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 released Let's Face The Music And Dance, a collection of new studio performances by Willie Nelson and Family, in April, 2013. In September, 2013 Willie released To All The Girls..., his third full-length album of new music in a mere 16 months, To All The Girls... celebrates Willie's 80th birthday year with a selection of profoundly moving and heartfelt performances of classic songs recorded as duets with a dream list of contemporary pop-country women singers including Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn and many others. Opening the show is Willie's son Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real.
Born out of the ashes of the UK post-punk scene, The Cult evolved to become one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century, selling millions of albums, headlining arenas and stadiums around the world. The constant core of The Cult is Ian Astbury and guitarist/composer Billy Duffy. In 1985, the band recorded the Love album and experienced its first high-profile success with the classic track “She Sells Sanctuary” that won a CMJ Award for Song of the Year. The Electric album was released in 1987 and became the band’s first platinum album. The band was at the top of its game, and Sonic Temple became The Cult’s second album to achieve Platinum success when it was released in 1989.Astbury left the band in 1995 to explore another direction and in 1999, The Cult returned with a heralded, sold-out seven-night stand at the House of Blues on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Since then the band has continued touring and making music. According to Astbury, “We don’t have fans, we have devotees. You either need it or you don’t. You either get it or you won’t. There is nothing casual about The Cult.”With special guest, Prayers.
Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, garnering a string of accolades - both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his solo work and collaborations with other artists. Best known for his chart-topping hits such as "Lonely No More" and "This is How a Heart Breaks" and Matchbox Twenty hits like "Push", "3AM", "If You're Gone", and "Bent", Thomas also earned three Grammy Awards for "Smooth", his smash collaboration with Santana. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records. We are thrilled to welcome Rob to Humphreys for a special intimate performance on April 6.
Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green began recording as City and Colour in 2005, with Sometimes, followed by 2008’s Bring Me Your Love and 2011’s Little Hell and has experienced huge success both on the charts and the road. All three previous studio albums have achieved platinum status in Canada, while Little Hell is also now Gold in Australia. In support of their album released in 2013, The Hurry and The Harm, City and Colour will once again embark on a wide-ranging set of dates across North American and the world. The tour will feature a brand new touring band including Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Hacienda, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys. City and Colour with make a limited number of stops in America before heading to Canada, including a stop at Humphreys on April 15. With special guest NO.
Broken Bells is an American indie rock band composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Shins. Broken Bells compose and create as a duo, but are joined by a full band on tour. Following their 2010 self-titled debut album, the duo released an EP, Meyrin Fields, in 2011. Broken Bells were nominated at the 2011 Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album. In October 2013, Broken Bells announced their much anticipated second album, After the Disco, which just released on February 4, 2014. On November 4, 2013, Broken Bells released their first single from the album, titled "Holding on for Life". After a visit to Europe this spring, the band will be returning to America for a west coast run of dates in April. Broken Bells will hit Humphreys’ stage on April 16. With special guest Au Revoir Simone.
When Ferry's group Roxy Music first appeared on 'Top of the Pops' in 1972, performing their debut single, 'Virginia Plain', their impact was instantaneous. More or less overnight, the band's audience was secured - from screaming teenage fans to highbrow rock critics and Ferry's creation of Roxy Music became one of the great statements of Pop Art. Since 1973, Ferry's career as a solo recording artist has run in parallel to his work with Roxy Music. That same year he introduced his 'ready-mades' - cover versions of recordings by artists whom he admires, which he then interprets in his own style. Since the 1990s Ferry has continued his work on both the 'ready-made' and his own compositions. His 2014 tour, including his April 17 stop at Humphreys will feature an incredible set list of hits, favorites and rarities covering 40 years of career highlights. Get your tickets early as we predict this will be a night to remember. Opening the show will be Dawn Landes.
