Aug. 29--The fall concert season around Pantagraphland is shaping up as especially note-worthy, with the sound of music about to permeate the landscape in an array of wonderful and eclectic ways.
The preview we've compiled is centered on the nationally touring acts headed to both Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding vicinity, from now through year's end.
Since the concert attractions for the holiday weekend at hand are already noted on today's GO! music calendar, the preview begins with next weekend's offerings.
In addition to musical offerings, we're also including the touring comedy, variety and theater productions headed our way.
The list, of course, will continue to grow as the season progresses and more announcements are made, all of which will be updated in GO!'s Calendar listings and Down the Road column.
For the time being, here's everything that's fit to print, and still fits:
9/5-7: Ellnora: The Guitar Festival, various times; all-star biannual event with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Lucinda Williams, Zappa Plays Zappa and more; Krannert Center.
9/6: Capture the Crown, 6 p.m.; metal rock, Aussie-style; Castle Theatre.
9/7: Matthew Curry & The Fury, 7:30 p.m.; B-N's own blues whiz kid; Castle Theatre.
9/7: Rosie Flores and Marti Brom, 8 p.m.; tag-team singer-songwriters of cult repute; HooglandCenter for the Arts.
9/7: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Cathechism 3, 7:30 p.m.; national tour of nunsensical comedy; St. Mary's Parish Hall, Pontiac.
9/8: Sevendust, 7 p.m.; Georgian heavy metal; Canopy Club.
9/11: Colin Hay, 7:45 p.m.; Men at Work's distinctive lead singer in a solo show; Castle Theatre.
9/12: The Acacia Strain, 6:30 p.m.; deathcore rock, Massachusetts-style; Castle Theatre.
9/12: Jupiter String Quartet and Jasper String Quartet, 7:30 p.m.; tandem chamber ensembles; KrannertCenter.
9/13: John Prine, 8 p.m.; postponed from last March, the songwriter's songwriter supreme; PeoriaCivicCenter.
9/13: Mike Armstrong, 8 and 10 p.m.; Bob & Tom Show court jester; Castle Theatre.
9/13: Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Joby Rogers, 7:30 p.m.; "the only Jackson impersonator to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone"; Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
9/13: Wayne Brady, 7:30 p.m.; the latest "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" star to hit town; BCPA.
9/14: Dr. Lonnie Smith's In The Beginning Octet, 7:30 p.m.; jazz organist extraordinaire; KrannertCenter.
9/15: Kathy Griffin, 7 p.m.; comedy, direct from the "D-List"; PeoriaCivicCenter.
9/15: Spank! The Fifty Shades of Parody, 7 p.m.; send-up of a certain erotic sensation; BCPA.
9/17: The Avett Brothers and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 8 p.m.; progressive bluegrass and roots rockers; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
9/19: Blue Man Group, 7:30 p.m.; the indigo boys romp on; U of I State Farm Center.
9/20: Chris Lane Band, 7 p.m.; country rockers; Castle Theatre.
9/20: Jerry Seinfeld, 7 p.m.; yadda, yadda, yadda; PeoriaCivicCenter.
9/20: Johnny Winter, 7 p.m.; veteran blues-rocker for all seasons; Watseka Theater.
9/21: Audra McDonald, 7:30 p.m.; Tony/Emmy/Grammy-winning soprano; KrannertCenter.
9/21: Foreigner, .38 Special and Matthew Curry & The Fury, 7:30 p.m.; classic rock with a dash of B-N blues; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
9/21: The Isaacs and Taylor Mason, 6:30 p.m.; Dove-nominated gospel favorites, plus comedy; Five Points Center, Washington.
9/21: Marty Balin, 8 p.m.; co-pilot of Jefferson Airplane/Starship; Sangamon Auditorium.
9/22: WWE Live, 5 p.m.; the fall's big mat attack; PrairieCapitalConvention Center.
9/24-25: Chicago, 7:30 p.m.; national tour of pistol-packing musical; PeoriaCivicCenter.
9/25: Supersuckers and Hellbound Glory, 7 p.m.; party rock at the Castle!; Castle Theatre.
9/26: Kid Ink, 8 p.m.; rap singer redux; Castle Theatre.
9/26: The King, The Killer & Cash: A Tribute to Sun Records, 7:30 p.m.; national tour of Elvis/Jerry Lee/Johnny salute; BCPA.
