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Sound check: Friday Pilots Club tapped to open for Daughtry

“American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry rolled his exposure from his fifth season appearances on “Idol” into his very own rock group, Daughtry. The band, slinging alternative since 2006, is visiting Chicago’s Copernicus Center this weekend. Chicago rockers of Friday Pilots Club open for the show, one of the band’s first big ones since winning the national Next2Rock competition in L.A. this fall. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. $20.75-$127. (773) 777-8898 or

56 Yule Fix

The organizers of this summer’s 56 Music Fix are riding the success of the Mount Prospect event right into the holidays, bringing a mix of area musicians to the Prospect Moose Lodge for the full-day 56 Yule Fix & Toy Drive. Starting at noon, catch the sounds of the season with the Lincoln Middle School’s Celebration Singers, the Prospect High School Madrigals, The Different, Chapter 1, Acousticity, El Condor, SEET, Earth Radio, the debut of punk band Jack Squat’s “Stepping on a Lego on Christmas Morn,” vintage Christmas tunes and more, as well as face-painting, crafts, free holiday desserts and food and drink available for purchase. Get in the spirit and bring a toy along to be donated to the Mooseheart Orphanage. Noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Moose Lodge 660, 601 N. Main St., Mount Prospect. Free; $5 cover after 7 p.m. (847) 219-3898 or

Lucky Boys at 21

West suburban-born Lucky Boys Confusion rocks its way to drinking age with its “Twenty One” show at Chicago’s House of Blues. The band had fans vote from the entire catalog on the set list for the night, so prepare to see some of your faves and some deep cuts. (I can’t remember the last time I saw “Arizona Stand” on stage.) Fellow local artists ReleaserParker and The Cold Mourning will be on hand to celebrate along with the Boys. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Sold out, but tickets are available through verified resellers. (312) 923-2000 or

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