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Sound check: Black Bolts headline Skyline's year-ender

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  • Black Bolts headline the Skyline Music Concert Series Friday, Dec. 29, at BaseCamp Pub.

    Black Bolts headline the Skyline Music Concert Series Friday, Dec. 29, at BaseCamp Pub.
    Courtesy of Black Bolts

  • 13-Monsters heads to LiveWire Lounge Saturday, Dec. 30, as part of the Taste of Metal showcase.

    13-Monsters heads to LiveWire Lounge Saturday, Dec. 30, as part of the Taste of Metal showcase.
    Courtesy of 13-Monsters

 
 

Black Bolts plays series at BaseCamp

Skyline Music wraps up a year of monthly concerts presenting original suburban bands with one final show for 2017. Woodridge's Black Bolts will rock the stage as they headline BaseCamp Pub along with Eugeine Grey and The Bad Habits from Lombard, Lisle's SKYD and a set from founder Aaron Williams. Come catch some local music before the year is out. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $6. (331) 777-4712 or aaronwilliamsmusic.com.

Tomorrow's Alliance for the USO

The Tomorrow's Alliance Community Rocks Project is back at the charitable game, raising funds for the United Service Organizations with a free show at the Tap House Grill of Westmont. Enjoy music from Tomorrow's Alliance, The Cave Dwellers, Double Identity, Over the Sun, King O Keys and Thadeus Project, as well as a 50/50 Split the Pot raffle and USO merch for sale. Donations (and 10 percent of the Tap House Grill sales during the event) will go to the USO and its many projects supporting the armed forces abroad and veterans here at home. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Tap House Grill, 6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont. No cover; donations accepted. (630) 541-8840 or taphousegrills.com.

Jury of Fears plays Taste of Metal Saturday, Dec. 30, at LiveWire Lounge.
Jury of Fears plays Taste of Metal Saturday, Dec. 30, at LiveWire Lounge. - Courtesy of Coren McLeod
Taste of Metal

Sample some great Chicago metal when WAMI Live and McLeod Media Company present Taste of Metal at LiveWire Lounge. Fatal Havoc headlines the showcase, which also features Tristan Grawe, Arsenal Road, 13-Monsters, When Evil Reigns and Jury of Fears. Throw the horns and keep it metal! 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $7 (plus fees) in advance; $10 at the door. (773) 756-5363 or events.wamilive.com.

Revolt Coda, Vesper at HOB

If you haven't seen Revolt Coda play live before, come prepared for a fun show. The energetic foursome -- led by Naperville's Zac Conforti -- is electric on stage, and their catchy jams keep them at the forefront of Chicago's hard-rock scene. They've had a good year, recording some new tracks and a video, as well as getting stage time at SXSW; hopefully kicking off 2018 headlining Chicago's House of Blues promises even bigger things to come. Catch the guys when they play with Vesper, Security Culture, Trick Shooter Social Club and The Dirty Miners. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $10-$15. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Looking to send off 2017 with a musical bang? Check out our roundup of New Year's Eve musical shows at dailyherald.com.

Concert highlights

• MER's Music Showcase, featuring Rachie Farr, Josh Bryant, Matt Tatum, Luke Schmitt and special guest Paul Teodo: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve": 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $47. (800) 745-3000 or rosemont.com/allstate/.

• Whitey Morgan, Ward Davis, Alex Williams: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $16.25-$75. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve": 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $47. (800) 745-3000 or rosemont.com/allstate/.

• Jeff and Mario, Jeff Brown & the New Black, Ego Mechanics: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Sandlot, 3477 N. Clark Street, Chicago. $10. (773) 857-0825 or eventbrite.com.

• Family Groove Company, EGi, Great Sky Band: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $12-$14. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, This Wild Life, Hot Mulligan: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $27-$30. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com.

• Beatallica: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Durty Nellie's. 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Blackjack Billy: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $8. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

• The Bama Lamas: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $6-$8. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Jak Tripper, Twenty Over: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at H.O.M.E. Bar, 1227 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. See venue for ticket information. (847) 749-0253 or homebarchicago.com.

• Mungion, Lunar Ticks: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, Chicago. $15. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.

• Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Homesafe, Free Throw: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $27-$30. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com.

• Saving Abel, Perry Hutchins, OUTDrejas: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at RocHaus, 98 W. Main St., West Dundee. $20-$38. (815) 893-9768 or rochaus.com.

• Acoustic U2: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Peggy Kinnane's, 8 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. No cover. (847) 577-7733 or peggykinnanes.com.

• Dead Harvest, Rev Gusto, After Hours Radio, Mack Flash (of Draft Week): 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Moe's Tavern, 2937 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 227-2937 or facebook.com/MoesTavernChicago.

• Enuff Z'Nuff, SIIN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $15-$18. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

Alternative folk rockers The Way Down Wanderers play Old Towne Pub Saturday, Dec. 30.
Alternative folk rockers The Way Down Wanderers play Old Towne Pub Saturday, Dec. 30. - Courtesy of The Way Down Wanderers

• The Way Down Wanderers, Kevin Presbrey: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Old Towne Pub, 40W290 La Fox Road, St. Charles. $8 (plus fees). (630) 513-4240 or otpwasco.com.

• SEMPLE, Mallory Lennox and the Sykadelics: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at H.O.M.E. Bar, 1227 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. See venue for ticket information. (847) 749-0253 or homebarchicago.com.

• Mungion, Goose Corp.: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, Chicago. $15. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.

• The Worst Year Ever with The Shams Band, South City Revival: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Old State, Mishandled, Movies About Animals, Old Sol, Bad Planning: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Evolution Music, 923 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $10. (630) 541-5022 or evolutionmusicstore.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor. You can follow him on Twitter at @BShamieDH. Listen to Brian's "2017 Chicago Sound Check" Spotify playlist for a sampling of many of the local bands he's included in the Daily Herald this year.

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