Comedian out of car
The first show of car-riding comedian Jerry Seinfeld's Thursday night stand in the U of I at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium quickly sold out (it's at 7 p.m.). But tickets for his second added show, at 9:30 p.m., were still available as of press-time. They're priced from $65 to $105, via the venue box office at 800-207-6960.
Thorn in our side
The man who punched his way to America's ninth-ranked middleweight is coming back swinging. Musically speaking, of course. Boxer-turned bluesman Paul Thorn is headed back to Bloomington's Castle Theatre for one of his periodic stage bouts. In 2016, he set a record by headlining two different shows there in a matter of weeks: one with his own ripped band in March, the second with the all-star Southern Troubadours (Thorn, Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster) in April. Now that's marquee stamina. No one-two punch this year ... so 8 p.m. Thursday's your only chance for ’18, with local singer-songwriter Chris Corkery the opener.
Shows with benefits
Two musical events raising funds for great causes are on tap this weekend, beginning with the third annual Rockin' for Rachel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Castle Theatre, once again with funds raised going toward a scholarship in the memory of Rachel Vincent, who died Jan. 18, 2009, from cancer at the age of 17. Proceeds from the event also will be donated to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. The evening features music from Sweetwater, with regular admission $30 for adults and $15 for student 18 and under. A $60 VIP ticket includes early admission at 6 p.m., appetizers, two drink tickets and balcony tickets. Call 309-820-0352. Next up, at 7 p.m. Monday in the Normal Theater is a Hurricane Maria Benefit Concert featuring performances by local student groups. Admission is free, but donations will, of course, be welcome.