The Josh Caterer Trio rocks The Venue in Aurora Friday, March 24.

Sound check: Josh Caterer Trio kicks off the weekend at The Venue

Rachael Sage at Uncommon Ground

Six-time Independent Music Award winner and NYC-based alt-pop singer-songwriter Rachael Sage brings songs from her recent album “Character,” along with select works from her 14-album catalog, to Uncommon Ground in Lakeview, backed by violinist Kelly Halloran and Trina Hamlin on harmonica and percussion. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St., Lakeview. $10.

Josh Caterer at The Venue

Josh Caterer, suburban-native singer and founding member of the Smoking Popes, brings his Josh Caterer Trio to the stage for a power-pop performance at The Venue. Indie rock singer/guitarist Tom Daily sports his string of recently released singles “Call It a Night,” “Behind Every Corner” and “Recover” to kick off the evening. 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $17-$20.

Inhaler’s Irish rock

Dublin-born Inhaler brings its sophomore album and recent release “Cuts & Bruises,” along with their other Irish rock catalog, when their North American tour stops at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre this weekend. SoCal-based rock band Sun Room joins them. 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $27.50 for general admission, $60 for mezzanine.

Leo Sayer’s ‘Silverbird’ bash

English singer-songwriter Leo Sayer (“More Than I Can Say,” “When I Need You” and the Grammy-winning “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” to name a few) returns to the U.S. after a 20-year tour hiatus to mark the 50-year anniversary of “Silverbird” with a tour stop at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets are $59 at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 24

Il Divo at Genesee

Prepare for timeless pop favorites and classical pieces as the international supergroup Il Divo — the trio of Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, American tenor David Miller and French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, plus special guest baritone Steven LaBrie — heads to Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., on its “A New Day Tour.” Tickets are $69-$119 at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24

Chicago Soul Spectacular

Catch a night steeped in soul and riddled with rock ‘n’ roll as The Venue hosts the Chicago Soul Spectacular, featuring some of Chicago’s hot artists performing R&B, soul, funk and rock hits from the ’60s and ’70s. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $15-$20.

Folksy Steve Forbert

With an eye on the nuances of everyday life and an ear for Americana, New York City-based folk artist Steve Forbert heads to FitzGerald’s in support of his most recent album, “Moving Through America.” 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $25 for a reserved seat; reserved table packages are also available.

Two nights with Tommy Castro

Award-winning blues-rocker Tommy Castro brings songs from his new album, “Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came to Town,” along with hits from nearly three decades on the stage as he and his band The Painkillers play two shows in the suburbs this week. 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora, $25-$30 at; 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, $20-$35 at

Jordy Searcy brings his singer-songwriter vibes to Evanston’s SPACE Sunday, March 26.

Jordy Searcy at SPACE

Fans might recognize Jordy Searcy from his season 7 appearance on “The Voice,” but the young singer-songwriter has lived a lot of life since 2014. Using the pandemic lockdowns to cruise along the West Coast, living in his touring van and crafting music along the way, he emerged as a more mature and adventurous songwriter. Searcy heads to an intimate performance at SPACE this weekend, joined by singers William Hinson and Phillip Vo for a standing-room-only show. 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $17.

Toasting with Local Motive

To celebrate stalwart Chicago musician Johnny V’s birthday, Hey Nonny hosts a Roast & Toast of him in its intimate listening room, featuring some acoustic tunes by the guest of honor himself. His daughter, comedian Lauren Vino, will lead the roast, and his son Mike Vinopal’s band Local Motive will wrap up the night with a full set of soulful funk-rock. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $10-$25.

• 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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