Saliva, a Tennessee band that emerged as part of the "nu-metal" explosion of the late 1990s, will make a stop in the suburbs this weekend. Like most of their peers in the genre, Saliva combined the heavy crunch of traditional metal with pop songcraft and the rhythmic sensibility of hip-hop. The band's most recent album, "Under Your Skin," came out in 2011.
9 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. Go to durtynellies.com.
Rock and soul
Tower of Power, a beloved American ensemble that melds rock with soul and funk and R&B, will perform next week in Lincolnshire. The group and, in some cases, its renowned horn section, have backed some of the biggest names in pop music -- The Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, John Lee Hooker and The Monkees among them. The band is also a popular act in its own right, with hits like "What is Hip?" and "You're Still a Young Man."
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. A limited number of tickets are available at $35. Go to viper-alley.com.
Mark your calendars
One of the best summer music festivals in this area each year is the American Music Festival, which takes place over four days at Fitzgerald's Nightclub in Berwyn. This year's lineup features more than 35 bands, including Libertyville native Ike Reilly; soul-funk-rock band J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound; acclaimed folk-rocker Joe Pug; new alt-country heroine Lydia Loveless; and country-punk legends The Waco Brothers. Band for band, it would be tough for any other Chicago-area festival to match the quality level on tap here, and a Cajun/American barbecue will accompany all this great music. Not a festival to miss!
The American Music Festival runs Friday, June 29, through Tuesday, July 3 (except for Monday, July 2), at Fitzgerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Tickets cost $30 per day; no advance tickets sold. For a full lineup and details, go to fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.