Martina McBride has been called "the Celine Dion of country music" because of her emotional ballads and powerhouse voice. McBride will make a stop in the suburbs this weekend to deliver a holiday-themed show.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $36.50. Go to ticketmaster.com.
Hard-edged Americana band Scott Lucas & the Married Men will take the stage this weekend for the fourth annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour. Lucas, a native of Zion, and his band will structure the evening like an old-time variety show (think "Prairie Home Companion"), with special guests galore. Expect lots of Christmas tunes as well as songs from Scott Lucas & the Married Men's records, which combine a rock sensibility with traditional instrumentation like organ, violin and accordion.
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $10. Go to hideoutchicago.com.
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After the presents, egg nog and turkey, why not step out on Christmas night and listen to some rock 'n' roll? Durty Nellie's will be hosting a special free (that's right, free!) show that night with Wedding Banned, a Chicago-based cover band that plays high-energy versions of songs from the '80s, '90s and beyond. The band's acclaimed performances feature a blend of music and comedy. Ho ho ho!
10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Free. Go to durtynellies.com.