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Top 4 shows: May 20-26

Rex Manning Day

Friday: The latest Rex Manning Day concert focuses on the ’80s starting at 9:30 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. Ramona & the Slimdudes, Karen Meat & the Computer, Viva Montesa, Just Say No and Easy Fruit will perform classic ’80s songs, with DJ Bueller McFly spinning between sets. $5. Go to


Saturday: The Minneapolis tribute band Hairball kicks off the Nitefall on the River series with an 8 p.m. show at Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Hairball recreates live shows by bands like AC/DC, Kiss, Guns ‘n Roses and more, complete with costume changes. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Go to


Saturday: If you can’t make it to the Summer Camp Music Festival this weekend in Chillicothe, Ill., there’s Mini-Camp at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Infuzion will perform as The Grateful Dead, The Smoothsayers as Phish, America as The Black Crowes and Southbound as The Allman Brothers.


Tuesday: Industrial metal pioneers Ministry will play an insanely (but awesomely) priced show at 8 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The Chicago band performed at the first Lollapalooza in 1992, the same year it broke through with the hit “Jesus Built My Hotrod.” Tickets are $66.66. Go to