Sound check: The Way Down Wanderers venture Lincoln Hall’s way

Hot on the tail of the Feb. 22 release of its new full-length album “illusions,” Peoria’s The Way Down Wanderers heads to Chicago to play a rollicking set at the venerable Lincoln Hall. Loaded with bluegrass influence, the songs on the band’s new album deftly blend chill folk vibes with an upbeat alternative sound, sometimes folding in a sprinkle of funk as in the catchy “ALL MY WORDS.” Hear the new songs — along with old favorites — when the band takes the stage, joined by Chicago alt-country rockers Edward & Graham, for a night of dance-worthy tunes and riveting energy. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15-$18. (773) 525-2501 or lh-st.com.

Best of … Allister

The recent release of Allister‘s “Best of … 20 Years and Counting” is a strong recap of the pop-punk band’s history — it includes re-recordings and re-imaginings of songs from previous records as well as four brand new tracks. The former Conant High School classmates take over the Cobra Lounge for a release show, complete with the hard-rocking Blood People and the joyously pop-punk Parker, both rising stars of Chicago’s music scene. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $18-$24. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

Concert highlights

State Champs “The Living Proof Tour” with Our Last Night, Dangerous Summer, Grayscale: 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $27.50-$30. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

Jenny Bienemann & Friends: 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at FitzGerald’s (Sidebar), 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $5 donation. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Nonny Gras with the Lowdown Brass Band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $18. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.

Phil Vassar with Stephanie Quayle: 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Joe’s Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $27-$45. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

The Modern Age, The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club, Papi Legusta: 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 549-2050 or gmantavern.com.

Gibson Morris: 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Jimmy’s Grill, 245 S. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 548-2500 or jimmysgrillnaperville.com.

Bono Bros Band with Chris Neville, Ryan Reid: 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10-$15. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

7th heaven: 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$13. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

Katzulhu Fest 2 with Radar, Blumenkohl, Bury Me in Lights, Landspeeder, Simon Ferocious, JD Kostyk: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Miskatonic Brewing Company, 1000 N. Frontage Road C, Darien. Free. (630) 541-9414 or facebook.com.

The Connectors: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Frankie’s Blue Room, 16 Chicago Ave., Naperville. $6. (630) 416-4898 or frankiesblueroom.net.

Jonas Friddle: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15-$30. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness “Upside Down Flowers Tour” with Grizfolk, Flor: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $37-$125. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com.

Allister, Blood People, Parker: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $18-$24. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

Poison’d Crue: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $7-$10. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com.

The Darling Suns, The Prairie Fires, Owen And The Ghosts: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 549-2050 or gmantavern.com.

Twenty Over: 8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mac’s on Slade, 117 W. Slade St., Palatine. $3. (847) 907-9621 or macsonslade.com.

Tonic Freight Train: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Chicago Loop Sports Bar and Grill, 7 W. Streamwood Blvd., Streamwood. (630) 830-2565 or chicago-loop.com.

Damaged Justice, Among the Living: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

Nothing More “The Truth Tour” with Of Mice and Men, Palisades: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $30-$35. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

Heather Lynne Horton: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. No cover before 9 p.m.; $10 after 9 p.m. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

Goodfella, Dead Rest, Invictus: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

Aaron Carter: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at The Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $20-$150. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

Saul, Elisium, Bloody Gulch, Scatgrub Band: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

Typhanie Monique on Letting Go — Songs of Regret, Release and Renewal: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $12-$20. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.

Planes Mistaken for Stars, Airstream Futures, Canadian Rifle: 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

Nate Millyunz, Kashy, Buddy Vegas: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10-$25. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

Bryce Merritt with Joel Ansett: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15-$25. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.

Reignwolf “Hear Me Out Tour”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $25. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

The Messthetics, Helen Money: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. $20-$23. (815) 482-2870 or rochaus.com.

Raw Deal, Soul Patch Monkey: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Also check out some of the new music he’s listening to from great local acts on “Chicago Sound Check 2019v2” on Spotify.