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GO! book passage: Community Players' rendition of the all-sinking, all-dancing "Titanic: The Musical" opens with a pay-what-you-can preview at 7:30 tonight on the Robinhood Lane deck in Bloomington.

GO! have a Ball: Veta-Vita-Vegamin will be spilled, along with much laughter, at "An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts stage.

GO! to Mama: The 2011 edition of the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival gets rolling Saturday and continues through Sunday along the Mother Road's Towanda-to-Joliet trajectory.

GO! string along: A celebration of the kitchen ties that bind, "My Grandmother's Apron Tea," is the May offering of the David Davis Mansion's Tea Ladies at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

GO! get hammered ... the safe way, that is -- via the big-budget, summer-blockbuster take on the hit-and-myth Marvel Comics superhero with a bit of a god complex, "Thor," opening Friday.

GO! dig 'em: Here Come the Mummies, the band-aged band that's literally all wrapped up in its music, returns to Bloomington's Castle Theatre Friday for an encore following their dust-busting fall debut.

GO! run on empty: Not because you can't afford the gas -- because you're going to see Jackson Browne at 8 p.m. Friday in the Peoria Civic Center.


SPECIAL EVENTS

This Weekend (May 5-8)

Bloomington-Normal

Spirits of Bloomington Historic Ghost Walks; 7 p.m. May 6 and 13, Mid-City Hotel, downtown Bloomington; $10; reservations, 309-846-4306.

Comedy at the Castle; 8 p.m. May 7, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; nine area stand-up comedy acts; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.

Herb Guild of McLean County Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m.-noon May 7, Herb Guild garden, Constitution Trail near Monroe and Robinson streets, Bloomington; herbs, native species plants, flowering plants, more; 309-829-2283.

My Grandmother's Apron Tea; 2 p.m. May 7-8, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; Tea Ladies event for Mother's Day, with dessert tea, tours, wearing of vintage aprons, more; $22; reservations required at 309-817-2200.

Central Illinois

Antique Farm Show; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7, New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg; plowing demonstrations, draft horse teams, antique farm equipment displays; free; 217-632-4000.

Brinkerhoff Home Spring Craft Fair; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7, Brinkerhoff Home, 1500 N. 5th St., Springfield; craft fair on lawn of historic home; free; 217-523-1666.

Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Sessions: Saturn's Rings; 9-11 p.m. May 7, Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funks Grove; open telescope viewing; free; 309-830-4085.

Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival; May 7-8, 12 Route 66 communities from Towanda to Joliet, including Lexington, Chenoa, Pontiac, Odell, Dwight and Gardner; various events, fests, activities sales, entertainment and other activities at each location; www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org.

** Crab meet: How many Civic Center events can there be involving the stars of a show about crab fishing? This may be your one-and-only chance, so make haste to A Night with Captain Sig and The Hillstrand Brothers from 'Deadliest Catch,' at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. The bait: the Bering Sea's toughest crew swaps stories amassed on the hit Discovery Channel series. Tickets are $30-$40 at 309-673-3200.

This Week (May 9-11)

Bloomington-Normal

Lunch & Learn at the Museum; 12:10 p.m. May 12, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; "John Wesley Powell: A Pathfinder to Literature," presented by Marcia Thomas; free; 309-827-0428.

Next Weekend (May 12-15) & Beyond

Bloomington-Normal

Downtown Bloomington Farmers' Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sat., May 14-Oct. 29, downtown Bloomington square; fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.

Going the Distance: Derby for Life; 5:30 p.m. May 14, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; MissFits Roller Derby fund-raising game for Relay For Life; $15; 800-745-3000.

Open Cockpit Day; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 14, Prairie Aviation Museum, 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; open cockpit tours, with onsite aviation specialists, pilots, more; $5, under 6 free; 309-663-7632.

Twin City Cruisers Cruise Nights: Four Door Night; 5-8:30 p.m. May 14, Shoppes at College Hills parking lot, next to Von Maur, Normal; themed classic/modified vehicle gatherings, with awards, door prizes, DJ music, vendors, more; free; 309-827-8281.

Third Sunday Market; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; antiques, collectibles, crafts, garden vendors; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847.

