Toronzo Cannon

Bluesman Toronzo Cannon shreds the stage at FitzGerald’s Friday, March 13.

Sound check: Toronzo Cannon tries again after rained-out truck show; Side Street’s battle begins

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 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 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

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• 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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