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By Andy Argyrakis
The Mix's Miracle, Koz's annual Christmas, plus a Jingle Ball for all
Monday, December 2, 2013


Plain White T's Plain White T's Plain White T's

The Mix's Miracle: For the past 15 years, 101.9 FM The Mix has delivered a high-quality, variety-filled line-up for its Miracle On State Street holiday concert and the 2013 installment once again delivers. Technically speaking, Chicago's own pop/punkers Plain White T's are the headliners, though the real stars of the show are the Backstreet Boys, even if they're only delivering an abridged "special performance." Be sure to also arrive early for singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat and don't forget to bring new winter hats, scarves and gloves to benefit LaRabida Children's Hospital. Friday, December 6 at The Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

Dave Koz Dave Koz Dave Koz Dave Koz

Koz's annual Christmas: Sax man Dave Koz's Christmas tours are a fixture for fans of contemporary jazz, but besides sophisticated solo charm, he always promises several once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. This year's guests include solo singer/frequent Tears For Fears collaborator Oleta Adams, South African guitarist Jonathan Butler and Japanese pianist/composer/producer Keiko Matsui, ensuring a cross-cultural celebration. Saturday, December 7 at The Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

Robin Thicke Robin Thicke Robin Thicke Robin Thicke

A Jingle Ball for all: When it comes to pop music, 103.5 KISS FM covers all the bases, as evidenced in yet another extensive Jingle Ball roster. Soul man Robin Thicke, Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias and rapper Flo Rida populate the top part of the bill, while the under card boasts Swedish pop princesses Icona Pop, quasi-punker Avril Lavigne, rap/rocker Travie McCoy and girl group Fifth Harmony. Monday, December 9 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.


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