Green Day brought the snarl of classic, English-style punk to the "alternative" music scene in the 1990s, but the band was far from a one-trick pony. Unlike others who hit it big in the alternative era, Green Day grew and found new fans with some ambitious albums in the following decade, including "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown." The band is on the road now after the release of its trilogy of records -- "ĦUno!"; "ĦDos!"; and "ĦTres!" -- and a stint in rehab for frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $27.50. Go to ticketmaster.com.
The 19th annual Great Northern Bluegrass Music Festival takes place all weekend in Schaumburg. National touring acts and regional favorites will perform on all three days. Among the bluegrass artists on this year's bill are Special Consensus, the Boxcars, Copper Creek, Donna Ulisse & the Poor Mt. Boys and the Harmans. The festival also will include a guitar trade show, instrument workshops and more. Suburban bluegrass fans are lucky to have a festival with this much talent happen in their own backyard.
Festival starts at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, and at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Hyatt Regency, 1800 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg. Daily or weekend tickets are available at the door. For prices and a full schedule, go to bluegrassmidwest.com.
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Contemporary Southern rock band Sister Hazel has cultivated a national following with its guitar-based music. The band hits the suburbs this weekend for an intimate show that will include songs from throughout its career, including tracks from its latest record, "Heartland Highway."
9 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. $35. Go to viper-alley.com.