KEITH URBAN: Some people first heard of this Australian country-rocker when he started showing up on the elbow of Ms. Nicole Kidman at various redcarpetted events around the globe, but many, many others have been following his hot career since the last millennium. We like that the man has been open about his personal highs and lows, his struggles with addiction, and that he has truly worked to get to his multi-platinum-y perch in the country music biz. Nope, no waltzing into the easy gains for Mr. Urban; as a session musician backing up the likes of Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks, the man saw a few salad days. Maybe that's why his famous grin just always seems so genuine to us. He's glad to be up on that stage. Friday, March 27, 8PM. HOB Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood. 323-848-5100
ALSO ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27: Project ETHOS presents "Culture Shock" melds art and tunes into one magical night at Vanguard; the Girlie Girl Catfight Show amps up the camp at El Rey; and comedian Louis C.K. -- he of the ultra-viral video of his recent "Conan" appearance -- talks modern headaches and more, at the Wiltern.