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  • George Thorogood and The Destroyers will play the Ribfest Main Stage at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert comes with $15 festival admission.

    6 questions with George ThorogoodJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Known for classic rock radio staples like “Move It On Over” and “Bad to the Bone,” bluesy rock 'n' rollers George Thorogood and The Destroyers are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a national tour that includes a stop Sunday at Naperville's Ribfest. Thorogood recently talked with the Daily Herald about his signature guitar style.

     
  • Schaumburg Town Square hosts summer concertsJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Free concerts sponsored by the Schaumburg Township District Library are filling Schaumburg’s Town Square with music all July, starting with Pamela Rose and Windy City Country, at 6:45-8:15 p.m. July 7.

     
  • Tookula, a 60-voice student choir from Germany, will visit St. Charles this week and perform two free concerts.

    German choir to perform in St. CharlesJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Tookula Student Choir of Minden, Germany is visiting St. Charles from July 7 to 10 as part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. While in St. Charles, Tookula will perform two free concerts.

     
  • George Thorogood and his backup band The Destroyers will return to the main stage at Naperville's Ribfest on Sunday night. He'll headline a lineup that also features Foghat and Blue Öyster Cult.

    When suburbs compete for acts, music fans winJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Not so long ago, suburban festivalgoers were content to sit back on their blankets or lawn chairs and watch a local cover band, a has-been one-hit wonder or some high schoolers in the town's battle of the bands. No more. As the suburbs — and the number of festivals — have grown, so have the expectations for big names, still relevant artists and star-quality performances.

     
  • Alt-pop band the Gin Blossoms will be among the headliners Friday, July 4, at Frontier Days in Arlington Heights.

    Music notes: Gin Blossoms, Blue Oyster Cult play weekend festsJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The July 4 weekend is always jam-packed with live music here in the suburbs. Among the bigger acts making an appearance will be blues-rock guitar hero George Thorogood in Naperville and alt-pop band the Gin Blossoms in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Colt Ford lets listeners know about all the fun he’s having on “Thanks for Listening.”

    Country rapper Colt Ford brings the partyJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Country music’s pre-eminent singer/rapper Colt Ford is out with his fifth studio album, “Thanks for Listening,” a release thick with featured vocals from other artists and a keen ear toward the caricature of the country lifestyle. This is mostly good old boy territory, with an occasional hip-hop backing beat thrown in for good measure.

     
  • Hoffman H.S. band heard on Travel Channel showJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 2008 Hoffman Estates High School Symphonic Winds’ performance of a John Philip Sousa march, “Foshay Tower,” will be used as part of the soundtrack for a segment on the Travel Channel show “Monumental Mysteries” at 8 p.m. Friday, July 4. In the episode, the story behind the building of Foshay Tower in Minneapolis will be featured.

     
  • Dist. 300 ensemble books parade gigJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Dundee Middle School Street Ensemble in which kids learn music by beating garbage cans, paint buckets, metal chairs, pots and pans and the like, has booked a parade gig at Sleepy Hollow’s Fourth of July Celebration. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. What’s special about the ensemble is it's open to any student, regardless of musical ability or knowledge, according to an email from Matthew Bishop, the ensemble’s director and the school’s music teacher.

     
  • The Modern Day Romeos plays the Northwest Fourth-Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Fests, fireworks and more fests for the 4thJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Catch bands like Smash Mouth and Modern Day Romeos amid the rides and carnival games at the Northwest Fourth-Fest this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts its annual Village Festival in Melas Park this weekend. And “Mad About You” comedian Paul Reiser returns this Saturday to do standup comedy at Zanies in Rosemont. The Eyes to the Skies Festival promises a carnival, fireworks and its famous array of colorful hot air balloons.

     
  • Judges Diana Martinez, left, Beth Waller, John Flamini and Barbara Vitello gave performance advice to the Top 20 contestants for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday, June 22. The field is now down to 15.

    Top 15 named for Suburban Chicago’s Got TalentJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Top 15 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent for 2014 have been announced, and they will perform at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13.

     
  • Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze plays Aurora's RiverEdge Park Saturday, July 5, and Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest Friday, July 11.

