Music notes: Naperville's Co-Stanza hits House of Blues

<h3 class="briefHead">Co-Stanza hits HOB</h3>

Co-Stanza (otherwise known as Naperville's Jack Costanza) has been writing about young life in the suburbs since 2012, but in 2014 he decided it was time to put the words to music. Co-Stanza's primary tool is his lyrical rapping, but he also weaves in elements of pop, as in the heartfelt ukelele-driven "Letters." Catch him at the House of Blues Sunday, Jan. 3, when he headlines a set of local talent, including Hoffman Estates' hip-hop artist Fiction, Park Ridge-born Underground Empire, The Pigeon Boys, Naperville's Karina and Lady First, alternative pop rockers hailing from Wheaton. 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Tickets are $10 from a band member or $15 at the door. (800) 745-3000 or

<h3 class="briefHead">Jason Picchiotti on guitar</h3>

Singer and guitarist Jason Picchiotti brings a night of acoustic rock and folk to Palatine's Durty Nellie's Friday, Jan. 1. Picchiotti is a staple on the local scene, having played various venues in the northwest suburbs, including the Lamplighter Inn, Mac's on Slade, Long Grove's Chocolate Fest and more. His dad, Gene, will also take the stage, channeling his best Johnny Cash. The Picchiottis will be joined for the late-night set by 2014 Suburban Chicago's Got Talent contest winner Dennis Caravello, bringing his bluesy take on acoustic rock. 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Free. (847) 358-9150 or

<h3 class="briefHead">McHenry's Fallout</h3>

Members of Americana rivergrass band Fox River Fallout may not have been playing together for long, but their energy and experience have created quite a buzz. With names like Trashcan Charlie, Riktator, Catfish Rick, Desperada and Lunchbox, expect McHenry's FRF to show you a foot-stomping good time when they play Mackey's Hideout next week. 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Mackey's Hideout, 2601 S. River Road, McHenry. Free. (815) 363-7040 or

<h3 class="briefHead">NYE tunes</h3>

New Philharmonic:<span class="x BTO fact box text bold"> New Year's Eve with International Twist:</span> 2, 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $65. (630) 942-4000 or

E. Faye Butler: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Jazz, pop, show tunes. $70. (847) 673-6300 or

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Bassel & the Supernaturals: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets start at $30. (773) 697-7922 or

Kevin Mileski: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Mac's On Slade, 117 W. Slade St., Palatine. Free. (847) 907-9621 or

The Bronx Wanderers: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $125. (630) 962-7000 or

Lettuce, Future Rock, Turbo Suit: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at The Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $50 general admission, $151 VIP. (773) 275-6800 or

Lucky Boys Confusion, Farraday, Top-Shelf Lickers, Steve Knecht: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $22 in advance, $25 at the door, $75 VIP. (847) 358-9150 or

Party Favor, Bixel Boys, Kings of Class, Porn and Chicken, Milk N Cooks, Stratus: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at H.O.M.E. Bar, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. $25 in advance, booths and VIP packages available. (847) 577-4663 or

Oliver Kiss, Zombie MaƱana: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at River's Edge Bar & Grill, 12 N. River St., Batavia. Free. (630) 406-9200 or

Chi-Way to Hell (AC/DC tribute), Ironhorse (Motorhead tribute), Facelift (Alice in Chains tribute): 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10. (630) 495-2141 or

Local H, All Eyes West, Stoop Goodnoise: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $25. (773) 327-1662 or

UFC Band: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5. (331) 777-4712 or

Todd Hembrook & the Hemispheres, The Crombies: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $20. (312) 666-6775 or

The Promise Ring, Into It. Over It: 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $46 in advance, $51 at the door, table packages available. (773) 549-4140 or

Charlie Foxtrot Band: 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Petersen Road, Libertyville. $10. (847) 549-1972 or

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Guitarist Jason Picchiotti takes the stage at Durty Nellie's Friday, Jan. 1. Courtesy of Jason Picchiotti
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