Kristen and Matt Murray play a free set Sunday afternoon with Eric Vorel and Frankie EM at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights. - Courtesy of Darren Vorel

Sound Check: Like Language, Eric Vorel play Hey Nonny; funk at Penny Road

Local Language

Elmhurst pop-rock band Like Language won new fans and made new friends at the Homegrown Arts & Music Festival this past weekend. The band’s Matt and Kristen Murray follow it up with a stripped-down acoustic set at Hey Nonny Sunday, when they take the stage with Eric Vorel and Frankie EM for a free, all-ages show in Arlington Heights. 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (224) 202-0750 or

Funk at Penny Road

If you were at last weekend’s Homegrown Arts & Music Festival in Lisle, you had a chance to see Tonic Freight Train and MetroFern tear up their respective stages with their blisteringly funky sets. But if you missed it, never fear; they’re teaming up for a Friday night set at Penny Road Pub. Americana rockers Painted Canyon and funk-n-blues-inspired Sunndog top off the lineup. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $10. (847) 428-0562 or

Geneva sibling band SM6 play the "Boys of Summer 2019 Tour" when it stops at Durty Nellie's Saturday, Aug. 3. - Courtesy of SM6
Geneva sibling band SM6 play the “Boys of Summer 2019 Tour” when it stops at Durty Nellie’s Saturday, Aug. 3. – Courtesy of SM6

‘Boys of Summer Tour’

SM6 brings the kinetic energy and tight-knit bond that only a band of siblings can when they play the “Boys of Summer Tour 2019” as it passes through the Northwest suburbs this weekend. The young Geneva six-pack — George, Isabel, Adam, Emily, Eliana and Jack — specializes in crowd-pleasing covers and engaging original music that drifts through pop, rock and folk genres. The “Boys of Summer Tour” features performances and meet-and-greet sessions with a rotating cast of young performers; check to see who is scheduled to appear at the Palatine stop. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $25-$132. (847) 358-9150 or

Paisley or Santana? Take your pick in Tinley

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre is playing host to a pair of hot shows this weekend: Country artist Brad Paisley takes the stage Saturday, Aug. 3, with Chris Lane and Riley Green, and Santana and the Doobie Brothers team up for a Sunday night show of classics and favorites you’re not going to want to miss. Brad Paisley plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; tickets start at $34. Santana plays at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4; tickets start at $63. The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre is at 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. (708) 614-1616 or

Billow vs. New Nights at Side Street

Bands from the region have spent the summer honing their sound and competing in the Side Street Studio Arts’ Battle of the Bands. In one corner is New Nights; in the other, Billow. See them play and vote for your favorites as the final round commences Saturday. Remember, the bands can’t win if you don’t vote, so get there to support the local music scene. 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Saturday, Aug. 3, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation each night. (847) 429-2276 or

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Brian also keeps tabs on the Chicago-area music scene at