Cobra Lounge packs an eclectic mix of musicians into Saturday night with rock band-backed rapper Blaqrock heading the charge. Catch them when they play with fun and energetic rock band Conway, the funky blues-rock of self-described “Slow Jam Chorizo Music” artists Papi Le Gusta, hometown alternative rockers Breakfast Beer and the soulful folk-rock stylings of Owen and the Ghosts. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.
Put down that wrapping paper and don you now your black apparel for BrauerHouse Live’s “A Very Very Merry Punk Rock XMas,” a holiday party and concert featuring some great Chicago-area bands. Pegboy headlines the night, joined by 88 Fingers Louie, Take the Reins, Johnny Automatic and Hymen Moments (Misfits Tribute) for a 21-and-older night of punk and pop-punk that’ll kick off your holiday weekend right. 9 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Friday, Dec. 21, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $15-$20. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Ike Reilly at FitzGerald’s
Spend an evening with Libertyville’s folk-punk icon Ike Reilly when he brings his real-world grit and darkly humorous spin on life in the heartland as he ventures south to Berwyn. The set is a perfect fit for the intimate performance space at FitzGerald’s, the roots-rock epicenter of the south suburbs. 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $25. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.