Sound check: SNÜZFEST, Johnny Cash (sort of) and new Nora Marks

PJ party

The Guardrail gang is picking out their jammies for their annual pop-punk pajama party and benefit concert, SNÜZFEST. Devon Kay & the Solutions top the bill for the Beat Kitchen show, which also features Gold Steps, Hot Alice, Definitely Maybe, Four Stars, Calico Plaid and The Heads Up. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hope For Us Network, a Chicago-based organization addressing and mitigating risk factors for mental health crises in our communities.

6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $15.

The Soulkeeper, Gerald McClendon, conjures up soulful, romantic faves for a Valentine’s Dance Party at The Venue in Aurora Friday, Feb. 16. Courtesy of The Venue

Dance to McClendon

Keep the romantic holiday going as you catch an evening of sweet tunes when Chicago’s “Soulkeeper” Gerald McClendon hosts a Valentine’s Dance Party at The Venue. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $20-$25.

Johnny Cash tunes

With a live band, state-of-the-art projection tech and narration by his son John Carter Cash, relive the performances of late country rocker Johnny Cash in “Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience” at the Genesee Theatre. The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash will also contribute live vocals to the multimedia spectacle. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $35-$59.

New Nora Marks

Chicago punk band Nora Marks marks the recent release of its latest EP, a three-song collection including the new single “Too True to Be Good,” with a free show at Schubas with The Flips and Dwells. 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Free.

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

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