Sound check: Hollyy-Days, Ike Reilly and a concert for a cause with Jacks and Atoms
Chicago and suburban-based retro-rock band Hollyy takes the stage for its second annual Hollyy-Days holiday concert. Moody-pop singer Ryan Hadarah and indie-rock band Aunt Kelly round out the late-week lineup. 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15-$18. sleeping-village.com.
Jingle Ball in theaters
Whether or not you caught iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball at the Allstate Arena in person this week, fans can check out the one-night-only presentation of Friday’s Madison Square Garden concert as it’s streamed live to 75 IMAX theaters across the country. Featuring headliners Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Charlie Puth and the Backstreet Boys — and joined by The Kid LAROI, AJR, Demi Lovato, Lauv, Ava Max, Dove Cameron and Jax — the performance will be shown on the big screens at AMC Streets of Woodfield IMAX (601 N. Martingale Road #105, Schaumburg), AMC South Barrington IMAX (175 Studio Drive, South Barrington), AMC Oak Brook 12 IMAX (300 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook) and Regal City North IMAX (2600 N. Western Ave., Chicago). 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. $28. jingleball.imax.com.
With nearly 30 years playing together, Chicago alt-folk fivesome Dolly Varden brings the best of musical couple Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen along with Mark Balletto, Mike Bradburn and Matt Thobe as they roam through melodious harmonies, sometimes rising to satisfy a few power-pop leanings. The band heads to Hey Nonny along with singer-songwriter Emily Haden Lee for an intimate concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $12-$30. heynonny.com.
Wolf Rd release show
On the new release “Bloom & Disconnect,” Wolf Rd’s pop-punk riffs sometimes give way to cathartic metalcore and emo stylings as the band toys with the boundaries between genres. The Des Plaines-born foursome celebrates the new tunes with a release show at Cobra Lounge, joined by Rematch and Gold Steps. At 10:30 p.m., the Emo Social Club hosts an after-party at the venue to keep the celebration rolling. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $18.54. cobralounge.com.
Concert for A Cause
Northwest suburban alt-rock band Jacks and Atoms headlines a holiday charity show this weekend as Primal Moon and Aaron Williams join them to raise funds for Palatine-based Journeys The Road Home. All proceeds from Jingle Bell Rock 2022: Concert for a Cause will benefit Journeys in its efforts to assist the homeless in North/Northwest suburban Cook County. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at HOME Bar, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. $30 tickets also include some food and drinks; purchase them or make an online donation at journeystheroadhome.kindful.com.
The Ides of … December
With rocking guitars blazing, Grammy-winning Jim Peterik and The Ides of March present a Christmas show — part of the band’s 55th anniversary celebration — at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $39-$69. desplainestheatre.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
Million Dollar Christmas
The Million Dollar Quartet crew brings the exuberance of the Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash era to the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, with a holiday twist in “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas,” a jukebox revue featuring interpretations of spirited faves. $35-$75 at geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15
Ike Reilly at Lincoln Hall
With a steely zest for life and songs drawn around tales of everyman’s struggles, Libertyville folk-punk icon Ike Reilly takes the stage with his full band The Ike Reilly Assassination and a few special guests at Lincoln Hall next week for an 18+ show. 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $25. lh-st.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).