This year there will be more popular artists included in the 2016 Tanglewood season, June 17-September 3, than every before. They make money for the BSO, expand audiences and, well, who doesn’t like a nice change of pace!
This summer’s all-star Popular Artists lineup, includes such legendary musicians as Dolly Parton (6/17), Brian Wilson (6/19), Bob Dylan (7/2), and James Taylor (7/3 & 4) taking the Koussevitzky Shed stage this summer. Returning to Tanglewood this season are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Earth, Wind & Fire (6/18) and Jackson Browne (6/21), as well as multi-platinum artists Train and Andy Grammer (8/23). The Boston Pops and Conductor Keith Lockhart welcome Warren Haynes for a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration (7/1); Seth MacFarlane for an afternoon of tunes from the Great American Songbook (7/10); and The B-52s for a night filled with the band’s greatest dance party hits (9/2). Popular radio programs A Prairie Home Companion with host Garrison Keillor (6/25) and NPR’s quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (9/1) also return to the Shed this season. Grammy-winning jazz artists Chris Botti (6/24) and the Chick Corea Trio (7/31) perform at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall.
Ticket prices for Popular Artists concerts at Tanglewood range from $24 (lawn tickets) to $149.50 and can be purchased by calling 888-266-1200 or visiting www.tanglewood.org, where visitors can also find full details of the 2016 Tanglewood concert schedule, including performances by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Tanglewood Music Center, and guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway, pop, rock, and film. Tanglewood—this country’s preeminent summer music festival and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—is located in the Berkshire Hills between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 7 P.M. – DOLLY PARTON
Legendary country music star Dolly Parton makes her Tanglewood debut with a season-opening performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The most honored female country performer of all time, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning such classic songs as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You,” garnering seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, and much more. This concert is sold out in the Shed. Lawn tickets are available for $32 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 7 P.M. – EARTH, WIND & FIRE
Earth, Wind & Fire, America’s seventh top-selling musical group of all-time, originated in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that crosses years and decades and now connects the 20th and 21st centuries. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards alongside numerous other accolades, including the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award. Earth, Wind & Fire has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide and is one of the world’s top touring bands. This performance will mark the group’s first return to Tanglewood since its June 2011 debut there. Ticket prices for this concert range from $27 (lawn tickets) to $129 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2:30 P.M. – BRIAN WILSON PRESENTS PET SOUNDS
Beach Boys legend and cofounder Brian Wilson will be featured in a performance of the entire Pet Sounds album as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the work widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. Beach Boys cofounder Al Jardine and former Beach Boys member Blondie Chaplin will join Mr. Wilson for this performance. Brian Wilson performed at Tanglewood with the Beach Boys three times in the 1980s; this concert marks his first solo performance at the venue. This concert is sold out in the Shed. Lawn tickets are available for $25 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 7 P.M. – JACKSON BROWNE
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. He has released 14 studio albums and four collections of live performances. His new studio album, Standing In The Breach, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Mr. Browne last performed at Tanglewood in 2013 as the headlining act for the July 4 concert, and he made his Tanglewood debut in July 1973. Ticket prices for this concert range from $27 (lawn tickets) to $99 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 8 P.M. – CHRIS BOTTI
A gifted instrumentalist, talented composer, and charismatic performer, Chris Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation. Coming to prominence in the mid-1990’s, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician, excelling in both jazz and pop music. Mr. Botti debuted at Tanglewood in 2005 and last performed at Ozawa Hall in 2012. This concert is sold out in Ozawa Hall. Lawn tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 5:45 P.M. – A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
Longtime host Garrison Keillor returns to the Koussevitzky Shed for another live broadcast of the beloved radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion. This event will mark the 19th consecutive year that this radio program—which debuted in 1974—has been hosted at Tanglewood. This event is sold out in the Shed. Lawn tickets are available for $24 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 8 P.M. – JERRY GARCIA SYMPHONIC CELEBRATION
