Blues-rock band The Instinct takes the stage at the Bolingbrook Summer Concert Series Wednesday, Aug. 8. - Courtesy of The Instinct

Sound check: Feel The Instinct in Bolingbrook

At a recent event, I had a chance to see The Instinct play their blues-rock on stage. These young musicians are good. And not just “good for young musicians.” They have the skills to bring out the best in the blues they covered, and their energy had the crowd moving and cheering throughout the set. See for yourself when they play an outdoor gig as part of the Bolingbrook Summer Concert Series next week. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff, Bolingbrook. (630) 908-2538 or

Summer Stomp

Summer Stomp, Mackey’s Hideout’s annual celebration of music and camping, settles in to the McHenry Extreme Sports & Event Park this weekend with food, art and craft beer vendors and two stages of tunes. The Schwag headlines Friday, and Terrapin Flyer heads Saturday. The lineup also includes sets from Way Down Wanderers, Teed, The Coop, Zombie Manana, Miles Over Mountains, Henhouse Prowlers, Fox Crossing String Band and many more. Check for the full schedule. Noon to midnight Friday, Aug. 3; 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 4, at McHenry Extreme Sports & Event Park, 1911 W. Fernview Lane, Holiday Hills. $60-$80 general admission; $25 for RV parking.

Growing the Elgin scene

Mountain King Music Collective and the Side Street Studio Arts are teaming up to create a scene for young musicians with Mini Bursfest, a night of musical performances, photography and art run by the very artists it seeks to promote. Enjoy musical performances by Mt. Pocono, When We Was Kids, X.Y. Spaces, Headwires, Parker Luck and Crystal Killers. Doors open at 5 p.m.; performances begin at 6. 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $10 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or


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