Eddie Money scored a slew of big hits in the 1980s ("Think I'm in Love," "Two Tickets to Paradise") with a meat-and-potatoes brand of pop-rock. He visits the suburbs this weekend. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets start at $26.50. Go to geneseetheatre.com.
For those who like a healthy dose of twang in their diets, check out the Cole Porter Band, a Missouri group whose sound is equal parts country and rock, as they perform next week in the suburbs. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10. Go to brauerhouse.com.
Classic and indie
Two big rock artists representing different generations are coming to Chicago's United Center. First, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers stop by Saturday. Petty, one of rock's most dependable performers, is easily taken for granted, but few have delivered a mix of the Rolling Stones' bluesy stomp and the Byrds' sunny jangle as effectively as he has. Petty and his band just released "Hypnotic Eye" to strong reviews. A few days after Petty's show, the indie band Arcade Fire arrives for two dates. The band is a rarity in that it has retained its quirky sound and sensibility even as it has developed into an arena-rock act. Arcade Fire's most recent album, "Reflektor," came out last year. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the United Center, 1901 Madison St., Chicago. Tickets start at $51. Arcade Fire performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 26-27. Tickets start at $30. Go to ticketmaster.com.