Central Illinois

Pontiac P.R.O.U.D. Downtown Carnival Days; May 12-15, downtown square, Pontiac; carnival, food, entertainment, more; free; 815-844-6692.

Bishop Hill Quilt Show; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13-14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15, Colony School at Bishop Hill State Historic Site; quilts by area quilters in various categories; $3; 309-927-3851.

Heyworth Spring Community Garage Sales; May 14, various locations around Heyworth; free; 309-473-2811.

Brian Regan; 7 p.m. May 15, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; comedian; $42.50; 309-673-3200.

Red Green's Wit & Wisdom Tour; 7 p.m. May 15, Virginia Theater, Champaign; humorist; $50; 217-356-9063.


LIVE MUSIC

This Weekend (May 5-8)

Bloomington-Normal

** Brassed off: When they first appeared at the Castle Theatre last fall, the MarchFourth Marching Band gave B-N its first taste of what might happen if an ace collegiate marching band collided head-on with a raucous night on the town. If you missed the one-of-a-kind spectacle -- a Portland, Ore.-begat fusion of brass marching band, Cirque du Soleil and street theater -- then you're getting a second shot at the group whose resume includes performances with Gwen Stefani, Fleetwood Mac, KISS and Blink-182. Did we mention the stilt-walkers and flag dancers? The encore is at 8 tonight at the Castle. Tickets are $15 at 309-820-0352.

Here Come the Mummies; 8 p.m. May 6, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock group; $20; 309-820-0352.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Earthly Encounters; 8 p.m. May 6, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; conducted by Karen Lynne Deal; $29-$41; 866-686-9541.

Bells In Motion; 7 p.m. May 7, Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington; Springfield hand bell ensemble; $10 at the door; 217-287-7244.

Brass Band of Central Illinois; 7:30 p.m. May 7, Central Catholic High School Auditorium, Bloomington; spring concert by traditional brass ensemble; free.

Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony Spring Concert; 7 p.m. May 8, Heartland Community College Astroth Auditorium, Normal; area youth orchestra; free; 309-826-6058.

Central Illinois

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 6, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Kim Biehl; $5-$10; 217-877-6499.

Jackson Browne; 8 p.m. May 6, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; pop singer; $48-$68; 309-673-3200.

ICMA Memorial Tribute to Larry Brown; 5 p.m. May 7, Bellflower Community Building, Bellflower; featuring ICMA performers, 50/50 drawing, cake raffle; $5, under 13 free; 309-212-5807.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Earthly Encounters; 8 p.m. May 7, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; conducted by Karen Lynne Deal; $29-$41; 800-207-6960.

MercyMe, Natalie Grant and Brandon Heath; 7 p.m. May 7, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; contemporary Christian group and singers; $27.50-$49.50; 309-673-3200.

New Salem Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 7, 14305 Ill. 97, Petersburg; country music show with guest Terry Lynn Barton; adults $9, under 12 $3; 309-244-8894.

Rise Against, Bad Religion and Four Year Strong; 7:30 p.m. May 8, U of I Assembly Hall, Champaign; rock groups; $29; 217-333-5000.

This Week (May 9-11)

Central Illinois

Opus 24 Spring Choral Concert; 7:30 p.m. May 10, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 407 E. Eldorado, Decatur; civic chorus; $5-$10; 217-876-7002.

Paul McKenna Band; 8 p.m. May 10, IMC, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana; folk group; $10-$12; www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.

Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm and Icon For Hire; 7:30 p.m. May 10, Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield; rock groups; $19; 217-788-8800.

Next Weekend (May 12-15) & Beyond

Bloomington-Normal

Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three; 8 p.m. May 13, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; jazz-blues swing group; $10; 309-820-0352.

Basant: Music of the Spring; 5:30 p.m. May 14, ISU Capen Auditorium in Edwards Hall; Indian Music Society of Central Illinois concert with sarod player Ken Zuckerman and tabla player Ramdas Palsule; $5-$15; 309-452-8841.

Studebaker John; 8 p.m. May 14, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; blues guitarist; $10; 309-820-0352.

Sister Groove; 3:30 p.m. May 15, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; R$B-rock group; free.

