When last Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry was in town, it was via a Castle Theatre-backed show at another downtown Bloomington venue, Six Strings, with local singer-songwriter Chris Corkery his opening act. History is repeating itself — sort of — this weekend, as the McMurtry-Corkery combo returns in another Castle show. This time, though, it's happening on the Castle stage itself ... at 8 p.m. Friday, with tickets priced at $20 in advance and $22 at the door. As we all know, James is "Lonesome Dove" author Larry McMurtry's whip-smart boy, who over the past three decades has carved out a songwriting canon every bit as formidable as the old man's standing on the literary front.
Get reel: it's time for the annual Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, presented by The Pantagraph and casting its line into Bloomington's Interstate Center this weekend, from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This outdoor extravaganza sports an array of hunting/fishing exhibitors, expert guest speakers, food, door prizes, giveaways and more. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for anyone younger.
Vengeance is ours
Pegged as "metal’s true legends" by Metal Hammer magazine, Avenged Sevenfold is set to nail Central Illinois again, this time via the Peoria Civic Center Arena, at 6:25 (yes, 6:25, we double-checked) p.m. Thursday. That's when the the platinum-selling band’s "The Stage World Tour" rolls into town, with openers Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine along for the wild ride. Tickets are $25-$75, and are still available via the PCC box office and Ticketmaster.