Sunday Cruise

Elgin-area band Sunday Cruise joins Side Street Studio Arts for its seventh anniversary celebration Friday, March 6. - Courtesy of Doug Hanson

Sound check: Sunday Cruise, Binx at Side Street Battle semifinals

Four bands have fought to make it to the Side Street Studio Arts’ summerlong Battle of the Bands semifinals this weekend. This week, Binx and Sunday Cruise duke it out Friday, July 27. And Mr. Butterfield and New Nights vie for the winning slot Saturday. You have to show up to vote, so go check out some great local music. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or

Streamwood’s local stage

The Streamwood Summer Celebration — Friday through Sunday, July 27-29, at Hoosier Grove Park — is putting the spotlight on local music with a battle of the bands Friday. Area musicians and one guest from Nashville — Joey Wilbur, Amethyst Skye, Three Posers, Rø, When the Sun Sets and Joe Kirk (who you may know from season 7 of “The Voice”) — will perform from 5:30 to 10:15 p.m. on the local music stage, giving audience members a chance to vote for their favorites by filling buckets with their loose change. (No bills more than $1 will be counted. Money raised will be donated to the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago.) The winning musician gets the opportunity to perform on the fest’s main stage from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Also, catch Scoutcamp and The Lucid Dreamers when they play the local stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Streamwood Summer Celebration is from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 27; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 28; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Hoosier Grove, 700 W. Irving Park Road. For the full lineup and festival schedule, visit

Yes Fest in Elmhurst

Discover new music, laugh along with sketch comedy, immerse yourself in poetry and storytelling or just peruse some delightful art exhibits at Yes Fest, Elmhurst’s premiere arts and culture festival, this weekend. Now in its sixth year, Yes Fest brings together more than 85 acts performing on five stages across three venues ­– The Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.; The Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave.; and Elmhurst Brewing Co., 171 N. Addison Ave. The festival is branching out this year to offer workshops on battle rap, improv marketing, songwriting and more. Learn a few things and catch some great acts, including The Darling Suns, Girl Named Nino, The Slaps, Meghan & Caitlin, The God Awful Small Affairs, Dead Harvest, Where’s Fernando?, moderncults and many more. And keep your eyes peeled for the co-hosts of The Underbelly Hours from Elmhurst College’s WRSE-88.7 FM radio as they document the event. They may want to talk to you! Noon Friday, July 27, through 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in Elmhurst. $9 admission for Elmhurst Art Museum stage; free for all other stages. Check for lineup and venue information.

The Underbelly Hours

Speaking of The Underbelly Hours, radio producers Adela Skowronski and Dan Dick dig deep into the Chicago area’s underground music scene, discovering unsigned acts and putting them on display on Elmhurst Rock Variety, Elmhurst College’s student-run radio airwaves at WRSE-88.7 FM. Catch their show and find a new musician to love as Adela and Dan interview rising artists and give them a chance to perform live every Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the airwaves or streaming at

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