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Singer Jerry Butler performs Saturday Feb. 18 Star PlazTheatre Merrillville. Also appearing will be Chi-Lites featuring Marshall ThompsGarlGreen. | PhoProvided

Singer Jerry Butler performs Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Also appearing will be the Chi-Lites featuring Marshall Thompson, and Garland Green. | Photo Provided

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Updated: February 28, 2012 8:07AM



It could be considered an under-the-radar show at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

But folks should take note.

I’m talking about the Feb. 18 concert with Jerry Butler and the Chi-Lites, a rhythm-and-blues group with Chicago roots that features Marshall Thompson.

In the early 1960s, Butler had several hit singles on the Vee Jay label, a trailblazing, black-owned record company that was born in Gary.

Its matriarch was Gary’s Vivian Carter, who also was a noteworthy disc jockey in the Steel City.

By the way, the 7:30 p.m. Butler show with the Chi-Lites also includes special guest Garland Green.

The Chi-Lites scored hits in the 1970s with “Have You Seen Her” and the chart-topping “Oh Girl.”

Butler’s successful songs include “He Will Break Your Heart” and “Moon River.”

That second tune is from the Audrey Hepburn movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961).

Speaking of the Star Plaza Theatre, Lyle Lovett and Indianapolis native John Hiatt will hit the venue at 8 p.m. March 9. Tickets are $43 and go on sale noon Jan. 28. Tickets are available at the theater’s box office and through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

Go to www.starplazatheatre.com for more details.  

Athletic prowess

How about an Academy Awards for sports bars?

Well, it may not be the Oscars, but the annual Nightclub & Bar Awards has a Sports Bar of the Year category with a Hoosier hangout as a top-three finalist for 2012.

The Indianapolis Colts Grille in downtown Indy is nominated, along with the Bull & Bear in Chicago’s River North district and Stats Sports Bar and Grill in Houston, Texas.

Yep, the Indianapolis Colts Grille pays homage to the city’s National Football League franchise with team mementos and related decor.

The Nightclub & Bar Media Group announced the 2012 finalists in categories that include Bartender of the Year and Small Wonder Bar of the Year.

The Indianapolis Colts Grille should be hopping in the week leading up to the Feb. 5 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy.

Plenty of celebrities are descending on Indy, including Katy Perry, who’ll be at a DirecTV private bash on Feb. 4 at Victory Field. Rapper Snoop Dogg performs Feb. 2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the city.

Meanwhile, the men’s magazine Maxim rolls out a party at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Feb. 4, while the Fray rocks the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl at Victory Field on the same date. 

Dicey dates

I just noticed on the calendar that 2012 has three months with Friday the 13th.

January had the date, and so do April and July.

The superstitious can start preparing.



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