Weekend picks: Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, Herman's Hermits
Mojo Mardi Gras bash
Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies channel the fun and fiesty southern Louisiana traditions of Cajun and Zydeco music in a powerful stage show, packed with fiery fiddle and raucous accordion performances. They bring all the punch of a Mardi Gras party to St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Friday, so come prepared to celebrate. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $25-$39. (888) 695-0888 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
Art from Israel
View and purchase artwork by Israeli artists at the Israeli Art Show and Sale at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. A representative from the Safrai fine art gallery in Jerusalem will be on hand to meet with guests and discuss the works. See oil paintings, watercolors, lithograph etchings and more. Free admission. (847) 205-9982. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Even villains like to rock. For almost five years, V Is For Villains has been showing the nation its version of what "world domination" would sound like. The Des Plaines and Elgin-based electronic industrial rock band formed by brothers Nicholas (Mr. Agitator) and Jonathon (Fallon Flynn) Santiago has been playing revered Chicago venues such as Metro and the House of Blues, as well as bringing down the house at conventions across the country. With their comic book personas, stylish and energetic stage shows and costumes lovingly crafted by musician and seamstress Analise Rahn (Vex), the trio's highly-stylized performances have been taking over eardrums (and then the world?) wherever they play. Catch the show at Bottom Lounge when they team up with (the diabolical) Vent to Atmosphere, (the probably evil) Lowcountry and (the more than likely nefarious) Rotten Mouth. Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St., Chicago. $10. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
Into something good
The 1960s pop sensation Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone shares the bill with The Buckinghams in concert tonight at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $29-$75. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
John Coltrane's 1965 album "A Love Supreme" is the main inspiration for "Walking with 'Trane," a modern dance piece performed by Urban Bush Women starting Thursday at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $30; $24 seniors. (312) 369-8330 or colum.edu/dance-center. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20
If you like comedian Chris Franjola from his TV work on "Chelsea Lately" and "Anarchy Afterword," then don't miss his standup gigs this weekend at two Zanies locations: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 524-0001; then at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. zanies.com. $25 plus a two-item purchase. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in St. Charles; and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Rosemont
Be amazed by acts including a pagoda of chairs, trick-cycling, precision tumbling and more when The Peking Acrobats brings its 30th Anniversary Tour to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $38-$45; $37-$44 seniors; $12-$15 youth. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
Catch up with comedian Bobby Lee ("MADtv," "Pineapple Express") when he performs a standup gig this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $24 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
American singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, a former member of Drive-By Truckers, performs in concert with Shovels and Rope on Saturday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.50-$49.50. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Lego Train Show
The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club showcases its custom creations in the Lego Train Show at the DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. See Lego trains, in a wide variety of colorful scenes, all created from thousands of Lego bricks. Free admission; suggested donation is $4 person. (630) 510-4041 or dupagemuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21
Do you want to build a snowman?
Embrace the season at the Hawthorn Woods Winter Carnival in Community Park, 5 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Highlights include a snowman-building contest, games, sledding, wagon rides, refreshments and more. Free admission. (847) 438-5500 or vhw.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Hops to it
Mardi Gras may be over, but you can keep the good times rolling at the second annual Beer Lovers Meetup on Bourbon Street tasting event featuring music from the band Zydeco VooDoo. Check it out Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $45-$55 (includes souvenir tasting glass and 25 drink samples); $10 designated driver ticket. (847) 782-2366 or lcfair.com. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford are still touring with the reconstituted band Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Catch up with their roots-rock sound on Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$99. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Pound of Flesh at Penny Road
Former Ministry member Darrell James and his electronic hard rock band Pound of Flesh is coming back to town as part of Penny Road Pub's Industry Night. Pound of Flesh has been a while in the making, as James, Steven McIntosh, Al Stehman and Michael X. Christian took their time perfecting their sound, but their recent album, "Refills," showcases that attention to detail, with remixes of tracks off 2014's "Pills." Catch them as they play with Radio Creeps, Grainshifter and Deadnation. Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $7. (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20
Animal enthusiasts can get an up-close look at a variety of animals and look for a pet to bring home at the All Animal Expo, in Building 1 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Visitors can also purchase pet-related supplies, including food, bedding, toys and more. Birds, reptiles, hedgehogs, rabbits, chinchillas, kittens, puppies and more are showcased. Admission is $5. Kids ages 10 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult. allanimalexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Russian Winter Festival
Learn about Russian culture and traditions at the seventh annual Russian Winter Festival at Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1800 Lee St., Des Plaines. The event features Russian folk musicians and dancers and a marketplace with handmade Russian crafts, jewelry and more. Guests can try Russian borscht and blini (crepes). Other highlights include a Russian tea, kids' crafts, the Snow Maiden's Castle and raffles. $2 donation; free for kids under age 12. (847) 299-2585 or english.holyvirginprotection.org. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Sport and politics
Relatives of Olympic athletes Jesse Owens and Ralph H. Metcalfe will be on hand for the opening of the visiting exhibit "Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936" today at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. $12; $8 seniors and students; $6 kids ages five to 11. (847) 967-4800 or ilholocaustmuseum.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Find out about where to send your kids this summer at the Daily Herald Summer Camp Expo with lots of booths and camp representatives set up during the Chicago Wolves vs. Charlotte Checkers hockey game at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Expo admission included in game tickets ranging from $20.75-$37.25. (800) 745-3000 or chicagowolves.com/campexpo. Expo at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21; game begins at 3 p.m.
