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Tickets are still available for Saturday’s John Fogerty/Willie Nelson concert at Verizon Wireless Music Center. The one-of-a-kind tour features ’60s hitmaker Fogerty with Cousin Willie, one of the greatest songwriters and performers in the history of American popular music. It’s a mystery as to why this one isn’t sold out yet.

Local promoters Gimidat Entertainment will be bringing reggae icon Mikey Gits to the Savoy Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, 2200 W. 86th St., on Thursday, Aug. 17. Gits, a native of Monego Bay, Jamaica, is considered one of the best guitarists in reggae, and also plays a mean trombone. He’s worked on sessions with some of the genre’s greatest acts and his solo work has been praised for its blend of American pop with traditional sounds. VIP tickets are available for the show. Visit for more details.

Indianapolis-based promoters Live-360 and S.G. Entertainment have signed a deal to book national live entertainment at the French Lick Resort and Casino, which is scheduled to open in November. Live-360 was founded by ex-Sunshine Promotions and Clear Channel executive Dave Lucas, while S.G. Entertainment is the new company of Steve Girardi, who has 22 years in the music business, also with Sunshine and Clear Channel. They plan on bringing acts to the 1,700-seat auditorium inside the Southern Indiana casino.

The Abbey Coffeehouse, which once featured the best local acoustic singers and songwriters, is getting back into the music scene this week with three acts. On Friday, Aug. 18, singer/songwriter Josi Crosby will perform at the Abbey. Change Theft, an acoustic punk band, will play on Aug. 25 and DJ The Free J will be there on Aug. 26. All shows start at 9 p.m. and are free.

The Friends Uv Nature & Knowledge Festival, otherwise known as the F.U.N.K. Festival, will take place at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park in Bean Blossom, Ind., on Aug. 25-27. While a variety of local and national acts, such as Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Umphrey’s McGee, will perform, the selling point of F.U.N.K. is the Knowledge Stage, which will feature musician speakers and workshops throughout the weekend.

Rap legends A Tribe Called Quest will reunite for the first time in eight years for a tour sponsored by the videogame NBA 2K7. While there’s not an Indianapolis date yet scheduled (Sept. 15 in Chicago is the closest city), a second leg of the tour might make it here.

In the “Strange But True” Department is Rockabye Baby, a new series of CDs featuring children’s versions of songs by Radiohead, Metallica, The Cure, Pixies and Pink Floyd, among others. Baby Rock Records is releasing the 15-CD set. The Radiohead disc is absolutely adorable and perfectly appropriate for baby’s first musical experience. Visit for more information.

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