Hoffman Estates High School grad Sam Alex hosts a songwriters circle-style acoustic show at Pinstripes in South Barrington Sunday, Jan. 16. // Courtesy of Sam Alex

Sound check: Sam Alex hosts Camp Broadcast benefit show

Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre brings the “Aqualung” album’s 50-year anniversary tour to the Arcada Theater in St. Charles; Miles Over Mountains and Chanson Du Chat play The Venue in Aurora; and broadcaster Sam Alex hosts a fundraiser concert at Pinstripes in South Barrington.

Camp Broadcast concert

Hoffman Estates High School grad and nationally syndicated radio host Sam Alex returns to the suburbs this weekend for an acoustic concert to raise funds for scholarships to Camp Broadcast, a training session for aspiring student journalists and broadcasters set for June 13-16 in Skokie. The concert, a songwriter circle-style presentation featuring musicians Lanie Gardner, Adam Hambrick, Jake Hoot and Ray Fulcher on stage sharing songs and swapping stories, will raise funds to support the camp, which Alex founded and developed. He and television personality Andrea Boehlke will host the all-ages event at Pinstripes in South Barrington Sunday afternoon. Visit campbroadcast.com for details on the camp’s programs and to register for the 2022 session.

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Pinstripes, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. $30; $55 for VIP, which includes premium seating and appetizers. (847) 844-9300 or eventbrite.com.

‘Aqualung’ anniversary

Martin Barre, guitarist for the legendary British rock band Jethro Tull, is bringing his 50th anniversary celebration of the group’s best-selling 1971 “Aqualung” album to the Arcada Theatre Thursday, Jan. 20. The worldwide touring show — which features the full album, plus other Tull classics and a few favorite Barre originals — also brings together original Tull drummer Clive Bunker, along with Dan Crisp, Alan Thomson and Darby Todd.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $49-$89. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

Bluegrass, gypsy jazz in Aurora

McHenry-based Miles Over Mountains showcases its funky modern brand of progressive bluegrass to the Southwest suburbs when it takes the stage at The Venue in Aurora. Charismatic rhythmic rocker Pete Jive opens the set Friday, Jan. 14. The next night, revel in the upbeat gypsy jazz of Chanson Du Chat as the lively foursome (plus special guest Steve Gaugel on sax) brings the heat to the wintry weekend.

Miles Over Mountains at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. $10-$15, plus $5 if purchased at the door. Chanson Du Chat at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. $15-$20, plus $5 at the door. The Venue is at 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora, (331) 212-8490 or themusicvenue.org.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at bshamie@dailyherald.com, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).


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