Stephen Marley and Jr. Gong
March 29, 9 p.m.

When the weather starts getting warmer and the sun shines for hours on end, it’s usually about time for reggae to make its way into my stereo. Whenever I hear those bouncing rhythms and breezy guitar, it instantly sends me on my very own Caribbean vacation.

Bringing that vibe to B-town are Stephen Marley and Jr. Gong. The duo, who will play the Bluebird on March 29, can and will transport you to sandy beaches and hot Jamaican dance halls. After the winter we’ve just come out of, I think we all need a little rasta in our life. So, if you’re in need of some hot-weather entertainment, check out the show – they’ll have you saying “Ya, mon!” in no time.

Buskirk Chumley
April 4-7, 8 p.m.

Another must-see theater event has come to Bloomington. This drama tells the story of Antonio Salieri, the man who would kill the boy genius Mozart in a plot line that will rip your heart right out of your chest.

It’s dark, it’s devilish, and it’s intense – three things that always enhance a great theater experience. Plus, it’s got Mozart in it, so you can’t go wrong.

So, if you’re in need of some serious drama in your life, head over to the Bus-Chum for a deathly good time.

Insomniathon Benefit for the Caldwell EcoCenter
March 30-April 1

Music has always had a phenomenal ability to make a positive change, whether it’s Live 8 or any other music-sponsored benefit. Luckily for Bloomington, we don’t have to go very far to rock out in the name of doing some good.

From March 30 to April 1, Rhino’s is hosting a 60-hour rock ’n’ roll benefit for Caldwell EcoCenter, and there are some pretty sweet local bands scheduled to show up. If you’re looking for a good cause to support, head over to Rhino’s and take in some grooves for the good of the environment. Hey, who needs sleep anyway?

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