Sound check: Bob Seger plays rescheduled show in Rosemont
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
One of America's musical legends, Bob Seger, brings his Silver Bullet Band to Rosemont for a rescheduled appearance this weekend. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame helped rewrite the musical landscape, especially in the '70s and '80s, bringing a smoky romanticism with gritty hits "Night Moves," "Turn the Page," "Hollywood Nights," "We've Got Tonight" and perennial favorite "Old Time Rock and Roll." Catch Seger and the band at the Allstate Arena as they celebrate Seger's nearly five decades in music. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. This event has been rescheduled from Nov. 17, 2017; tickets for the original event will be honored. (800) 745-3000 or rosemont.com/allstate/.
Christmas at Wire
Berwyn's Wire is bumping the holiday spirit up to 11 with its three-night music festival, the 20 Bands of Christmas, featuring a sleighful of touring and local acts. (Unless I'm missing something, I count more than 20, so you music fans must have been extra good this year!) Night one unwrap Ohio punk band City Lights along with Freshman 15, Carousel Kings, When the Sun Sets, Glory Days, Knockout Kid and New Nights. Stocking number two features Seattle post-hardcore band Emery with special guests The Airway, When We Was Kids, Lower Nature, Glass Houses, Qualia, Luzma' and The Worst of It. And Punchline, Mark Rose, Rookie of the Year, Zombie Schoolboy, Westwood, You Vs. Yesterday and The Dead Seahorses wrap up the weekend with a shiny bow. Single-day and three-day passes are available for the all-ages fest. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $20 for single-day passes; $50 for a three-day pass. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.
The high-energy rockers of Invisible Cartoons drop the new EP "Space Cat!" Friday, Dec. 14, at Alibi in St. Charles.
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Invisible Cartoons release
Members of Invisible Cartoons, the spirited purveyors of "Smile Rock," are inviting you to get down with them when they drop their second EP release, "Space Cat!" The special night also includes The Civil Engineers and Flowtation along with the chance to snag the new album (which otherwise won't be available for wide release until 2019). 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Alibi, 12 N. 3rd St., St. Charles. Free. (630) 443-0011 or ouralibi4u.com.
The Linden Method joins comedian Preston Lacy and more for a night of laughs and tunes Thursday, Dec. 20, at Berwyn's Wire.
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The Linden Method does comedy
Chicago and Northwest suburban skate punk band The Linden Method joins "Jackass" comedian Preston Lacy, Weeman, Mike Stricker, Tim Brennan, Zach Khan and Brooks Sullivan for an 18-and-older comedy night at Wire. The band performs at the meet-and-greet and after-party, and rumor has it members may be taking part in one of the evening's stunts. (Pray for them.) 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15-$18. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.
Open Air going on sale
Chicago Open Air, the city's hard rock and metal fest, returns after a year off to Bridgeview's SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019, bringing acts such as System Of A Down, Ghost, Meshuggah, Beartooth, Tool, The Prodigy, Gojira and more. Tickets -- which include single- and two-day passes, as well as VIP packages -- go on sale at noon Friday, Dec. 14; see chicagoopenair.com for details and purchase info.
Fight the Fury, The Protest, Ignescent: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. $20-$23. (815) 482-2870 or rochaus.com.
Matt Derda and the High Watts: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Dry City Brew Works, 120B N. Main St., Wheaton. (630) 456-4787 or drycitybrewworks.com.
The Voluptuals, Fran, Luke Henry, Monomania: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
The Right Now, The Claudettes: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15 for general admission. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.
Ja Rule: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $35-$50. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com.
The Congregation Christmas Show: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com/calendar.
Chachuba, Sneezy, Wanyama: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $12-$15; $25 for VIP. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Overclocked, Sun Silo: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at The Store, 2002 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-7766 or thestoretil4.com.
Replay: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Peggy Kinnane's, 8 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (847) 577-7733 or peggykinnanes.com.
Gibson Morris: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Jimmy's Grill, 245 S. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 548-2500 or jimmysgrillnaperville.com.
The King of Mars, Saltwater Tap, Melophobix: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Bourbon on Division, 2050 W. Division St., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 796-5879 or bourbonondivision.com.
Terrapin Flyer: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Blue Mud, Captain Coopersmith, The Sedonas, Space Mafia, Mike Gassett: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Violet Crime, Blaqrock, Detour North, Pleasantries: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.
The Shams Band 10-year Anniversary show with Cutta, Donnie Biggins: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10; $30 package includes screenprinted commemorative poster. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com/calendar.
Chapter 1: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Peggy Kinnane's, 8 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (847) 577-7733 or peggykinnanes.com.
DJ NoDJ, Zombie Manana: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Bourbon on Division, 2050 W. Division St., Chicago. $10. (773) 796-5879 or bourbonondivision.com.
Kevin Mileski's annual Christmas Show: 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Lamplighter Inn, 60 N. Bothwell St., Palatine. (847) 991-2420 or lamplighters.com.
Tonic Freight Train, Fire the Canon, The Loose Cannons: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $7. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.
Beat Kitchen's Holiday Toy Drive featuring Mike Kinsella (of American Football), Dave Davison (of Maps and Atlases), Mark Rose (of Spitalfield), Bob Nanna (of Braid and Hey Mercedes), Avery Springer (of Retirement Party and Elton John Cena), Chris Sutter (of Meat Wave), Kyle Geib (of Dog & Wolf), Gillian McGhee (of Turnspit), Patrick Kelly and Alex Beach (of Bloodsport: The Movie The Band): 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $20 donation or free admission with toy donation; proceeds benefit SOS Children's Villages of Illinois. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
Rottweiler, Eraserhead, The Limbos: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $7. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com/calendar.
The O'My's Holiday Recital: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com/calendar.
Ivy Ford Band: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $10-$22. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. You can follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Listen to Brian's "2018 Chicago Sound Check Vol. 9" Spotify playlist for a sampling of some of the local bands he's written about recently for the Daily Herald.