Chicago rocker Colin Peterik headlines City Winery Tuesday, April 5, with The Devonns. // Courtesy of Colin Peterik

Sound check: Colin Peterik, Charlie Otto, FOZZY on stage this week

Catch rocker Colin Peterik at City Winery, Charlie Otto & His Gear at Chop Shop or FOZZY in Aurora this week; plus Spring Awakening tickets and an appearance on Jeff Mills’ “Set List” podcast.

Colin Peterik at City Winery

When your dad is Ides of March and Survivor’s Jim Peterik, a certain amount of musical interest is bound to rub off. But Colin Peterik’s musical legacy is a voice all his own. With last summer’s debut album “Everything and Nothing” and recent singles “My Secrets” and “Michiana” — as well as a brand-new reinterpretation of Lana del Ray’s “West Coast” — the Colin Peterik Band is showing a mastery blending his skate-culture rebellion with Chicago blues and rock (with a little psychedelia mixed in for good measure). Peterik takes the stage for his first headlining show at City Winery next week, joined by Chicago soul band The Devonns. 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $15 for general admission. (312) 733-9463 or

Charlie Otto & His Gear

The spectacular Charlie Otto

Get ready to move at Chop Shop as Charlie Otto prepares to light up the night. On its own merits, the electro-pop of the former Palatine musician is all defiant energy — dynamic beats, sparkling melodies and spirited messages about standing/thinking/living for oneself. But as Otto and his recent project Charlie Otto & His Gear evolves, so does the art. He calls it “solo performance of electronic music videos,” and Otto uses his instruments to manipulate video clips, animation and eye-popping visuals on the fly in a groundbreaking, performance-driven spectacle, a perfect match for Chop Shop’s giant LED wall stage backdrop. Catch him with Fresh Hops and Toke Magic as they dazzle the Chicago venue this weekend. 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $19. (773) 537-4440 or

FOZZY in Aurora

Pro wrestler, actor and musician Chris Jericho leads heavy-metal outfit FOZZY to Aurora for a headlining show this weekend. The powerhouse band will be joined on stage by GFM, KrashKarma and The Nocturnal Affair as their “Save the World Tour” makes a stop at The Piazza, a premiere venue drawing killer rock shows to the Western suburbs. 6:45 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at The Piazza, 85 Executive Drive, Aurora. $25-$190. (630) 978-2088 or

Spring Awakening tix

React Presents celebrates the 10th year of the Spring Awakening music festival with a move to a new home — Chicago’s United Center. The lineup is still to come, but three-day tickets are on sale for the electronic music festival set for July 8-10. Find more information at

In other news …

Jeff MIlls & Chicago Sound Check — reunited after two years

• This week, Violet Crime vocalist and Geneva native Jeff Mills wraps up the first season of his “Set List with Jeff Mills” podcast, wherein he invites guests from the Chicago and suburban music scene to share and discuss their dream concerts. For the finale, streaming Thursday, I turn the tables on the host as we poke around in his own set list and find out how the songs he chose paralleled (and influenced) his personal musical journey. Stream it at, Apple podcasts, Stitcher or most other podcast providers.

• 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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