Libertyville native Tom Morello and Rage Against the Machine come to Chicago for two nights Monday and Tuesday, July 11-12. // Associated Press file photo

Sound check: Rage reunion, Jazz in the Park, DZ Fest, Alex Bracy and more

Rage Against the Machine — with Libertyville native Tom Morello — heads to the United Center for two nights; Jazz in the Park takes over The Venue; Alex Bracy’s new release show at Nellie’s; DZ Fest celebrates 10 years; Third Eye Blind’s Summer Gods tour comes to town; and much more.

Raging on

Libertyville native Tom Morello and Rage Against the Machine — the heavy-driving rock band probably best known for the hits “Guerrilla Radio,” “Killing in the Name” and “Bulls on Parade” — announced they’d be reuniting and heading around the globe on the “Public Service Announcement Tour” starting in 2020. Twice postponed, Morello and the band are finally heading to Chicago next week for two early-week shows with Run the Jewels. 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 11-12, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets start at $125; tickets purchased for the postponed 2020 and 2021 shows will be honored. (800) 745-3000 or

Jazz in the Park

Visit Mundy Park in Aurora this weekend for The Venue’s second annual Jazz in the Park Festival Friday through Sunday. The lineup starts Friday night with The Pete Ellman Big Band; it continues Saturday with sets from Carroll, Artry and Ward, The Joel Patterson Quartet and headliner Frank Catalano; and Sunday Scott Tipping and The Heavy Sounds take on a dual Album Covers tribute to Grant Green’s “Alive!” and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at The Venue and Mundy Park, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. Advance tickets are $20 for Friday and Sunday, $25 for Saturday (plus $5 if purchased at the door); $65 for three-day weekend pass. (331) 212-8490 or

‘I want something else …’

California rock band Third Eye Blind celebrates 25 years of its self-titled breakout release (set faves “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going To Be” and “Jumper” took over the airwaves in the late ’90s) with the “Summer Gods: 25 Years in the Blind Tour,” which comes to Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion Friday. The tour includes Taking Back Sunday and Hockey Dad. 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. Tickets start at $36; VIP packages are available.

DZ Fest 10

Hickory Hills musician, producer, videographer and podcaster Ben Arguelles is packing up his DZ Records studio and moving to Chicago, but not before throwing one last DZ Fest this weekend. The two-day celebration of rising musical stars — the 10th DZ Fest held in Arguelles’ family’s backyard — will showcase 40 musical acts across two stages as well as feature 40 art vendors selling merch and products around the venue space. While guests are watching the likes of Yadda Man, Matthew McNeal, TWEAK’G, Nikki Blue, Joshua Powell, Mousse, Sunday Cruise, Hollyy, Totally Cashed and more, they can also chow on treats available for purchase from Vogie Eats, Motor Shucker and Strange Brew food trucks along with Totally Bagels on the fest grounds. Noon to 11 p.m. (gate opens at 11:30 a.m.) Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at 8548 S. 85th Court, Hickory Hills. $20 per day at the door. Find details and the lineup at

Alex Bracy’s CD release

At long last, Alex Bracy is returning to the stage. And he’s bringing some powerful new music with him. Bracy, who as a kid soaked up everything he could from Van Halen, has honed screaming, rock-heavy guitar skills playing around the Chicago area with a number of bands, and he uses them in full measure on the new solo release he’ll be showcasing with a live performance at Durty Nellie’s this weekend. Check out the new tunes as he’s joined by fellow rockers Lever and Ten96. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10. (847) 358-9150 or

Don’t miss

Taste of Chicago: July 8-10 at Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus avenues, Chicago,

Square Roots Festival: July 8-10 on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson avenues, Chicago,

West Fest: July 8-10 on Chicago Avenue, between Wood and Damen, Chicago,

Filter, RELEASE(R), We Killed the Lion, Death Pop Radio, Wunderlich: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at The Piazza, 85 Executive Drive, Aurora. $24.50 for general admission; $49.50 for VIP; four-ticket packs are also available.

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Sean McCole, Scott Middleton: 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Green Town on the Rocks, 175 N. Harbor Place , Waukegan.

Sister Hazel: 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Blarney Island, 27760 W. Grass Lake Road, Antioch. $25-$50. (847) 395-3804 or

Zac Brown Band: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago. $49-$130.

Nadaam Music Festival: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, and Joe’s Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $60. Visit or for tickets and details.

Marcia Ball: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $25-$55. (847) 492-8860 or

Fredo Disco, BROTHERIN, Scarlet DeMore: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 281-4444 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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