Concert for kids
The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Children's Concert at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Place, Aurora. Program features classical music with audience interaction. During intermission, kids can try playing various musical instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo. Free; donations welcome. (630) 476-9072 or fvacademy.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Folk artist Verlon Thompson performs in a Lake County Folk Club-sponsored concert at Fatman Bowl, 13860 Rockland Road, Green Oaks. Opening for Thompson is the Briar Road Band, with Dan Zahn on the guitar, vocalist Kate Moretti and Rusty Winchell on bass. $10-$15. (847) 602-8882 for reservations. thelakecountyfolkclub.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Music and dance fiesta
The long-lasting rock band Los Lobos teams up with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano for a special "Fiesta Mexico-Americana!" concert celebrating Latin music and dance tonight at in Belushi Performance Hall at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $55-$66; $75 VIP table. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
Lecrae: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, Washington and Franklin streets, Wheaton. Christian, hip-hop. $25-$40. Limited number of VIP tickets are $75 each. (630) 752-5181 or wheaton.edu.
EXO Planet #2 - The Exo' Luxion: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Pop, rock. $75-$195. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Tropixplosion steel drum band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Lakeside Legacy Arts/The Listening Room, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, Caribbean party band. $18-$23. (815) 455-8000 or lakesideartspark.org.
Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone and The Buckinghams: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Pop, rock. $29-$75. (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com. For information, visit geneseetheatre.com.
MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies Mardi Gras: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $25-$100. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
The Dead Woods, Victories, Rocket Cathedral: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Rock. $5-$7. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
The Lauren Wolf Band, Big City Burn: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at The Original Mother's, 26 W. Division St., Chicago. Rock, blues. $5. (312) 642-7251 or originalmothers.com.
Christian Collin Blues Band: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Rockin Blues. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.
Magnetic West: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Fitz's Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst. Roots rock, Americana. $3. (630) 379-5007 or fitzs.publishpath.com.
Kings of Class: 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Five Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place, Rosemont. Free. (847) 233-0077 or fiverosespub.com.
Lee DeWyze, Wakey Wakey: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Q Bar, 2240 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. Acoustic selections, alternative rock and more. $15-$50. (630) 893-9346 or visit qbarglendaleheights.com.
Credence Clearwater Revisited: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Classic rock. $59-$99. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com.
Josh Caterer, 6'10, Aaron Williams Band: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Acoustic rock, rock. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Howard & The White Boys: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Funky blues and more. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.
Afterlife featuring Sharam Jey with Alex Bentley-Dean, Kings of Class, Nikho, Intermodal and Carmen Fiorentino: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Annex, 1958 W. North Ave., Chicago. House. Free before 11 p.m. (630) 291-5986 or housemusicsavedmylife.com.
Peter Oprisko with "Fabulous Frank" concert: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows, Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. Free. Register by calling (847) 259-6050 or online at rmlib.org.
Verlon Thompson: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, Fatman Bowl, 13860 Rockland Road, Green Oaks. Call (847) 602-8882 for reservations. $10-$15. Concert is sponsored by the Lake County Folk Club. Visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org.
DuPage Band: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, Classic and contemporary rock. Free. (630) 529-3120 or mybpl.org.
Frankie Ballard: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Joe's Live Rosemont, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. Country. $25. Visit joesliverosemont.com.
Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.