Britt Festivals unveils this summer's lineup

Pop star Cyndi Lauper, singer/songwriter John Hiatt, the Steve Miller Band, country singer Billy Currington, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, contemporary Christian artists Amy Grant and Brandon Heath, gospel legend Mavis Staples and guitar sensations Rodrigo y Gabriela are among the artists on their way to Britt's 2013 season of concerts.

The lineup, which was announced this evening at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, features 33 performances of pop, rock and country music from June 15 through Sept. 14.

Britt 2013 schedule

June 8 — Taste of Summer: Celebrate the beginning of Britt and summer in Jacksonville, downtown Jacksonville.

June 15 — Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual Tour/ Hunter Valentine. $62 reserved, $39 adult lawn, $29 child (1-12), $248 premium blanket (for 4), $124 premium blanket (for 2).

June 25 — An Evening with Steve Miller Band. $92 reserved, $49 adult lawn, $35 child (1-12) lawn, $368 premium blanket (for 4), $184 premium blanket (for 2).

June 28 — John Prine / Carrie Rodriguez. $59 reserved, $39 adult lawn, $29 child (1-12) lawn, $236 premium blanket (for 4), $118 premium blanket (for 2).

June 29 — Ziggy Marley / Special Guest TBA. $46 reserved, $46 SRO, $34 adult lawn, $22 child (1-12) lawn.

June 30 — The Music of ABBA: Arrival from Sweden. $44 reserved, $29 adult lawn, $21 child (1-12) lawn, $176 premium blanket (for 4), $88 premium blanket (for 2).

July 5 — John Hiatt & The Combo / Mavis Staples. $45 reserved, $35 lawn, $26 child (1-12) lawn, $180 premium blanket (for 4), $90 premium blanket (for 2).

July 6 — Michael Franti & Spearhead Family Matinee. All seats general admission: $14.50, children 2 and under free.

July 6 — Michael Franti & Spearhead / Special Guest TBA. $49 reserved, $49 SRO, $39 lawn, $32 child (1-12) lawn.

July 7 — Rodrigo y Gabriela / Special Guest TBA. $47 reserved, $37 adult lawn, $29 child (0-12) lawn, $188 premium blanket (for 4), $94 premium blanket (for 2).

July 11 — Kenny Loggins / Blue Sky Riders. $64 reserved, $39 adult lawn, $29 child (0-12) lawn, $256 premium blanket (for 4), $128 premium blanket (for 2).

July 16 — An Evening with Pink Martini with singer Storm Large. $51 reserved, $35 adult lawn, $27 child (1-12) lawn, $204 premium blanket (for 4), $102 premium blanket (for 2).

July 17 — Scotty McCreery / Special Guest TBA. $48 reserved, $35 adult lawn, $28 child (1-12) lawn, $192 premium blanket (for 4), $96 premium blanket (for 2).

July 18 — Best of Britt Benefit / Michael Kaeshammer. All seats general admission, $75 (includes food, beer, wine and concert).

July 19 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Special Guest TBA. $43 reserved, $27 adult lawn, $17 child (1-12) lawn, $172 premium blanket (for 4), $86 premium blanket (for 2).

July 21 — Amy Grant / Brandon Heath. $62 reserved, $41 adult lawn, $29 child (1-12) lawn, $248 premium blanket (for 4), $124 premium blanket (for 2).

July 25 — Billy Currington / Special Guest TBA. $69 reserved, $69 SRO, $39 adult lawn, $32 child (1-12) lawn.

Aug. 20 — Rebelution / Matisyahu / Collie Buddz. $39 reserved, $39 SRO, $33 lawn.

Aug. 21 — Brandi Carlile / Special Guest TBA. $49 reserved, $38 adult lawn, $28 child (1-12) lawn, $196 premium blanket (for 4), $98 premium blanket (for 2).

Aug. 23 — Regeneration Tour 2013: The Human League, Erasure's Andy Bell and Howard Jones. $56 reserved, $36 adult lawn, $26 child (1-12) lawn, $224 premium blanket (for 4), $112 premium blanket (for 2).

Aug. 27 — Chris Isaak / Special Guest TBA. $65 reserved, $39 adult lawn, $33 child (1-12) lawn, $260 premium blanket (for 4), $130 premium blanket (for 2).

Aug. 30 — Tegan & Sara / Special Guest TBA. $49 reserved, $49 SRO, $39 adult lawn, $28 child (1-12) lawn.

Sept. 1 — Martina McBride / Special Guest TBA. $76 reserved, $44 adult lawn, $32 child (1-12) lawn, $304 premium blanket (for 4), $152 premium blanket (for 2).

Sept. 5 — The Doobie Brothers / Special Guest TBA. $74 reserved, $43 adult lawn, $32 child (1-12) lawn, $296 premium blanket (for 4), $148 premium blanket (for 2).

Sept. 8 — Dennis Miller / Special Guest TBA. $62 reserved, $39 lawn, $248 premium blanket (for 4), $124 premium blanket (for 2).

Sept. 13 — REO Speedwagon / Special Guest TBA. $69 reserved, $39 adult lawn, $29 child (1-12) lawn, $276 premium blanket (for 4), $138 premium blanket (for 2).

Sept. 14 : Jake Shimabukuro / Jeff Pevar. $42 reserved, $29 adult lawn, $21 child (1-12) lawn, $168 premium blanket (for 4), $84 premium blanket (for 2).

The season will kick off with the annual Taste of Summer celebration in Jacksonville on Saturday, June 8. The citywide celebration will include live music, food, street performers, members of the visual arts group Art Presence, a wine walk, a beer garden, children's activities, classic car displays, hot air balloon rides and more.

Britt Executive Director Donna Briggs says the festival is particularly excited about the presence of several prominent country music artists in this year's lineup.

"It's been a few years," she says. "Martina McBride, she's up there with Reba, and there's Scotty McCreery and Billy Currington. Every year we try to book good, strong country acts, and this year it came together for us."

There's also plenty of classic rock, with Steve Miller, Kenny Loggins, REO Speedwagon and the Doobie Brothers.

Briggs says there's a good chance of other shows being added as the season goes on.

Tickets for Britt's 2013 season will go on sale beginning April 11 to Britt members and May 16 to the public. Visit www.brittfest.org, call 541-773-6077 or 800-882-7488, or visit the box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 216 W. Main St., Medford.

— Bill Varble

Read more in the Mail Tribune Thursday.


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