9/26: Mark Lowry, 7 p.m.: Gaither Vocal Band alum; PeoriaCivicCenter.
9/26-28: Pygmalion Music Festival, various times; the
underground rock showcase is back; Canopy Club, KrannertCenter, etc.
9/27: Lil Rel with Gueterris Jackson, Omar Thompson and Brandon Glover, 7 p.m.; direct from the Comedy Central ranks; Braden Auditorium.
9/27: Marc Cohn and Rebecca Pidgeon, 7:30 p.m.; back in the area on the heels of their BCPA show; VirginiaTheater.
9/27: Willie Nelson & Family, 7:30 p.m.; on the road again...; Sangamon Auditorium.
9/28: Dan Hubbard & Friends, 8 p.m.; hometown rocker's CD release party; Castle Theatre.
9/28: Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club and Robert Fonseca, 7:30 p.m.; Cuban jazz greats; KrannertCenter.
9/30-10/1: Blue Man Group, 7:30 p.m.; see above; Sangamon Auditorium.
10/3: A Day to Remember, All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, 6:30 p.m.; indie rock triple-header; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
10/3: Jason Boland & The Stragglers, 8 p.m.; dancehall country band; Castle Theatre.
10/3: Ron White, 7:30 p.m.; comedy of a blue collar stripe; PeoriaCivicCenter.
10/4: Bassnectar with Koan Sound and Andreilien (Heyoka), 7:30 p.m.; electronic music wiz (Lorin Ashton) plugs back in for his third Coliseum gig in a row; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
10/4: DeRay Davis, 7 p.m.; "Barbershop's" Ray-Ray the Hustle Guy himself; Braden Auditorium.
10/5: Carbon Leaf, 8 p.m.; indie-alt-folk-rock quintet; Castle Theatre.
10/5: iO Theater's Whirled News Tonight, 8 p.m.; improv comedy, Chi-style; Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
10/5: Mike Epps, 7 p.m.; comedian-actor on a roll; PeoriaCivicCenter.
10/7: Aaron Carter, 7:30 p.m.; Backstreet Boy Nick Carter's kid bro-made-good; Castle Theatre.
10/7: The Moody Blues, 7:30 p.m.; smooth-as-white-satin rockers; PeoriaCivicCenter.
10/10: Guttermouth and Agent Orange, 7:30 p.m.; rock a la punk; Castle Theatre.
10/11: Arlo Guthrie, 7:30 p.m.; "Alice's Restaurant" serves again; Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
10/11; Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, 7:30 p.m.; singer-songwriters par excellence; VirginiaTheater.
10/12: Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones and Ghost B.C., 7 p.m.; heavy metal times three; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
10/13: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.; conducted by Ricardo Muti, with violinist Robert Chen; KrannertCenter.
10/12: Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Dallas Smith, 7:30 p.m.; all-aboard country's hottest express; U of I State Farm Center.
10/12: MotionCity Soundtrack and Bayside, 7:30 p.m.; Minneapolis rock meets Queens punk; Castle Theatre.
10/13: Mike Stud, 8 p.m.; baseball player turned hip hop singer; Castle Theatre.
10/15: SoMo, 7:30 p.m.; YouTube R&B sensation ("Ride"); Castle Theatre.
10/16: Crystal Bowersox & Band, 8 p.m.; "American Idol" ninth season runner-up; Castle Theatre.
10/18: Chicago Farmer, 8 p.m.; one of our own; Castle Theatre.
10/18: Iris DeMent, 8 p.m.; country-folk's "Infamous Angel" herself; Sangamon Auditorium.
10/19: Taking Back Sunday, 8 p.m.; Vans Warped Tour alumni; Castle Theatre.
10/20: Dope and Soil, 6 p.m.; birds of a hard-rock feather; Castle Theatre.
10/20: Here Come the Mummies, 8 p.m.; it's a wrap ... again!; Canopy Club.
10/21: Built to Spill, 7 p.m.; built to rock; Castle Theatre.
10/23: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, 7 p.m.; Hungary's premier folk troupe; Sangamon Auditorium.
10/23: Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles, 7:30 p.m.; they love us, yeah-yeah-yeah; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
10/23: ZZ Top, 7:30 p.m.; still intact after all these years; Sangamon Auditorium.
10/25: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, 8 p.m.; see above; Sangamon Auditorium.
