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Music notes: Lovato, Lightfoot visit the suburbs

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  • Folk musician Gordon Lightfoot is playing at the Genessee Theatre on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

    Folk musician Gordon Lightfoot is playing at the Genessee Theatre on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
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Ready to dance?
Dance-pop star Demi Lovato will fill the Allstate Arena this weekend with her expressive voice, hits like "Heart Attack" and her take on the song "Let It Go" from the popular "Frozen" soundtrack.
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $25. Go to

Folk-rock king
Gordon Lightfoot reigned supreme among folk-rock fans of the 1960s and 1970s with huge hits like "Sundown," "Carefree Highway" and "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." The Canadian singer-songwriter performs in the suburbs this weekend.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $49. Go to

Celtic pride
Get a jump on St. Patrick's Day by checking out Chicago's premier Celtic-punk band, the Tossers, at their traditional St. Paddy's show at Chicago's Metro. The band, which formed on the city's South Side, specializes in hard-driving rock music accented by traditional instruments like fiddle, tin whistle and mandolin. Frontman Tony Duggins growls lyrics that tell tales of whiskey, women and barroom fellowship. The band's last album was 2013's excellent "The Emerald City," and they are known for raucous live shows, especially when playing for hometown crowds.
9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. Brick Top Blaggers, Continental and Kevin Flynn & the Avondale Ramblers will also perform. $20. Go to

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