Libido Funk Circus helps kick off Rosemont's "Rockin' in the Park" concert series Sunday, May 30, in Parkway Bank Park. // Courtesy of Libido Funk Circus

Sound check: Rosemont’s Rockin’ concert series returns; Homegrown battle of the bands

The “Rockin’ in the Park” summer concert series at Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park kicks off this weekend; Homegrown Arts & Music Festival’s battle of the bands is Friday at BaseCamp; fest updates and more.

Rosemont’s ‘Rockin’ in the Park’

Rosemont announced the lineup for its free summer concert series, hosted in Parkway Bank Park (5501 Park Place) starting this weekend. The series brings some great entertainment for family-friendly, outdoor Thursday-night concerts (along with select performances on holiday weekends) featuring classic cover acts and outdoor food and drink tents. The concerts kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30, with Dancing Queen and Libido Funk Circus. All other concerts are scheduled to run from 7 to 10 p.m., many with post-show fireworks displays; find more information at

• Dancing Queen, Libido Funk Circus: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30

• Chicago Tribute Anthology: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3

• Rumours ATL: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10

• Southern Accents: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17

• Led Zeppelin 2: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24

• Hi Infidelity: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1

• Super Diamond, West Side Winders: 7 p.m. Friday, July 2

• Rush Tribute Project: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8

• Silver Bullet Band: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15

• Atomic Punks: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22

• Bébé le Strange: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29

• Yachtley Crew, The Millennials: 7 p.m. Friday, July 30

• American English: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5

• Echoes of Pompeii: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12

• Mötley Inc.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19

• Heartache Tonight: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26

• Bee Gees Gold, The Wayouts: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27

• Elton Rohn: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2

• Purple Veins: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

• The Boy Band Night: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12

Homegrown battle of the bands

With four bands vying for the last slot at the 9th Annual Homegrown Arts and Music Festival this summer, founder Aaron Williams is leaving the decision up to fans and a panel of judges. Friday, May 28, Lost Pyramids, Jacks and Atoms, the Robert Hynes Band and Nowhere Days will play their hearts out at the Road to Homegrown Battle of the Bands, hoping to earn that final slot at the fest. The battle will be hosted by Williams, who will also warm up the event with a solo set of original music starting at 7:30. Support local music and get a taste of what Homegrown’s all about before hitting the event Saturday, July 31, at BaseCamp Pub. 7 p.m. Friday, May 28, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5 at

‘Mister Kelly’s’ doc Chicago premiere

“Live at Mister Kelly’s,” a feature-length documentary about the legendary Chicago nightclub which opened to anchor Rush Street in the 1950s, will be screened to national audiences this fall. But Chicago-area WTTW viewers will get a special one-hour sneak preview of the film this weekend. Featuring clips of jazz and comedy performances aside interviews, the documentary chronicles the free speech, civil rights and women’s liberation movements and the ways they influenced the art of the moment. The premiere will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27, and will be replayed at 6 a.m. Friday, May 28, 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 29, and 10 p.m. Sunday, May 30, on WTTW, Channel 11. Find more information at

Single-day tickets are on sale now to see the Smashing Pumpkins headline Riot Fest Friday, Sept. 17, in Chicago’s Douglass Park. // Associated Press

Riot Fest updates

Riot Fest’s daily lineups are out, and single-day tickets are flying since going on sale Friday. Sunday’s passes, headlined by Nine Inch Nails, are already sold out, but tickets are still available for Friday, Sept. 17, with The Smashing Pumpkins and Saturday, Sept. 18, headlined by Run the Jewels. Organizers also announced the additions of Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Machine Gun Kelly, Bleached, 3OH!3, Bearings, The Bronx, Citizen, FACS, Four Year Strong, Blackstarkids, Skating Polly, Chicago’s own Knuckle Puck and more to the weekend festival, set for Sept. 17-19 in Chicago’s Douglass Park at Roosevelt Road and California Avenue. Find more information at

Cold Waves IX on sale

Weekend passes for Cold Waves IX — the ninth edition of the long-running industrial music festival at Chicago’s Metro (3730 N. Clark St., Chicago) and the adjoining Smartbar and GMan Tavern Sept. 24-26 — have sold out, but single-day passes are now available. The festival, a showcase for industrial, goth, darkwave and metal, features headliners Stabbing Westward, industrial/hip-hop trio CLIPPING. and Front 242, along with a full lineup including Consolidated, Youth Code, Actors, Bootblacks, Provoker, Odonis Odonis, Zoltar and more. Get more information and tickets at

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday to see singer-songwriter Jason Mraz play the Huntington Bank Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 11. // Associated Press

Ticket announcements

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:

• “Summerland Tour” with Everclear, Hoobastank and Wheatus: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Concord Music Hall, 2051 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets start at $37;

• Jason Mraz “Look for the Good Live! Tour”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27, at

• Greta Van Fleet “Strange Horizons 2021” with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Ronnie Baker Brooks: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27, at

• Blake Shelton “Friends and Heroes 2021 Tour” with Lindsay Ell, Tracy Byrd, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $29;

• The Struts “Strange Days Are Over Tour” with The Regrettes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $31.50; tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28, at

• Future Islands “Calling Out in Space Tour” with Hinds: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 26; (312) 902-1500 or

• Jake Miller with Fly By Midnight, Just Seconds Apart: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $25;

• 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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