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By Ted Cox | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 3/13/2009 12:02 AM

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Beware Ides of March

Jim Peterik, best known as the lead singer of "Vehicle" by the Ides of March back in the '60s, plays a gig with his new smooth-jazz project Lifeforce at the College of Lake County this weekend. Jazz singer Lisa McClowry joins him as he improvises off "Vehicle" and "Eye of the Tiger" and other tunes.

Jim Peterik's Lifeforce performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Mainstage Theater of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the College of Lake County's Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Tickets are $16 to $31 at the box office or by calling (847) 543-2300 or visiting

Warming up Irish airs

Chicago native Liz Carroll and her Irish performance partner John Doyle put in an appearance at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center Monday to warm up for their trip to Washington, D.C., to sing Irish airs for President Obama as part of the White House St. Patrick's Day luncheon the following day.

Liz Carroll & John Doyle: A St. Patrick's Day Musical Celebration, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Tickets are $35, available at the box office or by calling (847) 577-2121 or visiting

Velvet birthday bash

Fred Anderson, one of the most important figures in Chicago jazz, both as a saxophonist and as owner of the Velvet Lounge on the South Side, kicks off a weeklong celebration of his 80th birthday when he joins the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble onstage Sunday, March 15. Beginning Wednesday, various players and groups will pay tribute to Anderson with nightly sets leading toward his return to the stage for his actual birthday bash Sunday, March 22.

Fred Anderson's 80th Birthday Celebration Festival begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, then Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, March 22, at the Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Rd., Chicago. Tickets $20 Sunday to $35 March 22, available only at the club. Call (312) 791-9050 or visit for details.