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  • The '80s-era Chicago rock band Gambler will reunite for the first time in more than 30 years for a charity show Friday, March 30, at Wire in Berwyn.

    The '80s-era Chicago rock band Gambler will reunite for the first time in more than 30 years for a charity show Friday, March 30, at Wire in Berwyn.
    Courtesy of Del Breckenfeld

  • Fools' Brew plays Chicago's Uptown Lounge Saturday, March 31.

    Fools' Brew plays Chicago's Uptown Lounge Saturday, March 31.
    Courtesy of Fools' Brew

 
 

Gambler reunion

Glenview native Del Breckenfeld and his '80s-era rock band Gambler, best-known for hits "Walkin' the Streets" and "Follow your Heart," are reuniting for one night only at Berwyn's Wire this weekend. The band -- featuring Del and his brother Bruce, Warren Mays and Chuck Schwartz -- will be playing to raise funds to benefit the School of Rock Oak Park scholarship fund. Former WLUP jockey Mitch Michaels rounds out the night as MC and will also be signing copies of his book, "Doin' the Cruise." Wire, 6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $12-$15. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30

Skyline series

Aaron Williams is back at BaseCamp Pub this weekend with some new sounds and fan favorites. Check out rock band Fall Classic as it plays its debut with the Skyline Music Concert Series, along with the psych-rock of West suburban rockers She Rides Tigers and the industrial-edged alternative from SKYD. BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $6. (331) 777-4712 or aaronwilliamsmusic.com. 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30

Fools' Brew

Calling all metal fans! Fools' Brew is back from its Southern U.S. tour and ready to rock Chicago again. The band's 2017 release "The Parade" is sharp, but the band's live show is a crash course in everything to love about metal: aggressive energy, smart showmanship and great music! And when frontman Jarrett O'Cooley picks up a baseball bat mid-show, bear witness to his own brand of percussion, which you won't soon forget. Catch him and the South Suburban band -- featuring Erik Noska, Tim Daniels and Cory Davidson -- this weekend at Uptown Lounge (or at LiveWire Lounge April 13). Uptown Lounge, 1136 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 878-1136 or uptownlounge.net. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Concert highlights

• Fozzy "The Judas Rising Tour" with Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Sky Choir: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $20-$22. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.

• Dead Freddie, South Side Exiles, Cat Man Dog: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular featuring Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, John Crist, KB, NewSong and more: 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $15. (847) 991-4522 or 2018.jamtour.com.

• Springtime Radness Show! with Mt Pocono, Canadian Waves, Weathered, Formerly Bodies, Stars Hollow: 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.

• Julianne Q, Local Motive, Breakfast Beer, Native Language, Outdoor Velour: 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $9-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

Jessica Risker plays Friday, March 30, with Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa and Fran at Chicago's Beat Kitchen.
Jessica Risker plays Friday, March 30, with Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa and Fran at Chicago's Beat Kitchen. - Courtesy of The Syndicate

• Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa, Jessica Risker, Fran: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

• The Saluda Moonlighters featuring Bailey Dee, Matt Campbell, Glass Mountain: 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Gang of Youths, Common Holly: 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Family Groove Company, Pete Jive: 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Clownvis Presley: 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• The Student Body: 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. (847) 852-6256 or evenflowmusic.com.

• The Steepwater Band, The Handcuffs: 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

• The Stix: 10 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville. $8. (847) 549-1972 or fuelroom.com.

• Forever Came Calling, In Her Own Words, Hold Close, Cup Check: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $13. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.

• Flatfoot 56, Brassknuckle Boys, Nightcap, The Magnifiers: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Reggies, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $13-$15. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

Common Deer headlines Reggies Rock Club Thursday, April 5, with Gazebo Effect and Flowtone.
Common Deer headlines Reggies Rock Club Thursday, April 5, with Gazebo Effect and Flowtone. - Courtesy of Wally Jay Parker

• Courtney Marie Andrews, Molly Parden: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $12-$14. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.

• Six String Crossing: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. (847) 852-6256 or evenflowmusic.com.

• Hairbangers Ball: 10 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $8. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Twenty Over: 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Chicago Loop, 7 W. Streamwood Blvd., Streamwood. $10. (630) 830-2565 or chicago-loop.com.

• Vinyl Theatre, Vesperteen, THE WLDLFE: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Michael Bolton: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. $69-$125. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

• The Go! Team, Basement Revolver: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $16-$18. (773) 525-2501 or lh-st.com.

• Los Lobos with Gooey & Mariachi Herencia de Mexico: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Joe's Live & Bub City, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $55-$85; VIP for $125. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

• The Belvederes, Bart Alonzo: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $7. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

• Common Deer, Gazebo Effect, Flowtone: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Reggies, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $8-$10. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

South City Revival plays Lombard's BrauerHouse Thursday, April 5, with Vandoliers.
South City Revival plays Lombard's BrauerHouse Thursday, April 5, with Vandoliers. - Courtesy of Tammy Vega

• Vandoliers, South City Revival: 9 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor. You can follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Listen to Brian's "2018 Chicago Sound Check vol. 2" Spotify playlist for a sampling of some of the local bands he's written about for the Daily Herald recently.

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