Bon Jovi in Chicago
Despite busting from musical era to musical era since the band's inception in 1983, the rockers in Bon Jovi have remained relevant, interesting and worthy of their ongoing fame and throng of fans. Fresh from their April 14 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the veteran rockers bring their hits ("I'll Be There for You," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "It's My Life," the much-loved singalong hit "Livin' On A Prayer" and many others) to Chicago's United Center Thursday, April 26, as part of the "This House is not for Sale Tour." 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets start at $29.50. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com.
DeLong way down
Indie-dance artist Robert DeLong charms on his latest release, "My Favorite Color is Blue," a tale of a crushed but intriguing spirit on a steady march to nowhere. It's part electro, part rock, part spoken, part sung ... and all catchy. DeLong's dynamic catalog helped him make the short list of artists playing PIQNIQ music festival a couple of summers ago, as well as festivals across the country. Next week he snags a headliner slot at Lisle's BaseCamp Pub as he plays a free 101WKQX Courtesy Concert after his appearance at the radio station's Sound Lounge earlier that day. Chicago musicians Erik Donner and Randall Dean also join the party. 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Thursday, April 26, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. Free, but arrive early to snag a spot. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
Red Sun, Molehill and Boxers
Ballroom Boxer makes me long for the upcoming summer days with a stage show that feels more like a backyard party than a concert at a venue. The skilled performers know their way around a rock song, and they bring an entrancing, down-home roots feel to tracks from their latest album (and a few from an upcoming release, too). Catch a few minutes to hang with the guys after the set as they say goodbye to one of their own and welcome some friends from Ohio -- Red Sun Rising -- to the Bottom Lounge stage, along with Chicago alternative rockers Molehill. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $16.50. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.
• Matt Derda & the High Watts: 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Dry City Brew Works, 120 N. Main St., Wheaton. (630) 456-4787 or drycitybrewworks.com.
• Blacklist Regulars, Convoy, Spyderbone: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Rochaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. $15-$18. (815) 893-9768 or rochaus.com.
• Trey Anastasio Band: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $49.50. (312) 902-1500 or msg.com.
• Funky Monks, Tropidelic: 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
• Alisabeth Von Presley, Doublespeak, The Von Tramps, The God Awful Small Affairs, Sorry, Scout: 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $9-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.
• Kate Nash "Yesterday Was Forever Tour" with Miya Folick: 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $25. (773) 929-1322 or parkwestchicago.com.
• Teenage Mutant 90's Turtles, Murley: 10 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
• Midwest Springfest 2018: 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $15 for 14 bands on two stages: Vent To Atmosphere, EphinEpic, The Most Of Me, Genotype, Alethia, Atlanta Is Burning, Oblivion Zero, Torn By Tentacles, Sound of Fire, On My Six, Consume The Divide, A Dying Ultimatum, Bury Your Past and A Silent Truth. (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com.
• Beach Bunny, The Von Tramps, Pelafina, GIRL K: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.
• Hallow Point, Our Broken View, Bullet To The Heart, 3 Days From Dying: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 477-9273 or facebook.com/ULoungeChicago/.
• 13-Monsters, The Artist Formally Known As Vince band, I Lost Control and VORTIS: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Liar's Club, 1665 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. (773) 665-1110 or facebook.com/liarsclubchicago.
• Lisa Rock in "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters": 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. $23. (708) 488-5000 or events.dom.edu.
• Boy Band Review: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $5-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
• The Fabulous Thunderbirds: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $27-$36; RaueNOW Member tickets start at $18.90. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.
• Airstream Futures, AM Taxi, Johnny Automatic: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$13. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• Marina City, Phangs, Grayson DeWolfe, Better Love, Jet Black Alley Cat: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
• Keep Flying, High Wire, Farhampton, Bad Planning: 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Evolution Music, 923 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $10. (630) 541-5022 or ticketfly.com.
• Curt Cohiba, Lulu Be, The King of Mars, DJ Skoli: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.
• Sirenia, Threat Signal, Valinor Excelsior, Dire Peril, Guardsman: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Reggies, 2109 S. State St., Chicago. $18-$20. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.
• mc chris, Bitforce: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $22-$25. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.
• Dana Murray & Manifesto, The Bank Notes, Chicago Loud 9: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.
• District 97, The Cyberiam, Grape Juice Plus: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $10. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. You can follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Listen to Brian's "2018 Chicago Sound Check vol. 3" Spotify playlist for a sampling of some of the local bands he's written about for the Daily Herald recently.