Big names added to Pavilion’s season

To borrow from Casey Kasem, the hits just keep on coming for the Charlottesville Pavilion this summer. After announcing a summer season that already includes the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, and k.d. lang, the Pavilion has heralded the coming of four more big-name shows to come in the next few months. On Thursday, July 26, country legend Randy Travis will bring his "Passing Through" tour to town. Three days later, on Sunday, July 29, the B-52's arrive with their kitschy brand of southern-fried rock. Six days after that, on Saturday, August 4, neo-roots heroes Nickel Creek and teenage-prodigy-turned-acclaimed-songwriter Fiona Apple play a double bill. And a week and a half after that, Rufus Wainwright serenades us with his off-kilter pop, with alt-country queen Neko Case opening.

Tickets for Travis, the B-52's, and Nickel Creek/Apple go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10am. Tickets for Wainwright and Case are available this Friday, May 18, at 10am.

Having been in the recording business for 22 years now, Travis has 16 #1 country hits to his name, including "Diggin' Up Bones," "Forever and Ever, Amen," and "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart." His most recent chart-topper came in 2002, with the release of "Three Wooden Crosses" from his Rise and Shine album.

Equal parts new wave rock and retro style, the B-52's rose from humble beginnings in Athens, Georgia and made a name for themselves in the late '70s on college radio and in the burgeoning New York punk scene. But it wasn't until the late '80s that the rest of America got hip to their jive and made songs like "Love Shack," "Channel Z," and "Roam" Top 10 hits. Their initially obscure but now classic song "Rock Lobster" ranked #146 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest songs of all time.

Nickel Creek is a guitar, mandolin, and fiddle trio who play a decidedly progressive style of acoustic music, influenced equally by country, bluegrass, jazz, and pop. Their albums This Side (2002) and Why Should the Fire Die? (2006) both reached the Billboard Top 20. This tour stop will be part of their so-called "Farewell (For Now)" tour after the group announced they would be going on indefinite hiatus after its conclusion.

Fiona Apple made a splash at age 19 when her debut album Tidal featured 10 decidedly mature yet haunting piano driven songs, especially the Grammy-winning song "Criminal" and its controversial video in which the teenage Apple stripped down to nearly nothing. After six years of anticipation, Apple finally released her third album, Extraordinary Machine, to widespread critical acclaim in 2005. To date the album has sold over 500,000 copies.

Rufus Wainwright is the son of folk artists Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. Invoking such pre-rock genres as baroque and show tunes in his songs, Wainwright has built a cult following since first beginning his recording career nine years ago. Last summer, he sold out two shows at Carnegie Hall in which he performed every song from the live album Judy Garland recorded at the venerable venue in 1961. His latest album, Release the Stars, just hit record stores this Tuesday, and has already reached #3 on the U.K. pop charts.

When she's not thrilling sold-out clubs with her band the New Pornographers, Neko Case is carving out a reputation as one of the greatest country singers of her generation. Earning comparisons to such legends as Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, Case has become a critical darling. Her 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood topped the Amazon.com music editor's list for the best of the year and came in at #8 on The Village Voice's "Pazz and Jop" critics' poll, ahead of such heavyweights as Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello. Richmond's Style Weekly named Case's set last year at Starr Hill one of the best of the year.

Tickets are available by logging on to www.charlottesvillepavilion.com, or calling 1-877-CPAV-TIX.

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6 comments

THE B-52s??????? I truly wouldn't be more ecstatic if The Beatles or Elvis was on the schedule. What a perfect venue for them! Thank you Pavilion People!

And why would anyone buy tickets? I think it is always better to listen to the mediocre sound system from a good distance, where a Bud Light doesn't run $5.

Lunch at The Nook, $5.95 (cholesterol included for free). Ticket to a tent show, $30. Not having to hear country music, priceless.

Neko case is neat, but otherwise the bills so far leaves much to be desired. They set the bar too high last season.

The $5 beer is absurd. I remember when CDF raised the price of beer from $2.50 to $3.00 - the city (i.e. the Assistant City Manager) and the beer companies (actually, just J.W. Seig/Bud) were PISSED and demanded the price be returned to the not-profitable $2.50. CDF held firm, took the heat, and started to make enough money to actually fund themselves. Now Capshaw raises beer prices to $5 and not one peep.

Why are they packing shows into late July and early August again this year? They booked one show in May, a month that has had comfortable concert weather. Over near Richmond, Innsbrook has had a big batch of spring shows, but we have to wait until the heat and humidity are off the charts.

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