Demi Lovato grew up on TV.
She was a cast member in the children's TV program "Barney and Friends" from 2002 to 2004, then went on to far greater fame on the Disney Channel's "Camp Rock" and "Sonny with a Chance."
Along the way, she also established herself as a pop singer, having released her gold-certified debut, "Don't Forget," in 2008.
The 21-year-old Texan's latest album is last year's "Demi," which she'll support in concert Feb. 11 at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Show time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $29.50 to $69.50, www.ticketmaster.com.
I love the English Beat. And, really, what's not to love? The British 2 Tone ska revival band, which got its start in 1978, has so many great songs. Topping the list would be such immortal cuts as "Twist and Crawl," "I Confess," "Stand Down Margaret" and -- oh, yes -- "Mirror in the Bathroom." Plus, Dave Wakeling and crew also deliver a fun, energetic show.
The English Beat perform Feb. 16 at Don Quixote's international Music Hall in lovely downtown Felton. Show time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 to $25, www.donquixotesmusic.info.
Early alert: Mastodon, one of the heaviest metal bands on the planet, is coming to the Fox Theater in Oakland. The Atlanta group performs May 1. Tickets are $27.50, www.ticketmaster.com.
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