Sons of Ra celebrates its EP release at BrauerHouse

Sons of Ra celebrates its EP release at BrauerHouse Friday, Feb. 14. - Courtesy of Brian Santostefano

Sound check: Sons of Ra EP release; Australia benefit show

Sons of Ra drops a new EP at BrauerHouse; make a “Tapestry” tribute the perfect date night; Australia benefit show at Beat Kitchen; and more.

Sons of Ra release show

Tightly blending its metal base with rock and jazz influences, Sons of Ra has created a progressive instrumental act that crackles with electricity, especially on its new “Cognitive” EP, released at last week and out for streaming and purchase everywhere else Friday. Sons of Ra celebrates the new release with prog-rock friends Nomadic Horizon, Kadooge and Colonel Chloroform at BrauerHouse Live this weekend. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (630) 495-2141 or

Carole King revisited

Growing up with Carole King in fairly regular rotation in our house, I developed an appreciation for the heart in her performances. Friday, Suzanne O. Davis draws on that with her soulful tribute, “Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook,” at Elgin Community College. Her stunning recreation of King and her heartfelt ’70s-era songs (plus a preshow dinner package also available) would make a perfect date night for all you Valentines out there. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $34; dinner pack for an additional $29. (847) 622-0300 or visit

Reggies rock showcase

Reggies and Grow the Scene present a stellar lineup of local talent at the Chicago Loves Rock & Roll showcase, featuring Iris BlueHeetDethModern DaybreakThe North and Wells BandFirst Round’s On MeChance & the ArrowStatus CodeThe K.R.A (The Kozmik Rebel Alliance) and Cxpital. The show, which kicks off midafternoon, is all ages, so bring the whole family out to catch some amazing up-and-coming artists. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Reggie’s, 2109 S. State St., Chicago. $12-$15. (312) 949-0120 or

Helping out Australia

After seeing the destruction caused by the raging Australian wildfires, Out of Context Entertainment and Beat Kitchen are teaming up with some great acts to rally Chicago’s support for the cause. Sleep On It’s Jake Marquis, part of the team facilitating and promoting The Koala-ty Care Benefit: Helping Out Australia, spent time there as a student ambassador when he was 15. “As a kid it was really eye-opening. I had this great appreciation for the country,” he said. “And when I was younger I wanted to be a biologist, so I was really interested in the animals there. When I heard about all the terrible things happening there it really affected me. This is one of my favorite places in the whole world, and I felt really powerless to do anything.” The benefit features a stacked local lineup, with CliffhangerBleakCleveland AvenueBad PlanningGuardrailJaclyn Heuser and Caving all taking the stage to help raise funds. The show will also feature a raffle — with prize packs from Malort and CH Distillery, Fall Out Boy, Sleep On It and more — to help WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue OrganisationKoalas In Care and Lions Australia. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15-$20. (773) 281-4444 or

Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

From Thursday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 23, Elmhurst will be awash in jazz. The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival brings high school and college ensembles and featured performers — including the Count Bassie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Floyd, Dennis Mackrel, Bobby Shew and Gary Smulyan — to the college’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Tickets are available for individual performances or for the full weekend. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20; and 11:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23; with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; at Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 S. Prospect, Elmhurst. See the website for various ticket packages. (630) 617-5534 or

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

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