Scottish band, Franz Ferdinand, was formed in Glasgow in 2002 and include band members bassist Bob Hardy, guitarist Nick McCarthy, drummer Paul Thomson, and singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos. “Take Me Out” from their 2004 debut album Franz Ferdinand, became a hit, in part thanks to the song's cutting-edge video, which earned the Breakthrough Video award at that year's MTV Music Video Awards. The group's momentum continued with the release of the “Michael” single. Franz Ferdinand released their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, in 2005. The song "Lucid Dreams" appeared on the soundtrack to Madden NFL 09 and was released on iTunes in 2008. In 2009, the single “Ulysses” arrived a week before the release of Franz Ferdinand’s third album, Tonight. In 2011 the Covers EP was released with covers of Franz Ferdinand Tonight tracks by Blondie, LCD Sound System, Peaches, Stephin Merritt and ESG. We welcome Franz Ferdinand as they make their Humphreys Concerts debut and our first-ever standing room-general admission show. (There will be no dinner show or hotel packages available.) With special guest Palma Violets. (There will be no hotel packages available but a select amount of dinner show standing room-GA packages will be offered.) On sale now through Ticketmaster only.
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. The Canadian identical twins, have sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album, Heartthrob. The album’s first single, “Closer” has racked up over half a million online streams and is garnering rave reviews and airplay from around the world. With special guest, fellow Canadian pop artists, Stars. Tickets available through Ticketmaster only.
Multiplatinum-selling songstress Keyshia Cole is gearing up for her Woman to Woman tour—named after her November 2012 album, and serves as a thank you to fans for making all of her albums top 10 on the Billboard 200. The Grammy-nominated artist bared her soul on Woman to Woman; an effort which earned her the #2 position on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, and hosted singles “Enough of No Love” and “Trust and Believe”. Concert-goers will also be treated to the sultry sounds of fellow crooner and special guest, Chrisette Michele, who is readying her fourth album Better for release this spring. Also appearing will be R&B soloist, Mateo.
After Recently Winning The “Album of the Year” Latin Grammy For The Chart-Topping “Juanes MTV Unplugged” album, the Colombian superstar will bring his critically-praised “Loud & Unplugged Tour” to Humphreys. With six solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 15 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist and is recognized as one of the world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 10 Million fans. His dedication as a global activist extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the "Paz sin Fronteras" (Peace Without Borders) organization - which utilizes music to unite populaces regardless of political or geographic divides and advocate that all people are entitled to the basic human right of peace. Tickets available through Ticketmaster only.
Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter. Since achieving international stardom 18 years ago, Jewel has emerged as a charismatic live performer and a respected songwriter with 10 studio albums to her credit. She’s earned four Grammy® nominations along the way, the most recent for her 2010 country ballad, “Satisfied.” The recently-released Jewel's Greatest Hits, is her first ever career-spanning collection and includes new recordings of classic hits as well as a new single. Don't miss the talented superstar's solo acoustic performance of her multi-platinum tracks as she makes her ninth appearance on our stage! With special guests Atz Lee & Steve Poltz.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers. Their self-made 2005 debut album, Nothing but the Water revealed a musically sophisticated young band inspired by the music of the late '60s/early '70s and fronted by a then-21-year-old dynamo whose nuanced singing, organ playing and songwriting belied her age. The follow-up, 2007's This Is Somewhere, confirmed that the band had no interest in following trends but was instead in pursuit of timeless expression as it forged its identity. On 2010's self-titled third album, GPN, toughened by a half decade of nonstop roadwork, flexed their rock 'n' roll muscles and confirmed that they were in it for the long haul. Seven years after hitting the radar, GPN took an exponential leap with the widescreen opus The Lion The Beast The Beat, released last year. You may also hear Grace Potter on the movie soundtrack of Disney’s “Tangled” and on the track “You and Tequila” from Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey. We welcome Grace Potter & the Nocturnals as they make their debut appearance at Humphreys Concerts.
