The Summer Concert Series at the Ironstone Amphitheatre outside Murphys storms into Calaveras County with a pair of shows from longtime hit-makers. Toby Keith rolls onto the Ironstone Vineyards property for a show at 8 p.m. Friday and Boston comes back to the amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The weekend brings to life a series that, for 2017, boasts 11 shows from musicians from many genres. From country to alternative to jazz and rock ’n’ roll, the summer has something for everyone.
Keith thundered onto the country music scene in the early 1990s when he released four Gold records, including the debut hit single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” The song proved to be the most-played country tune of the 1990s. His song “How Do You Like Me Now?!” released in 1999, was the No. 1 country hit of 2000. He has charted 20 No. 1 hits and 21 Top 10 hits and sold 40 million records.
Grass Roots Revival opens Friday’s show. The Richter Entertainment Group, which presents the shows at Ironstone Amphitheatre, announced earlier Thursday that Friday’s show is sold out. There are no tickets available for walk-ups at the winery.
On Saturday, Boston returns to the county with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as the “Hyper Space Tour” lands outside Murphys. Boston cemented itself as a legendary rock ’n’ roll act with a seemingly endless string of hits released in the 1970s and ’80s. Tunes like “More Than a Feeling,” “Smokin’,” “Don’t Look Back” and “Amanda” are still concert favorites from the group that has sold more than 31 million albums, more than half of which were copies of the band’s first two albums.
Listeners first heard Jett when she was part of the Runaways, which released “Cherry Bomb.” She and the Blackhearts hit the charts with “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” in 1982. More hits from the woman crowned the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll” included “Crimson and Clover,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “Bad Reputation,” to name just three.
Tickets are still available for Saturday’s show and range in price from $55 to $400.
Also on the bill for the amphitheater are John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter on June 17 (tickets are $54.50 to $250); the Moody Blues performs the incredible debut album as part of the “Days of Future Passed – 50th Anniversary Tour” on June 18 ($55 to $400); Jason Mraz and his Superband perform on June 25 ($55 to $300); Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are touring the country this summer and pause in the county on July 21 with the Wallflowers ($55 to $350); Matchbox 20, Counting Crows and Rivers & Rust bring indie sounds to the amphitheater on July 24 ($56 to $401); Jake Owen and Drew Baldridge bring country back on Aug. 11 ($50 to $210); the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton both return to Calaveras on Aug. 13 ($55 to $250); Willie Nelson and Family finds the legendary country singer and songwriter returning to the amphitheater with Kacey Musgraves on Aug. 18 ($55 to $300); and George Benson and Kenny G both perform classic albums from 20 years ago as the “Breezin’ and Breathless Tour” arrives on Sept. 9 ($55 to $400).
Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now at ironstoneamphitheatre.net or call 551-8497 or 800-745-3000. Parking is free.
Concertgoers are reminded that no outside food or alcohol are allowed at the venue (food and beverages are sold on-site). For general admission (lawn) seats, low-back, beach-style chairs with seats lower than a foot off the ground and backs below 32 inches are allowed.