Along came a .... : It's been 14 long years since internationally renowned jazz singer Spider Saloff has spun her musical web our way, guesting with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra way back in 2004. Her return appearance is coming courtesy of an Autism McLean fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Center. The cabaret-style show, with intimate seating around the stage, will feature Saloff's trademark interpretations of classics from the Great American Songbook, from Cole Porter to the Gershwin boys. Tickets are $35 for general seating and $250 for a sponsorship table of four; go to www.autismmclean.org.
Enrolled at camp: The 18th edition of the annual Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27) Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe is shaping up to be another biggie, with the first round of artist announcements issued, topped by five sets each by festival mainstays moe. and Umphrey's McGee. Among the new headliners are two sets from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, sure to be a major draw. Also on board, with more additions to come in the weeks ahead: Diplo, STS9, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Action Bronson, EOTO, Everyone Orchestra, Lettuce, Yonder Mountain String Band, Beats Antique, Cherub, JJ Grey & Mofro, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Mija, Ookay Live, Soja, Spafford and Zomboy. (The full eight-stage roster to date can be found at www.summercampfestival.com.) Three-day tickets are now on sale at $219.50 via the website and 800-514-ETIX.
Red letter date: Nashville-based Christian alt-rockers Red are headed to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington this winter for a 7 p.m. March 4 show, with openers Lacey Sturm and Righteous Vendetta. Tickets, priced from $20-$25, are on sale now. Over the course of its 15-year run, the trio has amassed a half-dozen Dove Awards, with a dozen more nominations, all in the Rock Song/Rock Album categories.