Pop music royalty, passionate philanthropist and super mom, Cyndi Lauper kicks off her She’s So Unusual Tour at Humphreys to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album. Lauper will perform the record-setting album in its entirety. Recorded and released in 1983, She’s So Unusual, is a colorful portrait of a unique and multifaceted talent. The album features some of Lauper’s most well-known songs and perennial radio favorites including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “All Through the Night.” She’s So Unusual made Lauper a household name and also cemented her place in musical history as the first female artist to have four top 10 singles on a debut album. The release went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and won Lauper a Grammy® Award for Best New Artist. With special guest Hunter Valentine.
Michael McDonald’s distinctive and soulful sound along with his formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, have made him a celebrated musical prescence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums, the five-time Grammy-winner is an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving. Former Steve Miller Band member Boz Scaggs imparts a mellow, laid-back tone with his jazz standards and pop/rock, as heard in the hits “Lowdown” and “Heart of Mine.” Scaggs’s newest album Memphis has been praised by Rolling Stone as “gorgeous.” The album was written as a blues-infused love letter to the famous city on the river.
The propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style of The Doobie Brothers has sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades. Their indelible contributions to the American songbook, from "Listen To The Music" and "China Grove" to "Black Water" and "Long Train Runnin'", remain as beloved and relevant as ever. Original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30-year member John McFee marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album, World Gone Crazy. It was their first new album in a decade, and it produced the Top 20 track "Far From Home" and the Top 5 GAC Video "World Gone Crazy." The Doobie Brothers will be making their 14th summertime appearance at Humphreys. With special guest, San Diego's favorite acoustic duo, Berkley Hart. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner, Jeff Berkley, and stand-out wordsmith, Calman Hart, create a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country.
After more than sixty years in show business, comedian, best-selling author, Tony-nominated actress, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, Emmy Award-winning television talk-show host, jewelry designer, red-carpet fashion laureate, businesswoman and mother and grandmother, Joan Rivers is known as one of the hardest working celebrities in the world. Don't miss out on your chance to experience this living legend live and on stage with her signature uproarious routines.
Multi Grammy-winner, American soul singer and songwriter, whose work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz, Erykah Badu is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion.. Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps and has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, and House of D, and is also very prominent in the documentary film Before the Music Dies. Her latest studio album “New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)” was released in 2010 and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 110,000 copies in its first week. A galvanizing live performer renowned for her electrifying stage presence and soulful vocal ability, Erykah Badu promises to deliver a fantastically funky live experience not to be missed.
Chris Mann certainly shined as a finalist on NBC TV The Voice, but his star has risen even higher since the hit show's second season. In 2012, Mann signed with Faircraft/Republic. His debut full-length, Roads, introduced a whole new generation to the classical-pop genre and shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and Top 5 on Billboard's Classical Chart. Upon its release, he gave numerous television performances, including playing for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as part of TNT’s “Christmas In Washington” special, appeared on “The Today Show,” the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and “NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special.” Mann also released a holiday EP, Home For Christmas. He kicked off 2013 with a performance on “Conan” and his very own PBS Special titled “A Mann For All Seasons,” a re-creation of the Elvis Presley ’69 Comeback Special with Chris performing in a boxing ring on a Sony soundstage.
After a wildly successful trek last year, Art Alexakis, frontman for the alternative rock outfit Everclear, is bringing Summerland back for 2013, hitting more than 35 U.S. cities. This time out, Everclear will share the stage with fellow rock bands Live, Filter and Sponge, for a decidedly edgier Summerland trek. Turn on radio stations across the country and you’re still likely to hear fistfuls of hits from these four bands. With songs like “Father of Mine,” “Santa Monica,” “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” “Take a Picture,” “Plowed” and “Molly” – and the list goes on and on – being played night in and night out by Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge, Summerland 2013 represents a huge value for music fans and a great summer’s night out.
Grammy-winning rock group America is back! It wouldn’t be summer at Humphrey’s without America seducing its fans with "Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man," "Daisy Jane" and "You Can Do Magic." Timeless songs that still ring true thanks to the buoyant harmonies of Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. (They haven’t missed a summer here since 1992.) From anonymous horses to fast-moving trains, America’s extraordinary four-decade musical legacy of consummately crafted pop/rock songs, trademark lush harmonies and evocative lyrical landscapes will never go out of style.
