Urban development: Country superstar Keith Urban, last encountered locally at the former U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, is taking the fall in Peoria this year, via an Oct. 12 show in the Peoria Civic Center Arena. It's part of the singer's 58-city "Graffiti U World Tour" kicking off in June in St. Louis, with special guest Kelsea Ballerini. The tour is christened after the 50-year-old singer's forthcoming album of the same name. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are priced at $69.50 and $95.50, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via the PCC box office and Ticketmaster.
In for repairs: Veteran rockers REO Speedwagon won't be rolling back where it all started, at least this winter. The Champaign-spawned band has had to back out of its Feb. 8 concert there in the downtown Virginia Theater due to a band member's illness. The show has been rescheduled, but there'll be a bit of a wait: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets for the Feb. 8 date will be honored at that show.
The Dwight stuff: You lose some (see above), you add some. Veteran country singer-actor Dwight Yoakum, holder of multiple Grammy Awards, has been added to the spring slate of Champaign's Virginia Theater, along with special guest Brandy Clark. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. March 28, with tickets priced from $49.50 to $125, and going on sale via the Virginia box office at 10 a.m. Friday.
Castle stormers: Three more big late-winter shows have been added to the schedule of Bloomington's Castle Theatre, beginning with alt-country singer-songwriter Whitey Morgan (most recently encountered hereabouts last summer as part of the Tailgate 'n Tallboys series on the Peoria riverfront) at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, along with opener Alex Williams ($20-$75). Also new to the slate: Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry, who opened for Hank Williams Jr. last fall in the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, at 8 p.m. March 16 ($20-$23); and Killer of Giants: A Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne, at 8 p.m. March 24 ($10-$15).