In the past two years, Ingrid Michaelson -- who'll drop her fifth studio album, "Lights Out" (Cabin 24/Mom+Pop) on April 15 -- has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star. Her last release, "Human Again," debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart (plus No.1 on iTunes). This achievement merely crowned the considerable success Ingrid had already earned with her previous compositions: beautiful, idiosyncratic songs that have been prominently featured in popular films, commercials and television shows including The Vampire Diaries, Scrubs, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy. We are happy to welcome Ingrid to Humphreys for the first time on May 9. She brings her special guests Storyman and Sugar + The Hi-Lows.
There is no one else like Lindsey Stirling. A classically trained violinist, Stirling is a model of modern independent recording artists. Her song "Crystallize" was the eighth most-viewed video on You Tube last year, racking up an incredible 78 million views. She appeared on 2010's America's Got Talent and made it to the quarterfinals before being voted off. Rejection simply strengthened her resolve to be herself and to start composing. Lindsey's debut album has created a new musical world where the romance of Celtic folk music and modern classical meet the infectious energy of dance and electronica. Sure to be a special and unique show at Humphreys. With special guest, singer/songwriter, Dia Frampton. (General Admission Standing Only).
Named as iTunes' "Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011", Christina Perri stormed on the scene with her "lovestrong" album highlighted by the 3x-platinum smash, "Jar of Hearts". Perri followed "lovestrong" with 4x-platinum certified hit single, "A Thousand Years" which was featured on "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" soundtracks. Her eagerly awaited new album, "Head or Heart" is was released in March and features the new single "Human". She will embark on a North American tour beginning in April and stops at Humphreys on May 14. With special guest Birdy.
As a founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band, and in his own storied solo career, Gregg Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues, released in 2011, marked the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s seventh solo recording and his first in 14 years. You can expect an evening of lengthy guitar solos and a mixing of classic hits (“Midnight Rider,” The Whipping Post,” “Dreams” and “Revival”) along with solo hits (“I’m No Angel,” “Anything Goes”) with covers of blues, R&B and soul classics. With special guest, acclaimed singer/songwriter, Brigitte DeMeyer.
Worldwide acclaimed Spanish singer, actor and pioneer of modern Spanish music, Raphael is considered a major influence in having opened the door and paving the way to the flood of Spanish singers that follow. His wide-range voice, added to his quality as showman, has entertained and engaged people worldwide for more than five decades. We welcome Raphael on his Tour Mi Gran Noche.
Danity Kane is a multi-platinum, international, chart topping, independent female music group. The group originally formed on MTV's hit series Making the Band and signed to Bad Boy/Atlantic Records in 2005 under the direction of Sean "Diddy" Combs. With radio hits like "Showstopper" and "Damaged," they proved their talents as legitimate industry artists. Their freshman and sophomore albums Danity Kane and Welcome to the Dollhouse both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Danity Kane became the first female group in Billboard's history to consecutively debut albums at #1, placing them in the Guinness Book of World Records. We welcome Danity Kane as they make their debut appearance at Humphreys Concerts on their No Filter Tour.
