Be on the lookout when 101-WKQX unleashes PIQNIQ Bear and Plainfield’s Marina City to kick off the festivities at its PIQNIQ music festival Saturday. The single-day fest features some of the radio station’s favorite artists — AWOLNATION, Dashboard Confessional, Bush, The Neighbourhood, Greta Van Fleet, The Front Bottoms, Bishop Briggs and Welshly Arms — on two stages at Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets start at $20. 101wkqx.com. Gates open at noon, show at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30
American Music Festival
Whether your musical tastes lean toward jazz, funk, rock, soul, indie or good old Americana, one of the weekend’s best bets is the American Music Festival at FitzGerald’s. The annual fest — a collection of national acts and hot talent from Chicago’s music scene including the Ike Reilly Assassination, James McMurtry, Eric Lindell, Devil in a Woodpile, Kevin A. Prchal, The Belvederes, Blackfoot Gypsies, Fox Crossing Stringband and many others — has become a destination for music-lovers over the last 37 years, offering more than 60 bands on three stages over four days. See the full lineup and schedule at fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Single-day tickets and four-day passes are available. FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $40 Friday, $40 Saturday, $50 Sunday and $50 Tuesday; four-day pass costs $140; $10 discount for tickets bought at the door with cash during the first hour of each day. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 29; 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1; and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3
The Homegrown Arts & Music Festival is heading into its sixth year, and founder Aaron Williams is filling two final slots on the lineup with a two-night Battle of the Bands competition. One winning band from each night will earn a slot at the fest, set for Saturday, July 21, at BaseCamp Pub. Friday’s lineup features The Red Moons, The Instinct, Eugeine Grey and The Bad Habits, The Roaches and Loose Cannons. Saturday’s lineup presents Tonic Freight Train, Observing With Annie, The Wild and Social Que. Bands will be selected by a panel of guest judges and crowd draw, so be sure to attend to support your favorite local musicians. BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $6 each night. (331) 777-4712 or aaronwilliamsmusic.com. Doors at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29-30
Harry Styles, the erstwhile frontman of Britpop band One Direction who last year made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” brings his sold-out world tour to Chicago’s United Center. Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves will join Styles during his Chicago stop. United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets start at $29.50. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30
Are you the neXt2rock?
Calling all rockers! 101WKQX in conjunction with Cumulus Media launches year two of the neXt2rock national competition. The process culminates locally with an Aug. 17 show at Joe’s Live Rosemont, where eight local finalists will perform two songs each in hopes of winning a slot at the Oct. 4 national finale in Los Angeles. The winner of the national finals – determined by a panel of judges including Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Big Machine Label Group founder and CEO Scott Borchetta, songwriter and producer Desmond Child, wrestler and musician Chris Jericho and fashion designer John Varvatos — gets a major label recording contract and some national airtime. The submission process, which began Monday, is open now at 101WKQX.com.