Attila, In the Midst of Lions, Legend, Us, From Outside and Miracle St. Annas; 6 p.m. May 16, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; death metal rock groups; $10-$12; 309-820-0352.

Central Illinois

Christopher Williams; 7 p.m. May 12, Chad's Blind, 1230 Fifth St., Lincoln; folk-country singer; $5; 217-737-3359.

Prairie Wind Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. May 12, Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, East Peoria; season finale; $5-$7, under 12 free; 309-694-5136.

Bement Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 13, downtown Bement; country music shows with Bement Country Opry band and guest Eric Gordon; $5-$10; 217-877-6499.

Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry; 7 p.m. May 13, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; country singers; $29.75-$65.50; 309-673-3200.

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. May 14, Bellflower Community Center, downtown Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Marvin Lee; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.

Ha Ha Tonka and Freedy Johnston; 8 p.m. May 14, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St., Springfield; Southern rock group and singer-songwriter; $19-$24; 217-523-2787.

New Salem Country Opry; 8 p.m. May 14, 14305 Ill. 97, Petersburg; country music show with guest Janet Durham; adults $9, under 12 $3; 309-244-8894.


LIVE THEATER

This Weekend (May 5-8)

Bloomington-Normal

Titanic: The Musical; pay-what-you-can preview, 7:30 p.m. May 5; regularly ticketed performances, 7:30 p.m. May 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21, and 2:30 p.m. May 8, 15 and 22, Community Players Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington; musical; $6-$15; 309- 663-2121.

An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking; 7:30 p.m. May 7, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; touring one-woman show; $16.20-$26; 866-686-9541.

Central Illinois

The Cemetery Club; Thu.-Sat. eve. and Sun. matinee, May 5-June 12, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; comedy; $32-$36; 309-965-2545.

This Week (May 9-11)

Bloomington-Normal

** A good read: The McLean County Diversity Project's spring theater showing is now an annual event, with its third offering, The Diary of Anne Frank, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St. The Diversity Project's focus is educating youth and fostering "a functional and rational acceptance of the differences that reside in is all." Here-here Tickets are $5 and $7 at the BCPA box office, with special group rates available. Call 866-686-9541.

The Ladies; 7 p.m. May 11, Eaton Gallery, 411 N. Center St., Bloomington; New Route Theatre production of Phil Shaw-Jennifer Rusk musical tribute; donation at the door; 309-828-1575.

Next Weekend (May 12-15) & Beyond

Bloomington-Normal

New Plays from the Heartland; 7:30 p.m. May 13-14, Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Norma; staged readings of three winning plays in fifth annual one-act play competition; $5; 309-452-8709.

Central Illinois

One Destiny; 7 p.m. May 13, New Salem State Historic Site Visitor Center Auditorium, Petersburg; Lincoln-themed drama; $10; 217-632-4000.

Monty Python's Spamalot; 7:30 p.m. May 17, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; national tour of musical; $45-$55; 800-207-6960.


NIGHTLIFE

This Weekend (May 5-8)

Bloomington-Normal

The Bygones; 7 p.m. May 5, Carlos O'Kelly's; acoustic nostalgic rock; no cover.

Tailgate; 10 p.m. May 5, Six Strings; country-rock; $3 (free with sombrero and mustache).

Allan & Ashcraft and Bottle of Justus; 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. May 6, Six Strings; country and rock; $3-$5.

Big On Blondes; 8 p.m. May 6, Winners; rock; no cover.

BrushFire; 10 p.m. May 6, Daddios; country-rock; $5.

** Hope springs: If it's the first Friday of the month, it must be time for Funny First Fridays at downtown Bloomington's new yuck emporium, Laugh Comedy Club at 108 E. Market St. (next door to the Lucca Grill, if that helps). This month's headliner, at 10 p.m. Friday, is Hope Flood, with a little help from host D. Banks, opener Sonny Bhatt and DJ Ray Ray. Tickets: $13; information: 309-287-1369, 217-2024193 or www.Jimshoes.com.

Jim Vasilou; 6 p.m. May 6, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; acoustic rock; no cover.

New Prairie Ramblers and Bad Halo; 6 and 9 p.m. May 6, Maguire's; '70s country-folk and classic rock; no cover.

