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Jason Mraz will perform Nov. 22 at Four Winds Casino Resort’s Silver Creek Event Center.

Chaka Khan to perform at Four Winds

NEW BUFFALO — Tickets are now on sale for Chaka Khan’s Sept. 13 tour stop at Four Winds Casino Resort’s Silver Creek Event Center, 11111 Wilson Road.

Tickets for the 9 p.m. show to see the 10-time Grammy Award winner start at $59, and can be purchased online at or by calling 800-745-3000.

A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has sung in seven musical genres: R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical.

She has released 22 albums, and racked up 10 No. 1 Billboard songs. Her latest work, “Hello Happiness,” a seven-track album, was released Feb. 15.

Early on, Chaka Khan caught the attention of Stevie Wonder, who penned her first hit with Rufus, “Tell Me Something Good.” Rufus became popular for songs like “Sweet Thing,” “Everlasting Love,” “Do You Love What You Feel?” and “Ain’t Nobody.”

In 1978, Chaka Khan went solo with “I’m Every Woman,” and became a household name with “I Feel For You.”

In 2011, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mraz tour to make stop in New Buffalo

NEW BUFFALO — Singer/songwriter Jason Mraz will perform at 9 p.m. Nov. 22 at Four Winds Casino Resort’s Silver Creek Event Center, 11111 Wilson Road.

Tickets to see the Grammy award-winner are now on sale, and start at $75. They can be purchased online at or by calling 800-745-3000.

Mraz will be joined by longtime collaborators Raining Jane for the tour, “Ladies & Gentleman, An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane.”

Mraz recently wrapped up his global “Good Vibes” tour, with stops at arenas and outdoor pavilions throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

In addition to familiar favorites, “Ladies & Gentleman” will feature new material, including songs from Know. – Mraz’s sixth studio album, released in August.

The album became his fifth consecutive studio album to debut in the Billboard 200’s Top 10, and has gone on to amass hundreds of millions of streams, led by the single “Have It All.”

SAM adds three new lessons to curriculum

THREE OAKS — The School of American Music has added lessons in mountain dulcimer, clarinet and saxophone to its curriculum.

The mountain dulcimer – different than the more familiar hammer dulcimer – goes back to 1700s America, where it was developed by German settlers in Pennsylvania. Scotch-Irish immigrants took up the instrument and brought it down the Appalachian Trail and into homes along the way.

According to dulcimer instructor Garth Taylor, the mountain dulcimer is the easiest stringed instrument to play, and the first he learned.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced clarinet and saxophone will be offered by a recent addition to the SAM faculty, Jill Measel.

Measel also teaches students in the Lakeshore Public Schools, and performs in community bands and church ensembles.

She works within a wide range of musical instruction, “from the squeaks and squawks of brand-new beginners to those who desire more advance coaching as they prepare for college auditions and solo performances.”

SAM music lessons are given in studios on the second floor of Three Oaks Township Public Library, 3 N. Elm St.

For more information, or to register for courses, visit