Jeff Manga and The Buzzhounds play Lombard's BrauerHouse Live this weekend. // Courtesy of The BuzzHounds

Sound check: Rockabilly in Lombard, Better Than Ezra streaming

Lombard rockabilly

Jump into a night of rhythm and blues as BrauerHouse Live hosts a Viva La Rockabilly showcase this weekend, featuring performances by 3 On the Tree, The Buzzhounds, Jenny V. James and Mike Giannini for a 21+ show. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. General admission is $7; reserved seating is available.

NOLA live!

Share in the undeniable culture of New Orleans with “Take Me to the River Live!” celebrating musicians featured in the “Take Me to the River” documentary. SPACE hosts Dumpstaphunk, Georgie Porter Jr. and Jon Cleary as they bring the musical heritage of Louisiana to the North Shore this weekend. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $49-$55.

Better Than Ezra at home

Catch even more of the NOLA musical legacy as New Orleans alternative heavyweights Better Than Ezra (“Desperately Wanting,” “In the Blood”) present a livestream concert Sunday night. Filmed at Chicago’s House of Blues this fall, the “Better Than Ezra: Legends of the Fall 2022” tour performance features some classics, some deep cuts and a few special surprises. 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, on Veeps; re-watch is available for 48 hours after the start of the broadcast. $14.99 at

Cat Stevens tribute

Channeling the heart, soul and classic rock stylings of singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (“Peace Train,” “Morning Has Broken”), Ron Vincent brings his tribute (and uncanny resemblance) to the artist to the Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, for “An Evening With Cat Stevens.” $30-$37, $21-$25.90 for RaueNOW members at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at, or find him on Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).

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