Northern Skies; 9 p.m. May 6, Illinois Brewing Co.; folk-rock; no cover.

Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. May 6, Gill St. Sports Bar & Grill; '80s review; no cover.

Feudin' Hillbillys; 10 p.m. May 7, Six Strings; country-rock; $3-$5.

Megasonics; 9 p.m. May 7, Mug Shots; rock; no cover.

Motown Junkies; 1:30 p.m. May 7, Swingers Grille; Motown covers; no cover.

Trash Martini; 10 p.m. May 7, Daddios; party rock; $5.

Unemployed Architects; 9 p.m. May 7, Illinois Brewing Co.; classic rock; no cover.

Who Cares; 6 p.m. May 7, Gill St. Sports Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Denise La Grassa; 11 a.m. May 8, Marriott Hotel & Conference Center; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. May 8, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Central Illinois

Todd Yohn; 8 p.m. May 6, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. May 7, Mason City Limits, Mason City; comedy; $15-$16.

Red Wanting Blue; 9 p.m. May 7, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; rock.

This Week (May 9-11)

Bloomington-Normal

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. May 9, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Open Mic Night; 9 p.m. May 3, Six Strings; variety; no cover.

Ed Anderson & Chicago Farmer; 9 p.m. May 4, Six Strings; Americana/folk; no cover.


DANCE

Next Weekend (May 12-15) & Beyond

Bloomington-Normal

Dance Like Everyone Is Watching; 4 p.m. May 14, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; Twin Cities School of Dance spring recital; $2-$13; 866-686-9541.


JUST FOR KIDS

This Weekend (May 5-8)

Bloomington-Normal

Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $6 for ages 2 and over; under 2, free; 309-433-3448.

Follow the Drinking Gourd; 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 2 p.m. Sat., through May 7, ISU Planetarium; family planetarium show on stars of the Big Dipper; $2-$4; 309-438-5007.

Ugh the Duck; 10 and 12:30 p.m. May 7, Unitarian Church, 1613 E. Emerson St., Bloomington; Prairie Fire Theatre production of short young peoples' operetta based on "The Ugly Duckling"; adults $10, children 2 and older $5.

Central Illinois

Dr. Dolittle Day; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 7, Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield; turtle races, animal programs, vendors, more; free admission day; 217-753-6217.

Morton Bicycle Rodeo; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7, Morton School District parking lot, 1050 S. Fourth St., Morton; Morton P.D. bicycle safety event, with contests in various age/skill brackets for grades K-6, with prizes, awards, more; free, but students' own bikes and signed liability release required; 309-266-6666.


EXHIBITS

Bloomington-Normal

Paintings by Gerard Erley; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., May 6-28, A. Gridley Antiques, 217 E. Front St., Bloomington; in-store exhibit; free; 309-829-9615; opening reception, 4-8 p.m. May 6.

Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; permanent exhibit on Lincoln's experiences on the circuit; free; 309-828-1084.

Emily Merriman; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through June 30, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; photography; free.

ISU University Galleries; regular school hours, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.-Mon., summer hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and weekends by appointment, ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-5487.

2011 ISU Student Annual; through May 8, ISU University Galleries, see above; juried ISU student art in various media.

Brett Balogh: Noospheric Translations; through May 8, ISU University Galleries, see above; installations featuring radio frequencies translated into video/sound projections.

IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7-9 p.m. Tue., summer hours, noon-3 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; 302 E. Graham St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits; free; 309-556-3391.

McLean County Arts Center; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits, sales, rentals, art classes and lectures; free; 309-829-0011.

Claire Hedden: something about a pilgrimage; through June 11, McLean County Arts Center, see above; mixed-media sculptures; artist reception, 5-7 p.m. May 6.

Marilee Salvator & Sarah Smelser: Confluence; May 6-July 23, McLean County Arts Center, see above; mixed-media prints and monotypes; opening reception, 5-7 p.m. May 6; art talk, 2 p.m. May 7.

McLean County Museum of History; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Tue.), 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits; adults $5, seniors $4, students, children under 12 and members free; 309-827-0428.

A Passion for Detail: The Architectural Legacy of A.L. Pillsbury; through Aug. 30, McLean County Museum of History, see above; hand-drawn and colored renderings of noted B-N architect.

