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Bill Burr’s comedy tour only heating up

Comedian making 4 stops within driving distance


Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 1, 2022

Comedian Bill Burr has added a new leg of dates to his “Bill Burr (Slight Return)” standup comedy tour. 

Burr is touring and spreading the laughter nationwide and, apparently, doesn’t want to stop, as the new dates extend the trek into December. 

In addition to standup, Burr has appeared in several films, including Daddy’s Home and Daddy’s Home 2, television shows that include Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, The New Girl, and his own animated series on Netflix, F Is for Family. Hehas also hosted the Monday Morning Podcast since 2007. 

Your chance to catch the Grammy-nominated comedian in our region will come when he stops at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington on Sept. 30, Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati on Oct. 1, Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Nov. 3, and United Center in Chicago on Nov. 4.

Ohio State Fair offers variety

The 12-day Ohio State Fair will feature a diverse selection of entertainment, including Christian, country, R&B, classic rock, and comedy. 

Country superstar Toby Keith will kick things off July 28 with special guest Alex Miller, followed by Foreigner on July 29, Nelly on July 30, and Dru Hill and Raheem DeVaughn on July 31. 

Contemporary Christian artists Zach Williams and We The Kingdom will get things going in August with a show on Aug. 1, with former American Idol contestant Scotty McCreery taking the stage Aug. 2, and comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias entertaining the crowd on Aug. 2. 

To round things out, iconic rapper Ice Cube willperform Aug. 4, music legend Willie Nelson stops by Aug. 5, and Lakeside and ConFunkShun finish things off Aug. 6. 

All concerts take place inside the WCOL Celeste Center in Columbus. 

The Ohio State Fair runs from July 27-Aug. 7.

Bring Horizon coming to us

While they continue to work on the follow-up album  to 2019’s Amo, British rockers Bring Me the Horizon will embark on a U.S. tour in this fall. 

Dates kick off in late September and run through October, including a show in Chicago’s Wintrust Arena on Oct. 14 and in Detroit’s Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill the following night. 

Knocked Loose, grandson, and Siiickbrain will support the rock band during the jam-packed tour.

Winnetka Festival back home

The producers of the Winnetka Music Festival have announced the fest is returning to the streets of the Chicago suburb over Father’s Day weekend, June 18, with their two biggest headliners to date. 

The festival was cancelled in 2020 and took place at  different venue last year, but is moving back to its original location on Lincoln Avenue in the city just 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. 

Headlining this year’s fest is ’90s alt-rock band Guster with Grammy-nominated blues rockers The Record Company providing support.  Also scheduled to appear are Melt, Minor Moon, Abby Hamilton, and several other national and local acts. 

Tickets start at just $25.

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