Where the Crows fly: If you've been counting the years since the last Counting Crows concert hereabouts (four, to be precise, in 2014), count no more. Or at least start counting down the days instead, to Sept. 5, when the seven-man band from Berkeley, Calif., will be at the U of I State Farm Center in Champaign. The 7:30 p.m. show is part of the Crows' summer-long "25 Years and Counting Tour" that kicks off in June. Tickets, now on sale at the venue box office, are $32.50-$127.
Monarch matters: New to the spring/summer menu of Peoria's Monarch Music Hall are rock-solid dates for Cowboy Mouth, 8 p.m. May 12 ($22-$25); and The Record Company, 7:30 p.m. June 12 ($20-$33). Both shows are now on sale via the Castle Theatre box office in Bloomington.
Fire ignited: B-N's all-singing, all-trouping Prairie Fire Theatre will kick off its 20th anniversary season with the annual fundraising champagne gala, Showcase of Stars, at 7 p.m. April 28 in Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Center. Tickets are $60, and can be reserved by calling 309-824-3047. On tap: musical entertainment by both current Prairie Fire performers and alums from the past 19 seasons, champagne, non-alcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvres. The rest of the PFT season features the annual Children's Opera Tour of more than 43 schools and area venues during May, this year with Baobob, another original by local playwright Nancy Steele Brokaw (the tour includes three Normal Theater performances at 10 and 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. May 23). The two big PFT shows for the season's remainder are the Kander & Ebb revue, And the World Goes 'Round, June 7-10 in IWU's Westbrook Auditorium; and the musical version of The Secret Garden, Aug. 2-5, also in Westbrook.