The Hippies are coming!
Buffalo Grove drummer Pat Howard and his psych-pop band Magic City Hippies followed up a recent string of singles and video releases with new album “Water Your Garden,” the band’s third studio album. Written and recorded remotely with band members quarantined at three different bases across the country, the new LP explores Howard, Robby Hunter and John Coughlin focusing on themselves as the COVID pandemic drags on.
“I think, randomly, we all realized how important self-care was and how necessary it was to help us through this ordeal,” Hunter said. “Unknowingly, we started writing about our life experiences – and the songs started flowing. With the life transitions everyone in the band was going through, we were all starting to water our own gardens and take care of ourselves and our families for the first time.”
Fans of the collection of funk-infused tropical beats can see the Magic City Hippies when joined by the indie-pop band from LA. at Park West this weekend.
9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $20. (773) 929-1322 or jamusa.com/park-west.
The return of Hey Nonny
After going on hiatus last month in light of the rise in omicron numbers, Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights is reopening this weekend. Celebrate its return with two shows this weekend: the upbeat tunes of the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective on Friday and eclectic classics from Expo 76 on Saturday.
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28; $12 to $30. Expo ’76 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29; $12 to $30. Hey Nonny is at 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights, (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.
John Primer’s Burgers, Beers and Blues
The venue is hosting its new Burgers, Blues & Brews series with the legendary John Primer & The Real Deal Band this weekend. Primer, who has co-starred with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr. and more, brings his fiery blues to the Aurora Stage on Saturday. Gillerson’s Grubbery Food Truck will be on hand to provide dinner to accompany the show.
8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 29 at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $17 for general admission, $20 for a premium table or bar seat (tickets increase by $5 at the door). (331) 212-8490 or themusicvenue.org.
In other news
• Lucinda Williams announced this week that her February 18 show at Unity Temple has been rescheduled for Monday April 11 for security reasons. Also, due to demand, a second show has been added on Tuesday, April 12. For more ticket information, visit fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
• Warrenville’s Jamie Riani of post-punk rock band 13-Monsters recently expanded the services of his printing company Leo Graphics to include a new division – Music Graphics Chicago – which caters to artists, venues and events. other musical interests. Get the full scoop on Logan Square Shop services at musicgraphicschicago.com.
• We recently reported on early bird ticket sales for Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout. As of this week, the full lineup has been released and one-day tickets have arrived at the box office. The August 4-7 country music festival will feature headliners Willie Nelson & Family, Turnpike Troubadors, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert, as well as a full lineup of hot country artists. Check the schedule and buy tickets at windycitysmokeout.com.
• Brian Shamie is a cross-platform Daily Herald editor and local music junkie. Email him at [email protected], find him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). He also keeps an eye on the Chicago music scene on chicagosoundcheck.com.