Jim Gaffigan has proven himself a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences after achieving milestones in stand-up, acting and writing. His clever, quiet style has made him one of the top most successful touring comedians in the country today and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. His writing and voice work on the animated series “Pale Force” led to nominations for both a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award. In recent years, Gaffigan has become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in "Going the Distance", "Away We Go" and "It's Kind of a Funny Story” and can also be seen in the 2011 film "Salvation Boulevard”. Further broadening his career, Gaffigan appeared on Broadway in 2011 in, “That Championship Season”. His 2012 special, "Mr. Universe", is available online through his website and his latest book, “Dad Is Fat” is due to be released in May.
Sugar Ray frontman, Mark McGrath has launched his own flashback concert featuring iconic bands from the 90’s: Sugar Ray (“Every Morning,” “Fly,” “Someday”), Gin Blossoms (“Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down”), Smashmouth (“All Star,” “Walking On The Sun”), Vertical Horizon (“Everything You Want,” “Best I Ever Had”) and Fastball (“The Way,” “Out Of My Head”). Don’t miss this 90’s nostalgia extravaganza!
The strength of New Jersey rock band, Railroad Earth, which takes its name from a Jack Kerouac short story, lies in its excellent lyrics and rhythmic music rendered by an ensemble of talented instrumentalists. Their live performances are richly enhanced by powerful acoustics and reflect the ethos of American life. Railroad Earth's music features experimentations with Celtic, bluegrass, folk and jazz. The band's self-titled fifth album was released in 2010, but the group is best known for its extensive live improvisation and jamming. Singer, pianist, accordion player and songwriter, Bruce Hornsby, is known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances. He draws from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, rock, blues and jam band musical traditions. Hornsby has received numerous awards including a Grammys for Best New Artist in 1987 with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, Best Bluegrass Recording in 1990 and for Best Pop Instrumental in 1993. Hornsby has also received recognition for his solo albums and performances, his touring band, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, his bluegrass project with Ricky Skaggs and his appearances as a session and guest musician. He also collaborated with Grateful Dead and was a member of the band from 1990 to 1992.
The world’s ultimate party band returns to Humphreys after a five year absence. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of one the most influential and celebrated albums in pop / rock history. Peaking at #1 on the Billboard Charts, selling over 10 million copies worldwide, a Grammy Award, and a Diamond Award in Canada, “Sports” is the anthem of a generation. Over half of the albums's songs (“The Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Heart & Soul”, “I Want a New Drug”, “Walking on a Thin Line”, “If This Is It”) were huge hit singles. They have memorable hooks, and an economical precision. “Sports” has struck a chord with audiences of all ages and persuasions. So many people have special memories associated with this unique collection of songs. Huey Lewis and the News are releasing a special digitally remastered 30th Anniversary edition of the album, with live bonus tracks and are commemorating the milestone with their “Sports” 30th Anniversary World Tour. Fans will hear the band perform the songs from “Sports”, plus many other hits and surprises. Huey Lewis and the News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonic), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals), John Pierce (bass), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone) and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).
The iconic and Grammy-winning rock band YES kicked off their triple header concert tour in March, unveiling a true classic rock triple header. They will be performing three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert: 1971’s The Yes Album, 1972’s Close To The Edge, and 1977’s Going For The One. Each album represents an important milestone in YES’ career, which encompasses sales of close to 50 million albums worldwide and which will be performed from beginning to end. This tour marks the first time since 1973 that YES–bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison–have performed an album onstage in its entirety.
A Prairie Home Companion's Radio Romance Tour 2013 hits the road coast-to-coast this summer, starring host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer Aoife O’Donovan comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Aoife O'Donovan, of Boston and Brooklyn NY, is the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometimes Why and sang on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. She collaborated with the Dave Douglas Quintet on Be Still, My Soul, listed by many jazz critics as one of the best albums of 2012. The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band is an all-purpose roots quintet covering blues, jugband, primitive jazz, good timey, R&B, swing, and hillbilly, with occasional ventures into classical, romantic, French cafe, music hall, surfer, spa, and Scandihoovian. Fred Newman is a storyteller and sound-effects artist and author of the best-selling MouthSounds.
Over the past century, few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of Bill Cosby. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project. In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom. With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.
