The King of Bloomingdale
The King of Mars helps you kick off your weekend with its hallmark rock sound whipped up with jazz and funk in Wolfden Brewing Company’s beer garden. 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at WolfDen Brewing Company, 112 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale. Free. wolfdenbrewing.com or facebook.com.
Folk-rock with Dan Tedesco
St. Charles native Dan Tedesco brings folk-rock to Arlington Heights as the now-Iowa-resident plays a homecoming show at Hey Nonny this weekend. Every time he comes back to town, the singer-songwriter has something new to share; check out his solo performance Friday and visit his exclusive Dan Tedesco Music Channel at dantedesco.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $12-$30 at heynonny.com.
Indie Park Fest
The Lunar Ticks and the Independence Park Advisory Council presents a full day of local indie music at the first Indie Park Fest Saturday. Pack up your lawn chairs and coolers and check out the lineup — Lunar Ticks, Charlie Otto and His Gear, Arbor Creek, The Earthlings, Rotten Mouth, Wildcat, Neighbors on Avers and Hanna Azcui — at Independence Park. 11 a.m. at Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., Chicago. $10 suggested donation.
WIIL Rock Fest
Hard-rock band Shinedown visits Grayslake this weekend as the WIIL Rock Fest takes over the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday to celebrate 30 years of rock radio from WIIL-FM. The fest lineup also includes Falling In Reverse, Jelly Roll, Jackyl, Saliva, Royal Bliss, Through Fire and Lilith Czar on the main stage, as well as The Heroes Lie, Ron’s Supper Club, Lines Of Loyalty, Lake Effect, Saint Tragedy, Dayrollers, Poor Pauly and Bright-Eyed & Blind on the WIIL Homegrown Stage. Gates open at noon (music starts at 1:15 p.m.) Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $85 for general admission, $249 for VIP; parking is $20. 95wiilrock.com.
The blues in Bolingbrook
The Bolingbrook Blues Showcase takes over the Roger C. Claar Performing Arts Center for a day outdoors with the blues as the Chicago Blues Challenge, sanctioned by the Windy City Blues Society, gives performers the opportunity to compete for a slot in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Saturday’s performance features Darren Jay and The Delta Souls, Downtown Charlie Brown and Binford, Hendricks and Cash, Kevin Purcell and The Nightburners, Lil Harvey and The Chitown Blues Band, A Patch of Blues, The Sean McKee Band, Tip Jar Stars, and Win Noll and The Rockin’ Souls. The showcase will be headlined by local smokin’ blues band The Instinct, who attended the IBC in 2018 and 2019. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, but coolers are allowed at the full-day event. 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Roger C. Claar Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Free admission and parking. Find the schedule at windycityblues.org.
For one night only, the Chicago and suburban pop-punksters in Allister are getting the gang back together for a special performance at Bottom Lounge featuring their 2002 album “Last Stop Suburbia” in its entirety. But wait, there’s more! August Premier is also reuniting for the evening, along with performances by Tony Lovato (of Mest) and Eternal Boy for the 17+ show. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $24. bottomlounge.com.
Aaron Kelly release
Oswego roots and folk singer Aaron Kelly puts the whole band on stage at The Venue to celebrate the release of the new EP, “Song’s Still Sing,” which, while technically out this weekend, is available on Bandcamp now. Plainfield singer-songwriter Demi Clara joins the band on the Aurora stage with her soulful brew of lush vocals atop haunting melodies. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway, Aurora. $12-$15 (tickets increase by $5 at the door the day of the show). themusicvenue.org.
Hanging in Lockport
Alt-rock band Hanging Cities is banging out a three-hour set of originals and ’90s rock faves when they take the stage at The Studio, a chill hangout joint in downtown Lockport. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Studio, 900 S. State St., Lockport. Free. studiolockport.com.
Joan Osborne in Evanston
With more than 10 studio albums in circulation — including “One of Us,” the soulful and questioning breakout song that first introduced Joan Osborne to national audiences — the singer spent part of the pandemic lockdowns sifting through the pieces of the past that fell through the cracks. “Radio Waves,” released earlier this year, is the culmination of that process, a hand-selected collection of Osborne’s favorite in-studio radio recordings, none of which have ever been compiled on an album. She brings her favorites to Evanston for a show of silky vocals and deep musical interpretations of life and artistry. 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $30-$50; reserved seating is sold out. evanstonspace.com.
After some time with his solo project, Brian Fallon is teaming up once again with The Gaslight Anthem for the band’s first headlining tour in four years. The band — equal parts punk, rock and Springsteen at his most soulful — also has new music in the works, which means lucky fans might get a taste at the Riv show. Pennsylvania rock band Tigers Jaw joins Gaslight for this leg of the tour. 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $30-$105.30. jamusa.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).