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Music notes: McBride brings cheer to Rosemont Theatre

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  • Country superstar Martina McBride performs "The Joy of Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rosemont Theatre.

      Country superstar Martina McBride performs "The Joy of Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rosemont Theatre.
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Country star
Martina McBride has been called "the Celine Dion of country music" because of her emotional ballads and powerhouse voice. McBride will make a stop in the suburbs this weekend to deliver a holiday-themed show.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $36.50. Go to

Wedded bliss
Hard-edged Americana band Scott Lucas & the Married Men will take the stage this weekend for the fourth annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour. Lucas, a native of Zion, and his band will structure the evening like an old-time variety show (think "Prairie Home Companion"), with special guests galore. Expect lots of Christmas tunes as well as songs from Scott Lucas & the Married Men's records, which combine a rock sensibility with traditional instrumentation like organ, violin and accordion.
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $10. Go to

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Christmas rock
After the presents, egg nog and turkey, why not step out on Christmas night and listen to some rock 'n' roll? Durty Nellie's will be hosting a special free (that's right, free!) show that night with Wedding Banned, a Chicago-based cover band that plays high-energy versions of songs from the '80s, '90s and beyond. The band's acclaimed performances feature a blend of music and comedy. Ho ho ho!
10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Free. Go to

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