Hoffman Estates High School grad Sam Alex earned a Country Music Association Broadcast Award nomination for "The Sam Alex Show." // Courtesy of Abby Collida

Sound check: Sam Alex’s CMA nod; Jon Shain and MUSE come to town

CMA kudos

Congratulations to Sam Alex, who earned a nomination for Daily National Broadcast Personality of the Year at this year’s Country Music Association Awards for his nationally syndicated “The Sam Alex Show.” The Hoffman Estates High School graduate, who recently moved back to Buffalo Grove from Nashville with his family, is also the founder of the Camp Broadcast summer education program based in Highland Park. The 56th Annual CMA Awards will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 9, airing at 7 p.m. on ABC.

Love Shack

With 46 years of unique, groundbreaking and much-beloved music, the B-52’s are packing it up for now. The band plays the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago, for two nights, joined by KC and The Sunshine Band and The Rezillos. Tickets start at $99 at msg.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8

Jon Shain brings the blues to Downers Grove’s Two Way Street Coffee House Friday, Oct. 7. // Courtesy of Fran Dwight

Jon Shain and the blues

Veteran singer-songwriter Jon Shain and his smoking acoustic guitar skills present a night of Piedmont-style blues, bluegrass, folk and more when he heads to the Two Way Street Coffee House this weekend. The venue also presents a virtual option so fans can enjoy the concert from home; visit the website for details and to make a virtual donation. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $10 suggested donation. twowaystreet.org.

‘Ghostbusters Live in Concert’

Get into the Halloween spirit with a screening of the comedy thriller “Ghostbusters” accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic playing the award-winning music from the movie. The performance will be conducted by Maestro Peter Bernstein, son of Elmer Bernstein, who originally composed the movie’s score. A reception will precede the concert with themed drinks, a costume contest, a replica Ecto-1 and trick-or-treating for all ages at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $34.75-$94.50 at mytickets.auditoriumtheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Doo Wop’s new twist

The Doo Wop Project — featuring Broadway veterans from “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical” — bring a re-imagined take on pop and rock classics to the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $43-$63 at AtTheMAC.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

MUSE brings its “The Simulation Theory World Tour” to Chicago’s Riviera Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 11. // Courtesy of Nick Fancher and Jesse Lee Stout

MUSE is back

With its mind-blowing stage show and anthemic hits, Grammy-winning English rock band MUSE shares its recent album “Will of the People” when it takes the stage at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre with “The Simulation Theory World Tour.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. Tickets start at $250; VIP packages are also available, including merch and a preconcert party. jamusa.com.

You know Who

The legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who bring the goods to Chicago for a midweek blowout at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., with special guest Steven Page. Tickets for “The Who Hits Back! 2022 Tour” stop range from $43 to $302 and can be purchased at unitedcenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12

• 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).

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