Sound check: Celebrate 50 years of 'Aqualung' at Arcada
Martin Barre, guitarist for the legendary British rock band Jethro Tull, is bringing his 50th anniversary celebration of the group's best-selling 1971 "Aqualung" album to the Arcada Theatre Thursday, Jan. 20. The worldwide touring show -- which features the full album, plus other Tull classics and a few favorite Barre originals -- also brings together original Tull drummer Clive Bunker, along with Dan Crisp, Alan Thomson and Darby Todd.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $49-$89. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Bluegrass, gypsy jazz in Aurora
McHenry-based Miles Over Mountains showcases its funky modern brand of progressive bluegrass to the Southwest suburbs when it takes the stage at The Venue in Aurora. Charismatic rhythmic rocker Pete Jive opens the set Friday, Jan. 14. The next night, revel in the upbeat gypsy jazz of Chanson Du Chat as the lively foursome (plus special guest Steve Gaugel on sax) brings the heat to the wintry weekend.
Miles Over Mountains at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. $10-$15, plus $5 if purchased at the door. Chanson Du Chat at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. $15-$20, plus $5 at the door. The Venue is at 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora, (331) 212-8490 or themusicvenue.org.
Hoffman Estates High School grad Sam Alex hosts a songwriters circle-style acoustic show at Pinstripes in South Barrington Sunday, Jan. 16.
- Courtesy of Sam Alex
Camp Broadcast concert
Hoffman Estates High School grad and nationally syndicated radio host Sam Alex returns to the suburbs this weekend for an acoustic concert to raise funds for Camp Broadcast, a training session for aspiring student journalists and broadcasters set for June 13-16 in Skokie. The concert, a songwriter circle-style presentation featuring musicians Lanie Gardner, Adam Hambrick, Jake Hoot and Ray Fulcher on stage sharing songs and swapping stories, will raise funds to support the camp, which Alex founded and developed. He and television personality Andrea Boehlke will host the all-ages event at Pinstripes in South Barrington Sunday afternoon. Visit campbroadcast.com for details on the camp's programs and to register for the 2022 session.
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at Pinstripes, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. $30; $55 for VIP, which includes premium seating and appetizers. (847) 844-9300 or eventbrite.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). He also keeps tabs on the Chicago music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.