10/25: Jim Gaffigan, 7:30 p.m.; "one of the top 5 most successful touring comedians!"; U of I State Farm Center.
10/26: Bill Cosby, 8 p.m.; comedy legend/Cos for rejoicing; Braden Auditorium.
10/26: Iris DeMent, 7:30 p.m.; see above; BCPA.
10/26: Memphis, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; national tour of the Tony-winning rock musical; PeoriaCivicCenter.
10/26: Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry, 7:30 p.m.; B-N's biggest country night of the season; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
10/27: Jason Isbell, 7:45 p.m.; 400 Unit's front man gone solo; Castle Theatre.
10/27: The Newsboys and King & Country, 7 p.m.; Christian pop groups; PrairieCapitalConvention Center.
10/29: Memphis, 7:30 p.m.; see above; Sangamon Auditorium.
10/30: Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.; premier period-instrument orchestra; KrannertCenter.
10/30: Memphis, 7 p.m.; see above; U of I State Farm Center.
11/2: Cirque-Tacular's Circurious, 7:30 p.m.; Soleil-style circus theatrics; Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
11/2: Second City Touring Company, 5 and 8 p.m.; still making it up as they go; HooglandCenter for the Arts.
11/2: Steve Vai, 9 p.m.; three-time-Grammy-winning guitar deity; Castle Theatre.
11/5-6: Elf, 7:30 p.m.; national tour of the stage version of the movie hit; PeoriaCivicCenter.
11/7: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, 7:30 p.m.; right place, right time for the New Orleans legend; BCPA.
11/7: Los Lonely Boys, 7:30 p.m.; Chicano rock power trio; VirginiaTheater.
11/7: Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.; all in the family time; KrannertCenter.
11/8: Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, 8 p.m.; high-strung duo; Sangamon Auditorium.
w11/9: Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales, 2 and 5 p.m.; PeoriaCivicCenter.
11/9: Straight No Chaser, 8 p.m.; one of a cappella's hottest acts; Braden Auditorium.
11/10: Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, 7:30 p.m.; country triple-whammy; PeoriaCivicCenter.
11/10: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, 7:30 p.m.; guitar-ruled clan; Castle Theatre.
11/14: A Far Cry with Stefan Milenkovich & Dmitry Kouzov, 7:30 p.m.; a night of rules-breaking classical sounds; VirginiaTheater.
11/14: Timeflies and Chiddy Bang, 7 p.m.; the music flies, too, via the EDM/hip-hop duo; Braden Auditorium.
11/15: Foreigner, 8 p.m.; still "Cold As Ice" after all these years; Sangamon Auditorium.
11/15: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.; conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, with pianist Jeremy Denk; KrannertCenter.
11/16: Doc Severinsen & His Big Band, 7:30 p.m.; heeeere's the trumpet legend, in person!; BCPA.
11/17: Clutch, 8 p.m.; high-gear rockers; Castle Theatre.
11/17: Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales, 1 and 4 p.m.; PrairieCapitalConvention Center.
11/20: Manchester Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.; rock up-and-comers, still in their teens; Castle Theatre.
11/20: Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; starring new kid on the block, Chamki; U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
11/21: Joshua Redman Quartet, 7:30 p.m.; premier jazz ensemble with heavy sax appeal; KrannertCenter.
11/22: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, 7 p.m.; gospel heavyweights; HooglandCenter for the Arts.
11/24: Black Dahlia Murder, 7 p.m.: death metal from Detroit; Castle Theatre.
12/3-4: Mamma Mia!, 7:30 p.m.; national tour of the musical that went ABBA-way; PeoriaCivicCenter.
12/5: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30 p.m.; they're back, this time with "Big Band Holidays"; BCPA.
12/5: Takacs Quartet, 7:30 p.m.; Grammy-winning string ensemble; KrannertCenter.
12/6: Judy Carmichael, 8 p.m.; stride piano queen; Sangamon Auditorium.
12/8: Mamma Mia!, 7 p.m.; see above; U of I State Farm Center.
12/14: Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, 7 p.m.; a night of pop goes the country; PeoriaCivicCenter.
12/16: Mannheim Steamroller, 7:30 p.m.; Christmas season fixture; Sangamon Auditorium.
12/19: Herman's Hermits with Peter Noone, 7:30 p.m.; the British pop legend is back, this time with a holiday show; BCPA.
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