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Wichita Grand Opera’s performance of ‘Barber of Seville’ delightful

This weekend, the Wichita Grand Opera closed the indoor portion of its season with three performances of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” in three separate locations: the Stiefel Theatre in Salina on Friday, the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita on Saturday and the McPherson Opera House on Sunday. That’s a lot to ask of an opera cast (and orchestra and stage crew) in one weekend. Nonetheless, that’s a great way to expand the WGO’s outreach and audience.

Joan Jett carries on with unvarnished material

Over the last year or so, Joan Jett has been collecting awards and hosannas at a regular clip.

Upcoming concerts (May 29)

Zapp, Saturday, Cotillion ($36.50-$41.50, www.thecotillion.com)

Country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson: ‘It’s best to be yourself’

Jamey Johnson gets almost as much notice for his funky beard as he does for his music. But Johnson is much more than a piece of lengthy facial hair.

Action in ‘Days of Future Past’ will stand test of time

Leave it to the X-Men to put the fun back in summer blockbusters.

Upcoming concerts (May 22)

Move Live with Julianne and Derek Hough, Wednesday, Hartman Arena ($47.50, $62.50, www.ticketmaster.com)

Chase Rice, Jared & the Mill, Acidic (May 23)

Country singer Chase Rice, known for his hit single “Ready Set Roll” and as a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s hit “Cruise,” will perform a free concert Wednesday at Club Rodeo, 10001 E. Kellogg. His opening act will be Jon Pardi, a country singer known for the song “Up All Night.” Doors open at 6 p.m. for the concert. Admission is free and attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, call 316-613-2424 or visit www.clubrodeokansas.com.

Michael Jackson hologram, Justin Timberlake thrill the audience at Billboard Music Awards

A hologram of Michael Jackson made its debut Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, mirroring the late King of Pop’s signature slick dance moves while performing “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song from Jackson’s new posthumous album “Xscape.” Justin Timberlake won seven prizes, including top artist and Billboard 200 album.

At age 87, Tony Bennett ‘still going strong’

Tony Bennett could quit singing tomorrow, and he would go down as one of the most respected artists ever. But Bennett, 87, has some unfinished business. “I have an album that’s ready for release,” Bennett said while calling from his Manhattan apartment. “Wait until you hear it.”

Chris Isaak to play Orpheum Theatre on Aug. 20

Chris Isaak will perform in August at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, the venue announced Friday.

Brantley Gilbert has a passion for his music

Sometimes good can come out of something bad. Brantley Gilbert had an epiphany after he was in a serious car accident in 2005.

Upcoming concerts (May 15)

Brantley Gilbert, Saturday, Intrust Bank Arena ($24.75, $29.75, $37, www.selectaseat.com)

Michael Jackson, the remix: New album digs deep into King of Pop’s archives

“Xscape,” the new album credited to Michael Jackson, revolves around the familiar voice of a ghost mourned worldwide. That voice is airborne and supple, tenderly concerned, playful and percussive; then it grows increasingly tense, distraught, desolate, embittered. Jackson’s voice is a precious digital keepsake; it’s also, on many of the tracks, the only part of his latest songs that Jackson ever heard.

Loretta Lynn to play Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 20

Country music legend Loretta Lynn will perform in September at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, the venue announced Friday.

Upcoming concerts (May 9)

Styx/Foreigner, Wednesday, Intrust Bank Arena ($39.50-$85.50, www.selectaseat.com)

Weekend events: Comic hypnotist Live at 215, Zoso at the Cotillion, Sluggos at Shamrock

Comic hypnotist the Sandman will perform this weekend at Live at 215, the comedy venue at 215 N. St. Francis. Shows are at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when tickets will be $15, and at 8 p.m. Sunday, when tickets will be $10. For tickets and information, visit www.liveat215.com.

Foreigner stays fresh through the years

Having been in Foreigner since 1995, Thom Gimbel is now the second-longest-tenured member of the band – with only founding member and guitarist Mick Jones exceeding Gimbel’s time in the band.

Starship with Mickey Thomas to perform at Orpheum Theatre

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, the singer who performed the vocal tracks for many 1980s hits including “We Built This City,” will perform at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, on June 29.

Promoter Naymlis luring alternative acts to Wichita

Until recently, local fans of less-mainstream live music – progressive rock, indie rock, electronic and hip hop – didn’t have many options.

Roger McGuinn of the Byrds has a story to tell you

The old axiom for rockers is to never read the reviews. Roger McGuinn, founder of the Byrds, doesn’t buy it. The legendary singer-songwriter, who has influenced so many significant recording artists from Tom Petty to R.E.M., with his jangly guitar style, made a change after reading a critique of his performance three-decades ago.

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