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3 things to do this weekend: Country Western, Christian rock and the final fall bird walk

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Here are 3 things to do for the weekend of Oct. 14 and 15, 2023, curated by WGLT's Lauren Warnecke. You can find more coverage on our Datebook - Arts & Music page or by subscribing to WGLT's Weekend Scoop email newsletter, which goes out every Friday.

Christian rock that actually rocks: In the mid-‘90s, MercyMe was the answer contemporary Christian music had been waiting for. The Grammy-nominated band brings its soulful power ballads and poppy vocals to Grossinger Arena as part of a stadium tour with next-gen Christian rockers Crowder and Illinois native Andrew Ripp. 7 p.m. Friday (doors 6 p.m.); tickets $25-$125 at grossingermotorsarena.com.

Is contemporary honky tonk a thing? Kansas Country Western troubadours Marty Bush and Natalie Prauser teamed up last year for Prauser’s first solo album and Cabin Sessions, a gratifying collab that’s as much hashtag van life as it is Old West cowboy life. Aaron Boyd opens for this all ages show at Nightshop. 8 p.m. Sunday (doors 7 p.m.); $10 cover. Nightshop517.com.

Last chance for fall birding: Local experts Dave and Bode Thompson lead John Wesley Powell Audubon Society’s final fall migration bird walk of the year — as the trees are just beginning to show fall colors. 8 a.m. Sunday in Ewing Park. Free. jwpaudubon.com.

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Lauren Warnecke is a reporter at WGLT. You can reach Lauren at lewarne@ilstu.edu.
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