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As the drama over who will run The Greek Theatre continues to play out, the shows must go on, and so the iconic L.A. venue this morning unveiled its lineup and subscription program for its 2015 season.
Among the acts set to perform under the stars are Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Boy George and Culture Club, Latin pop diva Gloria Trevi, alt rockers Wilco, Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson (appearing on his 72nd birthday), SoCal punk godfathers Social Distortion and newly minted Grammy winner “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Blues-rock dynamo Tedeschi Trucks Band, which closed the Greek season last year in spectacular fashion, returns on a bill with soul sensation Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II.
Swedish electronic music maestros Little Dragon kicks off the subscription series May 16, and EEK! At the Greek!, the annual family favorite featuring Symphony in the Glen and music director Arthur B. Rubinstein, wraps things up Oct. 24.
Also heading to the famed Griffith Park amphitheater: Jackson Browne, Peter Frampton (with Cheap Trick), The Gipsy Kings, Sugar Ray, Ben Folds, guitar great Joe Bonamassa, violinist Lindsey Stirling, electronic act Hot Chip and country stars Little Big Town.
The Greek’s Premier Access Season Subscription (P.A.S.S.) program enables fans to create their own concert series (buying at least three shows is required); it comes with exclusive amenities and without a membership fee.
The program also includes the option to buy tickets at other venues promoted by Greek operator and manager Nederlander, including the venerable Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and the City National Grove in Anaheim.
The 5,900-seat Greek, which opened in 1929, has been run by Nederlander since 1975, but its contract expires after this season. In an effort to fend off concert powerhouse Live Nation and keep control of the landmark venue, Nederlander has partnered with AEG — and the tussle has been messy.
After Live Nation won the early rounds in the bidding process, the L.A. City Council voted Feb. 11 to oppose the selection of a new operator. Now the decision’s back in the hands of the city’s parks commission, which could stick with its original choice of Live Nation, change to Nederlander/AEG or start the bidding all over again.
This season, once or twice a month when the venue would otherwise be idle, Nederlander and AEG Live will launch a new “At the Greek” series in the plaza area that will feature live music, specialty programming, workshops, food and more.
Here’s the 2015 Greek P.A.S.S. lineup, with additional shows to be added throughout the season:
May 16: Little Dragon
May 23: War / Los Lonely Boys / Malo / Tierra
May 31: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
June 2: Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters plus special guest JD McPherson
June 6: The Doobie Brothers plus special guest Don Felder
June 10: Tedeschi Trucks Band plus special guests Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Doyle Bramhall II
June 11: Ingrid Michaelson
June 12: Peter Frampton / Cheap Trick
June 18: Go Country 105 Summer Under The Stars presents: Little Big Town plus special guests David Nail / Ashley Monroe
June 20: Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin plus special guest Rodriguez
June 27: Ben Folds with special guest
July 3: Blackstreet / SWV / Tony! Toni! Tone! / Ginuwine / Troop
July 11: Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions
July 19: Under the Sun featuring Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Better Than Ezra and Eve 6
July 21: Barenaked Ladies plus special guests Violent Femmes / Colin Hay
July 24: Culture Club
July 25: Jim Gaffigan
Aug. 5: Wilco
Aug. 11: Hot Chip plus special guests !!!, Com Truise
Aug. 14: Jackson Browne
Aug. 16: Shawn Mendes
Aug. 17: Lindsey Stirling
Aug. 21: Gloria Trevi – Special Release Concert
Aug. 22: Ramon Ayala
Aug. 29: Joe Bonamassa
Sept. 5: The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo plus special guest Ole’ Noys
Sept. 12: Social Distortion
Sept. 19: “Weird Al” Yankovic
Oct. 4: Camila
Oct. 7: Ben Howard plus special guest Daughter
Oct. 24: EEK! At The Greek! featuring Symphony in the Glen – Arthur B. Rubinstein, music director
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