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Honda Civic Tour

The Honda Civic Tour is an annual concert sponsored, not surprisingly, by the Honda Motor Company.  The tour got its start back in 2001 and have featured many great rock and pop punk bands ever since.  Also, each year, the headlining band gets the privilege of customizing a Honda Civic which is then raffled off.  Past headlining acts have included Everclear, Incubus, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte, Maroon 5, The Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and Paramore.  This year, the tour is headlined by Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance.  Supporting those two acts this year are Rancid, Manchester Orchestra, Against Me!, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World and Matt and Kim.  Blink-182 was also the original headlining act in 2001.

This year’s tour kicked off this past weekend, on August 5th in Holmdel, NJ and concludes October 15th in Chula Vista, CA.

The dates for the 2011 Honda Civic Tour:

» 8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
» 8/6, 7 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
» 8/9 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
» 8/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
» 8/12 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
» 8/13 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion
» 8/14 – Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
» 8/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
» 8/20 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Pavilion
» 8/21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
» 8/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
» 9/1 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
» 9/3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
» 9/4 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
» 9/7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Center
» 9/8 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
» 9/9 – Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
» 9/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
» 9/11 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Centre
» 9/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
» 9/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
» 9/16 – Saratoga, NY @ SPAC
» 9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
» 9/18 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
» 9/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
» 9/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
» 9/23 – Miami, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
» 9/24 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
» 9/26 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
» 9/27 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
» 9/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
» 9/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
» 10/1 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
» 10/2 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
» 10/4 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
» 10/5 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
» 10/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Resort, Spa and Casino
» 10/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
» 10/15 – San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

 

John Mellencamp tour announcement!

John Mellencamp recently announced his No Better Than This Tour (Fall 2011 Leg).  Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 5 at 10 AM Local.  The seventeen-date tour kicks off October 25 at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater and will conclude in Savannah, GA, at the Johnny Mercer Theater on November 11.

Mellencamp, a Southern Indiana native, has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has accrued 22 top 40 hits in the US.  His latest album which the tour is named after, No Better Than This, was released on August 17th, 2010 and has received much critical acclaim.

He is also a founding member of Farm Aid, an organization that started in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, IL to raise awareness about the loss of family farms  and to raise money to keep these family farms.  To date, Farm Aid has raised over $39 million.  This year’s Farm Aid will take place on August 13th at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.

Of noted interest, is the fact that this latest string of No Better Than This Tour dates closes with a performance at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis (near Mellencamp’s hometown of Bloomington), the location of one of the tour’s earliest stops last year. The Indianapolis Star called that performance “the most forward-thinking road show in Mellencamp’s Hall of Fame career.”

John Mellencamp No Better Than This Tour (Fall 2011 Leg) dates:

Oct. 25 – Boston, MA – Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre *

Oct. 27 – Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts**

Oct. 28 – London, ON – Centennial Hall

Oct. 29 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre

Nov. 1 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeVos Performance Hall

Nov. 2 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre

Nov. 4 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Performing Arts Center

Nov. 5 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Nov. 6 – Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium

Nov. 9 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Nov. 11 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre

Nov. 12 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Auditorium***

Nov. 13 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Place Theatre**

Nov. 15 – Green Bay, WI – Weidner Center For the Performing Arts

Nov. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

Nov. 18 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center

Nov. 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall

* Tickets on sale Friday, August 12 at 10 AM Local

** Tickets on sale Friday, August 5 at 12 Noon Local

*** Tickets on sale Friday, August 19 at 11 AM Local

Top Weekend Events July 22 – 24

Yay, the weekend is almost here!!

Is it as hot where you are as it is in the Midwest?  Ugh, it is blistering here.  On this top weekend list, I am seeing a lot of outdoor events.  Stay cool, everyone!

Well, the hot, hot, hot event of this weekend is the soccer match between England’s Manchester United and the Chicago Fire.  This particular event came up numerous times on the list.  These EU vs. America matches are sponsored in conjunction with the MLS and CAA Sports.  Manchester United is one ot the world’s most recognized clubs, winning 18 English Premier League Titles, four Carling Cups, three European Cups and an amazing 11 FA Cups.  Manchester United was also in Chicago last year, training at the Fire’s soccer-specific home (Toyota Park) then commencing on its four-stop North American Tour in 2010.

