Music roundup for March 27, 2014

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By Kareesa Wilson, Special to The Gazette
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bryan Adams at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, Ill. Tickets: $31.50-$77. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Rocker Bryan Adams is one of Canada’s most successful recording artists, selling more albums than nearly any other musician or group.

Now 54, Adams has won 20 Juno Awards, many MTV and American Music Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting. He also has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards (he won one in 1992) and three Academy Awards for songwriting for films.

Adams’ signature raspy vocals and songwriting gifts have given his career longevity and depth. He’s best known for the 1992 mega-hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” He’s been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Drive-By Truckers at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison. With Blitzen Trapper. Tickets: $25-$28. Call 608-241-8633.

Drive-By Truckers are good fun. The Georgia band’s alternative country roots are infused with Southern rock, creating great beats for dancing and partying.

Drive-By Truckers released their debut album, “Gangstabilly,” in 1998, and since then, the band has endured many lineup changes. The Truckers are probably best known for their highly praised 2001 double album, “Southern Rock Opera,” which weaves the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd into a compelling story about a fictitious rock band called Betamax Guillotine.

They released a 10th studio album, “English Oceans,” earlier this year. Current members are founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley along with Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez and Matt Patton.

Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison. Tickets: $35-$55. Call 608-258-4141.

The Newport Jazz Festival has launched many a career. The eponymous gathering of jazz elite and would-be artists is hallowed ground for jazz lovers.

This tour celebrates the festival’s 60th anniversary by looking back at the history of jazz while embracing its future. The concert features music by the legendary Duke Ellington and Miles Davis as well as a multicultural mix of other influences.

Led by saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen, it’s a march through time as the genre has evolved.

The ensemble also includes Grammy-nominated singer Karrin Allyson, five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton. Tickets: $35. Call 608-877-4400.

Rhonda Vincent is a bluegrass powerhouse.

The 51-year-old Missouri native, dubbed the “queen of bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, started performing as a child with her family’s band, The Sally Mountain Show. She has spent more than 40 years singing, writing songs and playing traditional bluegrass instruments.

Vincent won a record contract in 1985 and released her 1988 debut album, “New Dreams and Sunshine,” while still performing with her family. She frequently collaborates with other artists, including Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. Her 2000 record, “Back Home Again,” marked a career turning point and established her as a force in the industry.

Vincent has won the International Bluegrass Music Association female vocalist of the year award six years in a row.

Her 2010 album, “Taken,” debuted atop Billboard’s bluegrass chart.

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