Sound check: Sam Hunt at Allstate, Bitter Jester applications are open

Sam Hunt on stage

Five-time Grammy-nominated, chart-topping country artist Sam Hunt brings his “Outskirts Tour 2024” to Rosemont this weekend, joined by special guests Brett Young and Lily Rose. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $40.75-$200.

Dan Tedesco returns

Former St. Charles folk-rocker Dan Tedesco heads back to Illinois from his current home in Iowa for a stop at one of his favorite venues this weekend. Catch his folk-rock show packed with old favorites — and probably a new tune or two. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15-$35.

Singer-songwriter Dan Tedesco returns to town for a show at Hey Nonny Saturday, Feb. 24. Courtesy of Rio Chavez

Toby Keith tribute

The Made in America Band tackles the music of late country artist Toby Keith, who died of stomach cancer in February, in a tribute worthy of a red solo cup toast. Through multimedia visuals and live music, fans can enjoy memories of Keith’s 30-year career. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Des Plaines Theatre, 1476 Miner St., Des Plaines. $25-$35.

Bitter Jester ramps up

The Bitter Jester Music Festival is back for its 18th season highlighting young musicians from throughout the region. In addition to Battle of the Band-style performance opportunities — this year set for two weekends in June in Highland Park and a number of satellite concerts — young artists also get feedback from industry pros and the chance to win some very useful prizes. Early applications are due by March 15; but the application deadline window officially closes April 22. See for details.

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

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