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Two of Los Angeles’ prime live-music venues — the Greek Theatre and Gibson Amphitheatre — announced the dates for their annual Premiere Marquee Club lineup Friday, with acts ranging from rock and soul to country and Latin pop.
The 2013 dates kick off May 5 at the Greek with the second annual Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo festival, featuring the East L.A. heroes along with Kinky, El Chicano and more. The 83-year-old open-air venue in Griffith Park also will feature such acts as Grammy-nominated pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen; New York indie rock band The National, which will perform on opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in tandem with the premiere of a documentary about the group; Barry Manilow, fresh off his Broadway run; and a visit by Brian Wilson with his Beach Boys brethren Al Jardine and David Marks.
Over in Universal City, the Gibson will have a decidedly international flair. After launching June 6 with the macabre pairing of Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, the Premiere Marquee Club lineup at the 6,000-plus-seat hall will feature such transnational fare as Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi; Italian pop-opera teen trio Il Volo; Mexico’s Ramon Ayala, the “King of the Accordion”; Italian singer-songwriter-guitarist Eros Ramazzotti; and Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila Downs.
Premiere Marquee Club membership allows fans to create their own concert series with as few as three shows at the two venues. The joint subscription program offers priority seating, advance notice of upcoming shows year-round and partial payment plans, plus exclusive discounts and amenities. There is no membership fee or forced combination of shows.
Other 2013 highlights at the historic 5,800-seat Greek, run by Nederlander Concerts, include Cyndi Lauper, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her debut album with the She’s So Unusual tour; the Last Summer on Earth teaming of Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster; Diana Krall, on her Glad Rag Doll World tour; and the New Jack Swing throwdown with Guy, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dru Hill, SWV and Al B. Sure!
Deadheads can get their fix with three nights of Furthur, led by Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, and a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes and a full orchestra.
There also are some classic double bills: Steve Miller Band and the Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo with Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton and B.B. King (with guest Sonny Landreth), Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, and War and Tower of Power — with a smokescreen provided by Cheech & Chong.
Then there’s the decade-themed packages. The ’70s Soul Jam features eight acts including The Stylistics, Peaches and Herb and Rose Royce, followed a month later by Funkfest with George Clinton, Lakeside, Slave, Confunkshun and Mart Jane Girls. The Big ’80s will be revived in a bill featuring Erasure’s Andy Bell, Human League, Howard Jones and Information Society. And the ’90s (and early ’00s) come roaring back with a night of Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball.
The Live Nation-run Gibson also will welcome such acts as Marco Antonio Solis, Pepe Aguilar, the double bill of Montgomery Gentry and Charlie Daniels Band and the Hot 92.3 Freestyle Explosion with Stevie B., Lisa Lisa, Exposé and more.
Fox’s Teen Choice Awards returns to the Gibson in August, and come December, it’s the 10th anniversary celebration of the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Christmas Rocks” show.
Also, fans who bought seats for Mexican legend Vicente Fernandez’s three sold-out shows at the Gibson in late April can apply those tickets to their Premiere Marquee Club membership.
For more information, go to PMCLA.com
The schedule for the 2013 Premiere Marquee Club season:
May 5: Second annual Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring Lobos / Kinky / El Chicano and more
May 25: War / Tower of Power / Cheech & Chong
June 8: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / Cheap Trick
June 12: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
June 13: Cyndi Lauper
June 14, 15 & 16: Barry Manilow: Manilow on Broadway
June 20: Steve Miller Band / The Doobie Brothers
June 23: Barenaked Ladies / Ben Folds Five / Guster
July 5: New Jack Swing featuring Guy, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Dru Hill, SWV and Al B. Sure!
July 6: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays Thick as a Brick
July 13: Sugar Ray / Smash Mouth / Gin Blossoms / Vertical Horizon / Fastball
July 14: 70’s Soul Jam with The Stylistics, Brenton Wood, Bloodstone, Peaches and Herb, Barbara Lewis, Intruders, Rose Royce and Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding Sr.
July 28: Amy Grant
Aug. 2: Chicago
Aug. 3: Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo
Aug. 4: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes & Full Orchestra
Aug. 10: The National plus special guest
Aug. 17: Funkfest featuring George Clinton, Lakeside, Slave, Confunkshun & Mary Jane Girls
Aug. 22: Heart / Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Aug. 24: Peter Frampton / B.B. King / Sonny Landreth
Aug. 30: Erasure’s Andy Bell / Human League / Howard Jones / Information Society
Sept. 8: Michael W. Smith
Sept. 15: Carly Rae Jepsen
Sept. 21: Diana Krall
Oct. 4, 5 & 6: Furthur
Oct. 20: Brian Wilson with Al Jardine & David Marks
Oct. 27: EEK! at the Greek featuring Symphony in the Glen (Arthur B. Rubinstein, music director)
June 6: Alice Cooper / Marilyn Manson
June 14: Freestyle Explosion featuring Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, Exposé, Debbie Deb, The Cover Girls, Trinere, Johnny O, Cynthia, Stacey Q. & Nu Shooz
June 15: Gloria Trevi
July 27: Ramon Ayala
Aug. 11: Fox Teen Choice Awards 2013
Aug. 16: Marco Antonio Solis
Aug. 28: Il Volo
Sept. 20: Lila Downs
Oct. 17: Eros Ramazzotti
Nov. 8: Pepe Aguilar
Dec. 12: Montgomery Gentry / Charlie Daniels Band
Dec. 21: Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Christmas Rocks” 10th anniversary
Below: Los Lobos at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles
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