Grammy-winning former child prodigy instrumentalist Jonny Lang topped the Billboard New Artist chart with his first album at age 15 and was called “one of the most important artists to watch in the new millennium” by Time Magazine. Today, Lang has eight critically acclaimed albums under his belt, including the Grammy Award-winning Turn Around and his newest offering, Jonny Lang Live at the Ryman. Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph & The Family Band's latest album We Walk This Road, was the first since the band's acclaimed 2006 effort, Colorblind. Produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett, the album continues the Sacred Steel tradition for which Randolph has earned wide praise, including the New York Times, which applauds "his rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument sing without a word." Randolph is also renowned for his passionate live performance, called "a spiritual celebration complete with audience participation and animated dancing" by the Chicago Tribune and he was recently named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' songs, The Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences all over the world. Hear record-perfect performances of such classics as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Penny Lane," "Here Comes The Sun" and "Hey Jude."
It’s a celebration of Rock and Blues, starring Ten Years After (“Love To Change The World”), Edgar Winter Band (“Free Ride”), Canned Heat (“Going Up The Country”), Rick Derringer (“Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo”) and Pat Travers (“Snortin’ Whiskey”). Rock and Blues coming together in one incredible night.
World renowned for their unique, flamenco style music, the Gipsy Kings are the biggest selling French-act ever! The Gipsy Kings make music as communion, artistry rooted in the past yet focused on the future. Their Rhomba Flamenca style, with pop influences and has been described as a place where "Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody meet salsa funk". The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego). The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain’s Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music. Today the Gipsy Kings still live with their families in the south of France. Life may have changed for them – they no longer busk on streets or pick crops when times are hard or travel in caravans – but still, at heart, they remain Gypsies, the proud descendants of an ancient people who seduced the world with music and dance. On Pasajero, their latest release, the Gipsy Kings continue their epic musical journey.
One of the most successful U.S. groups in rock history, Chicago has sold more than 122 million records, scoring 21 Top 10 singles and five consecutive #1 albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. Twenty five of their 34 albums have been certified platinum. Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. People have always wondered about the name "Chicago." One simple sentence from the liner notes of the very first album eliminates any question as to their identity. "If you must call them something, speak of the city where all save one were born, where all of them were schooled and bred. Call them Chicago. Chicago continues to support charitable causes, donating a portion of ticket sales to support finding a cure for a fatal children's disease and an organization that serves children and adults with special needs.
Humphrey's favorite son returns for his 24th evening since first gracing our stage in 1994. Expect the usual mixture of pathos and humor from this creative giant and his band. “Wicked Game” may be his best-known song, however after more than a quarter of a century into his career, Chris Isaak has finally created the album he's always wanted to make. Beyond the Sun, Isaak's first Vanguard Records release, is truly a labor of love. As a child spinning his parents 45s in their Stockton, California home, this deeply committed artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, all of them discovered and nurtured by the late, great Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. With Beyond The Sun, Isaak acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-'50s, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity.
For the last eighteen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” and for the last seven years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 23 Emmy nominations. In 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous.” The documentary has gone on to become the 7th Highest Grossing Documentary ever. In addition to his television program, Maher has written four bestsellers: “True Story,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits,” “When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden,” “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” and most recently “The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.” Two of his nine stand-up specials for HBO have been nominated for Emmy awards. His most recent stand-up special for HBO was the hilarious, “Bill Maher But I’m Not Wrong.” “CrazyStudidPolitics Live! From Silicon Valley” was released in February and is available on yahoo.com.
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy”, “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust”. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. Legacy Recordings will release Let's Face The Music And Dance, a collection of new studio performances by Willie Nelson and Family, in April. The album is the first in a series of releases and events celebrating the artist's 80th birthday year. Let's Face The Music And Dance is Willie's second release for Legacy Recordings. The first, Heroes was released last May and debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart (Wille's highest number on the chart since Always On My Mind hit #2 in 1982) and wound up spending five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart.
