Shows on the road
The weather had Toronzo Cannon singing the blues last weekend when the FitzGerald’s Stay-At-Home Concert Series was rained out Saturday. But the bluesman’s show, performed in the back of a pickup truck, must go on. In addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday, May 30, show with Ryan Joseph Anderson at 4 p.m., Cannon’s gig was moved to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Both free shows can be seen in person when the show hits the road — see fitzgeraldsnightclub.com to find out where the truck is heading — as well as through livestreaming at the site.
Side Street Battle
Erin Rehberg and Tanner Melvin, organizers for the Side Street Studio Arts’ annual Battle of the Bands, have embraced the current public gathering restrictions to put this year’s summerlong celebration of local music directly on your devices. Each contest date starting this weekend, songs will be posted and votes will be taken from 5 to 9 p.m. at sidestreetstudioarts.com/battleofthebands. Those votes, along with a panel of five judges, will determine that night’s winner of the $100 prize and a slot in the Final Round, set for Saturday, Aug. 8. Voting is only open during that four-hour window, so make sure you log on to enjoy some new music.
Friday, May 29: Whüzy. Lou Heneise and Foresight
Saturday, May 30: The Romantic Satire, Homie Stock
For details or questions, visit sidestreetstudioarts.com/battleofthebands.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).