Todd Kessler presents: Songwriters in the Round at Hey Nonny - Courtesy of Neal Zeleznak

Todd Kessler presents Jared Rabin, Emily White and David Paige at his Songwriters in the Round performance at Hey Nonny Tuesday, Dec. 3. - Courtesy of Neal Zeleznak

Sound check: Rylan Wilder benefit show at Martyrs’; Todd Kessler’s Songwriters in the Round at Hey Nonny

Editor’s note: The Mohawk Ball at Sugar Skull on Saturday, Nov. 30, has been canceled.

Chords For A Cure Chicago XI

Do you feel like giving something back the day after Thanksgiving? Chords for a Cure XI, the annual holiday benefit show for the Northfield-based Leukemia Research Foundation, takes over Elbo Room’s acoustic lounge with fellowship, raffle prizes from House of Blues, Blue Man Group, Boiler Room Chicago and others; and acoustic performances by A Friend Called Fire, Stephen Francis (of Model Stranger), Annalee Hooson, and Neil Turk (of Top Shelf Lickers). This could very well be the last time the event is held at Chicago’s Elbo Room, so be sure to drop by for a good cause. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 549-5549 or

Rylan Wilder benefit show

Mock Nine, Friko and Neptune’s Core take the stage at Martyrs’ Saturday to help out Rylan Wilder, a Chicago teen hit by a stray bullet during a police chase that started in Des Plaines. Proceeds from the all-ages show will benefit Wilder’s GoFundMe page to help cover medical expenses. Head out and see some young musicians as they perform to help out a friend in need. Donations will also be accepted at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Martyr, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 404-9494 or

Camp Edwards release

Have you heard about the time Camp Edwards played the American Football house in Urbana, Illinois? If not, have Jameson Ghalioungui fill you in when Camp Edwards plays Elmwood Park DIY venue CT House. Earth Program, Superkick and Dumb House join the show, a release party for the band’s new five-song EP “Beloit.” Plus, every attendee gets a digital download code for the new tunes. 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at CT House in Elmwood Park (message band members for address). $10. And check back Friday for a taste of Camp Edwards’ new EP.

Todd Kessler presents …

Hey Nonny hosts Chicago-area singer-songwriter Todd Kessler and his monthly music showcase in its intimate listening room as a welcome midweek break. The set, this month featuring Americana musician Jared Rabin, indie-folk singer Emily White and alternative rocker David Paige, features songs and stories as guests get an up-close look at some stellar performances from around our music scene. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $10-$20. (224) 202-0750 or

Dreaming of a Riot Christmas?

If you’re not already thinking about next summer, you clearly didn’t know Riot Fest early-bird passes are going on sale next week. All we know is the fest is Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and the passes go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 4. But more details will be coming soon at I bet somebody’d be happy to see that in their stocking this holiday.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).

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