Weekend picks: Catch the bull by the horns at Sears Centre
Get a grip
See world-class barrel racing and other daring competitions at the Professional Champion Bullriders Tour World Finale XI this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $18-$55; $10-$12 youth. (847) 649-2270 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4
Catch screenings of the acclaimed 1993 Harold Ramis film comedy "Groundhog Day," go bowling, take walking tours and more as part of the annual Groundhog Days this week at area locations near the Woodstock Opera House, 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Prices vary by event. (815) 334-2620 or woodstockgroundhog.org. Various times between Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 5
McBride hits Chicago
Nashville-born country rocker Martina McBride extended last year's "Love Unleashed Tour" to 2017, including a visit to the Chicago Theatre. Catch the award-winning superstar with special guest Lauren Alaina as she promotes her latest album, "Reckless." At the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.75-$69.75. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 Friday, Feb. 3
Mackey's Winter Roots
Gather your friends together and prepare for a jamfest when Mackey's Hideout's Winter Roots festival returns, complete with a lineup of some great Americana, bluegrass and roots bands, many from the area. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades headlines Friday, joined by Miles Over Mountains, Gang Of Thieves and the Fox Crossing Stringband. Old Salt Union takes Saturday's headlining slot, along with the Joseph Huber Trio, Kind Country and Porch Fire. Mackey's Hideout, 2601 S. River Road, McHenry. $15 per night. (815) 363-7040 or mackeyshideout.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4
Adam Novak, left, and Weston Reynolds of CELLRS headline Chicago's Metro with Revolt Coda, Frey Geoffreux, the Mike Gassett Band and Farkus Friday, Jan. 3.
- Courtesy of Madeline Northway
New songs from CELLRS
The fun and energetic CELLRS finds stylish ways to inject modern indie blood into a solid rock 'n' blues sound, with Adam Novak's soaring vocals leading the way over the gritty, funk- and blues-inspired string play by guitarist Weston Reynolds. The hardworking duo has been playing with new songs, and you can hear some of them when they take the stage along with drummer Jonathan Marks and bassist Ryan Thompson at Chicago's Metro Friday, Feb. 3. CELLRS is joined for the show by the hard-rocking jams of Revolt Coda, folk artist Frey Geoffreux (with a new CD release), the Mike Gassett Band and Farkus. At Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3
Comedian Theo Von performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
Deals with it
Comedian Theo Von, a regular on the TBS practical joke series "Deal With It," appears live for standup sets at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Tails on trails
Canines and their owners can enjoy the great outdoors together with Dog Admission Day on Saturday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $14; $12 seniors; $9 youth ages 2 to 17; $5 dog admission (includes bandanna). (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 7 a.m. to sunset Saturday, Feb. 4
Bowl in the actual bowling alley where actor Bill Murray, portraying weather forecaster Phil Connors, had drinks with his buddies in the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" in the Groundhog Bowling event at Wayne's Lanes, 109 E. Church St., Woodstock. Admission is $15 and includes two games, bowling shoes, a slice of pizza and a soft drink. Additional pizza will be available for purchase. Proceeds will help support Woodstock High School's bowling teams. The event is part of the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Woodstock, a filming site for the "Groundhog Day" movie. woodstockgroundhog.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Let your kids sample taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations and more at the Japanese Festival on Saturday at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park. No admission charge. (708) 434-3104 or oprfhs.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
'Grease' is the word
Belt out songs from the hit 1978 film "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, at the "Grease Sing-a-Long" at Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. Members and nonmembers are welcome. Cookies, ice cream and hot chocolate will be served. Free. To RSVP, call (847) 634-0777. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb 4
Kiesha Lalama's 2011 piece "Alegria" is on the bill for Giordano Dance Chicago's performance at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center.
- Courtesy of Gorman Cook/Giordano Dance Chicago
All that jazz
Giordano Dance Chicago performs jazz repertory pieces such as Roni Koresh's "Crossing Lines," Ray Mercer's "Shirt Off My Back" and more on Saturday at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $39-$49. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Pipe organ performance
Classical concert organist Nathan Laube performs on the Casavant pipe organ in a concert in the Arnold T. Olson Chapel at Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield. One of Laube's CDs recently received a Grammy Award for best classical compendium. Laube is the assistant professor of organ at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Tickets cost $8-$12. (847) 317-8021. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 4
Renee Fleming curates and performs in the "Chicago Voices" concert.
- Associated Press, 2015
Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, opera singer Renee Fleming, Broadway star Jessie Mueller, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, rapper and record producer Lupe Fiasco and more are featured in the celebratory Chicago Voices concert on Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $39-$295. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Actress and singer Molly Ringwald gives a cabaret performance at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, Feb. 3.
