Beatles tribute band American English plays a Carpool Concert at Schaumburg's Boomers Stadium Sunday, July 12.

Sound check: American English, Sixteen Candles and more at Carpool Concerts

Carpool Concerts pull into Schaumburg’s Boomers Stadium; Donnie Biggins takes the truck stage at FitzGerald’s.

Carpool Concerts

Get ready for some spectacle when Duff Entertainment’s Carpool Concerts roll into the Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumburg this weekend. The concerts — Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12 — are built on a drive-in model: Pull up and enjoy the show. Cars will be parked 12 feet apart, so revelers can dance outside their cars while maintaining social distancing. The 75-minute performances include Sixteen Candles at 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday, July 9; Boy Band Review at 6 p.m. Friday, July 10, followed by Trippin’ Billies at 9 p.m.; Southern Accents at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11, with Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press at 9 p.m.; and finishing up with American English at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12. Concessions will be available.

General admission at 1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg, is $30 for cars with two guests, $45 for three and $50 for four. VIP parking spots in the first four rows closest to the stage go for $60 for two guests, $90 for three and $100 for four; food service will also be provided in VIP. Tickets must be purchased in advance at ( No ticket sales will be allowed at the stadium.

Truck stops

Donnie Biggins, who runs the show at FitzGerald’s and Chicago’s Tonic Room, takes the pickup truck stage himself Saturday afternoon as he plays FitzGerald’s Truck Concert Series. Starting at 3 p.m., Biggins will play the free show in a neighborhood in the south Oak Park area (TBA closer to the show), but it can also be streamed live at the FitzGerald’s Facebook page.


In case you missed it, last Friday Ravinia debuted its new streaming weekly variety show, RaviniaTV. You can revisit the performances by jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and rock band Chicago at And watch for this week’s edition at 7 p.m. Friday, July 10.

Side Street’s battle

Side Street Studio Art’s summerlong Battle of the Bands returns from the holiday weekend with Dillie Jean, Girl and The Star and Milhouse up for voting. Visit to hear the three contenders and vote on your favorites.

Bitter Jester

Highland Park’s Bitter Jester announced the winners of the summer’s original song competition Saturday.

• Winner: “Keep Two-Stepping” by Pretoria

• 2nd place: “Shell City” by Feed the Monkeys

• 3rd place: “Your Anything” by Double Identity

• Honorable mention: “Sleigh” by Tess Clare and Madie Renner

• Fan favorite: “Collapse” by Finding Love Among My Echo (F.L.A.M.E.)

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Bitter Jester organizers are looking ahead at running another song competition in the fall, so watch for upcoming news and submission dates.

• 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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