"American Idol" Lee DeWyze will perform at Joyride Records Thursday, May 24. - Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com

Sound check: The return of Lee DeWyze

Mount Prospect’s own “American Idol” Lee DeWyze returns to the Chicago area for an in-store performance at Joyride Records celebrating the vinyl release of his recent album, “Paranoia.” DeWyze will be on hand afterward to meet fans and sign copies of the fresh-pressed vinyl. Joyride Records, 1914 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 278-1744 or joyriderecordschicago.com. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24

Chicago’s House sound

House music found its roots right here in Chicago, and the city celebrates the broad-reaching musical format Saturday with the free Chicago House Music Festival at Millennium Park. Three stages at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Chase Promenade North and South will feature acts such as Louie Vega and Elements of Life, Gifted Souls, Ron Trent, Adam Gibbons, Paul Johnson, Ron Carroll, Donna Edwards, Mike Dunne and many more. The festival is part of the Chicago House Music Conference and Dance Summit at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Free. cityofchicago.org. 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26

Cold Mourning, Hoodie Life and more

Kevin Singleton, arguably best known on the Chicago scene for his metal band El Famous, has tested different musical waters recently with another project, The Cold Mourning. Embodying a stripped-down sound and awash in lush harmonies, his recent album, “In Another Dream,” is a plea for connection in a lonely dark world. Singleton headlines a local powerhouse lineup at Beat Kitchen this weekend, featuring The Hoodie Life (a new project from Stubhy Pandav, Pat Gilroy and Bradley Chagdes), Darren Vorel(joined by the brothers Castady, Dan and George) and Daniel Wade, Chicago’s modern embodiment of solid, classic guitar-driven rock. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26

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