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By Andy Argyrakis
Skillet for the fans, Benson salutes Nat King Cole, Filter leads alt-rock flashbacks
Monday, June 17, 2013


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Skillet for the fans: Midwest modern rockers Skillet have always made an incredibly personal connection with fans (who are affectionately dubbed the "Panheads") and that relationship continues with an all access-styled album preview party. Starting at 2pm and continuing into the evening, The Road To "Rise" VIP Experience includes a sneak peek of the new project, a live acoustic set, plus autographs, a Q&A dinner with the band members and many other exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime perks. Friday, June 21 at Lincoln Hall: www.lincolnhallchicago.com.

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Benson salutes Nat King Cole: Even though George Benson is one of the most accomplished jazz legends of all time, he's never shy when it comes to saluting those who paved the road before him. His latest long player "Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole" features several of the late great's classics spun in the guitar wizard's signature style. Expect tunes like "Unforgettable" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," plenty from Benson's chart-topping past, plus an opening set from sophisticated sax man Boney James. Friday, June 21 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

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Filter leads alt-rock flashbacks: The members may have changed many times, but the industrialized consistency remains for alternative rockers Filter. On its first album in three years, "The Sun Comes Out Tonight," founding front man Richard Patrick connects with relatively recent addition Jonny Radtke on guitar (formerly of Kill Hannah) to turn in a dozen fist-pumping anthems in the making that successfully find the mid-90s upstarts thriving through its second decade. Even if the band is celebrating on a nostalgically-minded tour alongside Everclear, Live and Sponge, Filter's firmly planted in the here and now. Saturday, June 22 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino: www.thevenuechicago.com.

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