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Pervis Staples, co-founder of The Staple Singers, dies at 85

The singer died in his home in South suburban Dolton on May 6.

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The Mix: chocolate in Long Grove, Lyric’s Andrew Davis and more cool things to do May 13-19

There’s plenty to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead, online and in-person.

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Bob Koester, who ran Chicago’s Jazz Record Mart, Delmark Records for decades, has died at 88

Downbeat magazine editor Frank Alkyer: ‘He had one of the most successful record stores in the United States that focused on jazz and blues . . . and Bob Koester was the institution behind the counter.’

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Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Go-Go’s inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on first try

Each will be honored during an induction ceremony in Cleveland on Oct. 30 before what organizers hope is a full house of fans enjoying live music again.

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Chance the Rapper concert film set for advance screenings in Chicago

The Chicago rapper and AMC Theatres announced screenings of "Magnificent Coloring World," May 14-16 at AMC River East 21.

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DMX’s posthumous album ‘Exodus’ gets May release date

DMX’s longtime producer and collaborator, Grammy winner Swizz Beatz, announced on Monday that "EXODUS" will feature new material and drop on May 28.

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‘Godspell’ musical celebrates 50th anniversary

The John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz musical is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, a golden milestone for a show with roots in the hippie era but which can still speak to those on TikTok.

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Riccardo Muti: Pandemic year silenced culture, leaving world stunned

Muti is plunging back into concert life. He is conducting his much-curtailed 50th anniversary tour with the Vienna Philharmonic in Florence, Italy, on Monday and at Milan’s La Scala on Tuesday. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns in May to launch the return of in-person concerts at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.

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‘A very talented guy’: Teen pianist in Chicago gets ready to up his game at Juilliard

Joshua Mhoon, a Whitney Young senior, is to study with renowned keyboardist Emanuel Ax.

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Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

Lloyd Price, an early rock ’n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Personality" and the semi-forbidden "Stagger Lee," has died. He was 88.

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Summer 2021: Which Chicago festivals, events have returned, been rescheduled?

Improving coronavirus numbers have made more summer events possible. Here’s the latest updates on this year’s changing entertainment landscape.

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Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Wilco among 100 headliners set for Summerfest

Canceled last year due to the COVID outbreak, the festival this year will for the first time take place over three weekends, Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18.

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’90s R&B groups SWV and Xscape next up in Verzuz battle

They date from an era when "you had to know how to sing," says one fan.

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Singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring

Neville said embarking on multi-date tours is no longer appealing. "Don’t see this as a permanent goodbye, by the grace of God, I will keep making more music and may show up at a special event or concert down the road," he said.

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As Willie Mays turns 90, time to turn up the volume

Music from all genres — rock, pop, folk, country, rap, hip hop — have paid homage to the Hall of Famer.

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Cynthia Erivo, Brian McKnight, Joffrey Ballet among the artists on tap for abbreviated Ravinia season

The Highland Park venue will reopen July 1 for 64 concerts through Sept. 26, highlighting Chicago artists, music by women, and Asian, Black and Latinx composers.

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G Herbo charged with lying to federal agent during wire fraud investigation

Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, allegedly told a federal agent in November 2018 that he never knew or worked with rap promoter Antonio Strong, who was among five people indicted with him in December.

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The Mix: Zac Brown Band, ‘Tom of Your Life’ and more cool things to do in Chicago May 6-12

There’s plenty to see and do in Chicago in the week ahead, online and in-person.

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Eddie Vedder again headlines virtual charity music festival

The Hot Stove Cool Music virtual music festival benefits the Foundation To Be Named Later, which was co-founded by former Cubs president Theo Epstein.

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Mayor Lightfoot announces ‘Open Culture’ in-person summer, fall events indoors and out

The Pivot Arts Festival, Printers Row Lit Fest and the Old Town Art Fair are among some of the in-person, outdoor and indoor events scheduled for this summer and fall.

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New Chicago concert series is only for the fully vaccinated

City officials hope the Protect Chicago Music Series will encourage vaccinations.

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2021 Grant Park Music Festival welcomes audiences back to the Pritzker Pavilion this summer

The annual outdoor classical music festival will return with reduced capacity and reserved seating for all seats in the pavilion and lawn "pods."

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Bruce Springsteen receives 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize

Guthrie, who grew up in Okemah, Oklahoma, was one of the most important figures in American folk music and penned hundreds of songs, including some that The Boss has performed over the years.

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CSO plans to resume in-person concerts May 27 at Symphony Center

The first live CSO events in 14 months, programmed in conjunction with maestro Riccardo Muti, are to continue through June 13.

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China’s ‘Plus-size’ boy band Produce Pandas seeks to inspire fans

"The five of us may not have the standard look and shape of a boy band but we hope to use the term ‘plus-sized band’ to break the aesthetic stereotypes," band member Cass said.

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Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi to perform at revived Windy City Smokeout

Canceled in 2020, the music and barbecue festival returns and adds a fourth night headlined by Brett Eldredge.

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Genesis U.S. tour to begin Nov. 15 at Chicago’s United Center

Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reunite to play the hits at 14 concerts.

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This week in history: Muddy Waters plays Mister Kelly’s

The blues legend, who died April 30, 1983, recorded a live album in June 1971 at Mister Kelly’s in Chicago. A Chicago Sun-Times reporter wrote a profile of Waters at the time of the recording.

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The Mix: Lyric’s Rising Stars, drive-in horror and more cool things to do in Chicago April 29-May 5

There’s plenty to see and do online and in-person in the Chicago area in the week ahead.

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‘Preferred seating’ at events like Lollapalooza could be used as vaccination incentive, mayor says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the "Vax Pass" is still just a concept, but the idea is to use it as a carrot, instead of a stick, to bolster vaccination rates among young people most likely to attend outdoor music events this summer.

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Singer Florence Welch writing stage musical version of ‘The Great Gatsby’

The copyright to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel expired at the end of 2020, meaning anyone is now allowed to adapt it to a movie, make it into an opera or stage a Broadway musical without permission from the estate.

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Leslie Jones named host of MTV Movie & TV Awards

The network announced Wednesday that Jones will host the awards, which will air live on May 16 from Los Angeles.