Lucky Boys Confusion rekindles the music scene fires with the return of the Songs from a Scene showcase for two nights at Bottom Lounge Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6. // Courtesy of Lucky Boys Confusion

Sound check: Lucky Boys Confusion reunites the scene this weekend

A decade since the last Songs from a Scene concert, Lucky Boys Confusion is bringing the showcase back with two nights of nostalgic faves and hot up-and-comers at Bottom Lounge. Plus more shows you should check out this week.

West suburban-native rock band Lucky Boys Confusion brings back its popular Songs from a Scene series this weekend with two nights of Chicago-area music at Bottom Lounge.

Uniting growing rock and punk bands from the Western suburbs and putting them on Chicago stages, the annual concert series was integral in helping build the popularity of suburban artists in the pre-social media era.

Now, a decade since the last Songs from a Scene concert, the members of LBC — Kaustubh Pandav, Ryan Fergus, Adam Krier, Jason Schultejann and Brian Sherman — decided to bring it back in part to celebrate the return of live music and also to reunite with fans after not playing an in-person show since late 2019.

“The Songs From a Scene legacy is something we take a lot of pride in, and so we’re really ecstatic to have a great mix of nostalgic acts on the bill as well as newer up-and-coming bands, which has really been the goal of these shows over the years,” Fergus said. “After two long years away, we’re so looking forward to reconnecting with our fans face-to-face. I may get a bit emotional, I won’t lie.”

Spreading the concert over two nights serves a dual purpose for LBC: Smaller crowds at Bottom Lounge allow for better enforcement of safety standards, and two shows means two different lineups, giving more area musicians a chance on stage.

Friday night, LBC headlines with The Dog & Everything, The Gelheads and Til Morning. Saturday, they head the lineup featuring One Life, Take the Reins and Temple of Dome.

“It allows us to mix up the set lists and hopefully give some extra value to the hard core fans who are coming out both nights,” Fergus said.

Lucky Boys Confusion with The Dog & Everything, The Gelheads and Til Morning: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7) Friday, Nov. 5. $25.

Lucky Boys Confusion with One Life, Take the Reins and Temple of Dome: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7) Saturday, Nov. 6. $25.

Bottom Lounge is at 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago, (312) 666-6775 or

Don’t miss:

RubyGld Smoke “Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams” album release show: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at 331 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. $20.

RubyGld Smoke // Courtesy of Jamale Yusan

Head Honchos: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Madcats, 117 W. Slade St., Palatine. Free. (847) 485-8093 or

101WKQX Courtesy Concert with Our Lady Peace, Broken Robots: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Free. (708) 388-8881 or

The Dead Seahorses video shoot: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Lamplighter’s, 60 N. Bothwell St., Palatine. Free; watch a few takes of the video shoot for the upcoming single “Russian Roulette, fully loaded” in addition to a full set by The Dead Seahorses;

Glen Phillips: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $20-$40. (847) 492-8860 or

MIIRRORS headlines a showcase featuring Moritat and DJ Quin Kirchner Thursday, Nov. 11, at The Hideout. // Courtesy of Quiet Pterodactyl

Quiet Pterodactyl and Lumpen Radio’s The Minimal Beat presents MIIRRORS, Moritat and DJ Quin Kirchner: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 227-4433 or

• 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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