Sound check: Warped Tour’s last stand

Traditionally a musical haven for punky youthful rebellion, the Vans Warped Tour is calling it quits after this year — at least the touring part of the festival. The lineups have skewed a little heavier the last couple years, but this year it’s back to embracing its roots with 3OH!3, Simple Plan, State Champs, The Maine, Bowling for Soup, Beartooth, Senses Fail and more. And don’t miss Chicago-area bands Mest, Sleep On It, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends and Harm’s Way. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. $45-$55. vanswarpedtour.com.

Chance, Usher fete Special Olympics

Chicago’s Chance the Rapper joins Usher, Francis & The Lights, Daya, Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz and O.A.R. for a concert marking the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics this weekend. The show, at the Huntington Bank Pavilion, is a celebration of the spirit of inclusion and unity the Special Olympics have fostered over the last five decades. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. Tickets are sold out, but are available through third-party sources online. pavilionnortherlyisland.com.

Heroes of Rebellion!

Cairo Ale House hosts Heroes of the Rebellion, with performances by Chicago-area artists Goose WayneWelcome to JonestownThe Beta WavesLC/50 and OUTDrejas. Come check out some of the area’s hottest new house and hardest-rocking punk bands. 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $8-$10. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.

neXt2rock voting open

The bands have submitted their songs to Cumulus Media’s neXt2rock contest, so now it’s up to you, the fans, to vote on them. The highest-rated bands will have a better chance at one of eight slots performing for judges at Chicago’s local finals in August. Voting runs through Sunday, July 29, at 101wkqx.com.

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