Hush Kids at Hey Nonny
You know what they say about having too many chefs in the kitchen. So what happens when you pair a couple of songwriters in one band? Sublime tranquility, if the songwriters of Nashville’s Hush Kids are a good example. The duo — Jill Andrews and Peter Groenwald — delivered a light and airy, indie-folk confection with last year’s self-titled album. And they promise to weave together similar threads when they take the stage at Hey Nonny this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15-$35. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.
A.M.B. Fest at Penny Road Pub
Penny Road Pub raises the curtain on this year’s A.M.B. Fest, the three-day celebration of national and local rock acts looking to pack the place with blistering sets and dance-ready grooves, along with vendors and other activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday on performances from Amsedel, Handsome Pete, Let Them Fight, Wrecked, Tough ‘Ombres and more. Saturday, starting at noon, the main stage features sets by Revolution-X, Shokker, BoneShaker, Endgame, R/Evolution and others, while Sunday brings some great pop-punk and indie rock from Little Lord Robert, East Avenue, Box House, The Ratigans and more. Shawn Kellner of Fireworks for Buddha will entertain in the beer garden Saturday, with Michael Riser playing Sunday. 5 p.m. Friday, June 7; and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $15 pass is good for all three days. (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com.
Bury Me in Lights EP release
The West suburban hard rock-leaning alternative band Bury Me in Lights has taken the year since the late-2017 release of its “Moments Between” EP to focus on playing shows and writing new music. Enter “This Coma,” a two-song EP frontman Robert Biskoski tackled while struggling with some darker moments in his life. “The songs kind of deal with stages of grief, like regret and acceptance of who I am. Kind of my way of getting those feelings out of me,” he said. He and fellow bandmates — Randy Gorecki, Chris Vallaro and Tim Vallaro — will play them live this weekend at BaseCamp Pub, where they’ll be joined by Bad Planning, The Burst & Bloom and Radar for an EP release show. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $8. (331) 777-4712 or 630productions.yapsody.com.
Social Que, RedHorse play Pride Picnic
Lake County-native alternative rockers Social Que and Sandwich’s swinging Americana band RedHorse provide the musical entertainment this Saturday at Bolingbrook’s Pride Picnic, held behind Village Hall. The picnic, which provides support for suburban LGBTQ communities, will also have a tent for Romeoville-based dog rescue Mama Zoey and Puppies, as well as yoga demonstrations, face-painting, makeup demos, and food, beverage and merchandise sales. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Bolingbrook Village Hall, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Admission is free; donations are welcome. bolingbrookpride.org.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fan. Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Brian also keeps tabs on the Chicago-area music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.