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Global music, international stars & all-American bands play Chicagoland

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Performers from 13 countries where Chicago has a sister city will be participating in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Kerryman on 661 N. Clark Street. Shown live from Copenhagen, Denmark, the contest includes artists from Athens, Greece; Birmingham, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Hamburg, Germany; Kyiv, Ukraine; Lucerne, Switzerland; Milan, Italy; Moscow, Russia; Paris, France; Petach Tikva, Israel; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Warsaw, Poland. Presented by Chicago Sister Cities International, the event is free and open to the public of all ages. Visit www.ChicagoSisterCities.com for details.

On May 15, global ambassador of hope via artistic collaborations, Idan Raichel brings The Idan Raichel Project to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on 50 E Congress Parkway. Tickets ($25-$68) are available at ticketmaster.com/auditorium and at 800-982-ARTS.

As part of the Bluegrass Legends concert series, Grammy award-winner Clay Hess and his band will perform at 8 p.m. on May 17 at the American Legion Music Hall on 1030 Central Street in Evanston. For tickets ($15-$20), visit www.chicagobluegrass.com. To learn more about the artist, visit www.clayhess.com.

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour returns to Chicagoland with performances (June 27-28) at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Presented by the Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil, the concert features 49 dancers, musicians, and acrobats. Tickets ($50-$175) will be available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson, www.SearsCentreArena.com or by calling 847-649-2270.

Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys and Taj Mahal (June 27- 28), Lee DeWyze and 10,000 Maniacs (July 5), Under the Sun Tour with Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker (July 6), Lady Antebellum (August 7), Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland (August 29) are slated to play this summer at RiverEdge Park on 360 N. Broadway in Aurora. For tickets, visit www.RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630-896-6666.

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