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Doin' what he likes, in Peoria: Country superstar Blake Shelton will make his only Illinois appearance during his "Friends and Heroes 2019" tour at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Peoria Civic Center. 

The tour will take the 42-year-old Shelton to 18 cities, and brings along a supporting cast of friends and heroes that includes The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace Adkins and 2017's American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina. 

“I’m really excited about my tour because it’s taking where I came from and the music I listened to growing up, and actually introducing it to a whole new audience,” Shelton said. 

Tickets for the Peoria show are $49-$129, and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday at VIP packages, with perks including up-close seats, an opportunity to sit in Shelton's chair from "The Voice" and a special pre-show performance, are $189-$499.

Country news, part 2: Not long before Shelton arrives in Peoria, another country crooner will also begin in the new year in Central Illinois.

Justin Moore will perform 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the BOS Center in Springfield, as part of his "Hell on a Highway" tour. The 34-year-old has a string of No. 1 hits, including “Point at You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll," and will release his fifth album next year.  He'll be joined by singer Riley Green. 

Tickets for Moore's show go on sale to the public 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at

Not gone for long: Everybody's favorite funk band, Here Come the Mummies, just wrapped up a show at Peoria's Monarch Music Hall last weekend. And it didn't take long for band members to announce their next visit to Central Illinois:  8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Monarch's sister venue, downtown Bloomington's Castle Theatre.

Tickets for the show are $22.50 and $25, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at

Roxie Hart and Eva Peron: Fans of the Broadway musicals "Chicago" and "Evita" can get individual tickets for performances at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at or the Braden box office at Bone Student Center.  "Chicago" will be performed 7 p.m. Feb. 13, followed by "Evita" at 2 p.m. March 24. Tickets for each show are $50-$75. 

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