Let The Countdown to Summer Begin

Ravinia is gearing up to announce its 2016 lineup on Wednesday, March 2, but if you’ve been following us on social media, you may already know a few of the hot shows coming to our stages this summer. In addition to the 80th-anniversary Chicago Symphony Orchestra residency outlined last August, the following dates have been circled on the calendar.
 
Ravinia will host its final live national broadcast of the popular American Public Media radio show A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Pavilion stage on Saturday, June 11. This show has been a mainstay on the Ravinia schedule since 2004, with special guests such as Ravinia favorites soprano Nicole Cabell and violinist Rachel Barton Pine, as well as Chicago’s own Howard Levy.
 

The festival will welcome the groundbreaking Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, featuring Warren Haynes with the Chicago Philharmonic, on June 26. This marks the Ravinia debut of Haynes—the renowned vocalist/guitarist from the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and The Dead—lending his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B, and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks. “I’m very excited about doing this show,” says Haynes. “We’ve chosen a very diverse list of songs from the extensive Jerry Garcia–related catalog and, in the true spirit of the original music, we’ll be leaving room for improvisation and approaching the symphonic arrangements from a non-traditional direction.”
 
Just a couple weeks ago it was announced that multiplatinum superstars Duran Duran will make their Ravinia debut as part of their North American Paper Gods Tour with CHIC, featuring Nile Rodgers, stopping at the festival for two nights, July 8 and 9. Duran’s September 2015 release, Paper Gods, aims to “capture the duality and sense of conflict at the heart of Duran Duran’s music.” Bassist John Taylor contends, “it really goes back to that strange, early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side.”
 
And most recently Ravinia announced that the Last Summer on Earth Tour 2016, featuring the multiplatinum band Barenaked Ladies with special guests Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) and Howard Jones, will head up the Ravinia season on June 9. The Boston Herald says, “Few bands are more entertaining than Barenaked Ladies. The Canadian quartet’s mix of clever pop tunes, lighthearted humor, and outrageous, off-the-cuff, between-song banter is entirely winning. It’s a combination that has won them millions of insanely devoted fans.” The Last Summer on Earth Tour 2016 coincides with Barenaked Ladies’ upcoming album, BNL Rocks Red Rocks, which features some of the band’s biggest hits, such as “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson,” and “If I Had $1,000,000,” plus songs from its last two records, including “Odds Are” (from Grinning Streak), which was a number-two hit on iTunes.

And this is just the beginning. A lineup of legends across many genres will be announced March 2.