Will it be cowboy hats and boots, black T-shirts and jeans, or coconut bras and leis that don your arrival at Klipsch Music Center this summer? Are camping for Dave Matthews and date night for ZBB (Zac Brown Band) or Luke Bryan marked on your calendar, as well? The 2014 concert season is underway for yet another spectacular and diverse line-up that gets many area residents’ heart rates aflutter this time of year. Having just celebrated 25 years as a successful and nationally recognized “Best Music Venue,” the changes just don’t stop when it comes to improving the concert experience at KMC.
Going head to head with mother nature during the off season, construction of a new bar in the venue’s south plaza and a new program that provides guests the opportunity to purchase a table for individual shows are just an example of the first class service this venue strives to give its guests.
“The concept is that guests can experience wait-free service throughout their visit, and their own reserved table. The bar will be in a great location so it’s close to just about everything,” says Andrew Newport, the GM for North American Concerts and Live Nation, who is celebrating his own 15-year milestone, working at the venue. “Healthier food options and locally grown produce and meat from responsibly raised animals is another very cool program being offered that allows us to support the community while offering better products to the fans,” offers Newport.
The variety of talent this year is unsurpassed, with some rock ‘n’ roll heavy-hitters headed this way, from seasoned acts like Journey/Steve Miller, to Kiss and Def Leppard, to the farewell tour of Motley Crüe and Alice Cooper. Everybody’s favorite Caribbean crooner, Jimmy Buffett, returns June 26 while his Parrothead fans are busy preparing for their extravagant tailgate parties.
Country music has made its way into the hearts of many and the evolution of the Country Mega Ticket has made it easier for patrons to catch the boot-stomping, hip-shaking talent of acts like Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Lady A, to name a few. Camping at Klipsch will be offered for the two-day Luke Bryan event in late August. The season will round out in September with Toby Keith and the resonant sound of Dierks Bentley.
Never to deny the showcase of newer talent and tastes, Klipsch excitedly will welcome OneRepublic/The Script, Wiz Khalifa’s Under the Influence of Music Tour, and Kings of Leon.
With nearly all of the venue’s boxes sold out for the season, a great way to see the shows is through the VIP program that allows purchasers to take advantage of a private parking lot, access to the VIP Club and Lounge, as well as access to exclusive seats. Season seat and series seat packages are also still available.
Whatever your tastes in music, be sure not to let those summer nights slip by without a visit to Klipsch Music Center, and meet up with about 23,999 of your soon-to-be closest friends.
Klipsch Music Center
12880 E. 146th Street
May 17 Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana
June 7 Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope
June 13 Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne
June 19 Brad Paisley, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham
June 20/21 Dave Matthews Band
June 26 Jimmy Buffett
June 28 Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power
July 3 Vans Warped Tour
July 5 Motley Crüe, Alice Cooper
July 9 Monumentour: Fall Out Boy, & Paramore
July 13 Zac Brown Band
July 19 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn
July 24 Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols
August 2 Keith Urban, Jerrod Niemann, Brett Eldredge
August 3 OneRepublic, The Script
August 7 Under the Influence Of Music Tour: Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Tyga
August 10 Chicago & REO Speedwagon
August 16 Miranda Lambert & Thomas Rhett
August 22 Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Kongos
August 26 The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s
Aug 29/30 Luke Bryan, Lee Brice & Cole Swindell
Sept 13 Toby Keith
Sept 27 Dierks Bentley, Chris Young & Chase Rice