Pelkie said he was playing an "irreverent" song at a Lockport bar last year when a rainstorm began and lightning struck the building.
"The transformer went out, and smoke was filling up in the hallway. We had to evacuate," Pelkie said. "I left thousands of equipment on the floor that I had to pick up the next day.
Luckily, there was no fire or smoke damage."
On Saturday, Pelkie will play a one-hour mostly acoustic set at Chicago Street Pub in Joliet. After his set, Pelkie will join The Whiskeys when the band takes the stage.
"I play roots rock with a heavy blues influence in the songs, [and] some country influence, as well," Pelkie said.
At Pelkie's show, expect a set heavy with original music, although he said he plays covers, too, by artists such as The Beatles and Neil Young.
"When the band comes on, we'll be doing some of my original songs as well as a lot of electric-style blues songs, Chicago-style blues, roots rock – songs that people will recognize," Pelkie said.
Pelkie and The Whiskeys will play covers of Credence Clearwater, Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones.
"We'll fit in a lot of stuff people know," Pelkie said. "But we put our own twist on it, as well."
Pelkie said he is thankful for a venue such as Chicago Street Pub that is friendly to local musicians.
"It's one of the finest places in the world to take the stage, take some risks and work some things out," Pelkie said. "It's been really good for the local music community."