Nerdcore at Beat Kitchen
Fans might know Libertyville-native improv artist Chris Ward from his numerous recurring roles on Comedy Central’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Sealab 2021,” but his breakout hit “Fett’s Vette” and 22 subsequent years of hilariously risque music are what set nerdcore rapper mc chris touring stages across the country. Next week, he stops at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen as part of his “mc chris: The Last Tour” with bass-music duo Crunk Witch for a 17-and-older show. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $20. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
Norah Jones’ anniversary
In 2002, singer-songwriter Norah Jones brought a bit of sultry calm to the radio with her breakout single “Come Away With Me,” a dreamy ballad off her similarly titled studio debut. This year she celebrates 20 years since that jazzy blues-pop release with a tour that brings her to Chicago for a night under the stars. 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. Tickets start at $29.50. concerts.livenation.com.
Similar to the popular front-yard celebrations of live music in Chicago and Oak Park, Barrington Porch Fest gives it a go in the Northwest suburbs this weekend with 12 musical acts performing Saturday afternoon. Get out and hang with your neighbors while wandering Cook Street and Grove Avenue between Lake Street and Hillside Avenue to catch the various acts at this free summer concert. 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Barrington’s Historic District. Free. barringtonporchfest.com.
Feel the earth move
Crystal Lake native Tina Naponelli brings the chart-topping tunes that are the essence of Carole King’s legacy — along with some of the stories behind them — to the outdoor 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 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Arts on the Green concert at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. $20-$30 for adults, $8 for children, $14-$21 for RaueNOW members, $5.60 for RaueNOW children. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.
Martina McBride in town
The Grammy nominated country-pop singer Martina McBride stops at the Des Plaines Theatre with her powerful, award-winning songs as part of her summer 2022 tour. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $49. (630) 962-7000 or desplainestheatre.com.
10 hot shows
Pitchfork Music Festival: Noon Friday through Sunday, July 15-17, at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago, pitchforkmusicfestival.com.
Train’s “AM Gold Tour” with Jewel, Blues Traveler, Thunderstorm Artis: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets start at $12.49. concerts.livenation.com.
Islander with GFM, 4th Point: 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. $15-$25. (815) 893-9768 or rochaus.com.
Sammy Cannillo EP release show with Impulsive Hearts: 9 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Golden Dagger, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10. goldendagger.com.
Heatwave Music Festival: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17 at Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, Chicago, heatwavemusicfestival.com/.
POZZI and Friends: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at EvenFlow, 302 W. State St., Geneva. $5. (630) 549-4090 or evenflowmusic.com.
Emo Social Club’s Emo DJ Party with Violet Crime, CalicoLoco and City Mouth: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
The Black Keys, Band of Horses, Ceramic Animal: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets start at $22.25. concerts.livenation.com.
Starship! featuring Mickey Thomas: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $29. (630) 962-7000 or desplainestheatre.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).