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TIM MCGRAW/ LADY ANTEBELLUM
7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $36.50-$69.50.

Nowadays, country singers don't come much more prepackaged and ready for fame than Tim McGraw. A balladeer who doesn't write his own songs, a razorjawed metrosexual in a metallic-colored, pre-distressed cowboy hat, he exemplifies all the excesses and successes to be found in “pop with a drawl,” Clear Channel-country. But he's put 11 consecutive albums atop the Billboard charts, has a gazillion dollars and sleeps with Faith Hill, and he's sure to pack Alltel Arena this Friday night. Especially in the South, the man's music is inescapable; he has three Greatest Hits albums and, chances are, you've either danced or scoffed to at least a few of his songs if you've been to an Arkansas high school dance in the last 18 years. He'll be accompanied by fellow country megastars, Lady Antebellum, a wholesome, harmony-heavy trio with two platinum albums under their belt buckles. This should be a biggie, so prepare to steer clear of the river bridge that evening, travelers.

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