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Post-Dispatch reporter Kevin C. Johnson had this to say about the music and nightlife scene in St. Louis, posting these happenings last week on his blog, The Blender. STLtoday.com/blender

R. Kelly expected - Controversial R&B superstar R. Kelly is expected in St. Louis for a concert Dec. 8. This is according to his touring schedule released on his website. Dates and cities were listed, though not venues.

Farm Aid contest - Farm Aid is having a contest in which the winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to the concert and a pair of front row seats to the Oct. 4 concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. It's a photo contest, with the prize going to the best photo relating to family farms or the goods they produce. The photos can be of farms, tractors, barns, fruit, vegetables, animals, etc.

Judy Collins, David Garrett at the Sheldon - Judy Collins and David Garrett are coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall. The Friends of the Sheldon present Judy Collins, Kenny White, 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Patron tickets are on sale now. Patron tickets include preferred seating, complimentary parking, postconcert reception and a tax deduction. Single tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 7. David Garrett, 8 p.m. Oct. 21.

AFI at the Pageant - AFI will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Pageant. Gallows is also on the bill. Paramore, Paper Route, the Swellers, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $29.50. Boys Like Girls, Cobra Starship, the Maine, a Rocket to the Moon, VersaEmerge, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

Boyz II Men coming - Boyz II Men will perform Feb. 14 at Lumière Place Casino's Lumière Theatre, according to the group's extended schedule. The venue has not yet announced the show, and ticket prices are unavailable.

St. Louisan advances on 'StarMaker' - One St. Louis-area star shines and another dims on the new reality show "P. Diddy's StarMaker." The show debuted last Sunday night with not one but two area contestants, Todd Sarvies of John Boy's Courage and Lauren Thomas. St. Louis rocker Sarvies was the first finalist up on the show, and he belted out Panic at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." It was a strong start to the show, and the judges said his vocals were great. Midway through the show was Thomas, of O'Fallon, Mo., whose pre-performance clips showed her saying the stage was her home. But she was betrayed by her own performance, which was of Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha." She was the first female singer eliminated. Sarvies sailed through, and is one step closer to winning a Bad Boy Records contract. The show airs Sundays.

Schlafly Tap Room offering all-day music festival - The annual Lot Music Festival will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Schlafly Tap Room. The all-day event will run until 12:30 a.m. Performing are Lucabrasi, the Hibernauts, Jon Hardy and the Public, Soulard Blues Band, the Dock Ellis Band, Hazard to Ya Booty, the 75's and the Blind Eyes.

'Donk Dat' hits No. 7 - Yung Ro is the latest in a long line of rappers to land on the Billboard rap charts, and he's definitely the one with the longest hair. The lanky rapper, who calls himself Young Superfly because of his lengthy locks, hit Billboard with "Donk Dat," a bouncy little club jam that debuted at No. 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Newsboys head to Family Arena - Christian rock/pop band Newsboys' "The Way We Roll" tour comes to Family Arena at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. MeInMotion, Seventh Day Slumber and Bread of Stone are also on the bill.

Halo starts Thursday night concert series - New to the Halo Bar at the Pageant is the Halo Confessional Series, a Thursday night concert series. Local artists performing at the Halo Confessional Series will be "revealing all their guilty pleasures, musical revelations, and melodious inspirations across their own personal careers, in an intimate and fan friendly atmosphere." The shows can be either unplugged or electric, solo or with special musical friends, and will highlight artists who have helped shaped the St. Louis music scene past and present.

Stryper anniversary, Tech N9ne at Pop's - Stryper's 25th anniversary tour is Oct. 8 at Pop's. Flight Patterns and Manic Drive are also on the bill. Tech N9ne will perform Nov. 6. Slaughterhouse and Stevie Stone are also on the bill.

Rick Springfield, Loretta Lynn tickets on sale - Tickets are on sale now for Rick Springfield, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Loretta Lynn, all coming to the Rickman Auditorium. Rick Springfield, 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Loretta Lynn, 8 p.m. Feb. 20, 2010, $35-$52. Previously, tickets were only available as part of special packages.

Win tickets to see Blink-182 at Verizon - Doritos is behind a new contest, Doritos Late Night, in which Blink-182 fans can win tickets to the rockers' upcoming concert. The band performs Sept. 3 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Weezer, Taking Back Sunday and Chester French are also on the bill.

Trey Songz at the Venue - R&B singer Trey Songz will perform Tuesday night at the Venue, 5960 Martin Luther King Boulevard.