Metal stage showing Dio’s birthday, benefit show


Ronnie James Dio Birthday Live Broadcast

Celebrate the life of heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio with a star-studded birthday celebration virtually streaming this weekend to raise funds for the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund founded in memory of the famous singer. Showcasing archival footage from Dio’s life, the stream will also include a mix of conversations and performances from Rob Halford, Sammy Hagar, Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale, Sebastian Bach, Lena Hall, Tony Iommi, Lita Ford, Glen Sobel and many more. Viewers can also get their hands on unique merchandise through sales and an auction, with proceeds going to the fund, dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education.

Noon on Saturday July 10. $ 20 streaming on Donations can be made directly to the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund at

Chill Nation Day

This weekend, Prairie House Tavern hosts Chill Nation, an evening full of country and folk music for a special cause. Grammy-nominated artists Alex Smith, Gabrielle Mooney, Nicole Lewis and Kent Wells will take to the stage at Buffalo Grove to benefit Keshet, a Northbrook-based organization dedicated to providing educational and recreational opportunities for children and adults. adults with disabilities in the Chicago area. The Prairie House kitchen will be open, so drinks, dinner and appetizers will be available for purchase.

5 p.m. Saturday July 10 at the Prairie House Tavern, 2710 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove. $ 25 for the festival. Get information at (847) 415-2255 or; tickets on

Back in time with Tony Ocean

As fans clamor for the return of live music, Elk Grove artist Tony Ocean is more than happy to answer the call. Starting this spring, Ocean took his Rat Pack-inspired show to various venues in the Chicago suburbs as he invited guests to follow him back in time with classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Sammy. Davis Jr. and more. Joining her semi-regular Friday night performances at Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg, Ocean will also be performing in Addison next week. Check out his calendar for future dates at

• Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Chicago Prime Steakhouse, 1444 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 969-9900 or

• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Shoeless Joe’s, 1480 W. Lake St., Addison, (847) 773-9147 or

Visit of the summer country

Relive the carefree summer days of youth as Everclear returns to town with the near-annual Summerland Tour founded by band frontman Art Alexakis. With lineup that includes alternative rock hitmakers Hoobastank and Wheatus and special guest AEIR, the tour settles with a heavy dose of nostalgia at Chicago’s Concord Hall.

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 at Concord Music Hall, 2051 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $ 37 to $ 299 with VIP, meet and greet packages available on

Every fantastic day is fantastic

Their debut with Schubas may be complete, but as pop-rock group Everyday Fantastic gears up for their first filming for The Mild West next week, they’re also set to release new music. The band’s catchy pop single “Runaway”, which hits the streaming services Friday, is a perfect complement to The Mild West’s recent “Rendezvous”, the group’s highly contagious ode to the craze. And with Everyday Fantastic migrating to Chicago (or back to the Chicago area for two of the members) from the group’s birthplace at Indiana University, we expect to hear more about this promising act. Those of you lucky enough to get tickets for next Thursday’s match will be in for a treat.

8 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at the Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $ 15. Sold out, but you never know when a few tickets might show up, so watch yourself on

• Brian Shamie is a multiplatform publisher of the Daily Herald and a local music junkie. Email him at [email protected], find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). Brian also keeps an eye on the local music scene at

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