Truckin' ahead, An Evening with Terrapin Flyer ... Remembering Jerry Garcia plays on Friday, Aug. 9, at The Castle Theatre. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with ticket prices $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Terrapin Flyer began in 1999 as the house band for the Sunday Grateful Dead Jam at the Boulevard Cafe in Chicago. The band has grown into one of the premier Grateful Dead-inspired touring acts.
Head to the Grandstands at the Illinois State Fair for a range of entertainment, starting off at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, Montgomery Gentry, free concert; 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Vince Neil, tickets, $17; 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Bad Company with Foghat, tickets $30-$60; 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Dan + Shay with Filmore, tickets, $25-$55; 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, The Traveling Salvation Show, a tribute to Neil Diamond, free; 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, Why Don’t We with Max and Eben, tickets, $20-$50; 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, Pentatonix with Rachel Platten, tickets, $45-$75; 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Old Dominion with Restless Heart and Ryan Griffin, $30-$60; 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Snoop Dogg & Friends, $25-$55; 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Shinedown with Badflower, $30-$60; 8 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 18, Reba McEntire with Rachel Wammack, tickets, $35-$65.
Multiple Grammy award nominee Brian McKnight leads the Brian McKnight 4 into a gig on Friday, Aug. 9, at Decatur's Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. McKnight has had four albums reach the top 10. Opening act for the 7 p.m. show is Alysha NOW. Tickets range in price from $20 to $45. Also at the venue on Saturday, Aug. 10, is the Chicago 6 Band, which features members of the 1985 Chicago Bears. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show range in price from $8.50 to $50. Tickets are available at devonamphitheater.com/events-tickets.
Americana and alternate country stylings will be presented this weekend at Springfield's Boondocks Pub. On Saturday, Aug. 10, the Jamestown Revival plays the venue at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. On Sunday, Aug. 11, Old 97's and The Bottle Rockets perform, also at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Tickets are available at www.boondockspub.com.