Sir Paul McCartney is another hot event, once again, this weekend.  This time he’s taking on the Tiger’s Comerica Park in Detroit.  Expect his remaining concerts in Chicago, Montreal and Cincinnati to also score big on the top weekend list for their respective weekends.

In the Pop music genre, Katy Perry and her Teenage Dreams tour is hot in Boise, ID.  There are usually too many large concerts that roll through Idaho, so I’m sure this is a big deal in their community.  Rihanna and her Loud tour finally made it to the list.  Her recent songs “S&M” and “California King Bed” are rapidly achieved top positions on the Billboard Hot 100 list.  She’s recently come under much scrutiny for her comments and recent relinking with former flame, Chris Brown, which ended disastrously.

The ladies of country and folk music have overthrown the menfolk this week.  Jennifer Nettles, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls prove that they’re just as popular in this genre as their male counterparts who have been making the top weekend list all summer long.

Even a couple rock bands are making the list.  Founded in 2009, Further is a band composed of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.  The band also includes former members of other bands including Dark Star Orchestra, RatDog, Benevoto/Russo Duo and until recently Primus.  A Perfect Circle is another Rock supergroup started in 1999.  The current line-up includes former members from Puscifer, Ashes Divide, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Devo and the Vandals.  A Perfect Circle will also be playing at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Top Weekend Events July 22- 24

1.)    Manchester United vs. Chicago Fire, Solider Field, Chicago, IL – Saturday, July 23rd

2.)    Paul McCartney, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI  – Sunday, July 24th

3.)    Sugarland, California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles,  CA  – Friday, July 22nd

4.)    Further, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Sunday, July 24th

5.)    Rihanna, Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, July 23rd

6.)    San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, July 23rd

7.)    Katy Perry, Taco bell Arena, Boise, ID – Saturday, July 23rd

8.)    Indigo Girls, Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA – Sunday, July 24th

9.)    Lady Antebellum, Great Jones Country Fair, Monticello, IA – Friday, July 22nd

10.) A Perfect Circle, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX – Friday, July 22nd

Top Weekend Events July 8 – 10th

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!

Well, this is another hot weekend for concerts.  The bands/singers on this weekend’s list are all pretty mainstream, top revenue getters.  While Rascal Flatts  is the top of the list for weekend, Taylor Swift’s Atlanta concert in Atlanta certainly getting a lot of attention.  This particular concert was pinged on this list a good number of times, but it is because she had to cancel this cancel this concert and her Charlotte, North Carolina Show due to bronchitis.   Her Atlanta show will be rescheduled for October 1 and her Charlotte show will be rescheduled for November 16th.  Hopefully she feels better soon!

Of course the other country music stars, Sugarland, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban are all still doing exceptionally well.  Keith Urban’s Get Closer 2011 World Tour is in support of his 7th studio Album, Get Closer, which was released on November 16th, 2010.  Jennifer Nettles’, the lead singer of Sugarland, star power is increasingly on the rise as well.  She’s been featured in a number of main stream magazines lately including Self Magazine, Stylenews and OK!  And OPRAH magazine lately.

O.A.R. is a former college band turned rock superstars.  The group got their starts as Buckeyes at Ohio State University.  They are well known for their live performances and jam band elements making each song unique.  Of the same vein, Dave Matthews Band (DMB) is making a strong showing this weekend whom are also known for their lengthy improvisational renditions of their hits, oftentimes with an intricate video and lighting show.  This Caravan show is in salute to their 20 year anniversary as a band.  They are playing 3, multi-day, multi-artist music events.  The Chicago show is the first event, followed by the New York City show on August 26th and finishing up in Quincy, WA on September 2nd.

Top weekend events – July 8th – 10th

1.) Rascal Flatts, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ – Saturday, July 9th

2.) O.A.R. , PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Saturday, July 9th

3.) Dave Matthews Band Caravan, Chicago Lakeside, Chicago, IL – Friday, July 8th

4.) Katy Perry, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL – Friday, July 8th

5.) Sugarland, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI- Saturday, July 9th

6.) Eddie Vedder, Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – Friday, July 8th

7.) Kid Rock, Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA – Saturday, July 9th

8.) Britney Spears, United Center, Chicago, IL – Friday, July 8th

9.) Tim McGraw, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY – Sunday, July 10th

10.) Keith Urban, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT – Saturday, July 9th