December(ists) in April: In a rare Central Illinois appearance, Portland, Ore.-based rockers The Decemberists are bringing their "Your Girl/Your Ghost World Tour" to the Peoria Civic Center Theater this spring ... at 7:30 p.m. April 11, with openers Tennis. Tickets are $36-$76, and now on sale via the PCC box office and Ticketmaster. The tour is in connection with the quintet's eighth studio album, "I'll Be Your Girl," set for a March 16 release on Captiol Records.
Grand illusionists: Billed as "the world's best-selling magic show," The Illusionists: Live From Broadway, will materialize on the stage of the U of I State Farm Center in Champaign this spring for a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 15. Starring are seven illusionists from around the world: The Manipulator (Yu Ho-Jin), The Anti-Conjurer (Dan Sperry), The Trickster (Jeff Hobson), The Escapologist (Andrew Basso), The Inventor (Kevin James), The Weapon Master (Ben Blaque) and The Daredevil (Jonathan Goodwin). Tickets are $39 to $58, and now on sale via the State Farm Center box office and Ticketmaster.
Castle stormers: Recent additions to the spring slate of Bloomington's Castle Theatre include a return date for Tempe, Ariz., rockers Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, 5 p.m. March 11 ($20-0$23); country singer Billy Strings, 8 p.m. April 5 ($10-$12); An Evening with the North Mississippi All-Stars, 8 p.m. April 7 ($23-$30); and country trio The Cadillac Three, 8 p.m. April 14 ($22-$25);
Flinging spring: The Castle Theatre's new Peoria counterpart, the Monarch Music Hall, is having a hand in Spring Fling ’18, a two-day downtown Peoria riverfront rock fest set for 6 p.m. May 17 and 18, and being headlined by veteran rockers Stone Temple Pilots. The complete bill for May 17 is topped by the Piolts, and preceded by Pop Evil, 10 Years and Dead Girls Academy; the lineup for May 18 is Stone Sour, Sevendust, IPrevail and Burden of the Sky. Single day passes are $35, and $55 for both days, with VIP upgrades available.