Sheryl Crow // Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Sound check: Sheryl Crow rescheduled at Ravinia; Underbelly Hours showcase


Friday is the night for hitmakers that helped define an era in ’80s pop. Culture Club, the London band behind the at-the-time ubiquitous “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Church of the Poison Mind” and “Karma Chameleon,” headlines the outdoor venue for the weekend kickoff. Berlin joins them with their faves “The Metro” and the chart-topping “Take My Breath Away.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park. $44 for general lawn admission, $85-$130 for pavilion seating.

Sacred Rose Fest

Chicago-based Collectiv Presents — operators of the long-running North Coast electronica, hip-hop and rock music festival — is pivoting to something more down-home with the debut of the Sacred Rose Fest. A three-day celebration of the counterculture and hippie spirit still alive in modern-day Americana, psycho-rock, jam, soul, funk and bluegrass music brings Phil Lesh & Friends, Khruangbin, The War on Drugs, Black Pumas, Umphrey’s McGee, Moon Taxi, The Disco Biscuits, Maggie Rose, Animal Collective and many more artists to the SeatGeek Stadium Campus, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview. Single-day passes start at $73.40 for Friday and Sunday, $79.58 for Saturday; three-day passes are $182.55; kids passes start at $26.91; VIP packages are also available at Gates open at noon Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28

Corey Feldman live on stage

No death by stereo here. “The Lost Boys” actor and pop singer Corey Feldman is on the road promoting his latest album, “Love Left 2: Arm Me With Love,” with a new band and some fresh new tunes. Catch him out in Lombard this weekend, joined by the Moonshine Brothers All Star Band. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $25-$50; a post-show meet-and-greet package is also available.

Fleetwood act

TUSK returns to RiverEdge Park this weekend with its faithful, note-for-note re-creations of the top hits and favorites from the dynamic British-American rock/pop band Fleetwood Mac. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 (gates open at 6:30 p.m.), at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. $22. (630) 896-6666 or

‘What the world needs now’

Crystal Lake native Megon McDonough is back in town with a new show — well, one rescheduled from 2020. She and pianist Fred Simon present “What the World Needs Now — A Tribute to Burt Bacharach” Friday night, celebrating the tunes of the prolific songwriter and his musical partner Hal David. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $15 for general admission, $22 for premium seating; tickets increase by $5 if purchased at the door.

Underbelly Hours showcase

Adela and Dan and their West suburban-based underground music podcast The Underbelly Hours present up-and-coming singer-songwriters Cleggie, Fern Teal and Westline at the next edition of the monthly Underbelly Hours Spotlight showcase at Wheaton’s Dry City Brew Works Saturday. 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Dry City Brew Works, 120 N. Main St., Wheaton. Free. (630) 456-4787 or

Double doses of Sting

Settle in for a pair of performances by the famed English pop-rocker as his “Sting: My Songs” tour pops over to Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, this weekend with special guest Joe Sumner, singer and bassist for rock band Fiction Plane. General admission lawn seats start at $65 per night; reserved pavilion seating is $170-$200. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performances Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28

Piano Man’s Piano Man

Who better to pay tribute to “The Piano Man” Billy Joel than an artist who has toured for years with The Billy Joel Band? Jeff Jacobs, who earned the title “The Piano Man’s Piano Man” from the star himself, takes audiences on a trip through Joel’s rock, pop and soul hits (along with some favorites from Foreigner, The Beatles and more) as part of the Raue Center’s outdoor summer Arts on the Green concert series. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, outside St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. $20-$30 for general admission, $8 for kids; $14-$21 for RaueNOW members and $5.60 for member kids. (815) 356-9212 or

Have some fun

Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow brings her rescheduled show — originally set for early July — to Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, for a midweek performance of some of her heartland rock hits and favorites (“All I Wanna Do,” “Strong Enough,” “Soak Up the Sun” and many others among her 40-some singles that hit the charts). Tickets start at $49 for general admission lawn seating, with reserved pavilion seats available for $110-$140 at 8 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) Wednesday, Aug. 31

Jazz Fest returns

After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, The Chicago Jazz Festival resumes Labor Day weekend in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, schedule highlights include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and saxophonist Henry Threadgill and Zooid at 8 p.m. Thursday, award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn at 6:25 p.m. Friday, guitarist/composer Bill Frisell at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist and band leader Miguel Zenón at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, bassist William Parker and his quintet at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh at 4:15 p.m. Sunday and Donald Harrison at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, among others. Check the website for free events and concerts taking place through Aug. 31 at venues around the city. or 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4

The Scorpions

Coming off their Las Vegas residency, the German hard rock/glam metal band the Scorpions head to Rosemont on the “Rock Believer World Tour” next week. Swedish band Thundermother is joining the rockers on tour, but Whitesnake, who was also scheduled for the show, recently announced they won’t be continuing the tour because of ongoing health concerns. 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. General admission starts at $29.50; $215 VIP packages are also available.

• 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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