Neon Trees honed their New Wave-tinged sound locally before being chosen to open for The Killers in 2008. Shortly after, they signed to Mercury Records and released Habits, which spawned the platinum-selling breakthrough single “Animal.” The track peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, No. 2 on the Rock Songs chart, and was featured on Glee. Its success led to multiple high-profile TV appearances, and tours with Thirty Seconds To Mars, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, and Duran Duran. The band’s ascending profile smoothed the way for their next album, Picture Show, which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and featured the platinum-selling Top 10 single “Everybody Talks,” which cemented Neon Trees as modern rock contenders. Neon Trees’ new album Pop Psychology is an upbeat collection of sleek, modern alternative pop powered by singer-songwriter Tyler Glenn’s bright melodies, huge choruses, and witty lyrics about the challenges of finding love in the digital age. With special guests Nightmare & The Cat and Smallpools. (General Admission Standing Only)
The young Italian pop vocal trio, Il Volo, consists of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boshetto and Gianluca Ginoble, all of whom were contestants on the talent show Ti Lascio una Canzone (Leaving You with a Song) in 2009. The singers, who were in their mid-teens at the time, were individual contestants on the show. However, the producers decided they should sing "O Sole Mio" together on an episode of the show in May of that year, and Il Volo, which means "flight", was born. The trio won the competition and quickly became popular in Europe, representing Italy on Quincy Jones’ charity single "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti" and performing at the 60th annual Sanremo Music Festival in February 2010. The trio recorded its first album in London, Los Angeles, and Rome, opting for a mix of standards, classic Italian songs. Il Volo’s self-titled debut was released in Europe in 2010 and earned platinum status; it arrived in the U.S. in 2011, when the group virtually exploded on the scene following a show-stopping appearance on American Idol. Il Volo came in at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and was a Top Ten CD on its Classical Crossover Chart throughout 2012. Their DVD Il Volo Takes Flight--Live From The Detroit Opera House has now been shown on PBS outlets nationally over l,500 times. We Are Love, the follow-up to their debut album, focuses more on the contemporary, both in fresh interpretations of more recent pop standards and songs that were either written expressly for the group, or are delivered as if they were. Both albums retain the trio's self-proclaimed governing principle: "Three voices, one soul."
Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson are making a stop at Humphreys Concerts on their co-headlining 2014 North American summer tour. Matt Nathanson has long been a fan favorite with his vivid songwriting, infectious melodies and dynamic live shows. His latest album Last Of The Great Pretenders has been hailed as the ‘Album of the Week’ by USA Today adding “he has a way of drawing people into his stories.” The album features the song “Heart Starts,” the catchy theme to Lifetime’s Series Celebrity Bucket List – of which Nathanson was recently featured - as well as the hit single “Kinks Shirt” which continues to climb on the HAC chart and is also being heard on America’s Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, The Billy Bush Show and Rick Dee’s Countdown. The video for “Kinks Shirt” which premiered on Rolling Stone.com was directed by actor/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Fans can expect to hear DeGraw perform songs from his acclaimed fourth studio album, Make A Move, including the hit single “Best I Ever Had” and his latest smash “Make A Move.” The album has garnered rave reviews since its October 15th release with People Magazine describing the album’s first single “Best I Ever Had” as “the kind of switch-up that brings fresh energy” while Entertainment Weekly raved about DeGraw’s “intricate piano hooks and seductive, gravelly voice.” With special guest Mary Lambert.
One of rock n’ roll most prominent figures, Steve Winwood has been entertaining fans for more than four decades and has produced hits with "Roll With It," "Back In The High Life Again," "Higher Love," "Hearts On Fire," "Holding On," "Feelin' Alright," "I'm A Man," "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys." Winwood has been the recipient of eight gold records, three platinum and four Grammy’s. His most recent solo album, About Time, earned Winwood one of his highest Billboard chart entries. Winwood remains in high demand for special collaborations with other artists. His distinctive Hammond organ has graced such classic fare as Jimi’s Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” as well as Miranda Lambert’s recent chart hit “Baggage Claim”. While rightfully acknowledged for his many achievements, Steve Winwood forges ahead undaunted, continuing to create and perform new and exciting material. He remains one of the most important and influential artists in all of popular music.
What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos. Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson and Al van der Beck gained popularity through YouTube where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Several of their YouTube videos have over 20 million views, while all of them have over 750,000. As of February 2014, The Piano Guys' YouTube channel has over 345 million total video views and about 2,500,000 subscribers. Their first three major-label albums The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2 and A Family Christmas each reached number one on the Billboard New Age Albums and Classical Albums charts.
