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Britt heats up for summer concerts

Tickets for Britt Festivals summer concert season at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville will be available to the general public starting Friday, May 13. Tickets can be purchased online at the box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford, online at brittfest.org or by calling 541-773-6077 or 800-882-7488. Britt’s box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Britt's festivities kick off Saturday, June 4, with the annual Taste of Summer celebration in downtown Jacksonville. From noon to 4:30 p.m., visitors can look for wine tastings, live music, art, food, street performers and family activities at the free event.

Concerts begin Thursday, June 16, with Slightly Stoopid, joined by Zion I, The Grouch, Eligh and Grammy-winning band SOJA.

Electric blues rockers Eric Burdon and the Animals, with openers The Weight, will follow Friday, June 17; then rock band Chicago comes Tuesday, June 21; and Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down plays Wednesday, June 22.

On Thursday, June 30, the festival will host its Best of Britt benefit — a gala of food and wines from local restaurants and wineries, a silent auction full of concert packages, topped off with a concert with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. All-inclusive tickets for this event are available, as well as tickets to the concert only.

That is just some of the excitement awaiting visitors in June. Here's the remainder of the 2016 Britt Festivals season:

July 2: ZZ Ward / JJ Grey & Mofro / Allen Stone

July 3: Trio Case, k.d. lang and Veirs

July 5: Diana Ross / Rhonda Ross

July 7: Brian Regan / Dan Cummins

July 14: Nahko & Medicine for the People

July 21: Grace Potter

July 22: The Claypool Lennon Delirium

July 23: Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry)

July 28: The Piano Guys

July 29-30: Britt Orchestra performs at Crater Lake National Park

July 30: Justin Moore

Aug. 5: Britt Orchestra w/ Ray Chen

Aug. 6: Britt Orchestra w/ Jeremy Denk

Aug. 8: Britt Orchestra's Shakespeare and Song

Aug. 13: Britt Orchestra's Mahler’s Resurrection

Aug. 14: Britt Orchestra's Symphony Pops w/ Halie Loren

Aug. 19: Britt Orchestra w/ Yefim Bronfman

Aug. 20: Britt Orchestra's Crater Lake Piece & Orchestra Showcase

Aug. 22: Fitz and the Tantrums

Aug. 24: Gipsy Kings

Aug. 25: Hunter Hayes

Aug. 26: Buena Vista Social Club presents Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa

Aug. 27: Rising Appalachia

Aug. 30: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Sept. 1: Steve Miller Band w/ Curtis Salgado

Sept. 3: Michael Franti & Spearhead

Sept. 9: Colvin & Earle

Sept. 12: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Sept. 14: Lee Brice

Sept. 15: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band — 50 Years of Dirt

Sept. 16: Get the Led Out — The American Led Zeppelin

Sept. 17: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally

Sept. 20: Gavin DeGraw / Andy Grammer

British blues artists Eric Burdon and the Animals perform June 17 at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Photo courtesy of Britt Festivals