The Footlight District

The Footlight District's soulful classic rock-inspired jams are a perfect capper to The Million Reasons' EP release show with Bubbles Erotica Friday, Feb. 21, at Martyrs'. - Courtesy of The Footlight District

Sound check: Footlight District, Million Reasons light up Martyrs’; Happy Anniversary to Chicago Mixtape!

The Footlight District conjures up its soulful and modern take on classic rock when they play with the The Million Reasons and Bubbles Erotica at Martyrs’. Don’t miss The Bank Notes at The Uptown or Chicago Mixtape’s anniversary show with Psalm One, Sy Somebody and Josh Chico.

Million Reasons’ release with Footlight District

If you’re familiar with our 2019 year-end roundup, you will notice two of last year’s top bands sharing a bill this weekend: When the five Scarbrough siblings of The Footlight District bring their classic rock-inspired, soulful blues to the stage, it promises to crackle with a supernatural energy. The Million Reasons celebrates the release of a new four-song, prog-inspired EP, along with the live debut of new frontman Taylor Brennan. Make sure you’re there early for the battle-ready, hard-rock grooves of Chicago favorite Bubbles Erotica as it kicks off a night of powerful music. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 404-9494 or

Balmy jams

It’s never too chilly to dive into some summery jams as The Bank Notes brings its reggae-inspired chill vibe to Westmont’s The Uptown. The Notes — Elliot Krull, Evan Joyce, Dan Tamillow and Ian Boltz — first crossed my radar at last summer’s Homegrown Arts & Music Festival, and the band will be joined on stage by the fest’s founder Aaron Williams and his ’90s alternative-inspired rock and jams from The Speedwagon. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at The Uptown, 12 W. Burlington Ave., Westmont. (630) 969-4717 or

Happy anniversary, Chicago Mixtape!

Casey Meehan, the founder and curator of the weekly Chicago Mixtape playlist, is celebrating nine years on the scene with an anniversary party at The Hideout this weekend. The show, not only a celebration of the past near-decade, is also looking ahead with performances by fast-rising Chicago hip-hop artist Psalm One, a striking album release by Meehan’s fresh musical project Sy Somebody and a new EP from Josh Chico. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Hideout, The Hideout ® 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $15. (773) 227-4433 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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