Chicago rapper Common, indie pop’s Spoon, the Cold War Kids, Russ and more top the lineup for the two-day Mamby on the Beach music festival hitting town this weekend. The fest, now in its fourth year, brings an eclectic mix of national acts and local musicians to the stage under a wide open-air format on Chicago’s lakefront. Make sure you fit sets from AJR and Nora En Pure into your schedule, along with leaving some room for Chicago-area acts Gene Farris, Hiroko Yamamura and Windy City Soul Club. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, at Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $79-$189. mambybeach.com.
Summer’s big pop bash
B96 packs pop standouts Halsey, Allessia Cara, Meghan Trainor and more into the Allstate Arena for this year’s edition of the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash. The lineup also features radio-friendly and dance-heavy artists Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Liam Payne, 5SOS, Why Don’t We and Bazzi. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $55-$75. (800) 745-3000 or b96.radio.com.
Grab a drink and get ready to swing when The Buzzhounds hit the stage at Palatine’s Mac’s on Slade this weekend. The bluesy band — Jeff Manga, Marko Lira and Bob Miller — drops its fifth studio album, “Chicago Go Go,” Friday in time for the show, and if the recent single, “Lip Stick Smack,” is any indication, it’s going to be a lively one. Catch all the raucous, rockabilly energy at this weekend kickoff show. Mac’s on Slade, 117 W. Slade St., Palatine. (847) 907-9621 or macsonslade.com. 8:45 p.m. Friday, June 22
Side Street’s week 4
The Side Street Studio Arts’ summerlong Battle of the Bands has reached it’s fourth week of first-round performances this weekend, with sets by Binx, Sunday Cruise and Girl K. Fans get to vote on the night’s winners, so come out and support your favorite local performers. And congratulations to last week’s winners, Mr. Butterfield and Long Birds, who will be moving on to the quarterfinals next month. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.
Ember Oceans heads home
The Palatine crew in synth-pop band Ember Oceans — Freddy Purcell, Joe Cox, Parker Simonaitis and Sean Groebe — has been hard at work getting some new, catchy beats ready to see the light of the stage this weekend as they play a hometown show at Durty Nellie’s. Hear their new music alongside the soaring sounds of August Hotel, one of the Chicago area’s strongest contenders for the indie pop crown. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
Broadway to Chicago
Broadway stars and actors Lea Michele and Darren Criss reunite from their “Glee” days together as they bring the “The LM/DC Tour” to Chicago. The co-headlining tour, a musical celebration of popular music, has the duo performing various favorites together and solo in promotion of their recent music releases — Michele’s 2017 studio album “Places” and Criss’ 2016 EP “Homework.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.50-$89.50. (312) 902-1500 or msg.com.