Tag: July 2021

Midyear 2021: Driving Force

HATS OFF: Jason Mraz’s drive-in performance at the City National Grove of Anaheim helped propel the California venue to No. 1 in the Top Stops 2,000 or Less Capacity category. (Getty Images) Drive-in shows, Down Under concerts power a live scene on the brink of returning  Drive-in theaters or temporary concert sites erected in parking lots remained a staple venue option for live entertainment during the first half of 2021. The City National Grove of Anaheim (California) was early out of the gate with drive-in opportunities for live music fans after the pandemic began. It held its first outdoor drive-in event last summer in July; since then, 27 headliners have performed 52 total concerts in the parking lot. Looking at the tallies for 2021 alone, 14 headliners have played 24 shows there for an overall attendance of 24,744 to land the venue at No. 1 on Top Stops in the 2,000 […]

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Wolf Trap: The Arts, Naturally

ARTS CATHEDRAL: The Filene Center has 7,028 seats and is the primary venue at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Wolf Trap) National park, foundation mark half a century of performances and gear up for the future The pandemic isn’t the only seemingly insurmountable challenge that the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, has faced in its 50 years of operation. In April 1982, after its Filene Center venue burned to the ground, patrons stepped up not only to financially support a true-to-the-original rebuild but also to create a temporary structure that would ensure Wolf Trap’s season of 77 performances went on as planned. In just six weeks, a performance space was constructed to play host to three months of musicals, ballets, symphonies and performances by revered artists in all genres. “This proceeded an extraordinary outpouring of support and donations to rebuild the venue,” […]

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Black Crowes ‘Just Happy to Be Making a Racket’

CROWE BROS: Rich and Chris Robinson are scheduled to launch a 37-show tour July 20. (Getty Images) The Robinson brothers are ready to rock on the ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ tour Chris and Rich Robinson are ready to rock. The brothers make up the heart and soul of the Black Crowes, and like virtually every other recording artist, they’ve gone at least 15 months without performing before a live audience. The pandemic stopped the world on its axis. For the Robinsons, it was especially difficult, considering they had mended their fractured relationship both personally and professionally and were mapping a tour just a few months before COVID-19 crushed live entertainment. “The whole trajectory … was going better than anything that had ever happened in the Black Crowes, except maybe the very first year in 1990,” said lead singer Chris Robinson. A year and a half later, it all seems like a […]

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Calm Before the Storm: Capacities Still Low, But That’s Ready to Change

Spanish pop singer Vanesa Martín heads up the list of touring artists on July’s Hot Tickets with a two-night engagement at the WiZink Center in Madrid on May 7-8.

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