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Delta Highway plays the Washington Street Jazz & Blues Fest Saturday June 28 at 9pm

Sound of music
Music fans flood downtown’s streets this Saturday for an evening of swinging jazz and soulful blues by local and national practitioners of these genres. This year’s lineup, hosted by Springfield Area Arts Council, starts with performances by the Beatniks (6 p.m.) and the Pauline York Band (7 p.m.). Bob Katt and the Missing Lynx hit the stage next (8 p.m.), followed by the Memphis blues band Delta Highway (9 p.m.). Baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson (10 p.m.) and Pleasure Chest, a central-Illinois-based blues band featuring Robert Sampson (11 p.m.), close out the festival. Proceeds from the evening will be used to match funds for the Community Arts Access grant program, which benefits local arts organizations. The event will be held rain or shine.
Saturday June 28
Washington Street Jazz & Blues Fest Washington Street between Fifth & Sixth streets 6 p.m.-midnight $10
March on
The Stephen Vincent Benét musical John Brown’s Body, named for the Union marching song, tells the tale of abolitionist John Brown from the perspectives of Jack Ellyat, a Union soldier, and Clay Wingate, a Confederate. The stories of the two men’s lives and loves are intertwined — sometimes in song — with Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, his execution, and the Civil War. Theatre in the Park veteran John Woodruff, in his first stint as a director, takes the helm of the performance. John Brown’s Body continues next weekend.
Fri.-Sun. June 27-29 (Also July 3-6) John Brown’s Body Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg 8 p.m. $12; kids $7
Loretta Lynn performs at Sangamon Auditorium June 28 at 8pm
Country girl
Loretta Lynn climbed to iconic status in the country-music world in the quintessential rags-to-riches story, chronicled in the popular 1980 biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter. She isn’t one to rest on her laurels, though: Her 2004 collaboration with garage-rocker Jack White of the White Stripes, Van Lear Rose, garnered two Grammy Awards. Lynn, known for her soulful voice and sassy sensibilities, makes a stop at Sangamon Auditorium this weekend to sing her classic tunes.
Saturday June 28
Loretta Lynn Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield campus 8 p.m. $44 & $54
Fashion police
This Saturday, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum celebrates ladies’ fashions of yore with “From Corsets to Cloaks.” Those who attend will enjoy an afternoon tea, along with readings of comedic writings about the ill-fitting garments of the 1800s. Nancy Torgerson, an expert in period clothing, discusses the characteristics of clothing from the era. The afternoon event is held in conjunction with the Historic Preservation Agency’s program “Stitches in Time.”
Saturday June 28 From Corsets to Cloaks Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. 217-558-8934 2 p.m. $35
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