Billy Gilman, Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Billy Gilman burst onto the scene and into the record books in 2000 with the song “One Voice.”

Gilman arrives at the Legacy Theater on Saturday.

If classic rock — an emphasis on the classic — is more your style, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ‘n Classics tackle the hits of Queen and Journey at UIS on Saturday.

As always, check with venues for COVID-19 protocols or restrictions and last-minute postponements or cancellations.

Billy Gilman at Legacy

Billy Gilman was just 11 years old when his debut album “One Voice” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart in 2000, making him the youngest singer to do so.

The Rhode Island native comes to the Legacy Theater for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Gilman was reintroduced to the world in 2016 when he reached the final of “The Voice” with coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

Broadway World noted that while “huge concert halls are lucrative and large enough to contain his bizarre voice, the intimate setting provided by smaller clubs is a warm and welcome place for a man of Gilman’s enjoyable performance style”.

Tickets cost between $35 and $50 and are available on the Legacy Theater website.

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Classic queen and travel

Ian Jutsun of Jeans 'n Classics, who teams up with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Jeans ‘n Classics, will take audiences on a rock ‘n’ roll adventure celebrating the best of Queen and Journey at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield Saturday.

The hits are all there. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”, “Who’s Cryin’ Now”, “Wheel In the Sky” and “Don’t Stop Believing” from Journey to “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”, “I Want It All ,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

Canadian Ian Jutsun, singer-songwriter, actor and comedian, is the lead singer.

Tickets cost between $22 and $66 and are available on the PAC website.

Comedy on point

Billy DeVore

“Drinking at the Kids Table” is the name of Cincinnati native Billy DeVore’s new album.

DeVore brings his boundless energy to Mason City Limits on Friday and Saturday.

DeVore is the co-host of the Cincinnati Reds-focused podcast, The New Nasty Boys.

Tickets are on sale on the club’s website.

Andy Beningo will appear on the Donnie B's Traveling Comedy Show at Casey's Pub in Springfield, Illinois.

Meanwhile, Donnie B’s Traveling Comedy Show features veteran comedian Andy Beningo at Casey’s Pub, also Friday and Saturday.

Beningo tours frequently with Frank Caliendo. His second comedy album, “Quarantine Comedy Mix Tape”, is a collection of radio calls and stories of roadside bombings.

Tickets are available on Donnie B’s website.

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Color Me Holi 5K

Ojasvi Mayank, 7, plays with colored powder during the Indian Association of Oklahoma's Holi festival in Logan County, Okla., Saturday, April 9, 2022.

It’s perhaps the happiest, and certainly most colorful, walk/run when the Asian Indian Women’s Organization holds its “Color Me Holi 5K” in Washington Park on Saturday.

The day includes a celebration of the Festival of Colors in India, celebrating spring, love and the blossoming of new life; Bollywood beats in a 30-minute session led by Zumba instructor Evgenia Samala and delicious Indian treats.

The 5K benefits Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization that makes a significant impact on the community by unlocking the limitless potential of girls ages 8-13, while creatively integrating running into their program based on experience.

AIWO is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteer women. Through the 5K and his “India Night” fundraiser, he has supported causes such as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, HSHS St. John’s Imagine Tomorrow Campaign for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Renovation, Mercy Communities , Inc. and The Outlet. Last fall, the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association presented him with the Humanitarian of the Year award.

The run/walk is at 10 a.m. The cost is $30. Visit the AIWO website for more information.

Grant to 200

Ulysses S. Grant

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will mark the 200th birthday of President Ulysses S. Grant with a special program led by Lincoln historian Christian McWhirter in the library’s multipurpose room at noon Wednesday.

The program will examine some rarely seen items from the library’s collection illuminating Grant’s life, from his “Hardscrabble” years to his leadership in the Civil War to his presidency to the authorship of his famous memoirs.

Springfield has a special place in the Grant pantheon. According to SangamonLink, Grant was tasked with rounding up new volunteers from Illinois here at the start of the Civil War. Ultimately, Governor Richard Yates appointed Grant Colonel of the 21st Illinois Infantry, a Mattoon regiment that trained at the state’s former fairgrounds, Camp Yates, in what is now the historic West Side. of Springfield.

The program will also be broadcast live on the ALPLM Facebook page.

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