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  • Citing ‘racist views,’ tribe cancels Nugent show Jul 22, 2014 6:51 AM
    A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”

  • Library honors Billy Joel with U.S. pop music prize Jul 22, 2014 6:47 AM
    The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” will receive the prize in Washington in November. The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music.

  • Libertyville summer music showcase celebrates Broadway Jul 22, 2014 5:00 PM
    Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville’s not-for-profit entertainment company, will host its 6th annual Musical Summer Showcase featuring the Best of Broadway on Saturday, Aug. 2, in The Fuel Room of Austin’s Saloon & Eatery, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville.

  • Vine star Mendes finds breakthrough on pop charts Jul 22, 2014 11:45 AM
    Six seconds isn’t a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would pick the hits he would cover — and the sections of the tracks — and post them on Vine to showcase his talents and grab positive attention. "There’s an art behind getting people to be intrigued because you only have six or six and a half seconds to impress people,” he said.

  • Trent Reznor reinvents tour coming to Tinley Park Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails is co-headlining a tour with Soundgarden that heads to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Thursday, July 24. Reznor has reinvented the show to offer Internet-savvy fans something new. “This will be the fourth kind of radically different production we’ve pulled off this cycle," he says.

  • Shania Twain’s Vegas residency to end in December Jul 22, 2014 3:08 PM
    Country superstar Shania Twain says she’ll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 “Shania: Still the One” shows in October and December, in addition to summer performances running through July 26 at the Colosseum.

  • Second City’s Chicago comedy school to expand Jul 22, 2014 12:26 PM
    The training center for Chicago’s famous Second City comedy group is expanding. The Second City Training Center announced Tuesday that it will lease a former movie theater next to its location on the city’s North Side.

  • Top 10 named for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent Jul 22, 2014 8:42 PM
    The Top 10 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent have been announced. The 10 acts in the summer competition are set to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, and then at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the grand prize winner and Fan Favorite will be announced.

  • Ryerson Woods to host outdoor performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Jul 21, 2014 11:16 AM
    Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes alike can relax among the lush vegetation and sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 when Citadel Theatre performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors.

  • Creole Stomp to play Hoffman Estates July 24 Jul 21, 2014 6:29 PM
    The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District will welcome Creole Stomp to the Village Green in the western part of the village at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24 as part of the “Summer Sounds on the Green” concert series.

  • John Michael Montgomery in concert Tuesday in Elk Grove Village Jul 21, 2014 6:33 PM
    Multiple award-winning country star John Michael Montgomery is the headliner Tuesdasy in a free concert offered by Elk Grove Village.

  • First-class selection from Maxi Priest Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    There’s no time like summertime when it comes to releasing a collection of smooth reggae songs full of fire and soul, and Maxi Priest has just done that with the eagerly awaited “Easy to Love.” Almost a decade since his last studio album, the timing of this drop is perfect and will delight fans across the globe.

  • Images: Remembering Poplar Creek Music Theatre Jul 20, 2014 8:29 AM
    Twenty years after the gates shut for the last time, we recall the storied list of acts that graced the stage at Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates.

  • Staffers remember Poplar Creek Music Theatre summers 20 years after closure Jul 20, 2014 1:35 PM
    The time Frank Sinatra forgot his sheet music, or the day Neil Diamond played softball with the staff, or when Joe Cocker's crew lost a piano leg. Those who worked at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates have plenty of memories of the venue 20 years after it closed. “There was just something special about the place. It touched a lot of people’s lives,” said Sue Syslo-Baran, of Streamwood.

  • 5 things you might do this weekend: Gary Sinise; Ale Fest in Naperville Jul 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Rock for the troops with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band in Wheaton, sample craft beers at Ale Fest in Naperville or hit the Kane County Fair in St. Charles. Check here for those and other fun things to do this weekend.

  • Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall of Fame Museum Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM
    A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

  • Wheaton Band Festival plays in Memorial Park Jul 19, 2014 7:35 AM
    The 15th annual Wheaton band festival takes place Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Avenue. This year's event features the Chicago Brass Band, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac, Fox Valley Concert Band, The Nite Hawks and the Northshore Concert Band. On Saturday, an instrument "petting zoo" will be available for children to explore instruments and music.

  • Weekend picks: Blake Shelton to rock Wrigley Field Jul 22, 2014 10:48 AM
    Country star Blake Shelton headlines The Ten Times Crazier Tour with Dan + Shay, The Band Perry and Neal McCoy at Wrigley Field. Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Musician and vocalist Ralph Covert takes to the Ravinia stage with a children's concert Saturday morning.

  • 'Laughter' falls short of its comic inspiration Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM
    Young playwrights are often admonished to avoid writing about other writers. Yet playwright Neil Simon ignored that advice when he penned his 1993 Broadway comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a fictionalized take on his own early writing career for Sid Caesar's hit “Your Show of Shows.” Eclectic Full Contact Theatre revives its recent Chicago production of that show at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Posthumous Clement album a sweet send off Jul 18, 2014 1:05 PM
    Jack Clement was a court jester who emphasized the joy and camaraderie of making music. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Clement made his greatest mark as a producer, a songwriter and a studio owner. The posthumous “For Once and For All” is only his third album, recorded after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died in August 2013 at age 82, leaving behind an album that perfectly conveys why he was such a special creative catalyst.

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