From filling sold–out clubs across the nation, to appearing weekly as a regular on Chelsea Lately, Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family-inspired humor crosses all boundaries. In 2005, Jo hit the “opportunity of a lifetime” with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He became one of a select few ever to receive a standing ovation. Since then, he has appeared several times throughout the years. In 2007, Variety magazine named Jo Koy one of the “10 Comics to Watch!” A single father, Jo Koy was inspired by his son and began working on his first Comedy Central special “Don’t Make Him Angry,” which aired in January 2009. His much– anticipated second Comedy Central special “Lights Out” aired in October 2012, and is now available on DVD. Jo has appeared on various VH1 I Love series, as well as The Joy Behar Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Jamie Foxx: Laffapalooza. He is a regular headlining comedian at the world famous Improv, tours the college circuit nationwide, and performs in comedy clubs both in the U.S., and internationally. A firm believer in service and giving back to the community, Jo is currently working with The Lupus Foundation bringing awareness to this cause.
Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan is making a stop at Humphreys on her Shine On Tour 2014. The tour coincides with McLachlan’s forthcoming new album Shine On out May 6th on Verve Records. Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner (Canada) and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan's landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum Surfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks: "Building a Mystery" and "Last Dance." In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians which raised over $7 million for local and national charities over its 3 years and in 2002 founded her non-profit organization the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. We are thrilled to welcome Sarah McLachlan as she makes her debut appearance at Humphreys Concerts.
The Grammy Award-winning collaborators will bring their celebrated live show to Humphreys Concerts on July 1. In addition, Steve Martin’s first-ever live concert television broadcast titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live will premiere on PBS' Great Performances in March (check local listings). Highlighting Martin's unique blend of comedy and bluegrass, this extraordinary live performance was taped at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013. The deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package also titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live was released on Rounder Records on March 11. The two-disc set contains two hours of comedy and music including four previously unreleased tracks: "Pretty Little One, " "Auden's Train," "The Dance at the Wedding," and "Katie Mae" as well as the song "Love Has Come For You," for which Martin and Brickell won a Grammy for Best American Roots Song.
With a touring history that has made him one of the most traveled road musicians of all time and a restless music personality that has kept him occupied for over 50 years, Weir knows a thing or two about staying fresh and living in the moment. Although best known as one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, adding Dead staples such as “Truckin’,” “Sugar Magnolia,” and “Cassidy” to the band’s catalog, Weir obtained a long and affluent music career that has allowed him to do what he loves and share it with others for nearly his entire life. RatDog has undergone many changes, both in personnel and musical approach. The band has evolved from a blues revue into a musical fusion of backgrounds and talents; complex, energetic and adventurous. The members are no longer a supporting cast for front man Weir but a full force powerhouse, capable of taking music fans to new and mystical places every night. Now composed of original members Weir and Lane (percussion, vocals) and Rob Wasserman (bass), in addition to Jeff Chimenti (keyboards, vocals), Steve Kimock (guitars) and Robin Sylvester (bass, vocals), RatDog has truly come into its own. The RatDog experience delights and exhilarates and as Bob says, "If you like what you hear, do come again." And the fans are always more than happy to accommodate.
Ringo Starr has assembled his 14th line up. Returning are Steve Lukather (Toto) and Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey) who will join Richard Page (Mr, Mister), Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette. Fans can expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits. Ringo classic’s such as “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, “Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Wings," from Starr’s latest release and 17th solo record, Ringo 2012 (Hip-O/Ume). All Starr’s hits include “Rosanna,” “Broken Wings,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Black Magic Woman.” We welcome Ringo as he makes his 10th visit to Humphreys.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have are hitting the road again in 2014, taking their “Jamalot Ever After” Tour across the U.S. and Canada, with a stop at Humphreys on July 13. At “Jamalot Ever After,” concertgoers can expect an evening of the same high-level of musical excellence which garnered raves from fans and critics alike on recent tours. Onstage, Donald and Walter will be joined by eight brilliant supporting musicians: Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, Jon Herington on guitar, Michael Leonhart on trumpet and keys, Jim Pugh on trombone, Roger Rosenberg on baritone saxophone and Walt Weiskopf on saxophone, along with three superb, soulful songbirds: La Tanya Hall, Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery and Cindy Mizelle. 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.
