New Concert Announcements
Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her three-time SAG Award–winning, standout role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multifaceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades.
DeLaria holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America, which led to countless television and film roles portraying police lieutenants, PE teachers, and the lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women. Her TV credits include Awkward, Clarence, Californication, The Oblongs, One Live to Live, Law and Order: SVU, Will and Grace, Friends, and Matlock, and her film credits include First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, and Edge of Seventeen.
DeLaria was the featured vocalist at the 50th-anniversary Newport Jazz Festival, and she has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. This performance will be 18+ only.
Buddy Guy with Booker T. Jones
At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
Dashboard Confessional makes its Ravinia debut on August 15 with The All-American Rejects. Propelled by frontman Chris Carrabba’s intimate and emotionally raw lyrics, sweeping acoustics, and his charismatic presence, Dashboard Confessional stands as one of the biggest alternative bands of the 2000s. Critically acclaimed and embraced by a legion of fans, Dashboard’s brand of alternative rock swept through a generation who embraced the band’s albums and sold out arenas.
The All-American Rejects
Since the start of their career, alt-rock/power-pop titans The All-American Rejects have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and helped define a post-emo sound that was the soundtrack of a decade. Including smash hits “Gives You Hell,” “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along,” “Swing, Swing,” and “It Ends Tonight,” the band’s songs have become an indelible slice of the era.
Reunited under the name UB40, the group they founded in 1979, Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue instantly settled into their reggaefied pop-rock on 2014's Silhouette, an inspired mix of freshly minted songs and sparkling cover versions of rock and soul classics. Ali’s voice, described by Astro as being “like a fine wine” (red, presumably), remains as strong as ever—rich, melodic, and instantly recognizable. With the redoubtable Astro lending strong vocal support and Mickey’s keyboards to the fore in a new band that includes a three-piece horn section, their lithe but potent sound should delight fans old and new.
“Going into the studio with Ali again took me back in time,” says Astro. “We hadn’t recorded together for years. But once he started singing, the years just rolled away. And whenever I had my own ideas for a vocal part, I was encouraged to go for it. There was never any hassle, as we’re all having such a blast.”
“Silhouette is like a continuation of the solo albums Ali has made since leaving the old band,” adds Mickey. “Musically, he’s been really consistent. Ali’s genius is the way he can work a set of lyrics around a great melody. Any song he sings could easily be a UB40 tune.”