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  • NIU Steel Band in the house on Nov. 9 Nov 3, 2014 3:00 PM
    The Northern Illinois University Steel Band will be in concert Nov. 9 in Arlington Heights, the third concert of the 2014-15 season for the Northwest Suburban Community Concert Association in partnership with District 214 Community Education.

     
  • Winter’s wife has blues listening to his new album Nov 2, 2014 6:45 AM
    Johnny Winter’s wife says listening to her late husband’s newest album is bittersweet because it’s one of his best works but was released after his death. “It was hard for me,” Susan Warford Winter said. Winter died in a hotel room just outside Zurich in July at age 70. He had just finished recording “Step Back,” an album of mainly blues standards. Released posthumously last month, it features Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Joe Perry and others.

     
  • A visit to Liverpool brings Beatles fans back to their roots Nov 2, 2014 6:45 AM
    The Beatles — they were just another boy band, a gaggle of teenagers with too much energy. Fans can see where it all began with a visit to Liverpool, England. In fact, visitors can tour the homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney, visit the Casbah Coffe Club where the band that became the Beatles got its start in 1959, see Strawberry Field, which is immortalized in song, and catch a show at the Cavern Club.

     
  • Sunday picks: Day of the Dead art in Waukegan Nov 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Contemplate the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday by viewing the art exhibit “Dia de los Muertos: A Living Documentation” at the Waukegan Public Library. Relive the glorious musical sound of 1940s big band music when The Glenn Miller Orchestra & The Buddy Rich Band performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. If you can't get enough of reality TV dancing competitions, then don't miss the national tour of “Dancing Pros Live,” where you get to vote on which couple wins.

     
  • Weekend picks: Jane Lynch hosts Lyric anniversary Nov 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch (“Glee”) hosts the Lyric Opera of Chicago 60th Anniversary Celebration, which also features Sir Andrew Davis, jazz artist Ramsey Lewis, members of The Second City and local opera stars. Comedian Eddie Brill brings his standup comedy to Zanies at Pheasant Run this weekend.

     
  • Son to Usher: Dad, you’re not a great singer Nov 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of Usher’s sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: “You’re not a great singer.” Usher will showcase his sharp choreography on his UR Experience World Tour, which kicks off Saturday in Montreal. He headlines Chicago’s United Center on Monday, Nov. 17.

     
  • Neil Young breaks out the orchestra Oct 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Attention rock stars: No matter how much you want to, resist at all costs orchestrating your songs. Almost without fail, it is the wrong call. Case in point: Neil Young’s latest effort, “Storytone.”

     
  • 5 post-Halloween things to do this weekend Oct 31, 2014 1:29 PM
    Had your fill of ghouls and goblins? Enjoy some scare-free fun this weekend with concerts, comedians and a chance to see “Camelot.” Here are five things to do in the suburbs this weekend.

     
  • Dee Snider mixes heavy metal, holiday cheer in ‘Christmas Tale’ Oct 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dee Snider, of metal band Twisted Sister fame, wants the Windy City to rock out for the holidays with his world premiere musical "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale." Snider insists that this is a profanity-free family show inspired in part by “It’s a Wonderful Life,” even though it includes an exorcism and a satanic blood pact. It plays Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place from Nov. 4 to Jan. 4.

     
  • Weekend picks: Do the 'Time Warp' again in Algonquin Oct 31, 2014 5:00 AM
    Get your props and costumes ready for a screening of the 1975 comic horror film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Friday at the Algonquin Area Public Library. Local rockers AM Taxi will be playing as the Kinks the 18th annual Halloween Bash at the Double Door in Chicago. And comedian Eddie Brill brings his standup comedy to Zanies at Pheasant Run this weekend.

     
  • Liberty Call performs Sunday: Oct 31, 2014 5:39 PM
    The Great Lakes Naval Station show band, Liberty Call, will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Stevenson High School’s West Auditorium on the Lincolnshire campus, the school said in a news release.

     
  • Metropolis to make lounge music with stage stars in new series Oct 31, 2014 4:16 PM
    Michael Ingersoll ("Under the Streetlamp," "Jersey Boys") curates a new cabaret series of theater pros called Artists Lounge Live for the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Celtic Woman planning two holiday concerts at North Central Oct 30, 2014 12:49 PM
    Irish music sensation Celtic Woman plans to return to North Central College next month with “Home for Christmas, The Symphony Tour,” two performances of music and holiday cheer.

     
  • Hancock to share life lessons in Naperville Oct 30, 2014 7:28 AM
    Herbie Hancock, who appears at 7 p.m. Thursday at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, doesn’t begin or end his newly published memoir “Possibilities” by recalling any of the many highlights in his 50-plus-year career. Instead, the 74-year-old pianist bookends his life story by recalling a concert with Miles Davis’ quintet nearly 50 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden, when he played what he thought was a wrong chord.

     
  • Sam Hunt’s ‘Montevallo’ romantic, relaxed Oct 30, 2014 9:30 AM
    A former college football quarterback, Sam Hunt might be expected to huddle up with all the macho, in-your-face male country singers currently filling the radio airwaves. But the Georgia native takes a more relaxed, romantic stance on “Montevallo,” his R&B-influenced country music debut.

     
  • Flaming Lips fail with ‘Sgt. Pepper’ cover Oct 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Ever wonder what “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” would sound like sung by robots? Me neither, but here’s the answer. The Flaming Lips have recorded a full-length tribute to the Beatles’ 1967 album, and the music is even more far-out and psychedelic than the landmark original.

     
  • Documentary on ‘National Barn Dance’ screening in Schaumburg Oct 29, 2014 1:54 PM
    For almost four decades, WLS radio and television’s “National Barn Dance” was one of Chicago’s biggest exports in entertainment, featuring stars such as Gene Autrey, George Gobel, Pat Buttram, and Bob Atcher before he became Schaumburg’s first mayor in 1959. A documentary about that period, “The Hayloft Gang,” will screen at 2 p.m. Sunday.

     
  • Mucca Pazza creates unique blend of rock, brass-band sounds Oct 29, 2014 7:03 AM
    Local band Mucca Pazza, which includes members from Chicago and the suburbs, sounds like no other band in the area. The sprawling ensembles blends marching-band sounds and visuals with rock 'n' roll and jazz to create something truly unique. The band plays a record-release show on Halloween at Chicago's Lincoln Hall.

     
  • Kix Brooks show in Aurora canceled Oct 28, 2014 5:24 PM
    Country singer Kix Brooks’ Nov. 8 concert at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has been canceled.

     
  • Taylor Swift: Growing up and going pop Oct 28, 2014 4:00 PM
    When Taylor Swift released the Grammy-winning, banjo-tinged “Mean” in 2010, haters fired shots at the then-20-year-old. Four years later, Swift says she’s grown and was able to write her new single “Shake It Off” about others dissing her from a new perspective. All signs point to growth as Swift released her fifth album, “1989,” on Monday.

     
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