Humphrey's favorite son returns for his 25th 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 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.
Together again for another nostalgic trip celebrating the biggest hits of the sixties and seventies, featuring: Flo and Eddie of The Turtles ("Happy Together"), Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night ("One," "Joy to the World"), Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels ("Devil With a Blue Dress On"), Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad ("We're an American Band," "I'm Your Captain"), and Gary Lewis & The Playboys ("This Diamond Ring"). During the show, the multi–media highlights during each of performances will reference the time period of the music. Listeners can truly feel and see the soundtrack of their youth during a Happy Together show as they are transported back in time. The Happy Together tour began in 1984 with mainstays The Turtles. It started up again in 2010 and this is it's fifth consecutive year. The overwhelming response and love for the music has endured, and now The Happy Together Tour enters its 30th year anniversary.
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.
Jewel is an acclaimed American singer, songwriter, actress, poet, painter, philanthropist and daughter to an Alaskan cowboy singer-songwriter. Since achieving international stardom 19 years ago, Jewel has emerged as a charismatic live performer and a respected songwriter. She’s earned four Grammy® nominations and sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Jewel's Greatest Hits, album was released in 2013, followed by the release of her second Christmas album, Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection. Earlier this year, Jewel began work on her next album, which will be self-produced. Don't miss the talented superstar's solo acoustic performance of her multi-platinum tracks as she makes her 10th appearance on our stage!
Four-time Grammy winning Doobie Brothers have rung up a glittering track record that would be the envy of any band. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 11 million copies – a rare “diamond record.” Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Jesus Is Just All Right”, “Rockin’ Down the Highway”, “Long Train Runnin’”, “China Grove”, “Take Me In Your Arms”, Takin’ it to the Streets”, “Minute by Minute”, “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. 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 15th summertime appearance at Humphreys.
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 in 2012. 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.
In support of her 14th studio recording, Unrepentant Geraldines, Tori Amos will embark on a worldwide tour with a stop at Humphreys Concerts on July 24. Set to be released May 13th, Unrepentant Geraldines is pop/rock in both content and feel and is a change in pace from Amos' most recent releases. The album is both one step further in the evolution of one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, and a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for all around the world. Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums, has played over a thousand shows and has won numerous awards. Since the release of her debut album Little Earthquakes 22 years ago in 1992 where she pushed boundaries with her confessional style of songwriting, Amos continues to be adored, picking up new fans along the way, romanced by her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness, and of course her utterly peerless sound. A pioneer across multiple platforms, Tori Amos was the first major label artist to offer a single for download. She has had her songs turned into graphic novels and has produced groundbreaking videos throughout her career. (Please note there are no front row suite packages being offered on this performance.)
Boston will embark on a highly anticipated summer tour following the successful release of their latest album, Life, Love & Hope. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, Boston will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. The band prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the exceptional sound that is faithful to their studio recordings. Boston burst onto the music scene with their best-selling debut album in 1976, and never looked back. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin'," rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second effort, Don't Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda." With over 31 million albums sold to date, their music has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live Boston audiences that span generations. More than a decade in the making, Life, Love & Hope features 11 tracks embodying the classic and beloved Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of Tom Scholz' musical artistry.
