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By Andy Argyrakis
New DMB tunes and tour, Koz's annual Christmas, plus Blind Boys up close
Monday, December 3, 2012


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New DMB tunes and tour: Even though Dave Matthews Band tours almost every year, this particular outing is particularly noteworthy considering it comes in support of a brand new studio CD. Though the eclectic rockers' set list is ever evolving, chances are plenty of tunes from the funky and folksy "Away From The World" will pop up, alongside some jams, deep cuts, and if they're in the mood, major hits like "Crash" or "Ants Marching." Wednesday, December 5 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.

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Koz's annual Christmas: Another year has passed with Dave Koz once again leading the contemporary jazz crop, so it's no surprise to see his annual Christmas tour blowing back into town. Aside from the sax man's undeniable grooves, this year's list of friends could quite possibly be his most impressive to date, thanks in part to Prince/Ringo Starr drummer turned solo star Sheila E., alongside acclaimed pianist David Benoit, "The Voice" winner Javier Colon and the debut of troubadour Margo Rey. Saturday, December 8 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

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Blind Boys up close: Following this summer's appearance at the mammoth Chicago Gospel Music Festival, The Blind Boys of Alabama return to the much more intimate and inviting settings of the immaculate new City Winery. The harmony heavy band promises holiday greetings from "Go Tell It On The Mountain," plus soulful songs spanning its extraordinary 70+ year career. Saturday, December 8 at City Winery: www.citywinery.com.


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