Greek Theatre, Gibson Amphitheatre 2011 seasons announced
A near-Zeppelin live experience, a 45th anniversary reunion of 75% of the Monkees, the return of a post-“Raising Sand” Alison Krauss to her longtime band Union Station, hit country-pop duo Sugarland, Steely Dan and a wealth Latin pop, salsa and traditional music stars including Vicente Fernandez, Luis Miguel, Ruben Blades and Ramon Ayala highlight the 2011 seasons at the Greek Theatre and Gibson Amphitheatre, to be announced Friday.
Drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin’s original percussionist John Bonham, brings his Led Zeppelin Experience production to the Greek on May 27 for the venerable amphitheater’s 80th anniversary season, and Spanish signer Camilo Sesto kicks off the Premiere Marquee Club joint subscription season for the Gibson. Ticket packages for both venues go on sale Friday at PMCLA.com.
Bluegrass and country darling Krauss is back with Union Station to play the Greek on June 23, following her massively successful “Raising Sand” collaboration with ex-Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, whose new group, Band of Joy, has its own date set for the Greek in a previously announced April 23 show.
The Greek’s season also serves up a couple of veteran rock and pop acts celebrating anniversaries this year. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork will sing “Hey, hey — we’re the Monkees!” on July 16 as part of their reunion tour. Although guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith joined with his former band mates on stage in 1986, 1996 and a 1997 U.K. tour, and in the studio for the 1996 album “Justus,” their first since their late-‘60s heyday, Nesmith is sitting this collaboration out.
British prog-rock group Jethro Tull marks the 40th anniversary of its “Aqualung” album in a June 11 stop at the Greek. Steely Dan will again offer up a couple of its studio albums in their entireties, along with a survey of material from across their career, with July 8 and 9 shows at the Greek.
The Gibson season is rich with Latin music, starting with Sesto and including Hombres G and Enanitos Verdes on June 10, Miguel (June 17), Polo Polo (June 18), Blades with Gilberto Santa Rosa (June 25), Los Tucanes de Tijuana (July 9), Ramon Ayala (Jluly 23), Pepe Aguilar (July 30), Alejandro Fernandez (Sept. 9) and Vicente Fernandez’s regular multi-night stand Nov. 11-13.
The Gibson will also play host to some award show events, including the MTV Movie Awards 2011 (June 5) and the Teen Choice Awards (Aug. 7).
The full schedule for both facilities is available at PMCLA.com or (818) 622-9987.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo (left) of Alison Krauss. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.
Photo (center) of Lykke Li. Credit: Daniel Jackson.
Photo (right) of Vicente Fernandez. Credit: Los Angeles Times.