East Coast-based Jukebox the Ghost took to the internet last month for the first of a two-part streaming series exploring the band’s earlier albums. On Thursday, May 20, the piano-driven pop band dives deep into its second release, 2010’s “Everything Under the Sun,” treating new and longtime fans alike to a playthrough of the album peppered with stories about the music, the band’s history and recent life for the trio. The performance, at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, will be streamed — with an after-party and virtual meet-and-greet and merch bundles available as well — at sessionslive.com. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20; $18 for streaming, with VIP, meet-and-greet, series and merch bundles available at sessionslive.com.
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Bubbles, families and fun
Chicago Children’s Theatre is blasting families into summer with its Little Jams festival, a weekly outdoor and interactive children’s music event featuring performances from Chicago-area artists and the group’s in-house rock stars: Ariana Burks, Nick Davio, Lily Emerson, Yuri “The Human Beat Box” Lane and Xavier Roe. Each Saturday and Sunday from May 15 to June 6, Chicago Children’s Theatre will present two fast-paced and high-energy shows at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. — starting off this weekend with Glen Ellyn musician Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World — to audiences in drive-in fashion (Car Pods) and seated areas for families who walk or bike to the show (People Pods). Space is limited to ensure safe distances between attendees, so reserve a spot early. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, in the parking lot at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine, Chicago. $55 per pod of up to six people (children under 18 months admitted free) at chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
Coming Bach to you
Classical lovers, gather around your screens for the annual Bach Week Festival, this year streaming webcasts Sunday, May 16, and Friday, May 21. The free streaming concerts will feature instrumental and vocal performances by German composer Johann Sebastian Bach along with a performance of one of his baroque-era contemporaries Georg Philipp Telemann. Sunday’s performance will be a prerecorded webcast of Bach chorales and organ chorale preludes, while Friday’s performance will feature his viola, organ and harpsichord work livestreaming from Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21; streaming free (but donations are welcome) at bachweek.org.
As venues are working to reopen after the pandemic, tour announcements for this year and 2022 have started flying in fast. Here are a few of note on sale this week:
• Lindsey Stirling “Artemis U.S. Tour”: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. Tickets start at $66 at ticketsqueeze.com.
• Lee DeWyze “Ghost Stories Tour”: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $40 reserved table seat, $30 general admission seat, $20 standing room only. (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.
• Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, In Flames: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets start at $25 at concerts.livenation.com.
• Okkervil River (solo) and Damien Jurado: 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 21 and 22, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $20-$35; on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, at (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.
• Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $59.95 at ticketmaster.com.
• “The Monkees Farewell Tour”: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, at ticketmaster.com.
• The Lemonheads, Soft Kill, Heyrocco: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago. $25-$35 at (312) 526-3851 or thaliahallchicago.com.
• Dawes: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $31-$44 at axs.com.
• The Flaming Lips “American Head American Tour”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $48.50 at axs.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at email@example.com, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).