Sound check: Mackenzie O’Brien with Chris Cagle; NieR in concert; The Bad Examples

Country with Chris Cagle

McHenry-native country artist Mackenzie O’Brien joins touring star Chris Cagle as he brings his Nashville classics to the suburbs for a show in Rosemont.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Joe’s Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $19 for general admission, $49 for balcony seating.

Rip it up

Swivel those hips as the annual Windy City Elvis Tribute Artist Competition takes over the Des Plaines Theatre this weekend. The party kicks off Saturday with Joe Tirrito’s Elvis Show at 7 p.m., followed by karaoke at 8 in the theater’s Speakeasy Lounge. Sunday, the competition starts at 1 p.m. on the main stage as artists croon and strut their stuff for the crowd and a panel of judges.

7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets not required) Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Des Plaines Theatre’s Speakeasy Lounge, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines; 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, on the theater’s main stage. $39-$59. or

Experience the video game universe of NieR in a whole new way at the Rosemont Theatre Saturday, Feb. 3. Courtesy of the Rosemont Theatre


AWR Music Productions and game developer Square Enix present “NieR:Orchestra Concert 12024 [the end of data],” a symphonic orchestral and choral production featuring music and a multimedia spectacle from the globally popular video game series. The concert also includes a recorded reading of a new storyline written by director Yoko Taro, voiced by characters 2B (Kira Buckland) and 9S (Kyle McCarley).

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $70; VIP meet and greet with concert vocalists Emi Evans and J’Nique Nicole, composer Keiichi Okabe and music director Eric Roth are also available.

Ralph Covert and the Bad Examples take The Venue’s stage Saturday, Feb. 3. Courtesy of The Bad Examples

The Bad Examples

Glen Ellyn musician Ralph Covert and his pop band The Bad Examples bring 30 years of musical favorites to rock The Venue this weekend.

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $20-$30.

Acoustic timeline

Take “A Trip With the MTV Generation” as Pete Evick and Dean Cramer (of the Bret Michaels Band) and Chad Stewart (of Faster Pussycat) hit the Arcada Theatre stage with two guitars and a cajon for a night of acoustic hits (pop, rock, new wave, glam, metal and more) and stories from their time on the road in the ’80s and beyond.

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$25.

· Brian Shamie is the Design Editor at the Daily Herald and is never far from a pair of headphones.

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