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Country star Martina McBride kicking off ‘Everlasting’ tour in Salina

There are two special days for tours: the opening show and the final show. Martina McBride is eagerly anticipating the first stop of her “Everlasting” tour, which kicks off Thursday at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina.

Upcoming concerts (April 25)

Zoso, Friday, Cotillion ($15, www.thecotillion.com)

Music, kids keep Kenny Rogers young

Don’t expect Kenny Rogers to fold ’em anytime soon.

Barenaked Ladies to perform at Orpheum Theatre

Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, best known for the hits “One Week” and “If I Had a Million Dollars,” will perform at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, on Aug. 6, venue officials announced on Monday morning.

Alan Jackson bringing ‘Bluegrass’ tour to Hartman Arena

Hats off to Alan Jackson. The accomplished singer-songwriter, who was second only to Garth Brooks in terms of popularity during the 1990s, has made his fortune and his legacy is carved into country music’s mythic Mount Rushmore. Jackson has sold more than 60 million albums and won two Grammys and 16 CMA Awards. He’s accomplished more than most, and now he’s doing it for himself.

Upcoming concerts (April 25)

Martina McBride, May 8, Stiefel Theatre, Salina ($89, $79, $119, www.ticketmaster.com)

Alan Jackson at Hartman Arena, concerts at the Cotillion, blues crawl

Country star Alan Jackson, the first singer ever to perform at Hartman Arena when it opened in March 2009, will return to headline a concert there on Thursday. Jackson, best known for hits such as “Little Bitty” and “Gone Country,” also is bringing opening act Jamie Lynn Spears, little sister of Britney. Tickets are $45, $60, $75 and $89.50 and are available by calling 1-800-745-3000, at the Hartman Arena Box Office or at www.ticketmaster.com. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.hartmanarena.com.

Tickets for Jackson Browne’s July show go on sale Friday

Tickets to Jackson Browne’s July 21 performance at the Orpheum Theatre will go on sale Friday, the venue announced.

Miley Cyrus leaves Kansas City for undisclosed location, still hospitalized

Miley Cyrus has not only left the building but she’s left the city, too, after spending nearly a week hospitalized in Kansas City.

Paul McCartney coming to Kansas City

Paul McCartney’s "Out There" tour will swing into Kansas City this summer. The former Beatle will perform July 16 at the Sprint Center. He was last in town in July 2010, his first appearance in Kansas City in 17 years.

Drive-By Truckers at Orpheum, Tornado Bait Party at Shamrock, third annual 4/20 Blowout at Crown Uptown

Athens, Ga.-based Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. The show starts at 8 p.m. The group just released its 12th album, “English Oceans.” Tickets are $20 and $25 at www.selectaseat.com or by calling 316-755-SEAT.

Co-writing works for singer Gavin DeGraw

Don’t count Gavin DeGraw as one of the songwriters who balks at co-writing with other artists.

Hospitalized Miley Cyrus cancels Sprint Center show

Miley Cyrus, who was scheduled to perform at the Sprint Center Tuesday night, canceled her concert and is in the hospital after a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Despite lightning communication through social media, some fans showed up hoping to see a show.

Upcoming concerts (March 21, 2014)

Gridiron 2014, Friday and Saturday, Orpheum ($22-$32, selectaseat.com)

Weekend shows: Lydia Loveless, Rob Thomas and Sons of the Pioneers

Lydia Loveless at Lizard Lounge. Say that three times fast, then mark your calendar to attend her show, which is at 9 p.m. Friday at the venue, 300 S. Greenwich Road. Loveless is an alternative country singer and songwriter from Ohio who is touring in support of her just-released new album, “Somewhere Else.” The show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. Attendees must be 21 or older. For more information, call 316-558-8426.

Midwest’s Chevelle to bring hard rock to Cotillion

Hard-hitting rock bands aren’t as pervasive as they were a generation or two ago. But Chevelle can care less about trends.

Jackson Browne to play Orpheum Theatre on July 21

Singer Jackson Browne will perform 7:30 p.m. July 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, the venue announced Tuesday.

Wichitan Kaleigh Glanton is eliminated on ‘The Voice’

Wichitan Kaleigh Glanton did not make it to the Top 20 to move on Monday night on "The Voice."

Country music’s George Strait brings the hits to sold-out Wichita crowd

Wichita will show up for country music legend George Strait anytime he wants to come to town.

Blue October a little less blue

Justin Furstenfeld remembers how scared he was when he arrived in Nashville to get together with songwriter Chris Lindsey to write what became “Not Broken Anymore,” one of the many revealing songs on “Sway,” the latest album by his band, Blue October.

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