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Sound check: DZ Winterfest heats up a chilly weekend with King of Mars, Morgan Powers and more

Country star Reba McEntire, The Eagles play the United Center, and tributes to Carole King and rock history take over the Metropolis.

DZ Winterfest

DZ Winterfest, a slightly chillier spinoff from Ben Arguelles and DZ Records’ annual summer DZ Fest, pops up this weekend with some great acts from Chicago and across the nation. Admission to the concert — featuring Morgan Powers, Devin Godzicki, Bob Kat, The King of Mars, Soultru, Kokomono, Caught in 22, Hunt Hunt Hunt Camp, Morgan Gold and Space Gators — will benefit the National Honor Society at the host school, Argo Community High School in southwest suburban Summit. 4-9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Argo Community High School, 7329 W. 63rd St., Summit. $10. Find details at

Reba at Allstate

Over her career, country star Reba McEntire managed to bridge the gap between country and pop with her bluegrass-inspired tunes and effervescent charm, hitting the Billboard Hot Country charts with 24 No. 1 singles and putting songs like “I’m A Survivor” in front of mainstream audiences. She brings her catalog of favorites to Rosemont this weekend in anticipation of her upcoming CD/DVD pairing “My Chains Are Gone,” a collection of some of her favorite hymns and gospel classics. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $25-$300. (847) 635-6601 or

A lesson in rock history

Take a spin through musical evolution as The Neverly Brothers chronicle the rise of American rock ‘n’ roll with favorites from pioneers Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly through the British Invasion by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and more. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $35. (847) 577-2121 or

Welcome to the ‘Hotel California’ tour

With one ear toward country and another toward the soft rock of the early ’70s, the Grammy-winning Eagles have released six No. 1 albums since the band’s debut in 1972. And even though the lineup has changed some in the last five decades, hits such as “Desperado,” “Witchy Woman,” “Take It to the Limit” and, of course, “Hotel California” will be conjured up when the classic rock band hits Chicago with the “Hotel California 2022 tour” this weekend. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $129-$299. (800) 653-8000 or

Feel the earth move

Singer Tina Naponelli brings the powerful songs that are the essence of Carole King’s legacy to the stage with her homage to “Tapestry,” the 1971 pop release that unleashed the hits “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “So Far Away,” “It’s Too Late” and others on the musical soundscape. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $35. (847) 577-2121 or

In other news

• Chicago’s Riot Fest is offering two limited-edition shirts for sale to benefit the people of Ukraine through Revived Soldiers Ukraine and Razom for Ukraine. Purchase a $25 shirt at; read fest founder Riot Mike’s statement at

• Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, for Pride in the Park, a two-day festival celebrating LGBTQ and allied art, music and business in Chicago’s Grant Park June 25-26. The lineup is TBA; find more info at

Brooks & Dunn, Demi Lovato, Sam Hunt, Sammy Hagar, TLC and many more have joined the lineup for this summer’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield Aug. 11-21. Get grandstand tickets (on sale now) and more information at

ARC Fest — a young gun on the summer festival scene celebrating Chicago house music and its influence on the global scene — announced its lineup featuring Derrick Carter, DJ Lady D, Nora En Pure, Gene Farris, Ron Carroll, Fatboy Slim, Charlotte De Witte, Gorgon City and many other artists. Tickets for the fest, set for Sept. 2-4 at Chicago’s Union Park, go on sale at noon Thursday, March 17, at

• 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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