Three shows have been announced for the Summer Concert Series presented at the Ironstone Amphitheatre outside Murphys. Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, George Benson and Kenny G are among the acts now coming to Calaveras County this summer.
Mraz and his Superband perform June 25. The New York Times called Mraz “part Jack Johnson, part Eckhart Tolle.” He has amassed a huge fan base in performances that began in Southern California coffeehouses and now include arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums all over the world. Based in San Diego, Mraz has earned diamond, multiplatinum and platinum records and has won two Grammy Awards.
“The dates see Mraz continuing what he has spent most of the last year doing – emerging from writing and recording to road-test new songs for his upcoming album, as well as celebrating some of his most memorable hits with his family of fans,” says a release.
On July 24, Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows and Rivers & Rust perform as the “Brief History of Everything Tour 2017” comes to Murphys.
Matchbox Twenty has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and won loads of accolades, including five Grammy nominations, several American Music Awards nominations and wins in 1998 and 2003 and won Favorite Musical Group at the 2004 People’s Choice Awards. Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Rob Thomas has also won numerous awards, including three Grammys.
“No matter what I will ever do, nothing feels like home as much as playing these songs with these guys and it never will,” said Thomas. “And I can’t wait to spend another summer out there on the road with the Crows.” Thomas toured with Counting Crows for a successful 2016 tour.
Counting Crows is Adam Duritz on vocals, Jim Bogios on drums, David Bryson, David Immergluck and Dan Vickrey on guitar, Charlie Gillingham on keyboards and Millard Powers on bass. The group has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. The act burst onto the scene in 1993 with its multiplatinum debut “August and Everything After.” The band released its seventh studio album “Somewhere Under Wonderland” in 2014. It’s known for creating innovative concerts that feature expanded songs and lively performances. The band is consistently ranked as one of the top live bands performing today.
“To be honest, we took a vote after last year and decided to spend every summer with Rob from now on,” said Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz. “Can. Not. Wait.”
Kyle Cook, who plays lead guitar and sings backing vocals for Matchbox Twenty, is half of the Rivers & Rust duo – with Sheila Marshall – that opens the July 24 show.
George Benson and Kenny G get jazzy at the amphitheater on Sept. 9 as their “Breezin & BreathlessTour” comes to the county. The musicians team up for a co-headline tour this summer in which each will perform songs from their career-defining albums along with other greatest hits.
It’s been 40 years since Benson released his Grammy Award-winning “Breezin’,” which has sold more than 3 million albums and topped the jazz, pop and R&B charts. It’s been 25 years since Kenny G, one of the most popular instrumental musicians today, debuted the Grammy-winning album “Breathless,” which sold more than 12 million copies in the United States alone.
“Kenny, Kenny G that is, is a refined instrumentalist with a lot of wonderful ideas that have connected with millions around the world,” Benson said. “He is a master of the soprano sax. I always enjoy when we get an opportunity to work together and I look forward to a very successful tour.”
“To say I’m honored to share the stage with one of the greatest musicians in the world would be a huge understatement,” Kenny G said. “George Benson has always been a jazz hero to me with a virtuosity that is second to none.”
Tickets for Benson and Kenny G’s show are on sale now and tickets for the Mraz show go on sale Thursday. Tickets for the Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows show go on sale Friday.
Other shows on the bill for the summer include Toby Keith and a special guest on June 9; Boston and Joan Jett on June 10; John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter on June 17; Moody Blues on June 18; and the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton appear Aug. 18.
Tickets for all of the shows are available at ironstoneamphitheatre.net or call 800-745-3000.