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Local Buzz for March 7, 2014

Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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With recent bands like Fitz and the Tantrums packing halls, and sweat-soaked old-school talent like Charles Bradley on the rise, the soul music revival that began in the late ’90s continues to percolate. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been at the vanguard, outlasting dabblers and trend-jumpers by producing impassioned material and electrifying shows since launching from Brooklyn in 2000.

Christina Perri has her music all figured out

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Once you get past her sensitive, yet strong, voice and her breathtaking beauty, you find that singer-songwriter Christina Perri has one more endearing gift. She is a freak when it comes to numbers. “We began working on this album on Oct. 23, 2012, and spent …

On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice

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“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer.

‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life

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Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin.

Local Buzz for Feb. 28, 2014

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Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include several gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City.

Over the moon — Trisha Yearwood’s happy and not afraid to show it

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Trisha Yearwood should consider recording a cover of “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” The country music star-turned-best-selling cookbook author-turned Food Network show host just gushes happiness. And what about that joint tour with hubby Garth Brooks?

Robert Rolfe Feddersen’s CD triggered by a stickup

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Robbed while deliverying milk in Gary, the singer-songwriter changed his outlook and put music first.

‘Ring of Fire’ reveals Johnny Cash’s story through his music

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A reworked “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at Theatre at the Center brings the show down to a more intimate level featuring five singer-musicians.

Local Buzz for Feb. 21, 2014

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Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include the Travis Tritt acoustic show at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

Better than a dozen roses: 12 unique ways to impress your mate on Valentine’s Day

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A pre-packaged bouquet from the grocery store and the accompanying generic Valentine’s Day card may show effort, but it’s just not going to cut it this year. Instead, here are 12 alternatives — ranging from romantic to risque — that are sure to make the right impression.

Local Buzz for Feb. 14, 2014

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Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include Rick Saucedo at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City.

Spend Valentine’s Day with NWI Symphony

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Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Kirk Muspratt answers questions in advance of the Valentine’s Day concert. Q: Is the performance of “Tosca” on Feb. 14 going to be the complete opera? — Steven Siebert A: If you are asking if we are …

Local Buzz for Feb. 7, 2014

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Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include the Neverly Brothers at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City.

Angelique Kidjo uses music to tell the important stories of Africa

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Angelique Kidjo is one of the biggest musical stars in Africa, and her multiple albums have endorsed important themes and issues: African pride, female solidarity and human rights especially for the impoverished.

Even though she now calls New York City’s Brooklyn borough home, her music …

CSO’s Riccardo Muti a man for all seasons

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Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission