Category: Dave Matthews Band

Nicki Minaj, Glen Campbell, Wilco among L.A.'s top summer concerts

Southern California’s summer pop music calendar includes Hard Summer, Make Music Pasadena and Rock the Bells festivals.

Images: Fiona Apple (Jack Plunkett / Associated Press) Nicki Minaj (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times); Maxwell (Sean Gardner / Getty Images)
Nicki Minaj. Skrillex. Glen Campbell’s goodbye tour. Wilco. Some big names in pop are coming to Southern California this summer, promising a decent warm-weather season and the extension of a concert year that already has promoters singing.

Last month, promotion giant Live Nation, which also operates Ticketmaster, reported a 6% increase in ticket sales for the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year -- no doubt due to a spring that has seen Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, the Beach Boys and Roger Waters touring; the Beverly Hills-based company also just promoted three sold-out Coldplay shows at the Hollywood Bowl. With artists such as Justin Bieber and Madonna not making it out West until the fall, the year’s blockbuster tours would seem to conveniently miss L.A.’s summer months.

But music fans still have a lot to celebrate this summer.

The annual downtown dance event known as Hard Summer has expanded from one day to two, and the yet-to-be-announced rock-centric festival known as FYF, also downtown and produced by the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promoter Goldenvoice, has also stretched from one to two days over Labor Day. A festival spokeswoman says to expect the lineup to be revealed by the end of this month. What’s more, the Dave Matthews Band, one of the concert industry’s biggest stars, will swing through Southern California in September.

Gary Bongiovani, editor of concert-tracking publication Pollstar, also notes that tours are maximizing value: “We’re seeing good solid three-act shows these days. One way to stand out of the fog is to combine and offer fans real value. We see Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin Y Yandel. That’s a great tri-bill. In previous years, we may not have seen that combination of talent.”

Here’s a look at just a few of the big-name acts and can’t-miss shows coming to the L.A. this summer.

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Dave Matthews Band announces new album, Irvine date

 Dave Matthews Band announces new album, Irvine date

Here's a cocktail party tidbit: No act sold more tickets than the Dave Matthews Band did for the period that stretched from 2000 to 2009. That little factoid comes courtesy of Billboard, which notes that the band sold 11.2 million in that span. Today, the band has revealed that a new album and an extensive U.S. tour are on the horizon. The group will play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on Sept. 8.

Pop & Hiss advises getting there early to catch soul up-and-comer Allen Stone. Tickets, according to a Live Nation statement, are slated to go on sale March 9. A pre-sale will be offered via the Dave Matthews Band's fan club. While prices for the Irivne date haven't been revealed, tickets for other dates are generally running $40 to $75, not including surcharges. 

The band recently went into the studio with veteran producer Steve Lillywhite, who the group collaborated with on its first three studio albums. A release date has not yet been set, but the tour is set to launch May 18 in the Woodlands, Texas. 

The new album will be the band's first since 2009's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," which lost the album of the year Grammy to Taylor Swift and her "Fearless." "Big Whiskey" received largely favorable reviews, as it presented a more rock 'n' roll side of the Dave Matthews Band.  


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