Best Chance to See a Rising Star: For the past couple years, British music journalists have heralded the work of Kate Walsh. The young singer-songwriter follows in the footsteps of founding mothers Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, and her sound is informed by extensive classical study. Don't miss the opportunity to see her beautiful, affecting live show — you have the chance Sunday, June 1, at the Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-4444 or Singer-songwriter Brandi Shearer opens for Walsh. Tickets are $10.

Wardell Brown

Best Opportunity to Show Off Your Boot-Scootin' Boogie: You remember how to boot-scoot. Yes, you do. Don't lie. Instead, dust off those '90s line-dancing skills and head to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, where mega-platinum country act Brooks & Dunn takes the stage on Saturday, May 31. The duo's fame peaked a while back, but they're still great performers who helped country music reach mainstream audiences. Talented young'un Kellie Pickler proves there's life after a sixth-place American Idol finish, and handsome Tennessee crooner Rodney Atkins rounds out the bill. Tickets are $34 to $58.75. 

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