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October 3, 2013


Oct. 03--Jim Messina headlines Warneke family benefit

Country-folk rocker Jim Messina will share the Fox Tucson Theatre stage with a handful of homegrown talents on Sunday to raise money for the family of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter William Warneke.

The event is dubbed "Sittin' In With Jim Messina and Friends" -- the friends being a collection of Tucson entertainers. On the lineup: Ronstadt Generations Y Los Tucsonenses; Matt Farris and Kinfolk; The Rillito River Band; Tucson Fire Fife & Drum; and comedians David Fitzsimmons and Tom Potter.

"Sittin' In" starts at 2 p.m. at the Fox, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $30 to $75 through, and proceeds will help Warneke's widow pay to finish refurbishing the family's Marana home.

Demi Lovato tour stops in Glendale

Demi Lovato is bringing her "Neon Lights" tour to Glendale's Arena on Feb. 15, the fourth date on a six-week tour that includes stops in Canada.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at

The tour builds on the pop star's rising popularity as a judge on Fox TV's "The X-Factor" talent competition and her platinum-selling album that spun off the double-platinum-selling single "Heart Attack." The album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top 200. The title song hits radio in early November.

The pop quartet Little Mix is set to open the show.

Israeli pop star

to perform at Fox

Idan Raichel, the Israeli singer-songwriter known for his world fusion repertoire, returns to Tucson for a show at the Fox Theatre Wednesday.

Raichel, 36, was already a well-known artist in Israel before making his debut in the States with the album "The Idan Raichel Project" in 2006.

His music draws from traditional Israeli, African and Latin traditions with most of his lyrics written in Hebrew and Amharic, a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia.

Raichel comes to Tucson with his latest project "Quarter to Six."

The concert begins at 7:30. Tickets are $24-$59 through the Fox box office, 547-3040.

Just announced

Stayin' Alive, touted as the world's top Bee Gees tribute band, will play a show at Desert Diamond Casino's Diamond Entertainment Center on Dec. 28

Tickets start at $10 and are available beginning Nov. 1 at the casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road.

Stayin' Alive takes you back to the 1970s, when the Brothers Gibb were blasting the pop and dance charts with songs from the movie "Saturday Night Fever" -- "Night Fever," "You Should Be Dancing" and "Stayin' Alive" among them -- as well as their early ballads "Massachusetts," "Fanny Be Tender" and "To Love Somebody."


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