Sometimes we need a little help from our friends. Chicago’s Metro, Charity Bomb & 101WKQX are hosting Strange ’90s, a benefit concert raising funds to help defray medical costs for Jerry Bryant, the Emmy-winning host of Chicago’s JBTV undergoing chemotherapy for colorectal cancer. The evening will include performances by numerous musical artists, many from the Chicago area, including Naked Raygun, Andrew W.K., Local H, Madina Lake and Marina City, as well as Jonny Radtke & Mat Devine of Kill Hannah, Stabbing Westward‘s Walt Flakus, Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s, Jimmy Gnecco of OURs and many others. Ticket proceeds will directly benefit Bryant’s cancer treatment fund. 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $40; VIP packages and tables are also available. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com.
Angel, Annie and Baertrum at Martyrs’
Three Silvie’s alums reunite at Martyrs’ to bring some life to your Hump Day evening. Observing with Annie, Angel Colón Band and Baertrum all return to the stage with some fresh new songs to share. In addition, OWA and Baertrum have partnered with Sing Me A Story, a Nashville-based organization working to pair musical performers with stories written and illustrated by children in hospitals, youth organizations and hospices across the country. Inspired by those imaginative writings, both bands have conjured up their own musical takes on the tales, which they will perform and record live that evening. Anyone interested in partnering with Sing Me A Story, hearing the songs or donating to the children’s funds can find more information at singmeastory.org. 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.
Side Street battle opens
Elgin’s Side Street Studio Arts recently opened submissions for its sixth annual summer Battle of the Bands. Sixteen local acts will perform throughout the summer for the chance at cash and a prize package. The battles will kick off on Friday, May 31, and end Saturday, Aug. 3. Submissions for the contest will be open through 5 p.m. Monday, April 15. See sidestreetstudioarts.org or facebook.com for more information.