Grammy Award-winning bands Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos will join forces with Alejandro Escovedo for one powerhouse evening of musical brotherhood. Everyone's favorite Texican rockers, Los Lonely Boys, shot to fame in the mid-2000s with their super-hit, "Heaven," they scored a Grammy, and a multi-Platinum album. Known for their exhausting tour schedule, Los Lonely Boys tour dates are about the live experience and their extensive catalog of original material. Their most recent LP, Rockpango was released in 2011 and debuted at #70 on the Billboard 200. As pioneers of Chicano-Rock, Los Lobos has garnered Grammy-Awards, a #1 single, and nearly a dozen rock hits over their thirty-plus year career. Los Lobos achieved critical success with their 1984 release, How Will the Wolf Survive, which was produced by super-producer T-Bone Burnett. In 1987 they hit #1 with "La Bamba" from the movie of the same name. Los Lobos earned two Grammy Awards in 1983 and 1987 in the Best Mexican-American Performance category. Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent, he has embraced all forms that encompass the emotional terrain of our lives. “I can take a punch, I can take a swing,” sings Alejandro Escovedo on “Man of the World,” the opening salvo of Big Station, his latest album on Fantasy Records. The two phrases well describe his 35 years as a musician and two decades as a solo artist, the sum of which attests to the redemptive power of rock’n’roll and the driving role that it has played in his life and art. Don’t miss a night with these three great performers.
Over the last eight years Carlile has enjoyed groundbreaking success, headlining and selling out major shows and venues across the United States and the rest of the world. After debuting with her self-titled album on Columbia Records in 2005, the Washington state-bred Carlile was labeled an “Artist To Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2012, she released her 5th major label album Bear Creek, taking its title from the Washington recording studio in which the album was recorded, and included the leadoff single "That Wasn't Me." As Brandi Carlile’s fans well know, her concerts are near legendary in their perfect communion between performer and audience. Whether she is rocking out with her full band or singing a capella, Carlile brings a riveting intensity to her shows.
Multitalented, soul-singer, D’Angelo, emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the few male vocalist/songwriters to perfect the hybrid of hip-hop and R&B often referred to as "neo-soul." His two classic albums Brown Sugar and Voodoo are considered two of his finest works which follow in the sultry soul traditions of Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and Prince. The son and grandson of Pentecostal preacher men, D’Angelo has been out of the limelight the last several years but continued to make guest appearances on albums by J Dilla, Roy Hargove's jazzy hip-hop group RH Factor, Snoop Dogg, Common and Q-Tip. Having spent the last few years tightening up his game, orchestrating both new music and his return, you can best believe Brother D’Angelo will be breakin’ us off with some wickedly twisted new alchemy when he steps back into the limelight at Humphreys Concerts.
Back by popular demand, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork return to the concert stage this summer, performing a selection of their classic hits (such as “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday”), deep cuts from their first five platinum albums (including some performed for the first time since the 1960’s) and fan favorites from the soundtrack to their cult film classic Head and their Emmy-award winning television series. The show will encompass a full multimedia evening of music, rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs. Although Davy Jones’ absence will undoubtedly be felt by the Monkees and their fans, the concert will be an opportunity to share their memories amidst the music and the movies that brought them together. Moreover, the band look forward to performing for their many new fans who have discovered their music through repeats of their TV show on Antenna television, classic rock radio, or via social media. One thing is for certain, the concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime show that is not to be missed. On sale now.
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician. Lovett has been touring in support of Release Me since its release last year. The album was #1 for several weeks on the Americana charts and is quintessential Lyle, mixing a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most infectious and fascinating musicians in popular music. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. His oeuvre, rich and eclectic, is one of the most beloved of any living artist working today.
The popular a cappella group Straight No Chaser makes their debut at Humphreys Concerts. The popular a cappella group Straight No Chaser makes their debut at Humphreys Concerts. If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses, think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. They're performing on the heels of the release of Under The Influence, their fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more! Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense, and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Eight-time GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz typically spends every summer on the road, bringing a stellar group of musician friends along with him. This summer he's assembled an all-star line up of saxophonists: Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot will be the special guests on the Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour 2013, a celebration of the instrument that has fueled some of the world's best-loved songs. The four saxophone players, who are touring together as a foursome for the first time, will be previewing songs from their forthcoming album Summer Horns. The collection is a tribute to the great horn section bands in modern music (Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone) and full of imaginative retakes on true horn-era classics. They will also be playing the biggest hits from their individual catalogues, with support from Dave’s band. Dave Koz recently released his first live CD, the GRAMMY-nominated Live at the Blue Note Tokyo. The New York Times noted in a live review: “He’s a musician of unflappable rhythmic aplomb, which he happily squares against the airtight funk of his band.” Mindi Abair was a featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of “American Idol” and joined Aerosmith on their 2012 summer tour. Gerald Albright is known for his acclaimed solo recordings and performances with Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and The Temptations. Richard Elliot is a former member of Tower of Power who has since forged a successful solo career. This is a not-to-be-missed night out for music fans.
