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Jonas Brothers, including soon-to-be new dad Kevin, at Star Plaza performing special fan concert

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-07-09T16:30:00Z 2013-07-10T11:26:13Z Jonas Brothers, including soon-to-be new dad Kevin, at Star Plaza performing special fan concertBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

The Jonas Brothers singing trio, a favorite of young fans since their career launch on Disney Channel nearly a decade ago, have spent the past week making Northwest Indiana their home away from home.

Yep, if you drove by the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville recently and saw four huge semi trailers sitting in the back parking lot, along with cases of equipment at the loading dock, here's why:

The Jonas Brothers took over the Star Plaza Theatre for four days beginning this past Saturday to rehearse their show before hitting the road with their new summer concert tour.

The first concert is Wednesday (July 10) at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion In Chicago.

It's a perfect situation for the Jonas Brothers and their crew, since they're staying in the adjoining Radisson Hotel, and with their own keys to the theater, they never have to venture outside.

Today at 4 p.m. at Star Plaza Theater, the Jonas Brothers invited a select group of 70 special fans for an exclusive special "run-through" concert .

This Jonas tour will only be hitting large outdoor concert facilities and arenas, including Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis on Friday.

Today is a big day for Jonas news. A representative for the Jonas Brothers says Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle are expecting their first child. The two married in 2009 and are the stars of the E! reality series "Married to Jonas," which wrapped its second season in May.

Kevin, 25, is the eldest Jonas. The other Jonas Brothers are Nick, 20, and Joe, 23, and the three will release a new album later this year.

The last time I interviewed the Jonas Brothers was in Chicago, in August 2010 at House of Blues when the pop trio were in town to launch their three-continent "Live in Concert" summer tour, which kicked off at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill.

Middle brother Joe, who has a birthday on Aug. 15, likes acting and plays Will Moretti, son of actress Valerie Bertinelli's character on TV Land's series "Hot in Cleveland," which also stars Betty White.

The good-natured brothers told me they don't mind being compared to Hanson, their '90s predecessor brother band.

"The Hanson Brothers even came to one of our tours a few years ago to see us perform, which was cool," Kevin said.

As for similarities in style and music, the Jonas Brothers don't see any connection.

"They happen to also be brothers and they play music," Joe said.

"That's about it for the similarities."

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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