Los Lonely Boys tour dates are about the live experience and their extensive catalog of original material. Hailing from San Angelo, Texas, Los Lonely Boys are a sibling trio whose music draws equally from Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Conjunto, and Tejano. Such a combination is shaped by the band’s three brothers: guitarist Henry Garza, bassist JoJo Garza, and drummer Ringo Garza, Jr. Their debut album, 2003′s Los Lonely Boys, resulted in a high chart placement for the album’s lead single, “Heaven,” as well as a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance the following year. Rockpango (a made-up Spanish word that the band translates to English as “rock party”, was released in 2011 and debuted at #70 on the Billboard 200. During a February 2013 concert in California, Henry Garza fell off the stage and suffered a serious spinal injury. He spent much of 2013 recovering, after which the band began work on its next album. Revelation was released in January 2014 and debuted at 120 on the Billboard 200 and 28 on the magazine's Top Independent Albums chart. There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it's played in service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase "young blues guitarist" within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Still barely in his 30s, the Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. He met Stevie Ray Vaughan at 7, shared the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at 13. As an adult, he continues to create genre-defining blues-infused rock n' roll. Kenny Wayne Shepherd's How I Go not only serves as a strong reminder of the chops that caused Guitar World to place him right behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton on their list of blues guitarists, but it's the strongest indication yet of his gifted songwriting talent.
Back by popular demand and fresh off the success of their GRAMMY®-nominated album, Dave Koz and Friends return with the Summer Horns Tour 2014. Koz and special guests Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot – four of today’s pre-eminent saxophone players – will deliver an evening of high-octane hits, including songs from their new album, Summer Horns, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and has been in the Top 10 ever since. The GRAMMY-nominated Summer Horns is filled with imaginative takes on horn-era classics by such artists as Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower Of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears, James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone. Koz – hailed by The New York Times as “a musician of unflappable rhythmic aplomb, which he happily squares against the airtight funk of his band” – will be joined by Mindi Abair, featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of "American Idol” who joined Aerosmith on their 2012 Summer Tour; Gerald Albright, known for his acclaimed solo recordings and performances with Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and The Temptations; and Richard Elliot, a former member of Tower of Power who has since forged a successful solo career. With support from Dave’s stellar band, they’ll get the groove on, playing songs from Summer Horns and the hottest hits from their individual catalogues, making this a not-to-be-missed night out for music fans. Meet Dave Koz before his show! The "Koz I Want To Meet You!" VIP Experience tickets available.
Amos Lee is stopping at Humphreys during the second leg of his tour in support of his latest album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song. Amos Lee took a different path for the recording of his fifth album and worked in a new city with a new producer, and for the first time, he brought his touring band into the studio with him. The twelve songs that resulted, the follow-up to 2011's chart-topping Mission Bell, bring Amos into new sonic territory, while retaining the trenchant impact of the scenes, characters, and stories in his writing. This album arrived a full ten years after Amos Lee first signed with Blue Note Records and began a career that continues to grow and surprise. With the release of his self-titled debut in 2004, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher immediately earned the attention of not only the press and discerning music fans, but also of his fellow artists. He has toured with legendary artists like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, and been regularly touted as a favorite songwriter and performer by the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. Though Amos says that his primary strategy has always been to keep things as simple as possible, he knew that there was one thing he required for Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, which was to record with the musicians he has been taking on the road. "I wanted to play these songs with people that I trust musically, and stay open to where it took us," he says. "The touring band works really hard, they're really musical, they're a good hang, so it was cool to hole up for a few weeks and experience it together. In the singer-songwriter world, it can be sort of a solitary creative process, so it's good to collaborate with people and bring songs to life together." With special guest, singer/songwriter, Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions.
After the very successful release of Notorious on Netflix, global comedy rock star, Russell Peters makes his first appearance at Humphreys on August 8. Get ready for new material, crowd work and hilarious randomness from one of the world's biggest stand up superstars!
Iron and Wine made its Nonesuch Records debut with GhostOn Ghost in 2013. GhostOn Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam’s longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that “pop music hadn’t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens.” For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the “anxious tension” of his two previous records. “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” he says. Beam's music has appeared in television series such as Grey’s Anatomy, The L Word and House M.D. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” was used in the film, Twilight. The song was specifically chosen for the film’s prom scene by Kristen Stewart and appears on the film’s soundtrack.
