Greek Theatre Unveils 2014 Lineup, Subscription Plan

Jeff Miller

Rodriguez, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jake Owen, Tori Amos and Smokey Robinson are among those scheduled to play the landmark L.A. venue.

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles this morning unveiled its eclectic 2014 lineup, with Rodriguez, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jake Owen, Joan Baez, Tori Amos, ZZ Top, New Order, Sarah McLachlan and Smokey Robinson among the acts set to perform under the stars at the legendary Griffith Park venue.

The Greek, operated and managed by Nederlander Concerts, also has launched its own subscription program, Premier Access Season Subscription (P.A.S.S.). Members can create their own concert series and receive exclusive amenities without membership fees.

Greek mainstays Los Lobos and Ringo Starr, with his All Starr Band, also are on the busy 2014 schedule, as are David Byrne, Los Feliz’s own The Airborne Toxic Event, The Neighbourhood, Dierks Bentley, Panic! at the Disco and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Doo-wop stars Under the Streetlamp will kick things off May 2. Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-member outfit fronted by slide superhero Derek Trucks and his wife, blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi, will co-headline with guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. on Nov. 1 to conclude the campaign.

Bryne, the former Talking Heads frontman, will take the stage May 8 with members of LCD Soundsystem and other bands for a tribute to William Onyeabor, the Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer.

On the heels of her 14th studio release, Amos is on the bill July 23 as part of her Unrepentant Geraldines tour.

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Under the P.A.S.S. plan, members (one must buy tickets to at least three shows to join) also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to Steve Winwood at the Pantages (June 24) and Boston with Cheap Trick at the Forum (July 29), plus four shows at the City National Grove of Anaheim: comic Lisa Lampanelli (Aug. 15); Rock n Blues Fest featuring Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds (Aug. 22); Air Supply (Nov. 8); and Anjelah Johnson (Nov. 14). The Pantages and the Grove are sister Nederlander properties.

The 5,900-seat Greek had partnered in a subscription program since 2002 with the Universal/Gibson Amphitheatre, now gone to make way for a Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios. It recently was named by Pollstar magazine as the “Best Small Outdoor Venue of the Year” for the 10th straight time.

The 2014 Greek P.A.S.S. lineup:

May 2: Under the Streetlamp plus guest Gentleman’s Rule

May 3: Third annual Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring Los Lobos plus guests Ozomatli and Mariachi El Bronx

May 8: Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor? performed by David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Sinkane and more

May 24: Hot 92.3 Presents “Hot Summer Nights -- Up in Smoke” featuring War/Cheech & Chong plus guest The Family Stone  

May 28: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show: Brit Floyd Discovery World Tour 2014

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May 30: Rodriguez

May 31: Raul di Blasio

June 6: A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor

June 7: Il Volo

June 8: “Rebuild! Philippines: A Benefit Concert” presented by the Foundation International

June 18: Gavin DeGraw/Matt Nathanson

June 20: Michael Franti & Spearhead/SOJA/Brett Dennen/Trevor Hall

June 28: Sarah McLachlan

July 3: Joan Baez/Indigo Girls

July 5: Hot 92.3 Presents “Hot Summer Nights -- ’90s Night Out” featuring Blackstreet, Jagged Edge, K-Ci & Jojo, After 7, Shai and Next

July 12: Jurassic 5

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July 13: New Order plus guest La Roux

July 18: Pat Metheny Unity Group/Bruce Hornsby

July 19: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band featuring Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette

July 22: Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry plus guest Plain White T’s

July 23: Tori Amos

July 24: The Neighbourhood

July 25: GO Country 105 “Summer Under the Stars” presents Dierks Bentley plus guests Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi

July 26: “The Soundtrack of Summer” featuring Foreigner/Styx plus guest Don Felder

Aug. 1: Chicago and REO Speedwagon

Aug. 2: Los Lonely Boys/Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Aug. 7: Michael McDonald/Toto

Aug. 8: GO Country 105 “Summer Under the Stars” presents Jake Owen plus guests Frankie Ballard and Leah Turner

Aug. 9:  Hot 92.3 Presents “Hot Summer Nights -- Old School Saturday Night Live at The Greek” featuring Morris Day and the Time, Lakeside, Ready for the World, Alexander O’Neal, Taste of Honey and Yarbrough and Peoples

Aug. 12: Under the Sun Tour featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker

Aug. 13: ZZ Top/Jeff Beck

Aug. 16: Hot 92.3 Presents “Hot Summer Nights -- An Evening With Smokey Robinson”

Aug. 17: Counting Crows plus guest Toad the Wet Sprocket

Aug. 22: Lila Downs

Aug. 23: Alejandra Guzmán

Aug. 26: Panic! at the Disco plus guests Walk the Moon and Youngblood Hawke

Aug. 29: #Gener80s featuring Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Ultravox’s Midge Ure, China Crisis and more

Aug. 30: Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo plus guest Ole’ Noys

Sept. 5: Enrique Bunbury

Sept. 12: Diavolo Dance Company: Architecture in Motion; Jacques Heim, artistic director

Sept. 13: Charles Aznavour

Oct. 4: Crosby, Stills & Nash

Oct. 24: Intocable     

Oct. 26: EEK! at the Greek! featuring Symphony in the Glen -- Arthur B. Rubinstein, music director

Oct. 30: The Airborne Toxic Event

Nov. 1: Tedeschi Trucks Band/Gary Clark Jr.

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