Take the Reins

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Sound check: Take the Reins benefit show; Justin Jesso reps Illinois on NBC

Take the Reins with Til Morning and The Linden Method; Northwest suburban Jacks and Atoms brings alternative rock to Mount Prospect; Loverboy visits the Arcada; and Glencoe native Justin Jesso shows off his songwriting skills Monday on NBC’s “American Song Contest.”

Raging for a cause

West suburban punk band Take the Reins takes the stage at Reggies for a night of camaraderie and fundraising for the Rosecrance Recovery Center. Inspired by a recent loss, the benefit show — also featuring Chicago-area bands Til Morning and The Linden Method — aims to draw awareness to mental health and substance abuse issues and to assist the center in its mission to help people who are struggling. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Reggies, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $13-$15; benefit show for mental health and addiction awareness through the Rosecrance Recovery Center. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

Jacks and Atoms live

Last weekend, Northwest suburban indie alt-rock band Jacks and Atoms — Daven Masulis of Mount Prospect and Dan Orlowski of Hoffman Estates — dropped its second radio-friendly jam of 2022, “I Get Lost,”with a video on the way. This weekend, fans can catch the duo live when they play Station 34 in downtown Mount Prospect. 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Station 34, 34 S. Main St., Mount Prospect. Free. (847) 873-1230 or station34pizzapub.com.

‘Lovin’ Every Minute of It’

Working for the weekend? Kick yours off with the rock of Mike Reno and Loverboy, when the band brings the hits to the Arcada Theatre Friday. The Knoxville-based Americana group The Sedonas lead off the show. 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at The Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$99. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

Justin Jesso // Courtesy of NBC

In other news …

Glencoe native Justin Jesso will represent Illinois with his original song “Lifeline” in the Monday, April 18, episode of the “American Song Contest” airing on NBC. Tune in to cheer on our hometown songwriter at 7 p.m., and follow him on his journey at instagram.com/justinjesso.

Friday morning, see Ryan Argast talking about his solo project and upcoming show at Chop Shop (May 6) on WGN’s ”Daytime Chicago.” The lead singer of Marina City will then be joined by the full band for a performance of ”The Man Who Has Everything.” Tune in at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15.

• 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). He also keeps tabs on the Chicago music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.

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