DuPage County native Cathy Richardson is a magnetic presence onstage. Her husky, powerhouse singing voice has won her fans, and jobs, from coast to coast. She's performed as the legendary Janis Joplin in the stage musical "Love, Janis," fronted Jefferson Starship and more. But she's probably most well-known in these parts for leading the Cathy Richardson Band, which delivers a rootsy and witty brand of guitar rock. The band performs in the city this weekend. 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Tickets start at $18. Go to citywinery.com.
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Chicago-based duo Local H will headline "The M@ Show," a benefit concert that will raise money for the family of Chicago musician Matt Suhar, who died unexpectedly in 2013. Other performers on the bill include Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) and Split Single. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets start at $30. Go to doubledoor.com.
Riot Fest lineup
As usual, bands from the city and suburbs are prominently featured in the lineup of Riot Fest, the fall punk-rock festival celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The lineup for the three-day event, announced this week, includes such local bands as Rise Against (Arlington Heights, Downers Grove), the great Naked Raygun (Naperville) and up-and-coming punks the Orwells (Elmhurst). The lineup also includes a slew of legendary indie and punk bands, including the Cure, Superchunk, Mudhoney and Jane's Addiction, to name just a few. Riot Fest has become one of the area's key music events, and tickets are bound to go fast. Don't miss out! Riot Fest runs Sept. 12-14 at Humboldt Park, located at the intersection of Division Street and Sacramento Avenue in Chicago. Three-day passes are available now for $179.98. Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date. For information and the full lineup, go to riotfest.org.