English rock pioneers
The Yardbirds, a keystone of the 1960s British Invasion, launched the careers of not one, not two, but three of the generation's most acclaimed guitarists -- Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The current version of the band, which includes original members Jim McCarty and Top Topham, will blast through all the classic Yardbird songs during a show in the suburbs this weekend.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $39. Go to oshows.com.
Time to party
Wedding Banned combines music and comedy in a way designed to get even the grumpiest soul out of the dumps and onto the dance floor. The group, which tours the Midwest constantly, has a show coming up this weekend in Palatine.
10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $5. Go to durtynellies.com.
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The Chicago band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound has been turning heads and garnering fans all over the country during the past few years. The band's contemporary take on soul music is one that combines the minimalist rock of the post-punk era with hard-driving classic soul sounds. (A scorching live act isn't hurting them, either.) The band, who released the album "Howl" in May, is performing at a special show next week that will raise money for the fight against leukemia.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $35. Go to lincolnhallchicago.com.