

Libertyville-area treasure Ike Reilly is giving back this holiday season. The indie folk rock band The Ike Reilly Assassination, along with rockers Betty Soul and Fun Monkey, will be the evening's entertainment at the Ike Reilly Rock & Roll Food Drive at Mickey Finn's Brewery. Help families in need by bringing nonperishable food, personal-care items and paper products to donate to the Libertyville Township Food Pantry while enjoying a night of good music. Mickey Finn's Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $20 in advance, $15 in advance for guests younger than 21, $25 at the door. (847) 362-6688 or brownpapertickets.com. 6:30 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) Monday, Nov. 20

Lydia Loveless and the boys

Lydia Loveless' October release, "Boy Crazy and Single(s)" is a collection of her five-song EP "Boy Crazy" plus six singles released through her punk-colored country career. She brings stripped-down solo versions of this album's songs, with others from her edgy catalog, when she plays two consecutive nights at The Hideout with Sports Boyfriend, Chicago goth-pop rocker Eileen Peltier. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $20. (773) 227-4433 or hideoutchicago.com. 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15-16

One direction to Rosemont

While boy band One Direction enjoys an extended hiatus, singer Niall Horan signed into a solo contract with Capitol Records. He's coming to the Chicago area in support of his latest album, "Flicker," inspired by classic rock and folk acts. Catch the local stop of his worldwide "Flicker Sessions Tour" in Rosemont midweek. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Limited tickets available starting at $60. (847) 671-5100 or ticketmaster.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15

Shuffled tracks

Suburbia Story's new release "Serenity" is out now for purchase and streaming.
Suburbia Story's new release "Serenity" is out now for purchase and streaming. - Courtesy of Jess Tolczyk

• McHenry-based pop-rock band Suburbia Story recently released the new EP "Serenity." Check out the especially catchy title track (but do yourself a favor and don't skip over "Kids"), now on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes.

• Fans of Australian sibling supergroup Sheppard's 2014 hit "Geronimo" will love, love, love the bouncy cotton-candy perfection of the new single "Coming Home," now on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and Google Play.

Concert highlights

• Caving, Stratford, Summerbruise, Burly Gates and Friday Pilots Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at East Room, 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. (773) 698-8774 or eastroomchicago.com.

• Hoodie Allen, Luke Christopher: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $30. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com.

• Dashboard Confessional: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at H.O.M.E. Bar, 1227 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Free. (847) 749-0253 or homebarchicago.com.

• Aqueous, The North 41: 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15-$17. (773) 525-2501 or lh-st.com.

• Highly Suspect, Bones, DJ Redbees: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $26-$30. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Swingin' Utters, Western Settings, Darius Koski, Top Shelf Lickers: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $16. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

• Bury Me in Lights (EP release), Blood People, Johnny Automatic and Take The Reins: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $8. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.

• W.C. & the Fam, The Belvederes, Vox Kakumeika: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Reggies Music Joint, 2109 S. State St., Chicago. $8-$10. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

• Bestman, Broken Holmes, Rakunk: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $6-$9. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Jim Lauderdale, Matthew Francis Andersen: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15, $20. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Mike & Joe: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Trophy Room, 170 W. Ontario St., Chicago. $5; $10 at the door. (312) 600-6920 or events.wamilive.com.

• The Claudettes, Infomercial USA: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 227-4433 or hideoutchicago.com.

• The Heavy Sounds: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at FitzGerald's Sidebar, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $5 donation. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• The Way Down Wanderers, Great Sky Band: 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

• Modern Day Romeos: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Highly Suspect, Bones, DJ Redbees: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $26-$30. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• 6th Annual Bring It Up High Memorial Fest featuring Monty Neysmith & the Bishops, The North Avenue Stompers, The Roadburners, Barbara Clifford, DJ Tommy Rivera, Featuring Emcees Gabrielle Sutton & Ken Mottet: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $16. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

• 7th heaven: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $7-$10. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.

• Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You Tour": 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $99.50-$150. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com.

• Fools' Brew: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Q Bar Darien, 8109 S. Cass Ave., Darien. $8. (630) 241-0970 or qbardarien.com.

• Orange Star: 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Old Towne Pub, 201 W. State St., Geneva. Free. (630) 232-7962 or otpgeneva.com.

• Eleanor Friedberger, Peter Oren: 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago. $20. (773) 227-4433 or hideoutchicago.com.

• Spazmatics: 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $8. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Twenty Over: 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $8. (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com.

• The Feral Ghosts, Rosaries, Uncouth, Atonement Theory: 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $8. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

• Scott Collins, The Hang Union, OUTDrejas, Spit G & the Most Low: 8 p.m Sunday, Nov. 19, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

• Ike Reilly Rock & Roll Food Drive: 6:30 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) Monday, Nov. 20, at Mickey Finn's Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. $20 in advance, $15 in advance for guests younger than 21, $25 at the door. (847) 362-6688 or brownpapertickets.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor. You can follow him on Twitter at @BShamieDH. Listen to his "2017 Chicago Sound Check" Spotify playlist for a sampling of great local bands included in the Daily Herald this year.

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