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Britt releases summer festival lineup

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The Britt hill will be alive with the sound of music all summer long in 2022. (Courtesy photo)
Raitt, Gaffigan, Chicago among big names bringing music, comedy to venue

Britt Music & Arts Festival’s final announcement of concerts for the 2022 season includes some of the biggest names in music and comedy.

The lineup includes a wide range of styles, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame blues guitarist and singer Bonnie Raitt (Aug. 27) to six-time Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan (Aug. 11).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer and blue guitarist Bonnie Raitt performs Aug. 27.
See comedian Jim Gaffigan on his Fun Tour Aug. 11 at the Britt.

Other highlights include:

  • A Britt fan favorite, Chicago (Sept. 4), the legendary rock and roll band with horns;
  • Pop sensation and Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree Jason Mraz (July 7);
  • Country stars LeAnn Rimes (July 23) and Jordan Davis (Aug. 16);
  • Canadian Sarah McLachlan (June 12), one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in entertainment with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide; and
She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward, will appear June 20.
  • She & Him, aka Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward (June 20), a no-strings-attached collaboration that evolved into a bona fide touring band.

“We think this is one of the best Britt Presents lineups ever,” said Donna Briggs, president and CEO.

“The full Britt experience is back for our 60th anniversary celebration, allowing everyone to share the joy of music with friends and community on the Britt hill once again,” she said.

Rounding out the list of artists revealed in the final announcement are:

  • CAAMP (July 13), a folk-driven quartet founded by boyhood friends Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall, now joined by Matt Vinson on bass and Joe Kavalec on keyboard, with an expanded repertoire that includes rock;
  • Stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze (July 17);
  • Dark Star Orchestra (July 31), continuing to offer its Grateful Dead live concert experience;
  • KALEO (Aug. 1), an Icelandic rock band known for its electrifying live performances;
  • The American Acoustic Tour (Aug. 3) features the Punch Brothers — mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, who take bluegrass to a new evolutionary stage; and Watchhouse, the latest iteration of the contemporary folk duo Mandolin Orange. Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz will join the tour as the opening performer for this event;
  • Electronic music impresario Lindsey Stirling (Aug. 4), a violinist and dancer;
  • Psychedelic Furs (Aug. 10), a group that arrived on the post-punk landscape four decades ago from the UK rock scene, with special guest, X, from the first wave of LA’s flourishing punk scene;
  • Iration (Aug. 19), a five-piece reggae group whose music spans a wide range of styles and genres, including rock, pop, R&B and funk;
  • World Music chart-busters Gipsy Kings (Aug. 25); and
  • An homage to Billy Joel (Sept. 11), “A World Class Tribute to America’s Piano Man,” featuring Rob Stringer and Alex Dee.

Members’ presale of tickets will be April 8-27 with sales to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. April 29.

Britt concerts already on sale include ZZ Top, Norah Jones, Happy Together Tour 2022, Old Crow Medicine Show, One Night of Queen starring Gary Mullen and the Works, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mt. Joy, Collective Soul, Rebelution: Good Vibes Summer Tour 2022, Blues Traveler, and the Britt Orchestra season.

Britt concessions will be back, offering menus from featured local restaurants and food trucks such as Back Porch Grill (temporarily closed), Mac Shack, Sleek Greek, Frankie’s Seafood, Peruvian Point, Taste of Philly, and Cali Qs BBQ.

The Britt also will offer wine and beer from six local wineries and featured breweries, served at the wine and beer booth, Table Rock City Café, and in the Performance Garden.

Many Britt fans bring their own picnics and beverages. Check the website to find out which concerts allow alcoholic beverages to be brought in from the outside.

Tickets, updates and more information can be found at brittfest.org or by calling the box office at 541-773-6077. The Medford box office, at 216 W. Main St., is open 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.