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News on ACM Awards, Blues & Brews, Celebrate Brooklyn

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson have joined the performance lineup for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards. The May 23 show will air live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Also set to perform are Kelly Clarkson, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood. Presenters include Lonestar, Billy Currington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw, Kathryn Morris, Craig Ferguson ("The Late Late Show") and NASCAR legend Tony Stewart, who is presenting the Depot Humanitarian Award to Vince Gill.

Reba McEntire will return for the eighth time as host of the honors.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

John Mayer, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Tab Benoit lead the lineup for Colorado's 13th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Set for Sept. 15-17, the event presents an eclectic lineup of artists against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in Telluride Town Park.

Other artists set to play include Hothouse Flowers, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars (consisting of Benoit, Anders Osborne, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and others), Lightnin' Malcolm with the Knockdown South Band, James Blood Ulmer and the Lee Boys.

Single day and weekend tickets for the festival, which includes a one-day tasting of more than 100 beers from 50 microbreweries, go on sale June 1 via and 866-515-6166.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

TV On The Radio, Los Lonely Boys, Yo La Tengo, Maceo Parker, Laurie Anderson, Angelique Kidjo and Leela James are among the acts confirmed for this summer's edition of the free Celebrate Brooklyn concert series, which will be held in the borough's Prospect Park from June through August.

As part of Princess Cruises Movies Under the Stars series, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet will perform along with 1931's "Dracula," while Bill Frisell will offer a live score to short films by Buster Keaton and cartoons by Jim Woodring.

Other artists set to appear at Celebrate Brooklyn include Los Amigos Invisibles, Nortec Collective, Toshi Reagon, Barrington Levy and Savion Glover.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.