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Updated: June 22, 2012 4:03PM

The brothers Jackson — Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito — are working so hard on their new album (so they’ve said) that they canceled the first two dates of their new Unity tour in order to keep recording. This will make the first Jacksons album since 1989’s “2300 Jackson Street,” and the first tour together since 1984. Show time is 8 p.m. June 22 at the Star Plaza Theater, 8001 Delaware Pl., Merrillville, Ind. Tickets: $55-$80. Call (800) 745-3000; — Thomas Conner

The Long Grove Strawberry Festival, June 22-24 at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads, Long Grove, swings into gear with entertainment that includes Symbia, 4 p.m. June 22; the Wandering Endorphin, 2 p.m. June 22; White Saddle Band, noon June 23; Centerfold, 2 p.m. June 24 and 7th Heaven, 3 p.m. June 24. Festivities also include an ice cream eating contest, face painting, rides and tons of strawberry-themed food. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 23; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 24. Call (773) 665-4682;

Grammy Award-winning Country music legend Loretta Lynn performs three shows at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Show times are 8 p.m. June 22-23; 3 p.m. June 24. Tickets are $65. Call (800) 745-3000;


The Chicago Pride Fest is June 22-23 at Halsted and Waveland. Entertainment includes Sixteen Candles, 8 p.m. June 22; Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, 3 p.m. June 23 and Windy City Cowboys, 7:30 p.m. June 23. Hours for the festival are 4 to 10 p.m. June 22; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 23. The event is a precursor to the 43rd Annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade, stepping off from its new location of Broadway and Montrose at noon June 24. The parade heads south on Broadway to Halsted, continuing down Halsted to Belmont, proceeding east to Lincoln Park at Diversey and Cannon. Free. Visit;


Country duo Sugarland — that’s lead singer Jennifer Nettles and composer/songwriter Kristian Bush — bring its “In Your Hands” tour to First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park, at 7:30 p.m. June 23. Lauren and Canaan Smith open. Tickets are $29-$54. Call (800) 745-3000;


Lincoln Park Zoo’s, Cannon and Fullerton, 19th Annual Jammin’ at the Zoo three-part summer concert series kicks off at 7 p.m. June 22 with Canadian band Hedley. Utah’s Neon trees take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$28. Upcoming dates are Better Than Ezra, July 27; and Hot Chelle Rae and Allstar Weekend, Aug. 24. Call (312) 742-2283;


REO Speedway and Styx with special guest Ted Nugent headline the Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express Tour at 7 p.m. June 24 at Charter One Pavilion, 1300 S. Lynn White. Tickets are $20-$125. Call (800) 745-3000;


Wicker Park is home to the Green Music Festival noon to 10 p.m. June 23-24 on Damen between North and Schiller. Music headliners include Minor Characters, 3 p.m. June 23 (North Stage); Mark Rose, 12:30 p.m. June 23 (South Stage); the Raveonettes, 8 p.m. June 24 (North Stage); and Passafire, 6:30 p.m. June 24 (South Stage). The Museum of Science and Industry showcases exhibits and games in the Green Family Fun Fest area. Green Village features vendors touting eco-friendly goods. Admission is $5. Visit


Ronnie Milsap joins Glen Campbell on the current leg of his “Goodbye” tour at 8 p.m. June 28 at Ravinia, Lake-Cook and Green Bay roads, Highland Park. Tickets are $32-$60. Visit


Taste of the Nation kick-off party, benefitting Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation effort to raise funds to end childhood hunger, is 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 at Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard. Admission is $25. Visit

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