Keep on lovin' C-U: For you fans of REO Speedwagon tired of catching the veteran rockers in vast arenas and cavernous civic centers, the band that was hatched on the U of I campus in Champaign-Urbana is coming home again this winter via the more intimate environs of Champaign’s historic Virginia Theater. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, with tickets priced from $59.50 all the way up to a VIP experience at $199 (for that much you should at least get a front-seat spin in the Speedwagon down Neil Street). They are now on sale at the venue box office, 217-356-9063.
Triple-threat: A major addition to the Castle Theatre's winter slate is a freshly announced March 3 date for a big three-way headline act called I'm With Her, which is comprised of a titanic bluegrass trio: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, who crossed paths in 2014 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and decided not to part company thereafter. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $27.50 to $37.50, and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday via the Castle box office.
Stairway to Peoria: Considered the premier Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out, aka "The American Led Zeppelin" (they're Philly-based), are headed to the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 8 p.m. March 2. "No wigs or fake English accents," they assure us. But "definitely three guitars on stage." Tickets, now on sale via the box office and Ticketmaster, are $30.50 to $40.50.
Throne off balance: It had to happen sooner or later. The "Game of Thrones" galaxy has spawned its own touring theatrical parody edition, dubbed Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire!, running hot and cold through the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 7 p.m. March 4. We're promised all seven seasons of the HBO hit condensed into "90 minutes of hilarity." Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50, and now on sale.