Sound check: Dave Specter, Amy Ray, Capital Soiree’s release, Disco Lemonade and more
Maifest in Long Grove
Can’t wait until Oktoberfest? Don your lederhosen and toast the spring weather during Buffalo Creek Brewing’s inaugural Maifest, featuring oompah bands, live music at the Bootcamp Biergarten, games, new small-batch beers, dancing around the maypole, food trucks and more at 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove. buffalocreekbrewing.com. Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 13
Blues in Aurora
Chicago blues and jazz guitarist Dave Specter brings hits from his extensive career playing with artists such as Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Kim Wilson, John Primer, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Clay and many others when he heads a night at The Venue, celebrating his latest double-CD retrospective of 30 years of solo material. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $15-$20 (plus $5 if purchased at the door). themusicvenue.org.
Ruben & Clay
Two decades ago, singers Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken duked it out on season two of “American Idol,” ending up in the top two spots. This spring, the two are combining their talents for “Twenty: The Tour,” stopping for a night of powerhouse performances at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets are $35-$70 at geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 12
Lizzo in Chicago
Multiplatinum and Grammy- and Emmy-winning artist Lizzo brings her wild “The Special 2our” to the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, for a midweek performance, joined by rapper Latto. Tickets start at $101 at unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17
Indigo’s Amy Ray
Amy Ray, of the famed folk-rock group Indigo Girls, returns to Chicago with her 10th solo release, “If It All Goes South,” a collection of intensely personal storytelling and nuanced observations. The performance will feature Ray backed by her full band and joined by special guest H.C. McEntire. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $38-$40. oldtownschool.org.
Shows to see this week
Bomethius with Jared Jones & Sara Geist: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St., Chicago. $10. uncommonground.com.
Blackened: 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Rookies RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. Tickets start at $18. rochaus.com.
TNT Chicago with Sins N’ Roses: 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10. durtynellies.com.
Capital Soiree EP release show with Brigitte Calls Me Baby and The Weekend Run Club: 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $12. beatkitchen.com.
LEVER, Dark Sun, Audiomonkeys, Artillery & Storm: 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $12. livewireloungechicago.com.
Led Zeppelin 2 “How The Mid-West Was Won”: 9 p.m. Friday, May 12, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Tickets start at $39. fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15-$35. heynonny.com.
Brian McSweeney with Bird x Butterfly, Laura Glyda: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St., Chicago. $10. uncommonground.com.
Tommy James & the Shondells: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $59-$99. desplainestheatre.com.
The Music of Chicago with Danny Seraphine and Jeff Coffey with special guest The Buckinghams: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$99. arcadalive.com.
A Night of Nostalgia with Morning In May, When The Sun Sets, Years Down, Bluprint, Color Me Amused: 6 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $12. ticketsource.us.
Lynne Jordan and The Shivers: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $22-$35. citywinery.com.
The National, Soccer Mommy: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $39.50-$79.50. auditoriumtheatre.org.
Street Dove, Disco Lemonade: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark St., Chicago. $10. uncommonground.com.
The Orphan The Poet, Moontower, Marina City: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15. beatkitchen.com.
Danielle Nicole: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $17-$20 (plus $5 if purchased at the door). themusicvenue.org.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck).