|June 27 –Leo Kottke / Jake Shimabukuro
Leo Kottke is an acoustic finger-style guitarist with influences from blues, jazz and folk. Kottke plays both the 6- and 12-string guitar.
Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii who rose to fame by becoming one of YouTube's most popular artists.
July 3 – k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang
Sing it Loud is lang’s first record made entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her career more than 20 years ago. lang has won four Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada.
July 18 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers.
July 19 – Ziggy Marley
“Ziggy has embraced the more traditional and familiar textures and rhythms of reggae, while further defining the unique artistic vision that sets him apart,” says producer Don Was. Marley’s latest album, Wild and Free, affirms him as a master storyteller with an innate sense of soul.
Aug 1 – Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes
A hybrid of traditional regional Mexican folk music, rock and roll, blues, R&B, country and other genres has found a sweet spot in the music of Los Lobos.
Steve Earle and the Dukes
Known for his political ferocity, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has been recording country- and rock-influenced music since 1986. His most recent album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, was nominated for a Grammy® for Best Folk Album in 2012.
Aug 5 – The Johnny Clegg Band / Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Johnny Clegg Band
Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, and musical activist whose infectious crossover music, a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, has exploded onto the international scene and broken through all the barriers in his own country.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo represents the traditional culture of South Africa and is regarded as the country's cultural emissary at home and around the world. Their work with Paul Simon on the Graceland album attracted a world of fans that never knew that the sounds of Zulu harmony could be so captivating.
Aug 12 – An Evening With Melissa Etheridge
Considered by many to be one of the greatest all-time female rock icons, Melissa Etheridge is also a mother and a cancer survivor. She is an outspoken cultural, political and human rights activist, a thought-provoker and a longtime truth-seeker.
Aug 15 & 16 – An Evening With Pink Martini
Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure. Or, as bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale puts it, “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we'd be that band."
Aug 22 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Grammy nominee Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has dubbed his signature sound "Supafunkrock"—stirring together New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats.
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph leads this American funk and soul band to great acclaim—Rolling Stone named Robert to their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Aug 29 – Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux
Rosanne Cash has recorded 11 No. 1 singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. In 1985 she won the Grammy Award® for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," and has received 10 other nominations.
Jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. Renowned for her interpretive song skills, the vocalist delves deeper into her reinvention, writing the bulk of the songs on her latest album, Standing On the Rooftop, pushing past any preconceived notions about her music and daring herself to expand her sonic template.