Legendary jazz-rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are on the road again with Steely Dan bringing their Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake Day Tour to Humphreys Concerts. Onstage, Donald and Walter will be joined by eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as The Bipolar Allstars (featuring Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, and Jon Herington on guitar), along with The Borderline Brats — three sublime, soulful songbirds. Together, they will treat audiences to selections from The Dan's extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and sleek, subversive lyrics, punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles. Expect to hear hits “Do It Again”, “Reelin' in the Years”, “Bodhisattva”, “Rikki Don't Lose That Number”, “F.M.”, “Peg”, ”Deacon Blues”, ”Hey Nineteen”, ”Babylon Sisters” and “Aja”. As always with the adventurous Fagen and Becker, a few surprises may be in store as well. With special guest Deep Blue Organ Trio.
George Thorogood is the quintessential American Blues-rock guitarist. He has led his band, The Destroyers, to the very pinnacle of the Blues pyramid, with classic tracks as "Bad To The Bone," "I Drink Alone," "Get A Haircut," and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” His latest release, 2120 South Michigan Ave., is a tribute to Chess Records and Chicago’s blues scene. Guitarist Buddy Guy made his Chess label debut 51 years ago. Thorogood remembers, “I went to [the Austin blues club] Antone’s for the first time in 1977, and I saw Buddy Guy play. It was the first time I saw him, and I never forgot that he led off with [Chess artist Tommy Tucker’s] ‘High Heeled Sneakers.’ I thought that was just unbelievable. Buddy just tore it apart, like he does everything – that’s his style.” At age 76, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. He has received five Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara, CA high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound made them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early 1990s. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. They had chart success in the 1990s with singles that included "Walk on the Ocean", “All I Want”, "Something's Always Wrong", and "Fall Down". The band broke up in 1998 to pursue other projects but began touring again in 2006 and have continued to play to enthusiastic crowds of all ages across the country ever since, proving that great music truly is timeless. With special guest Grant Lee Buffalo.
Billing itself as “North America’s premier ’80s tour,” the semi-annual Regeneration Tour features a synthpop lovers’ lineup of Erasure frontman Andy Bell, Howard Jones and Men Without Hats. Erasure's Andy Bell, is one-half of the noted synth-pop duo who crowded the world's dance floors with "Oh, L'amour," "Chains of Love" and "A Little Respect," In recent years, Bell has released several solo tracks, including some under the name "Mimo." Howard Jones, recently made available a box set of his first two albums, Human's Lib and Dream Into Action, which he performed in a series of concerts last year in order and exactly as there were recorded in the 80s. They told the world "You can dance if you want to" 30 years ago – and we did. A few years later they instructed that same planet – the third – to go "Pop" – and we did. Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War. Please note that due to scheduling conflicts The Human League and Tom Tom Club will no longer be appearing on this date and have been replaced with Men Without Hats. The Human League and Tom Tom Club fans may receive refunds at point of purchase.We apologize for the inconvenience.
Singer-songwriter, activist, cancer survivor, mother and rocker…you can place all kinds of modifiers on the name Melissa Etheridge, but one constant remains: Whether in music or in life, she is nothing short of inspiring. Melissa Etheridge has been a core Island Records artist since the release of her critically-acclaimed eponymous RIAA double-platinum debut album. For several years, Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water” (from her debut), “No Souvenirs” (from Brave And Crazy) and “Ain't It Heavy” (from Never Enough), for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her second Best Female Rock Grammy. The album went six times platinum and spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. Her highest charting album, Your Little Secret (#6 on the Billboard Top 200), included the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success led Etheridge to receive the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996, and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007. Her latest release, 4th Street Feeling, released in 2012, is at once old and new, classic and daring, a marker on the road that leads from where she’s been to where she’s going. Wherever that may be, Melissa Etheridge’s mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, Janis Joplin/Rod Stewart-esque vocals has earned the devotion of legions of fans and the accolades of critics worldwide.
