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Friday To-Do: Martina McBride / Trace Adkins

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MARTINA MCBRIDE / TRACE ADKINS
7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $35.75-$59.75.

Martina McBride's been a lot things over the course of her nearly 20-year career. A honky-tonk revivalist. A country-pop balladeer. An adult radio crossover. And now, with the “Shine All Night” tour, a rock star. Or at least that's the image she's hoping to project with all the costume changes, grand staging, props (one video clip on her website shows her perched on a sliver of a blue moon, rising above the stage) and, especially, big electric guitars. Musically, it's as if she's been Keith Urban-ized — put in a new, punchy pop-rock context — which, as far as staying relevant goes, doesn't seem like a bad idea. But to be sure, you're going to get at least a peek at all the different sides of Martina. Like McBride, Louisiana native Trace Adkins started his career in the neo-traditionalist vein before shifting to pop-ier pastures. Lately, that's meant embracing Nash Vegas' version of rock 'n' roll (imagine a shinier, 2010 version of .38 Special) and rap (hick-hop?). Try dialing up Adkins' monster hit, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” on YouTube for a primer.

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