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Latin powerhouse group and renowned blues guitarist come to the JLC in February

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 27, 2023

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) continues its spring 2023 season with two stellar February concerts.  

The remarkable, all-female quartet LADAMA graces the JLC stage at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, performing a modern twist on Latin alternative music. This virtuosic ensemble of musicians and educators includes performers from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Missouri. Utilizing traditional and non-traditional instruments from across the Americas, they will create a unique musical experience flowing from the electric to the acoustic. By combining song, rhythm and storytelling, they aim to build communities through sound, empower women and youth through music and create art that transports us to a future where continents and cultures communicate without borders.  

Tickets are $24, $20 for seniors and military and $12 for students. For more information about the artist, visit 

From the bayous of southern Louisiana comes the soulful, gritty-voiced Tab Benoit, headlining at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. A Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist, Benoit has recorded 18 albums in his 30-year plus career and has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Charlie Musselwhite and Junior Wells. He’s also won several blues awards including the “BB King Entertainer of the Year Award” twice and has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Opening the show is guitarist JD Simo, a one-man crusade dedicated to keeping music real, raw and honest. Originally from Chicago, Simo is now based in Nashville where he has worked with Jack White and Blackberry Smoke, among others.   

Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and military and $15 for students. For more information about the Tab Benoit, visit, and for JD Simo, visit 

For tickets, buy online at or call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the JLC Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as two hours prior to show time for all performances. All performances are at the James Lumber Center, 19351 West Washington Street in Grayslake. The JLC offers free parking and has a snack bar with soft drinks, beer, wine and light fare. 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.