- Associated Press, 2015
Fans of 1980s John Hughes films "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club" won't want to miss An Evening with Molly Ringwald. The cabaret concert is on Saturday at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia. $19-$33. (630) 937-8930 or bataviafineartscentre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Will Tilson sings the blues
Wilmette blues musician Will Tilson is quickly building a name on the local and national music scene, taking the stage at 2016's Chicago Blues Festival and making appearances across state lines in Memphis and El Paso, Texas. Not a bad start, considering his surprising vocal depth comes at the ripe old age of 17. Catch Will when he plays with his band Saturday, Feb. 4, for a hometown show at the Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. $15-$25. (847) 251-7424 or wilmettetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Pink Floyd might not be touring anymore, but you can experience the next best thing with "The Wall Live Extravaganza!" on Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$59. (630) 962-3000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
Comedian Billy Gardell performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Feb. 4.
- Associated Press, 2014
Mike sans Molly
Catch up with actor and comedian Billy Gardell ("Mike and Molly," "Halftime" on Comedy Central) when he performs standup on Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $38-$55. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
The Bullfrog Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA) hosts its annual Super Bowl Sunday Beer Can and Breweriana Show at the American Legion Hall, 514 S. Main St., Wauconda. See a wide variety of breweriana, including beer cans. Admission is $1. bcca.com. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Meet Abe and Mary
Michael Krebs and Debra Miller bring President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, to life in "Meeting the Lincolns" at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. The performance includes a Q&A session and a meet-and-greet session. $10-$15. For tickets, visit eventful.com. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Super big screen
Watch the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots battle it out at Super Bowl LI on the Arcada Theatre's 40-foot screen at 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Admission is free. Beer and a variety of food will be available for purchase. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5
Not Done Yet band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Coffee House program at Christ Community Mennonite Church, 888 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments served. Freewill offering taken, with a suggested donation of $5. (847) 895-3654.
The War On Peace, Well Known Strangers, The Chris Buehrle Band, King By Friday: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Paragon, Kadooge!: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Free. (630) 264-2739 or twobrothersbrewing.com.
Fletcher Rockwell: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Fire Bar & Grill, 435 Angela Lane, Crystal Lake. (815) 459-3473 or amresults.com.
Werewolves at Hour 30, Chyomin: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Trophy Room, 170 W. Ontario St., Chicago. Tickets start at $5. (312) 600-6920 or trophyroombar.com.
Cathy Richardson Band: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Fitzgerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Rock. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
Scott Tipping Syndicate: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Blues, rock. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.
Boy Band Review: 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $8. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
The Purple Xperience (a Prince tribute band): 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Doors open at 9 p.m. Rock. For ages 21 and older. $19.99-$160. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
First Avenue, Sid, Andonte, Face Time Police, Aftersound: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Grayslake Oasis, 151 Hawley St., Grayslake. $5 donation. (847) 986-2799 or oasisgrayslake.com.
Milksheet, Soundwalls, Capt. Crayon, Heavy Element, The Patients, Dinosaur Party: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Mutiny Chicago, 2428 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 486-7774 or themutinychicago.com.
Talk to you Never, Chasing Chimera, Before the Streetlights, Dead Split Egos, First Impression, Bad Jokes, California Killers: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Evolution Music, 923 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $10. (630) 541-5022 or evolutionmusicstore.com.
Concert organist Nathan Laube: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Trinity International University's Arnold T. Olson Chapel, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield. Classical. $8-$12. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling (847) 317-8021.
The Wall Live Extravaganza: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rock; musical tribute to Pink Floyd. $39. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
The Flips, Double Feature, The Major Minor, Tiny Kingdoms: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Devil In A Woodpile: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Frankie's Blue Room, 16 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Acoustic music, covering a wide range of styles from the prewar era. $7. (630) 416-4898 or frankiesblueroom.net.
Will Tilson: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, The Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Blues. $15-$20. wilmettetheatre.com.
Church Booty, Spocket, Soul Vistas: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.
Cowboy Jukebox: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Q Bar, 2240 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. (630) 893-9346 or qbarglendaleheights.com.
StereoViolet, Invisible Cartoons: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Moe's Tavern, 2937 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Call venue for cover info. (773) 227-2937 or facebook.com/MoesTavernChicago.
Too White Crew: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $8. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.
Boy Band Review: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
Afterlife: 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Annex Nightclub, 1958 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5-$10. (630) 291-5986 or afterlifechi.com.
Leftover Salmon: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Rock, acoustic and more. $30. citywinery.com.
Suzuki Piano Festival: 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, Wheaton College's Pierce Memorial Chapel, corner of Washington and Franklin streets and Room 102 of Edman Memorial Chapel, on the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets, Wheaton. Program is presented by the Community School of the Arts (CSA) at Wheaton College. Free. (630) 752-5567 or wheaton.edu.
Assuming We Survive, Red Light Compliance, Devon Kay: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Township, 2200 N. California Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 384-1865 or townshipchicago.com.
Earl & The Agitators: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Rock, blues, country. $19. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.