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UPDATE: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers coming to State Farm Center

CHAMPAIGN — The waiting was the hardest part, but now we know: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at State Farm Center on May 10.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 8, 2016

Nathan Gunn of Champaign already has won a Grammy Award (2010). Still, he about jumped out of his opera tights when informed via Instagram that he was nominated for two more Tuesday.

Florida Georgia Line to play SFC

Florida Georgia Line will play the State Farm Center on Feb. 23. Opening acts will be Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane.

It's the latest big-name draw booked at the renovated home of Illinois basketball.

Tickets ($49.75 to $89) go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 18.

Kid Rock playing Champaign today

CHAMPAIGN — Jimmy John Liautaud’s “rock star employees” are being treated to a concert featuring a real-life rock star.

The sandwich giant lured five-time Grammy nominee Kid Rock and upstate New York funk/hip-hop band Sophistafunk to Champaign for a private show today at The Accord downtown.

Final encore at the Red Lion Inn

CHAMPAIGN — Back when downtown Champaign was deserted at night, campus bars were the place to hear live music in the 1960s and '70s.

And the Red Lion Inn was, appropriately enough, the king.

Chuck Koplinski: 'Deepwater Horizon' too close for comfort

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig, suffered a catastrophic disaster.

Dierks Bentley to play State Farm Center

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By DAVE BURLESON

dburleson@news-gazette.com

Country star Dierks Bentley will be the first big act to perform in the renovated State Farm Center.

Dick Van Dyke slept here

FAIRMOUNT — It wasn’t the daily wine tastings, the spacious suites or the rustic setting that Sleepy Creek Vineyards’ out-of-state guests enjoyed most about their three-night stay last week.

No, the highlight of Dick Van Dyke and wife Arlene’s visit to Vermilion County was Hobie, the winery’s brown Maine coon house cat.

LIVE: Dick Van Dyke's homecoming

DANVILLE — Dick Van Dyke rolled up to his alma matter in Danville on Thursday in a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, singing and smiling his big grin as Danville High School students serenaded him with theme music from the movie.

“God I’m 17 again,” said Van Dyke as he walked onto the stage in the Danville High School auditorium that was named for him in 2010.

UPDATED: Dick Van Dyke returning to Danville

Updated 8:23 p.m. Friday

DANVILLE — It's official: Dick Van Dyke is coming home again.

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