The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with renowned guitarist Warren Haynes returns to Tanglewood in an orchestral adventure of Deadhead favorites. Conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and Warren Haynes will present a program featuring some of Jerry Garcia’s masterworks including “Terrapin Station,” “Bird Song,” and “Morning Dew.” Mr. Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) lends his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B and jazz to the evening’s program. He debuted and last performed at Tanglewood in 2013 in the inaugural Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with the Boston Pops. Ticket prices for this concert range from $25 (lawn tickets) to $109 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 7 P.M. – BOB DYLAN WITH MAVIS STAPLES
Tanglewood welcomes Bob Dylan with special guest Mavis Staples to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has performed twice at Tanglewood, first in 1991 and again during the 1997 season. His 37th album, Fallen Angels, will be released on May 20, 2016. Ms. Staples, best known for being part of the American gospel singing group The Staple Singers, will make her Tanglewood debut. This concert is sold out in the Shed. Lawn tickets are available for $37.50 (lawn tickets) and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
SUNDAY, JULY 3, AND MONDAY, JULY 4, 8 P.M. – JAMES TAYLOR
James Taylor returns to Tanglewood with his All-Star Band. Both performances will include many of the iconic songs so closely associated with Mr. Taylor, as well as new original material from his recent album Before This World, which was released in 2015. A fireworks display will follow the July 4 concert. Mr. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 24 times since his first performance there in 1974. Both concerts are currently sold out in the Shed and on the lawn.
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2:30 P.M. – THE BOSTON POPS WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST SETH MacFARLANE
Seth MacFarlane has created some of the most popular content on television and film today while also expanding his career in the worlds of philanthropy and music, garnering two Emmy Awards, four Grammy Award nominations, and an Academy Award nomination for his work. In his Tanglewood debut, Mr. MacFarlane joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in a swingin’ symphonic serenade of classic songs from the ’40s and ’50s. His rich baritone voice is infectious and reflects his love of the Great American Songbook. Ticket prices for this concert range from $22 (lawn tickets) to $124 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 8 P.M. – CHICK COREA TRIO
Renowned jazz keyboardist/composer and 22-time Grammy Award winner Chick Corea celebrates his 75th birthday at Tanglewood with renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride and acclaimed drummer Brian Blade. The trio’s most recent recording, Trilogy, earned them the Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Fingerprints” in 2015. Mr. Corea last performed at Tanglewood in 2012 and he debuted there in 1997. Ticket prices for this concert range from $19 (lawn tickets) to $66 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 7 P.M. – TRAIN WITH ANDY GRAMMER
The multi-platinum band Train made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Train earned its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey Soul Sister” from Save Me, San Francisco. The top-selling single of 2010, “Hey Soul Sister” hit #1 on radio in the United States and in 15 countries abroad. In 2014, Train released their seventh album, Bulletproof Picasso, which charted in the Top 5 that year. Pop sensation Andy Grammer —who enjoyed a successful 2015, earning his first top 10 hit on the Billboard chart with “Honey, I’m Good”—will open the concert. Train made its Tanglewood debut in August 2011 and most recently performed there in August 2014, while Mr. Grammer’s first and only Tanglewood appearance was in August 2012 as the opening act for Train. Ticket prices for this concert range from $28.50 (lawn tickets) to $99.50 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 8 P.M. – WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
NPR’s oddly informative weekly hour-long news quiz program, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! returns to Tanglewood. The Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week’s news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with judge and score-keeper Bill Kurtis. This program was last recorded at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Shed in August 2015. Ticket prices for this concert range from $24 (lawn tickets) to $120 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 8 P.M. – THE BOSTON POPS WITH THE B-52s
It is well known that The B-52s are The World’s Greatest Party Band. And 35 years and over 20 million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. From groundbreaking songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around,” and “Private Idaho” to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack,” “Roam,” and “Deadbeat Club,” The B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. This performance marks the band’s Tanglewood debut. Orchestral arrangements are composed by David Richard Campbell. Ticket prices for this concert range from $22 (lawn tickets) to $124 and can be purchased at http://www.tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.