Show us the way
These days, Peter Frampton looks nothing like the long-haired '70s rocker whose hits included "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way." But from reviews of his current tour, it's clear he still knows how to put on a show. Frampton's Guitar Circus hits Aurora's RiverEdge Park Friday, Aug. 16, and also features blues legend B.B. King, guitarist Sonny Landreth and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. $35 general admission; $55 preferred bench seating; and $150 VIP package. Go to riveredgeaurora.com.
Local singer returns
Chicago singer-songwriter Michael McDermott returns to Rosemont this weekend for a show at the Montrose Room. McDermott emerged on the local music scene in the 1990s, when his debut album "620 W. Surf" produced the hit song, "A Wall I Must Climb." He's made literate and personal music ever since, documenting the ups and downs of his life with driving folk-rock anthems.
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Montrose Room, located inside the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $15. Go to montroseroom.com.
Great news for suburban alt-country fans! The acclaimed band Murder By Death will bring its brooding take on Americana music to the suburbs next week. The band is touring behind its well-received 2012 record "Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon," released on Chicago's Bloodshot label. Chicago indie-rock bands Maps & Atlases and Mutts also are on the bill, making this an exceptionally strong night of music that's very close to home.
8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $15. Go to durtynellies.com.