Founded in 1968 by Chris Squire and Jon Anderson, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and countless others. Having sold over 50 million records over its forty-six-year career, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires fans and musicians from around the world. Throughout 2013, YES marked a career first by performing a triple-header concert featuring three of their classic albums in their entirety, all in one concert. For 2014, the band is back to rock crowds nationwide performing, in their entirety, 1971’s groundbreaking album Fragile for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s Close To The Edge, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits. The album Fragile is considered to be their U.S. breakthrough album peaking at #4 on the Billboard Album charts. The RIAA-certified double platinum album has sold over two million copies and features YES’ hit single “Roundabout” and other classics like “Long Distance Runaround” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” The band’s album Close To The Edge, widely regarded as one of the greatest progressive rock albums ever recorded, was on the U.S. charts for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. The Gold-certified album featuring epic suites such as “Close To The Edge” and “You And I” was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World. During the encore on the upcoming tour, the multi-platinum progressive rock band--bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and singer Jon Davison will also perform material off Heaven and Earth, their new studio album, out July 8.
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans. He is currently the front man for his own ensemble Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, Say That To This, was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans. Galactic was formed eighteen years ago in New Orleans, and they cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras, when the town shuts down entirely to celebrate. Their latest release Carnivale Electricos, draws on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all-night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day. (General Admission Standing Only)
His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 88, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don’t look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can’t get enough of him. For more than half a century, Riley B. King – better known as B.B. King – has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. His singing is richly melodic, both vocally and in the "singing" that comes from his guitar. In B.B's words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille".
It has been twenty-five years since the Gipsy Kings captured the world’s imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band has toured virtually non-stop, to the farthest-flung corners of the planet, and sold almost twenty million albums, all the while retaining the same line-up of virtuoso musicians. Savor Flamenco, is their first new release in six years and their ninth studio album. The project marks the first time in their storied career that the Kings have produced themselves and written all of the material. It also starts a relationship between France’s most successful musical group of all time and a new label, Knitting Factory Records. Each ticket purchased online receives a digital download of Savor Flamenco. You will receive the album at the email address you provide when you purchase your tickets. With special guests Ole’ Noys.
For nearly three decades fans of The Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Now Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing most of the big Thompson Twins hits on the Retro Futura Tour. Songs such as “Hold Me Now”, “Doctor Doctor”, “You Take Me Up” and “Love On Your Side” provided the soundtrack for so many people's lives worldwide in the mid-eighties. Also starring Howard Jones (“New Song”, “What Is Love”, “Like To Get To Know You Well” and “Things Can Only Get Better”. With special guests Ultravox’s Midge Ure (No Regrets”), China Crisis (“Wishful Thinking”) and Katrina (of Katrina & The Waves) (“Walking On Sunshine”). A night of non-stop 80’s hits.
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. In March of 2013, Chicago’s multi-platinum two-disc bestseller, The Very Best of Chicago, Only The Beginning, charted at #1 on two Billboard charts. In Billboard’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band. Chicago is currently recording new songs. Fans are being offered clips of works in progress on the band’s website www.chicagotheband.com. The band is planning on releasing two songs at a time digitally throughout this year. One of these songs is a cover of the great Spiral Starecase hit “More Today Than Yesterday.” The first new Chicago song released was “Somethin’ Comin,’ I Know,” which was recorded on the road. Chicago has built a new recording system that is flexible, portable, powerful and musical. This new “recording rig” travels with the band. They have even created an online collaboration portal that allows even more performances to be worked on around the clock from remote locations. A new studio track, "America," was released in September, 2013. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. The band is now in their 46th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date!
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.
Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in1997 he has released 11 albums and played thousands of shows. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and festivals worldwide. Recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as “a probing, thoughtful score” by The New York Times), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012, he released two albums, Break It Yourself, and Hands of Glory, an acoustic companion album. He’s recently been performing with Tift Merritt, developing a children’s TV show, and writing for his next album, Good People Rock, available for preorder now. (General Admission Standing Only)
Universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll's finest and most versatile entertainers, Herman’s Hermits lead singer Peter Noone is second to none. At the age of fifteen, Peter achieved international fame as “Herman”, lead singer of the legendary Sixties pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits included: “I’m Into Something Good” “Mrs. Brown, you’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”, “Silhouettes”, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, “Just A Little Bit Better”, “Wonderful World”, “There’s A Kind of Hush”, “A Must To Avoid”, “Listen People”, “The End of the World” and “Dandy”. Ultimately, Herman’s Hermits sold over sixty million recordings. In all, fourteen singles and seven albums went gold. The Hermits were twice named Cashbox’s “Entertainer of the Year”. Accompanied by his band, Herman’s Hermits, Noone consistently plays to sold-out venues the world over. He has a legion of faithful fans (known as “Noonatics”) whose loyalty is unparalleled. Today’s teen girls scream just as passionately as their mothers did back in 1965, prompting VH1 to select Peter as their viewer’s choice for the “Sexiest Artist of the Year”. There is no doubt that Peter Noone’s extraordinary talent, disarming wit, handsome features and compelling stage presence will continue to delight fans of all ages, for a long, long time to come. With special guest The Grass Roots. From 1967 to 1972, The Grass Roots set a record for being on the Billboard charts 307 straight weeks. They are one of only nine bands that have charted 29 or more Top 100 Billboard singles. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide with many of their hits still seeing heavy rotation on oldies stations to this day. They achieved one platinum album, two gold albums and thirteen gold singles. Expect to hear “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes” and “Let’s Live For Today,” “Where Were You When I Needed You” and “I’d Wait A Million Years”.
Get ready for an audiovisual extravaganza courteous of The Australian Pink Floyd Show on their Eclipsed By The Moon Tour. Featuring a million dollar light show, multiple inflatables and stunning laser effects, all coupled with note perfect renditions of Pink Floyd’s biggest hits. Taking its tour title from “Set The Controls for the Heart Of the Sun” from the A Saucerful of Secrets album, The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be performing Pink Floyd classics such as “Another Brick In The Wall”, “Comfortably Numb” and “Wish You Were Here”, as well as a few surprise tracks. This tour is unique in that the audience are able to vote for the songs that they would like to hear live by visiting the band’s website and taking part in the online poll. The top songs will then be played each day. Lorelei McBroom will be appearing on this tour. Lorelei’s credentials are staggering; she toured with Pink Floyd on the “Momentary Lapse of Reason” and “Delicate Sound of Thunder” tours, appeared in the videos for “The Dogs of War,” “On The Turning Away” and the “Pink Floyd Live In Venice” TV broadcast. She also performed “The Great Gig in the Sky” with Pink Floyd, a song she will now perform with TAPFS.
Gordon Lightfoot’s legions of fans have something to celebrate as the legendary singer/songwriter is making a stop at Humphreys on his 50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour. The music icon is currently marking five decades of touring. Gordon Lightfoot is beloved by music fans around the world. In 1966, his debut album Lightfoot! was released and brought him international recognition as a songwriter. In 1971 Gordon earned his first Top Ten hit when "If You Could Read My Mind" became an international sensation. In 1974, his classic single, "Sundown", went to No.1 on the charts, followed two years later by "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", inspired by a Newsweek magazine article; it reached No. 2 on the Billboard charts. He continues to perform approximately 75-80 concerts each year and has won 15 Juno Awards and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards. In 2012, he was inducted into the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Beach Boys have often been called America's first rock band with over eighty songs charting worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by any American rock band). Timeless classics like “Surfin USA,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations” secured the band their place in Rock and Roll history. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". We welcome The Beach Boys return to Humphreys after a five-year absence.
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 20th 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.
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