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Sara Evans Coming To Arcada Theatre
The O'Jays At RiverEdge Park
RETURNING to Navy Pier on Labor Day weekend, The Great American Lobster Fest, celebrating its fifth year in Chicago, is the Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival. Attendees at the three-day event (August 31, September 1-2–) can enjoy fresh lobster and other food items, live music performances, craft shopping, fireworks, and family-friendly games and activities. In addition to whole lobsters and grilled lobster tails, food items will include fried lobster on a stick, lobster tacos, New England-style lobster rolls, southwestern-style lobster rolls, Connecticut-style lobster rolls, Chicago-style lobster rolls and lobster cheeseburgers. For more information, go to www.americanlobsterfest.com. 
The Stevie Wonder Jazz Tribute
The Great American Lobster Fest
AWARD-winning country singer Sara Evans, a former contestant on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” will bring a new level of excitement to the St. Charles area when she comes to the Arcada Theatre on September 7. Known for a long list of songs such as “Suds in the Bucket,” “I Could Not Ask for More,” “Saints & Angels,” “Perfect” and “A Real Fine Place to Start,” the Boonville, Mo., native will perform a repertoire that comes from her eight studio albums, which have generated five No. 1 singles, the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and a Country Music Association Award for her signature song, “Born To Fly.” Go to www.arcadalive.com for more information and tickets.  
THE legendary singer/activist Stevie Wonder, a genius at making music that has influenced the world, was the subject of a tribute that highlighted his association with jazz. At Winter’s Jazz Club, the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio (joined by special guest singer Bruce Henry and guitarist Henry Johnson) honored the multiple Grammy Award and Academy Award-winner in a performance dedicated to “The Jazz Side of Stevie Wonder. Focusing on songs from Wonder’s CDs such as Songs in the Key of LifeFulfillingness’ First FinaleTalking Book and Innervisions, the group performed a variety of jazz-tinged tunes, including “Blame It on the Sun,” “He’s Misstra Know-It-All,” “Bird of Beauty,” “Visions,” "Knocks Me Off My Feet," “My Cherie Amour,” “Power of Love,” “All in Love is Fair” and “Another Star.” After more than an hour, the sold-out crowd had experienced another side of Stevie’s lyrical magic. 
THE longtime R&B group The O’Jays brought their 59 years of musical extravagance to RiverEdge Park in Aurora for a performance that had the sold-out crowd on its feet for most of the night. After opening with the hit “Ship Ahoy”––that included a video presentation with photographs focusing on slavery and the Civil Rights Movement––Eddie LeVert, Walter Williams and Eric Nolan performed a string of their hits, including “Living for the Weekend,” “Forever Mine,” “I Love Music,” “Let Me Make Love to You,” “We Cried Together,” “Stairway to Heaven” and the 1972 classic “Love Train.” With so many hits from which to choose, the group later performed a medley that included “You Are My Sunshine,” “Loving You,” “Work on Me,” “Survival of the Fittest,” “992 Arguments,” “You Got Your Hooks in Me” and “Brandy” before closing the show with three of their most popular tunes, “Back Stabbers,” “Use Ta Be My Girl” and “For the Love of Money.” Regarding the opening of the show with “Ship Ahoy” and the accompanying video, LeVert said it’s “a reminder that we don’t need to go back there. Let’s keep moving forward.”