Sound check: Billy Joel, Stevie Nicks tix; SEMPLE, Ike Reilly

Piano Mac

Billy Joel, the Piano Man, and Fleetwood Mac’s Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks paired up to recently announce a summer tour stop Friday, June 21, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St. Tickets ($79.50-$349.50) will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at

Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel recently announced a tour stop this summer at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Associated Press, 2016


High-intensity funk-soul band Chicago Loud 9 (seen on ABC-7’s “Windy City Live” and “The Jam” on WCIU-26) will liven up Arlington Heights as they bring the noise to the listening room at Hey Nonny.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $20-$45.

Gavin DeGraw performs as part of a concert salute to veterans Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre. Associated Press

The draw of DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw, the multiplatinum soul-popster who was all over mid-aughts airwaves (and TV if you were partial to certain WB and CW series) with hits such as “I Don’t Want to Be” and “Chariot,” brings his fan-favorite tunes to the suburbs this weekend.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $35-$75.

Keith Semple and his band SEMPLE hit Durty Nellie’s Saturday, Jan. 13.


Chicago-area rock stalwart SEMPLE, headed by dynamic Irish rocker Keith Semple, takes over Durty Nellie’s this Saturday, paired with Cary classic-rock band O.N.S.E.T.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $12.

Billy Elton

If you can’t wait until June to see Billy Joel playing Wrigley, head to The Venue this weekend to see Billy Elton, a tribute to the enduring music of Joel and Elton John live on the Aurora stage.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $20-$25.

Ike and son

Libertyville’s Ike Reilly, the gritty, persistent working man's poet, brings his folk-punk music to Berwyn for a show with his son Shane Reilly and The County Champions at FitzGerald’s Sidebar.

9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $20-$25 for general admission; reserved tables are also available.

• Brian Shamie is the Design Editor at the Daily Herald. Email him at

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