Don't miss this call! Canada’s sensational pop singer/songwriter brings her irresistibly catchy tunes highlighted by last summer’s “Call Me Maybe.” British Columbia native Carly Rae Jepsen caught her first break by competing on Canadian Idol in 2007, where she took third place. After the show, she released her first album, Tug of War, which earned her a Canadian Radio Music Award for Song of the Year and 2 Juno Award nominations. Jepsen’s irresistible hit “Call Me Maybe” has sold more than 9.1 million singles worldwide, spent a record breaking 9 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and has inspired countless parodies, starring everyone from Olympic athletes to the Cookie Monster. Her 2012 album Kiss is full of upbeat, dance-pop hits including its popular title track, a duet with Owl City called “Good Time,” and sweet love song “Beautiful,” which features Justin Bieber, whose Twitter endorsement of Jepsen catapulted her success. With special guest Hot Chelle Rae.
For the past 44 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music." Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. This is TOP’s 19th consecutive summer under the stars at Humphreys. Co-headlining will be Average White Band, Scottish soul brothers famous for "Pickin' Up The Pieces" and "Cut The Cake" and widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. The band's consistently accomplished song-writing skills stretched across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations. Their latest release Times Squared, is a thirteen track live CD recorded in New York City.
Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd has maintained a tremendous legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and continues with the recently released Last Of A Dying Breed (Roadrunner). The band's career was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and then subsequently faced adversity through the losses of Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on. With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations. Experience what’s sure to be a rock n’ roll dream come true.
If there is such a thing as a superstar in the world of traditional jazz, it's Diana Krall. It’s been four years since Grammy Award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and chanteuse, Diana Krall, graced our stage. She will be stopping at Humphreys on the U.S. leg of her 'Glad Rag Doll World Tour', which was heralded as "heart-stopping" (The Times) and "brimming with innovation" (Evening Standard). Diana Krall's extraordinary new album Glad Rag Doll is an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief, humor and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy. The record reveals itself at that remarkable vanishing point in time where all music; swinging, rocking and taboo, collide with songs of longing, solace and regret. All are made new again in a vaudeville of Krall's own imagining. It is at once a major departure and a natural progression for the gifted musician. Diana simply calls the album "a song and dance record." We welcome the long-awaited return of Diana Krall.
Known for her striking voice and magnetic performances, Mexican-American singer and composer Lila Downs has created one of the most singular explorations of Mexican roots music on both sides of the border. The daughter of an American professor and a Mixtec cabaret singer, Downs blends Mexican rhythms and native dialects with American folk, blues and rock. She has created a unique body of work that has earned her accolades from the music industry, including a Latin Grammy. Hers is a voice that, in the words of one critic, "gives pause, makes you take notice and ask who's singing."
The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply. The duo has had a succession of hits worldwide for the last 35 years including "Lost In Love," "All Out of Love," "Making Love Out of Nothing At All," "I Can Wait Forever," "Every Woman In The World" and "The One That You Love”. Billboard named them as one of the best musical acts of all time in the Billboard Hot 100's 50 year anniversary edition. However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide, including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and beyond.
In his eighth studio album, The Blue Guitar Sessions, released in 2012, the Juno Award-winning guitarist wanted to create a ‘blue mood’ record. The Blue Guitar Sessions is much different from the rumba flamenco for which he is best known. Jesse Cook has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with 1995’s Tempest. Among his many accolades, in 2008, he won the silver medal in Acoustic Guitar magazine’s prestigious Players’ Choice Awards behind the legendary Paco De Lucia. Cook has steered clear of anything resembling flamenco on this record, producing a sound that allows listeners to appreciate each musician’s contribution. The live shows will include songs from more familiar work as well as material from the new album. Joining Cook on stage are the musicians that have become as familiar to fans as Cook himself: Chris Church, Rosendo “Chendy” Leon, Nicholas Hernandez and Dennis Mohammed.
One of Hawaii's most popular recording artists and the award-winning kumu hula of Halau Ke’alaokamaile, returns to Humphreys with his entourage of singers, dancers and guitarists. His music, chant and hula represent the best of traditional and contemporary poetry and dance in Hawaii today. Keali'i Reichel has been awarded 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and his consistent placement in Billboard Magazine's World Music and Heatseeker Charts has garnered him international attention.
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