It’s my favorite season of the year!
You’re thinking, ah, yes – she’s tired of all the cold, the wind and the rain and is savoring the sunshine on her patio. Okay, I’m doing that, but, my FAVORITE season begins on May 26, 2011 at Stir Cove. It’s the Stir Cove Concert season, my friends!! When the music abounds and the excitement of the crowd erupts into many nights of total and complete harmony – no pun intended.
Every year I wonder how they can possibly top the prior season, and every year I am astonished at the quality and variety of acts that are lined up. For eight years Stir has upped the ante, and this year is no exception.
Four thousand people have an opportunity to spend the evening in a somewhat intimate venue. The crowds are enthusiastic, the acts are fantastic, and the staff – well you won’t find a friendlier, more accommodating group than you will find at Stir Cove. Whether they are welcoming you through the gates or serving up your favorite brew, they are smiling and inviting.
So, just in case you’ve been hibernating for the last several months, and haven’t been ‘aware’ of what is coming to your home town this year – let me give you the highlights. And, when I am through, I want you to run, scamper, trot, or high tail it to your nearest PC and rev up stircove.com to get your tickets. A couple of these events are already SOLD OUT….so don’t waste another second.
Kicking off the season will be Hinder – May 26. This Oklahoma rock band just released their third album and has toured with Nickelback and Motley Crue. They’ll bring some hard hitting rock and will surely put the amplifiers to a test!
Then, you won’t rest too long, because Big Head Todd & the Monsters are teaming up with Toots & the Maytals on June 10. I am not sure which one I’m more excited about! Big Head Todd brings a great live following with them, and they are the first live band to give a ‘wake up’ call to a Space Shuttle crew. Nice creds, boys! And who doesn’t love Ska and Reggae? The Maytals are gonna put a smile on your face and much joy in your heart.
If you’ve waited until now, you’ve waited way too long…Mumford & Sons, on June 14, is SOLD OUT my friends!! This Grammy nominated group can bring it – and if you missed out on tickets, get to your record store – tomorrow – and grab some Mumford mojo. I’m gonna miss ya.
The country acts are the ones that always pleasantly surprise me. Gary Allan arrives on June 25 and Eric Church will be playing twice this year; first on August 25 and a second time on August 26. Allan’s raspy delivery has produced a significant number of Billboard hits and Allan insists that his music has soul and meaning. Church is appearing for the third year in a row and his crowd appeal is like none other. Tickets will sell out for both these shows (they already have for Church's show on the 26th!), so you better boot, scoot & boogie to stircove.com and get your spot on the lawn ensured.
Has anyone asked you what you’re doing over the 4th of July holiday? I’ve got an idea….why not put on your peace sign earrings, your tie-dyed tee shirt and join the rest of us on July 3rd for a groovy evening of nostalgia with the Monkees. I can’t be the only one who still remembers all the words to ‘Last Train to Clarkesville’ can I?
The second sold out show (again…snooze and lose you silly birds) will be July 5 when the Black Keys arrive. This was the first concert announced for Stir Cove this year and it obviously has been well received. I hope to be front & center for a taste of this indie rock performance.
July is gonna be busy….July 8 brings Ben Folds who is on the heels of a September 2010 release of his latest album, ‘Lonely Avenue’. You won’t be lonely that night, Ben. One week later, July 15, finds the return of the Goo Goo Dolls. The Dolls kicked off the series last year to the roars and thrills of a near capacity crowd. I anticipate the exact same reaction this year.
Stone Temple Pilots. That legendary Sand Diego rock band will don the Cove stage on July 17. Despite their woes, this band lives on and has been ranked #40 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’. Go, bring your friends, bring your chairs, bring your happy feet, bang your head, pump your fists. Just don’t miss your chance.
July 21st I will be in awe. The gutsy sound of singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge beckons me. This is one artist-activist that should be heard and respected. Have I mentioned stircove.com?
What do you suppose the Flaming Lips will come up with on August 4th? This is one happy, multi-layered group, and I have recurring images of dancing Santa’s and giant gerbil balls. This is a party just waiting to happen.
I have it on good authority that there will be several more announcements coming throughout this summer. Please, don’t miss your chance for a summer of musical heaven. It’s so good for the soul.
Blankies and chairs are optional. Food is abundant with the likes of Famous Daves, Chicago Dawg House and Paradise Bakery. And need I need remind you – a full bar of your favorite beverages!
Stir Cove is absolutely the finest outdoor venue in the metro area. If you haven’t already experienced that, now is the time.
I’ll see you there, won’t I?