Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown

Sunday, August 26
Tickets go on sale with the rest of the season on May 8.
Tickets are available to Ravinia donors as early as March 20.

The city of New Orleans, one of America’s most unique and diverse cities, celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. To celebrate his hometown’s tercentennial, its rich cultural heritage, and the bright future of its music, Trombone Shorty has handpicked an all-star lineup of Crescent City musicians to bring the The Big Easy to Ravinia with “Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown” on Aug. 26.

Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the touring street party also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and New Breed Brass Band, plus special guest appearances by Big Easy legends Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and more.

“New Orleans is the best place in the world,” says Trombone Shorty. “I want to bring people the experience of New Orleans—I always encourage people to come to the city and see what made me, what influenced me, but not everyone can come visit. Plus, there’s a lot of other musicians in the city who feel the same way, who play this music and have their own take on keeping tradition alive. With this show, my friends and I want to spotlight New Orleans and bring joy, fun, and partying to the nation, because that’s what New Orleans creates. That’s what our music is about.”

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz

Saturday, August 25
Tickets go on sale with the rest of the season on May 8.
Tickets are available to Ravinia donors as early as March 20.

Multiple Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz, joined by his SuperBand and featuring special guest Brett Dennen, will perform at Ravinia on Aug. 25 on his “Good Vibes” tour. Mraz has quietly amassed a diverse fan base throughout all parts of the globe. Since getting his start in coffeehouses in San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and soulful folk-pop sound to rapt audiences around the world through his vibrant recordings, humorous live performances, and philanthropic efforts.

Along the way, he has earned numerous platinum certifications for his various releases, made pop history with his record-breaking classic singles “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up,” racked up two Grammy Awards, won the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and sold out amphitheaters and arenas around the globe.

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey

Saturday, June 23 and Monday, June 25

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If any one member of The Who can be said to be the group’s founding member, it is singer Roger Daltrey. He first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1961, recruiting John Entwistle, who suggested the addition of Pete Townshend. In those days, Daltrey, whose daytime job was in a sheet metal factory, made the band’s guitars, and it was his energy and ambition that has driven the group since its early years.

One of the band’s biggest successes was the 1969 rock opera Tommy, which tells the story of a boy who is deaf, blind, and mute. Over the course of the landmark recording, he evolves from an expert at pinball (“Pinball Wizard”) to a messianic figure who regains his sight, hearing, and ability to speak (“I’m Free”).

Daltrey and members of The Who band—Jon Button (bass), Scott Devours (drums), Loren Gold (keyboard), Frank Simes (music director and multi-instrumentalist)—will perform Tommy in its entirety, joined by the Ravinia Festival Orchestra on June 23 and June 25.



Thursday, August 23
Tickets go on sale with the rest of the season on May 8.
Tickets are available to Ravinia donors as early as March 20.

Award-winning country duo Sugarland is making its highly anticipated return to the stage with the Still the Same Tour, beginning this spring in the US. With numerous Grammy, ACM, and CMA Awards, chart-topping hits, and multiplatinum sales, the pair’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will bring their new live show to Ravinia on August 23 with Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell.

“We are thrilled to head back out on the road together as this has been a long time coming for the both of us!” said Nettles. “And to have Frankie and Lindsay join us will make our return really special.”

“Can’t wait to get back out there and share our new music with the best fans on earth!” Bush continued. “It will be great to hear everyone singing the old favorites along with us all summer.”

Dashboard Confessional

David Foster

Sunday, August 5

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Few individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster. He has created hit songs and award-winning gold and platinum albums for a diverse array of artists, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, Boz Scaggs, and Gloria Estefan. He has escorted singers who have straddled both pop and classical styles like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into the mainstream. He has created culture-defining soundtracks for blockbuster films like The Bodyguard, Urban Cowboy, and St. Elmo’s Fire, and crafted timeless holiday classics, including perennial bestsellers like Josh Groban’s Noel, Michael Bublé’s Christmas, Celine Dion’s These Are Special Times, Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas Baby, Andrea Bocelli’s My Christmas, and Mary J. Blige’s A Mary Christmas.

For his remarkable work, Foster has won 16 Grammy Awards, including three for Producer of the Year, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe, and he has racked up three Oscar nominations for “Best Original Song.” He has also earned a reputation as a keen spotter of new talent, playing a key role in the discovery and career launches of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé.

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull

Monday, September 3

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It was on February 2, 1968, at the world-famous Marquee Club on Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of the era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way.

The band’s debut album, This Was, was released later that same year. Founder, frontman, and flutist Ian Anderson is credited with introducing the flute to rock as a frontline instrument, not to mention the codpiece!

Jethro Tull is one of the biggest selling progressive rock artists of all time, and its immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical, and heavy rock. During its 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing more than 100 concerts each year. This 50th anniversary concert will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focusing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Too Old to Rock ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest of a Knave, and even a touch of Anderson’s Thick as a Brick 2 from 2012.


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