Dave Carlock’s Best Bets: March 22

Published 12:52 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013

Friday, March 22
Chi-Town Blues Festival
7 p.m.
Star Plaza Theatre
8001 Deleware Place, Merrillville, Ind.
(800) 745-3000

A night of Chicago Blues without seeing the Skyway: Bobby Bland, Mel Walters, Floyd Taylor, Charles Wilson, Millie Jackson, Bobby Rush and Theodis Ealey lay it down for you at the Star Plaza.
Check it out:  starplazatheatre.com

Saturday, March 23
Enchantment Theatre Co. presents
‘The Velveteen Rabbit’
2 p.m.
Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor
(269) 927-1221

If you recall this children’s tale from your youth, now imagine it with just a touch of DerStruwwelpeter mixed in. Faceless costumes and character masks are slightly … interesting … A new modern visual twist to a classic should intrigue adults attending with their kids.
Check it out:  lmcmainstage.org/rabbit

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Hinder with special guest The Last Vegas
Club Fever
7 p.m.
222 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, Ind.
(574) 234-5200

After a triple-platinum
debut album that featured
the hit “Lips of an
Angel,” the band is
still together after a
decade of being “just
five dudes from
Oklahoma who like
having a good time,
laughing and making
music.” And yes, that
lame quote is in their
bio. Perhaps they’ll belch
onstage, too, just to prove
how down to earth they
are. If you like ’em, go
for it!
Check it out:

Monday, March 25
Oberon Release Party
4 p.m.
Riviera Theater
50 N. Main St., Three Rivers
(269) 278-8068

The Riviera knows how to have fun. Being south of Kazoo, it makes total sense that they would do an Oberon party. Aaron Garcia will provide live music, and there’ll be door prizes. Get a DD and have a great time.
Check it out:    bit.ly/1305xen

Wednesday, March 27
FM Entertainment Presents:
Bone Thugs & Harmony
7 p.m.
Club Fever
222 S. Michigan St., South Bend
(574) 234-5200

LEGIT HIP-HOP. I know this having worked with producer Armando Colon, who produced this Grammy Award-winning group. They’re the only group to have worked with 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Easy-E and Big Pun while they were alive. Plus–they have a real bio btw, unlike Hinder.
Check it out: bonethugsnharmony.com