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By Andy Argyrakis
Jay Z's solo sweep, country goes Urban, plus celebrate Elvis' birthday
Monday, January 6, 2014
Jay Z's solo sweep: Riding high on the heels of his summer stadium tour with Justin Timberlake, Jay Z is back to the solo life in support of his 2013 collection "Magna Carta Holy Grail." The 44-year-old rapper is amongst the most consistent veterans in the game, so this arena outing promises to be full of slick showmanship, socially savvy rhymes and undeniably contagious beats. Thursday, January 9 at United Center: www.livenation.com.
Country goes Urban: New Zealand-born/Australia-bred singer/songwriter Keith Urban may defy country music stereotypes, but he's nonetheless risen to the top of the genre's modern day crop. While songs off his latest offering "Fuse" also possess a palatable pop sensibility, the superstar still plays some pretty killer guitar riffs, which accompanied by his friends from Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, ensures a fiery winter night. Friday, January 10 at United Center: www.jamusa.com.
Celebrate Elvis' birthday: The annual Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular is shaping up to be one of its biggest line-ups yet thanks to impersonators like Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, Donny Edwards and Ryan Pelton. However, the real reason to brave the elements and celebrate Presley's birthday is to see guest appearances from former collaborators D.J. Fontana, The Sweet Inspirations, Blackwood Quartet and The Fabulous Ambassadors Band. Saturday, January 11 at Star Plaza Theatre: www.starplazatheatre.com.
Dec. 30 - Jan. 5
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