Come & Get It! The Way We Ate 1830-2008; through Jan. 31, 2012, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on McLean County food ways since 1800s.

A Turbulent Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam War; through Aug. 6; McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on ways McLean County perceived and responded to U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Prairie Aviation Museum; winter hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits and displays with aerial history themes; adults $5, ages 6-11 $2, 5 and under free; 309-663-7632.

Central Illinois

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri. (until 8 p.m. Wed. during fall and spring semesters), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., and 2-5 p.m. Sun., 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333-1861.

Iona Rozeal Brown; through May 15, Krannert Art Museum, see above; paintings.

Astral Convertible Stage Set; through May 15, Krannert Art Museum, see above; set created for Trisha Brown Dance Co. performance.

The Civil War: A Soldier's Journey; through May 7, Vespasian Warner Public Library, second floor, Clinton; exhibit on DeWitt County men who fought in war, with documents, images and artifacts; free; 217-935-5174.

 Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and by apt. on weekends, third floor of Burgess Hall, Eureka College, Eureka; rotating exhibits; free; 309-467-6866.

Sole Memories; through May 24, Burgess Hall Art Gallery, see above; shoe sculptures by Judith Kramer.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 1-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Sat.-Sun., 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; permanent and rotating military history exhibits; free (donations accepted); 309-473-3989.

Dickson Mounds Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; displays, special exhibits; free; 309-547-3721.

Iron in the 1800s; 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., through May 21, Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site, Metamora; cast, wrought and forged antique iron items; free; 309-367-4470.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Riverfront Arts Center, 305 S.W. Water, Peoria; rotating exhibits in two galleries; free; 309-674-6822.

Lakeview Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., University & Lake, Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows and events; adults $6, ages 3-17 $4; 309-686-7000.

Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; free; 309-637-2787.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; Lincoln-themed exhibits, historical displays, special events, more; adults $10, seniors and students $7, ages 5-15 $4, under 5 free; 217-558-8844.

Illinois State Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; Spring and Edwards streets, Springfield; free; 217-782-7387.


DOWN THE ROAD

Finger-lickin' good: A reminder that tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday for the U.S. Cellular Coliseum's latest serving of down-home musical eats, A Taste of Country, featuring Blake Shelton and guests Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and The Dirt Drifters. The moveable midsummer night's feast begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 5, with the tab ranging from $29 to $75. All of this will be coming fast on the boot heels of Shelton's still-untitled ninth album, due for release on July 12, and already sporting a hit single, "Honey Bee."

Gospel truth: Some old-time religion will doubtless accompany the return B-N appearance this summer for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, bringing their "Cathedrals Influenced Tour" to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. June 24. The Dove Award-winning foursome was founded in 2002 by the former Cathedral Quartet tenor. Per the tour's name, that predecessor quartet and its music are being paid homage by Haase & Signature Sound. Tickets are $21 and $26, and are now on sale via the BCPA box office at 866-986-9541.

Summer in the city: As June nears, thoughts of the annual GLT Summer Concert are surfacing in area music fans. The popular downtown Bloomington street bash is set for Saturday, June 11, and features headliner Carolyn Wonderland, the latest Austin, Texas, arrival to B-N, famed for her soulful Texas blues. Also set is Hot Club of Cowtown, who introduced us to their hot hybrid of jazz and western spring in a Castle Theatre show last fall. Opening the night at 5 p.m. is (rumors of their retirement were exaggerated, it seems!) Marc Boon & Hip Pocket. As ever, the concert is the summer's best music deal: free for all.

Ha, ha, hot: Springfield's Hoogland Center for the Arts has snared Missouri rockers, Ha Ha Tonka, who headlined The Pantagraph's Hot August Nights concert two summers ago, along with Freedy Johnston, Rolling Stone's Songwriter of the Year for 1994, and best known for the hit single, "Bad Reputation." The twin bill is at 8 p.m. May 14, with tickets $19-$24 at 217-523-2787.

Pucker up fast: A reminder that tickets for the July 18 KISS concert at the Prairie Capital Convention Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via the venue's box office -- 217-788-8800. They're priced from $49-$89.

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