Parker takes the Bottom Lounge stage Saturday, July 14, with Eddy and the Arsons, The Dead Seahorses, The Dead On and Comatoast. - Courtesy of Parker

Sound check: Parker steps up to the scene

When Chicago’s Parker dropped the Adam Krier-produced single “Never Growing Old” early last month, it was a strong introduction that only hinted at what the rock band had in store for the upcoming EP. Released last week, the “Never Growing Old EP” comprises four songs of good, solid Chicago-style rock ‘n’ roll capped with a stirring, introspectively crafted hidden track. See Parker live when they play Chicago’s Bottom Lounge with Eddy and the ArsonsThe Dead SeahorsesThe Dead On and Comatoast. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $8. (312) 666-6775 or

Space Camp ready for takeoff

Wealthy Habits Entertainment takes over Lisle’s BaseCamp Pub this weekend for an out of this world (pun totally intended) musical event. The Space Camp Festival features three stages of music — hip-hop and live performances at the Gravity Stage, a house focus at the Lunar Platform, and electronic, trap and more on the Rocketdyne Rage Stage — drink specials and BaseCamp’s full menu in a space-themed atmosphere. Strap in for some Chicago-area musical treats this weekend. 6 p.m. Friday, July 13, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $10-$15. (331) 777-4712 or

Anonapalooza fest

The Loose Cannons play a set at Geneva’s Anonapalooza fest Sunday, July 15. – Courtesy of Angelica Dulaney

Join the Anonapalooza Sober Festival in Geneva’s Good Templar Park for an afternoon of music and fellowship aimed at supporting the efforts of folks recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. The family-friendly fest, now in its 10th year, features “From Dope to Hope” author Tim Ryan, food from area vendors and musical performances from artists (many from the Chicago area) including Phil Circle, Matt Butler, Jam Alker, Smoke Filled Room, GutterFlower, The Loose Cannons and the Gary Steczo Project. The fest is free, but donations are welcome and will benefit Aurora’s Hope Outreach Foundation and Naperville’s A Man in Recovery Foundation. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Good Templar Park, 528 Eastside Drive, Geneva. Free, but donations are welcome.

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