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By Andy Argyrakis
Mayer's long-awaited return, it's Taylor time, plus what a feeling for "Flashdance"
Monday, August 5, 2013


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Mayer's long-awaited return: It may have been three years since John Mayer hit the road, but fans are more than being rewarded for their patience. For starters, the guy with a guitar promises folk-flavored tunes from 2012's "Born And Raised," alongside previews from the August 20 release "Paradise Valley." Add in a past that spans everything from pop to blues, plus opener Phillip Phillips of "American Idol" fame, and it's sure to be a welcome return. Friday, August 9 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre: www.livenation.com.

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It's Taylor time: Pop/country sensation Taylor Swift sure has come a long way since her days opening up for George Strait, so much so, that she's now selling out the same venues he usually headlines. This Soldier Field stop comes in support of last year's enormous "Red" release, responsible for delectable singles like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "22." Her youthful pals Ed Sheeran and Austin Mahone warm up the party with their respective brands of folksy acoustics and dance pop. Saturday, August 10 at Soldier Field: www.ticketmaster.com.

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What a feeling for "Flashdance": Following in the footsteps of massive '80s movies turned musicals like "Footloose" and "Dirty Dancing" comes fellow era-defining story "Flashdance." Besides telling the empowering tale of a steel mill welding woman by day and dancer by night who sets her sights on the profession full-time, the ultra-slick stage show features all of the soundtrack's beloved sing-a-longs, including Michael Sembello's "Maniac" and Irene Cara's "Flashdance...What A Feeling." Tuesday, August 6- Sunday, August 18 at Cadillac Palace Theatre: www.broadwayinchicago.com.

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