Stubhy Pandav

Stubhy Pandav, frontman for Chicago-area rock band Lucky Boys Confusion, turned his multiple sclerosis diagnosis into a benefit show for a cure for the nearly 1 million people in the U.S. suffering from the disease. - Courtesy of Brian Shamie

Sound check: Lucky Boys Confusion hosts MS benefit concert; Adela’s release show; Jacks and Atoms at Subt

Fighting MS

Stubhy Pandav and his Lucky Boys Confusion cohorts take the stage for a night of music, fellowship and fundraising as the MS Sucks: Singing for A Cure 2023 benefit concert takes over Bottom Lounge this weekend. Pandav, who orchestrated the first Singing for a Cure concert in 2019 after his own diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, has raised the stakes this year, bringing in Art Alexakis of Everclear, Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s, Josh Caterer of the Smoking Popes and Chicago rock band The Waiting Game to benefit the Accelerated Cure Project in its quest to help find a cure for MS. More information on the 17+ show and an online donation link can be found at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $30 at

Words of Adela

Adela Skowronski shares her charming debut album “Words of Love” (which she released on her wedding day last month) as she plays an intimate performance with Isabella Snow and other dear friends at the Art Gallery Kafe in Wood Dale. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Art Gallery Kafe, 127 Front St., Wood Dale. $10 at eventbrite.comREAD OUR INTERVIEW WITH ADELA HERE

Winery Dogs

Sporting artists from Poison and Mr. Big, David Lee Roth and Dream Theater, supergroup The Winery Dogs brings its blazing rock — and songs from newest release “III” — to the Arcada Theatre this weekend as part of the band’s “202III World Tour.” Chicago prog band District 97 joins them on this tour stop for a night of fiery and complex musical performances. 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $49 at

‘A Night in Mexico’

This weekend, Ballet Folklórico Tayahua presents “A Night in Mexico,” a showcase of traditional Mexican music and dance celebrating the culture in a rich, colorful and joyful performance at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets are $20-$50, $10 for kids 12 and younger. 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Jacks and Atoms

Sporting the recently released single “Thought We Would Last,” alt-indie band Jacks and Atoms headlines a show at Subt Downstairs this weekend, joined by rock from Primal Moon and indie-pop band Young Detectives. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $15 at

Singer Paolo Nutini hits Chicago’s Riviera Theatre Monday, March 13. // Associated Press

Strolling Paolo Nutini

If only life’s problems could be solved by buying a new pair of shoes. But Paolo Nutini’s single “New Shoes,” the song that made him a staple of late-2000’s American airwaves, made it seem almost that simple. The Scottish singer-songwriter follows up his sold-out U.K. tour with a visit to the Riviera Theatre Monday night, having outgrown his original show set for Chicago’s Metro, along with his latest release “Last Night in the Bittersweet.” 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $30 at; tickets for the original Metro show will be honored at the new venue.

Two nights with Jason Isbell

With a nearly sold-out first show at the Rialto Square Theatre, Jason Isbell — the alt-country singer-songwriter behind the hits “Alabama Pines,” “Cover Me Up,” “If We Were Vampires” and many others — and his band The 400 Unit added a second show next week at the Joliet venue, 102 N. Chicago St. Tickets for both nights, starting at $75 for Tuesday, March 14, and $59 for the following day, are available at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14-15

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

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