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WonderBus books trio of faves

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Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Columbus’ WonderBus music festival announced its 2022 lineup on Wednesday, which will include a third day of music this year.

Duran Duran, one of the nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, will be the headliner for a Friday evening showcase Feb. 26 with Cannons, Daisy the Great and Tayls opening. A share of the proceeds from Friday’s show will benefit The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

At least for now, it’s the only U.S. date on Duran Duran’s touring schedule except for three West Coast shows in September.

More than 30 acts will play on Aug. 27 and 28 at The Lawn at CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service), 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus.

Lorde will be joined on Saturday by Coin, Cautious Clay, Max, The Knocks, Daisy the Great, Almost Monday, Chloe Lilac, Rebounder, 90s Kids, Argonaut, Wasp, Hembree, .wavrunner, Cousin Simple and day TVVo.

The Lumineers, one of the headliners for WonderStruck (another music festival created by The Elevation Group) will be joined Sunday by Young the Giant, James Bay, Beach Bunny, Meg Myers, Neal Francis, Morgyn, Mills, Noah Chenfeld, Little Image, Madeline the Person, Transviolet, Detention, Phangs and The Orphan The Poet.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at www.wonderbusfest.com/tickets. General admission tickets start at $239 for a three-day pass and $199 for Saturday and Sunday only. Single-day tickets are $79 for Aug. 26, and $129 each for Aug. 27 or 28. Prices will increase on Sunday and increase again on March 5. VIP packages also are available.

• Not all outdoor Ohio music festivals wait until summer.

Brite Winter returns to the West Bank of The Flats in Cleveland on Saturday, with a high of 34 degrees predicted.

Thirty acts will perform on four outdoor stages starting at 3 p.m. Nashville-based rock act Colony House is the headliner, but the lineup is dominated by northeast Ohio artists.

The festival usually has a Mahoning Valley representation. The last Brite Winter in 2020 included both The Vindys and Spirit of the Bear, and this year The Super Babes are scheduled to play at 4:50 p.m. at The Stage in the Lot. Performing before the Super Babes on the same stage will be Angela Perley, who is based in Columbus but has played several Mahoning Valley shows over the years.

In addition to music, Brite Winter features public art displays, food trucks and craft beer vendors.

General admission tickets start at $5 and are available in advance at britewinter.com.

It’s a fun time, but here’s a bit of advice based on past experience — when you think you’re dressed warm enough, add one more layer.

• It was a big week for Cleveland comedy announcements. Chris Rock will play the Connor Palace on June 16 as part of his Ego Death World Tour. The 38-date tour wraps in November in Los Angeles, so I’m guessing there will be a new standup special in early 2023.

And John Mulaney will play Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sept. 23. I’ve seen Mulaney live before, and it was a great show. But I’ve never seen a comedy show in a venue that size, and I’m not sure I’d want to.

Both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.

Andy Gray is entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.

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