Glory Days // Courtesy of John Ferrante

Sound check: Glory Days headlines Rockin’ Robin memorial show; Tomorrow Never Knows; Scotch the Filmmaker and more

Rockin’ Robin Memorial Show

Wauconda-area pop-punk band Glory Days headlines a stacked lineup this weekend to celebrate the life of the late Robin Olmsted, a Cary artist and musician who died in October. The memorial concert includes music by Ghoul for a Goblin, Kevin Andrew of Guardrail, and an acoustic set from Olmsted’s Reject My Reality bandmates Ben, Eric and Griffin. A portion of the proceeds from the 21+ show will be donated to the Cary-Grove High School Performing Arts department. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. $12-$15.

Tomorrow Never Knows

The Tomorrow Never Knows festival injects some heat into Chicago’s gray January with five nights of musical performances spread across four stages — Golden Dagger, Sleeping Village, Schubas and Lincoln Hall. Bringing together some of the local scene’s hottest rising stars and indie acts from across the country, Tomorrow Never Knows shows off the future of indie music. Find a playlist of the acts, check the full schedule and get tickets at Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 18-22, at Golden Dagger, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago, (773) 857-0166 or; Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, (773) 525-2501 or; Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, (773) 525-2508 or; and Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, (773) 654-3971 or

Happy birthday, Steve Perry!

Journey Recaptured captures the power of the classic rock band’s timeless hits (including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It” and more) for a night of singalong faves and a special salute to Steve Perry’s birthday at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $19-$39. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20

The music of the Dead

Acclaimed instrumental group Jazz Is Dead marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s “Wake of the Flood” with two performances this weekend. First, the show hits the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 ($19-$39 at; then the band heads north to the Des Plaines Theatre for a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 ($19-$39 at

Curtains up on the Mini Fringe

Side Street Studio Arts and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission present the fourth annual Winter Mini Fringe, a single-day gathering of artistic expression and innovation celebrated at the annual Elgin Fringe Festival every September. With a lineup that includes festival favorites as well as a fresh face, the mini fest will take over Pub 217 at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin, with comedy, sketches, storytelling and live music. Tickets are $30 for a festival pass or $15 for individual shows. See for tickets. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21

Color Me Amused

Suburban emo rock band Color Me Amused takes to the Bottom Lounge stage as they ramp up for the upcoming release of their “Every Season” EP. The bill also features skate-punk band The Linden Method, pop-punk from Definitely Maybe and Boston-based rock band The Burning Lights (headed by former suburban native Steve Knecht). 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $10-$15.

Scotch the Filmmaker – Courtesy of Courtney Cimo

Scotch on stage

With masterfully improvised solos and beautifully layered songs, bluesy rock band Scotch the Filmmaker takes the stage at Phyllis’ Musical Inn, joined by a few surprise guests. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Phyllis’ Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St., Chicago. Find more info at

Rock Night at Nellie’s

Get hit by a wall of sound as Durty Nellie’s hosts Rock Night, featuring hard rock/metal band Ignescent atop a lineup that includes Koizumi and Absolute Phase, who will be sharing the new single “The Headliner” at this 21+ show. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $8.

Bringing back Fleetwood Mac

TUSK presents an ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac — vocals, harmonies, costumes and all — in a performance of the band’s hits “Go Your Own Way,” “Rhiannon,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies” and more at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets are $25-$55 at or through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26

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

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