Sound check: Local bands, local beers at Brewers Rock Festival

The folks behind 14 local breweries are putting some of their favorite music on stage at this year’s Brewers Rock Festival to raise funds for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an organization working to keep the Great Lakes safe and clean. The event, from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Berwyn’s Wire, will feature a number of talented local acts performing while attendees sample some of the 25-plus beers produced by participating breweries — including Kinslahger, Argus, Blue Nose, Buckledown, Flapjack, Great Central, Gun Craft, Lagunitas, Midnight Pig, Miskatonic, One Lake, Tighthead, Revolution and Motor Row. The Bricks wood-fired pizza truck will be stationed out front to satisfy your munchies. 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. $40 includes admission and beer-sampling tickets; $15 for admission but no beer tickets. (844) 552-4437 or

Friday Pilots and the gang

One of the best parts of the Chicago-area music scene is the comraderie between musicians. See that up close when Friday Pilots Club — purveyor of dark and edgy pop-rock with a tangible attitude and winner of last year’s national Next2Rock contest — headlines a night of fine musicians and scene friends: Northwest suburban August Hotel‘s ’80s-infused synth-pop, dreamy indie from Capital Soiree and funk-flavored synth-rock from Palatine’s Ember Oceans. The show is an all-ages night but it’s sure to be a party, so get there on time to catch all four bands. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $10-$13. (773) 525-2508 or

Love and Theft

Nashville country duo Love and Theft brings its hits “Runaway,” “Angel Eyes,” “Whiskey on My Breath” and more to Lisle’s BaseCamp Pub for a night of hot tunes to get you moving. Local musicians Michael Keys, Nick Lynch and Summer Son kick off the night. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $20-$25. (331) 777-4712 or

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