Sound check: Lucky Boys Confusion reunites the scene this weekend

Lucky Boys Confusion celebrates the return to live music in a big way: By bringing back their popular Songs from a Scene concert series

  • Suburban rockers Lucky Boys Confusion, including Kaustubh "Stubhy" Pandav of Skokie, bring back their popular concert series Songs from a Scene this weekend at Bottom Lounge.

    Suburban rockers Lucky Boys Confusion, including Kaustubh "Stubhy" Pandav of Skokie, bring back their popular concert series Songs from a Scene this weekend at Bottom Lounge. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Lucky Boys Confusion rekindles the music scene fires with the return of the Songs from a Scene showcase for two nights at Bottom Lounge Friday and Saturday. Other bands playing those nights include Take the Reins, Til Morning, The Dog & Everything, One Life, The Gelheads and Temple of Dome.

    Lucky Boys Confusion rekindles the music scene fires with the return of the Songs from a Scene showcase for two nights at Bottom Lounge Friday and Saturday. Other bands playing those nights include Take the Reins, Til Morning, The Dog & Everything, One Life, The Gelheads and Temple of Dome. Courtesy of Lucky Boys Confusion

  • "The Songs from a Scene legacy is something we take a lot of pride in, and so we're really ecstatic to have a great mix of nostalgic actson the bill as well as newer up-and-coming bands, which has really been the goal of these shows over the years," said LBC drummer Ryan Fergus.

    "The Songs from a Scene legacy is something we take a lot of pride in, and so we're really ecstatic to have a great mix of nostalgic actson the bill as well as newer up-and-coming bands, which has really been the goal of these shows over the years," said LBC drummer Ryan Fergus. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

 
 
Posted11/4/2021 8:00 AM

West suburban-native rock band Lucky Boys Confusion brings back its popular Songs from a Scene series this weekend with two nights of Chicago-area music at Bottom Lounge.

Uniting growing rock and punk bands from the Western suburbs and putting them on Chicago stages, the annual concert series was integral in helping build the popularity of suburban artists in the pre-social media era.

 

Now, a decade since the last Songs from a Scene concert, the members of LBC -- Kaustubh Pandav of Skokie, as well as Ryan Fergus, Adam Krier, Jason Schultejann and Brian Sherman -- decided to bring it back in part to celebrate the return of live music and also to reunite with fans after not playing an in-person show since late 2019.

"The Songs From a Scene legacy is something we take a lot of pride in, and so we're really ecstatic to have a great mix of nostalgic acts on the bill as well as newer up-and-coming bands, which has really been the goal of these shows over the years," Fergus said. "After two long years away, we're so looking forward to reconnecting with our fans face-to-face. I may get a bit emotional, I won't lie."

Spreading the concert over two nights serves a dual purpose for LBC: Smaller crowds at Bottom Lounge allow for better enforcement of safety standards, and two shows means two different lineups, giving more area musicians a chance on stage.

Friday night, LBC headlines with The Dog & Everything, The Gelheads and Til Morning. Saturday, they head the lineup featuring One Life, Take the Reins and Temple of Dome.

"It allows us to mix up the set lists and hopefully give some extra value to the hard core fans who are coming out both nights," Fergus said.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at bshamie@dailyherald.com, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). Brian also keeps tabs on the local music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.

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