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Alice Cooper

When school's out for summer: The godfather of shock rock is headed to Central Illinois when the weather warms up. Alice Cooper will perform at 8 p.m. July 7 at the Peoria Civic Center theater as part of his 'Ol Black Eyes Is Back tour. 

The 71-year-old Cooper has been performing for more than a half-century, pioneering a jarring theatrical brand of hard rock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock, Cooper created a stage show that featured everything from electric chairs to guillotines and fake blood.

With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. He averages more than 90 concerts annually, performing throughout the U.S. and abroad. His upcoming tour kicks off in May and includes more than 50 dates, with Peoria sandwiched between stops in Columbus, Ohio, and Dubuque, Iowa. 

Tickets for his Peoria show are priced at $35-$75 and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster. VIP packages that include meet-and-greets and stage tours with Cooper are also available. 

Intimate acoustics: Indie pop band Lucius, winning praise from many corners, is headed to Central Illinois for an 8 p.m. May 7 performance at downtown Bloomington's Castle Theatre.

The New York Times described the vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig as “especially gorgeous,” while Rolling Stone says the band is “powerful enough to knock you over.” A pair of talented instrumentalists, Peter Lalish and Dan Molad, round out the group.

After Wolfe and Laessig wrapped back-up singer duties on Roger Waters' latest tour, the group is now together again, touring to support of its 2018 album, "Nudes."

Tickets for its Castle show are $20-$27.50, and available now through

More indie pop: Los Angeles-based lovelytheband will perform 8 p.m. March 26 at Peoria's Monarch Music Hall. The band, best know for its single, "Broken," released its first album, "Finding It Hard to Smile," last summer. 

Last year Billboard also dubbed the group among "10 Rock & Alternative Artists to Watch in 2018." 

Tickets for the show are $20 and $25, and on sale now via


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