NEW ACT ADDED TO JUNE CONCERT LINE UP
Acts Replace Art Garfunkel; Kenny Loggins, Blues Traveler, Dr. John Also To Perform
LISLE, IL (May 24, 2010) - Pop rockers Jakob Dylan and special guest, Augustana, have just joined the list of hot acts featured in The Morton Arboretum "In Tune With Trees" summer concert series. The two will appear June 19 at 7 p.m., replacing Art Garfunkel, whose vocal strain forced him to cancel his scheduled appearance that night. (More below on Garfunkel tickets)
Grammy-award winner Dylan, the lead singer/songwriter of The Wallflowers, is the son of music legend Bob Dylan. Jakob Dylan captivates fans with his smoky, beautiful voice. In his new album, Women and Country, Dylan is true to his family's folk roots in songs like "Nothing but the Whole Wide World" and "Everybody's Hurting." The Wallflowers, with smash hits like "One Headlight," established Dylan as a music icon in mainstream rock ‘n' roll, while his solo career sets him apart as an impressive folksinger.
Best known for their break out single, "Boston," Augustana is an up-and-coming piano-driven rock band that formed in the Southern Illinois town of Greenville. They have landed appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGenerers Show and countless others. Their latest album, Can't Love, Can't Hurt, launched the latest hit single "Sweet and Low." The group's songs have been heard on such hit TV shows as One Tree Hill, Numb3rs, General Hospital, Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, Smallville, and The Big Bang Theory.
For the Jakob Dylan and Augustana show, tickets are $27 in advance; $29 Day-of.
"In Tune With Trees," set among the concert lawn's majestic trees, supports the Arboretum's vital work to save and plant trees. And two of the June concert artists strongly support trees and the environment.
Opening night brings the soulful sounds of Blues Traveler, and Dr. John and the Lower 911, Friday, June 18. Tickets for this co-headline show are $43 in advance; $45 Day-of.
More than just a great musician, Dr. John is an active supporter of Voice of the Wetlands, a group that recently planted 500 cypress trees in the Point-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. The group advocates for wetland preservation in their native Louisiana.
Dr. John is known for his unique blend of funk, rhythm and blues, and psychedelic rock. Enjoying a musical career that began in the 1950s, Dr. John has worked with Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin. His solo career took off with his 1973 hit "Right Place Wrong Time." Since then, Dr. John garnered Grammy awards in 1989, 1992, 1996, and 2000. In 2009, he won his fifth Grammy for an album considered to be his finest: City That Care Forgot, concerning aspects of post-Katrina New Orleans. Currently, he is working on a new album titled Tribal to be released August 3. As a "green" musician, Dr. John was part of the May 16 Gulf benefit concert to raise money for the area affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Also appearing June 18 is Blues Traveler, and fans can expect a high-energy, heavily improvisational live show that no one will forget! Best known for the hit single "Run Around," Blues Traveler boasts infectious melodic hooks while showcasing interactive instrumental chemistry that originally drew in their devoted fan base.
Twenty-three years after starting as an underground jam-band, Blues Traveler has ventured into new and creative territory, and is expected to release the album, North Hollywood Shootout, in August. But the group has already been performing some of the new songs on tour, with great results. "I think they come off [well] on stage because the seeds of inspiration were live jams, so they're easy to play live," guitarist Chan Kinchla told Billboard.com.
Get ready to enter the "Danger Zone" when Kenny Loggins hits the stage June 20. Tickets: $43 in advance; $45 Day-of. In 1991, Loggins released a deeply personal and acclaimed song on the Leap Of Faith soundtrack called "Conviction Of The Heart," which some call the unofficial anthem of the environmental movement. Recently, Loggins released his first up-tempo music for the whole family called All Join In.
Originally part of Loggins and Messina, the singer-songwriter began his solo career with the successful 1977 Celebrate Me Home album. Loggins' popularity grew even more after recording a series of hits including, "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack, "Footloose" from Footloose, "Danger Zone" from Top Gun, and for participating in USA For Africa's historic benefit recording ‘We Are The World.' Loggins also co-wrote the Grammy-winning, 1978 Song of the Year, "What A Fool Believes."
Tickets for all acts are on sale via www.mortonarb.org, 630-725-2066, and in person at the Arboretum Visitor Center. A $5 processing fee applies to phone and online orders. Prices above are for the general public; Arboretum members receive discounts. Those holding Art Garfunkel tickets should visit http://tinyurl.com/2c3ep2e.
The Morton Arboretum gratefully acknowledges the concert series Presenting Sponsor, Harris Bank; Contributing Sponsor, Whole Foods; Featured Wine Sponsor, Wente Family Estates and Featured Hotel Sponsor, Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned leader in tree science and education, working to save and plant trees. The 1,700-acre outdoor museum features magnificent collections of 4,117 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum's beautiful natural landscapes, gardens, research and education programs, and year-round family activities support its mission - the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Conveniently located at I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. Central Time until sunset. The Children's Garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through October, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through February. Visit Press Room at www.mortonarb.org, call to learn more.
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