Here's a quick rundown of some recently announced concerts:
* Geto Boys will be at Knocturnal at Snug Harbor on June 8. Tickets are available now.
* Raekwon & Ghostface Killah at the Fillmore on July 25. Tickets on sale May 15.
* Earl Sweatshirt will be at Amos' Southend on Aug. 27. Tickets are on sale now.
* Lindi Ortega will be at the Double Door Inn on Aug. 15. Tickets are on sale now.
* Stephen Stills will be at the Neighborhood Theatre on July 14. Tickets on sale on May 15.
* Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and special guest Doyle Bramhall II at the Uptown Amphitheatre on July 15. Tickets on sale on May 15.
* Merle Haggard at the Belk Theater on June 30. Tickets on sale now.
* Jill Andrews returns to the Evening Muse on June 20. Tickets are on sale now.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center has announced a whole bunch of concert and festival lineups in recent days. Here's a quick look of what's happening for the venue's River Jam series, Memorial Day Celebration, Brew Stash Bash and Fourth of July events:
MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION
4 p.m. - Packway Handle Band
6 p.m. - Big Daddy Love
8 p.m. - The Infamous Stringdusters
It wasn't too long ago that Speed Street was getting some pretty big names to headline their free Uptown festival, with multiple bands on multiple stages. Well, that was then ...
The 600 Festival Association announced the performers for this year's Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street (the new sponsors were announced earlier this week), and I can't imagine people are going to get overly excited for this year's options. Maybe it's just me? What are your thoughts?
Thursday, May 21
8:30 p.m. - Appetite for Destruction, the Ultimate Guns & Roses Experience
10:30 p.m. - Departure, a Journey tribute band
Friday, May 22
9 p.m. - Parmalee
10:30 p.m. - Corey Smith
Saturday, May 23
9 p.m. - Craig Wayne Boyd (winner of The Voice)
10:30 p.m. - Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx
Well, at least there are still games to play and NASCAR drivers to meet. A PNC Speed Street 5K will also be held on May 23.
We've been a bit critical of the Fridays at the Factory lineups in the past as they've leaned toward a rotating cast of '90s one-hit wonders and hesitated from pushing the envelope... so we have to give credit to those in charge for stepping up their game for this year's edition.
From South Carolina folk duo Shovels & Rope to sacred steel jammers Robert Randolph and the Family Band to Southern rockers North Mississippi Allstars, Friday Live at the Factory is ready to leave their mark on the summer concert season. The schedule is:
May 8 - Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Chris Cook and the Heartless Road Band
May 15 - Who's Band, The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
May 22 - Cracker with Temperance League
May 29 - Misterwives
June 5 - Shovels and Rope with Flatland Tourists
June 12 - North Mississippi Allstars with The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project
June 19 - Cowboy Mouth with Of Good Nature
June 26 - Surfer Blood with The Black Cadillacs
Advance tickets are $8 and a season pass is $50.
Other recently announced concerts include:
* Shinedown with Nothing More at Ovens Auditorium (?) on July 29. Tickets on sale Friday, April 17.
* Counting Crows with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown at the Uptown Amphitheatre on Aug. 10. Tickets on sale Friday, April 17.
* Sublime with Rome (more like Sublime's bassist with some other guys...) with Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon at the Uptown Amphitheatre on Aug. 11. Tickets on sale Monday, April 20.