It’s that time of year when public events take a back seat to holiday time with the family. You still can find live music at some local venues, though:
At the Whiskey Barrel
ROCK FALLS – DJ DJones plays today and Slick Trigger on Saturday, both starting at 9 p.m., at the Whiskey Barrel, 305 W. Second St.; 815-716-8061.
At the Crooked Rood
LANARK – The James Gang plays karaoke from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crooked Roof, 109 E. Carroll St.; firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Books on First
DIXON – Singer/songwriter Jay Vonn performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Books On First coffee shop and bookstore, 202 W. First St.; 815-285-2665.
At Theo’s Thirsty Cow
STILLMAN VALLEY – Rout ThirtyEight takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Theo’s Thirsty Cow, 9042 state Route 72 East; 815-645-8820
At Chesty P’s in Polo
POLO – Frazer Project plays Southern rock, blues and original tunes from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Chesty P’s Pub, 104 E. Mason St.; 815-946-3326.
At Lisa’s Brick House
STERLING – Acoustic musician Bobbi White & Co. plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Lisa’s Brick House, 216 Locust St.; 815-590-5472.
Or play your own music
DIXON – Lee County Council on Aging’s Open Mic Night returns today to 100 W. Second St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the first act hits the stage at 7. Singers, dancers, poets, comedians, musicians and spectators welcome, and there’s a $1 suggested donation to help pay for the treats; 815-288-9236.