    Lee DeWyze plays Aurora's RiverEdge todayJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    “I can't wait,” Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze says of playing Aurora's RiverEdge Park Saturday, July 5, and Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest Friday, July 11. “I really love taking my songs out of the studio, it's a kind of musical release for me. And then to be able to play them in front of friends and family, that's really going to be cool.”

     
  • Gerry Beckley, right, and Dewey Bunnell sing as the band “America” performs during the Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series in Elk Grove Village Tuesday.

    America opens Elk Grove concert seriesJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village opened with America on Tuesday, and before July is through four more star-studded bands will have passed through — Survivor, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, John Michael Montgomery and Kenny Loggins. The sixth annual Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series kicked off Tuesday with America, known for hits “A Horse with No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “Ventura Highway,” among many others.

     
  • Dennis DeYoung, founding member of Styx, will be part of the Fourth of July entertainment lineup in Elgin.

    Fourth of July fireworks return to ElginJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    After years of partnering with a neighboring town, the city of Elgin is bringing its fireworks show back within city limits. The city teamed up with the Grand Victoria Casino to create the Rock and Roll Jackpot Fourth of July Concerts and Fireworks in Festival Park.

     
  • Funnel cake and caramel on a hot summer day is perfect for Katherine Kennedy, of Bartlett, as she enjoys the Bartlett Fourth of July Festival on Saturday.

    Plastic turtles, pedal tractors among highlights of Bartlett festivalJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bartlett once again will celebrate the Fourth with events including a carnival, music, turtle races, pedal tractor pull, kids activities, fireworks and a parade.

     
  • The Modern Day Romeos perform at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates. They are performing this year before and after the fireworks Friday night. Admission is free.

    Northwest Fourth-Fest returns to the Sears Centre Thursday-SundayJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Village of Hoffman Estates, along with Hanover Township and the Hoffman Estates Park District, are bringing back Northwest Fourth-Fest, the area’s biggest Fourth of July celebration.The free four-day event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, with a carnival outside the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, and a free concert featuring Heartache Tonight playing the Eagles’ greatest hits.

     
  • Robin Thicke returns to his R&B roots on “Paula.”

    Robin Thicke may win wife back with ‘Paula’Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s easy to fall in line with the crowd that believes Robin Thicke’s attempt to win back his wife by calling his new album “Paula” is desperate and ridiculous. But if we’re judging strictly on the music, Paula Patton might want to reconsider. The 14-track “Paula,” where Thicke spills his feelings, confesses his sins and insists he’s a changed man, is a return to Thicke’s R&B roots. It is also a reminder that he was a talented, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter pre-“Blurred Lines” hysteria.

     
  • “These Days” by Ab-Soul is overstuffed with ideas, sonic shout-outs, a variety of moods and more.

    Ab-Soul continues strong run for Top DawgJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rapper Ab-Soul grew up in his family’s record store with free access to anything in the stacks. That explains a lot about “These Days ...” The 15-track album is overstuffed with ideas, sonic shout-outs, a variety of moods, cosmic musings, comic musings, Kendrick-like boasts (including one directly from Lamar), celebrity guests including the entire TDE roster, Rick Ross and Jhene Aiko and more.

     
  • Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Minaj at BET Awards: I was recently near deathJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards Sunday that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself. The rapper rambled onstage when accepting her fifth consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist. Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” kept a smile on the musician’s face: The song won video of the year. And Lionel Richie was the lifetime achievement award recipient.

     
  • Wheeling celebrates the holiday ThursdayJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wheeling will celebrate An Evening under the Stars with bands and fireworks on Thursday, July 3. Area residents can bring lawn chairs and picnic meals to the area just west of village hall, 2 Community Blvd., for the free party, Wheeling officials said.

     
  • America kicks off Elk Grove Village's Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series Tuesday night.

    Elk Grove concerts kick off Tuesday with America the bandJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Starting tomorrow, Elk Grove Village's sixth annual Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series kicks off five consecutive Tuesday nights of music in the month of July. The band America, led by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, will sing their 1970s hits like “A Horse with No Name”, “Sister Golden Hair” and “Ventura Highway” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Village Green, located at 901 Wellington Ave. in-between the municipal complex and library.

     
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