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Chastain announces 2012 summer series

The Beach Boys reunion show will launch Chastain's summer series.

The Beach Boys reunion show will launch Chastain's summer series.

A Beach Boys reunion, some disco ball action and the return of a pop icon highlight the Chastain Park Amphitheatre season.

Tickets for the (deep breath) Georgia Natural Gas Concert Series A at Chastain Park Amphitheatre are on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Here is the first round of shows for summer at Chastain.

  • The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour: 8 p.m. April 28
  • Steve Winwood with Michael Franti and Spearhead: 7:30 p.m. May 19

K.C. & The Sunshine Band with The Trammps: 8 p.m. May 25

  • Sting will play a non-table setup show in June. Credit: Clive Barda

    Sting will play a non-table setup show in June. Credit: Clive Barda

    Sting (non table setup/no coolers or carry-ins): 8 p.m. June 7

  • Willie Nelson (and guest): 8 p.m. June 15
  • Earth, Wind & Fire with orchestra: 8 p.m. June 27

  • Al Green with The Blind Boys of Alabama: 8 p.m. June 29
  • Sarah McLachlan with orchestra: 7:30 p.m. July 3
  • TBA: 8 p.m. July 8
  • Chicago and The Doobie Brothers: 7:30 p.m. July 24

Tickets for the full series or any combination of two or more shows will be available at www.chastainseries.com or by calling 404-233-2227. Individual shows will go on sale at a later date.

67 comments Add your comment

gadem

March 6th, 2012
5:52 pm

I am there!!!

Jimi Hendrix

March 6th, 2012
5:52 pm

Not impressed with this line up, they will need to add room for all the wheel chairs

Frank Furter

March 6th, 2012
5:53 pm

Trone

March 6th, 2012
5:55 pm

Dis be racist! Where da brothas be?

ACE

March 6th, 2012
5:57 pm

I didn’t realize half of these people were still alive, let alone still touring.

ACE

March 6th, 2012
5:57 pm

Chastain is a shi##y venue anyways

Fridawg

March 6th, 2012
6:00 pm

Lame line-up. I love Chastain, but I’m not interested in any of these acts.

Geoff

March 6th, 2012
6:02 pm

Geeze…snoozefest…

Number of the Beast

March 6th, 2012
6:04 pm

Lakewood got Iron Maiden Jun 23(sat)

Say What

March 6th, 2012
6:06 pm

Eddie Money on the list?

JMac

March 6th, 2012
6:09 pm

Ho Hum. Snoozefest 2112 part 1. What an awful schedule.

Steve

March 6th, 2012
6:10 pm

After seeing the Beach Boys on the Grammy Awards …. pass. EWF, maybe.

Ted

March 6th, 2012
6:31 pm

Is the corpse of Brian Wilson going to pretend to be playing and singing on this tour?

Ebbette

March 6th, 2012
6:47 pm

I saw Michael Franti 3 times in March 2010 when his band opened for John Mayer and they are AWESOME. I will be seeing the Beach Boys at New Orleans Jazz Fest next month along with Tom Petty, John Mayer, and Bruce Springsteen as well as the usual local regulars Dr John and The Neville Brothers. Steve Winwood is amazing as well and I’d love to see him again. Franti is worth it! The line up isn’t as good as Jazz Fest but it is decent.

Carla

March 6th, 2012
6:48 pm

Awful!! There are a lot of new artists out there. Why always dig up people from the past. Jeez!!!

Katy

March 6th, 2012
6:54 pm

Haven’t been impressed with the Chastain lineup for the past couple years. Where are all the new, but not quite big yet, acts??

Al

March 6th, 2012
7:04 pm

Keep in mind there are normally 2 different Chastain series line ups. One is for the older crowd (this line up) and there is another one that will be announced later, that will include some younger, hipper acts.

Dan Reeves

March 6th, 2012
7:04 pm

Brian Hunt

March 6th, 2012
7:06 pm

Yeah, this is a pretty weak line up. Sting and EWF are the only one’s I’d consider a ticket for, but no coolers as a restriction on Sting takes the fun out of seeing him at Chastain.

Prince

March 6th, 2012
7:06 pm

The Geriatric Summer Fest. Where’s Yanni?

Kimmy

March 6th, 2012
7:26 pm

Can not wait for the July 8th show.

brock

March 6th, 2012
7:28 pm

Winwood/Franti looks good. Wonder who TBA is; Chastain’s site says a reunited supergroup.

Would buy a miniseries, but this series, unlike Classic Chastain, does not tell you what seats you are buying. Been burned on that before so no thanks.

mojo322

March 6th, 2012
7:33 pm

Okay,,I am new to the area,but why does the concert with Sting not allow coolers…etc ?

TPM

March 6th, 2012
7:34 pm

You would have to pay me cash to go see any of there tired acts.

Bob from Accounttemps

March 6th, 2012
7:34 pm

Just be sure to leave your walkers at the gate.

blkshepherd

March 6th, 2012
8:02 pm

This JUST IN New Changes recording Wheelchairs and Walkers:

Judging from the looks of those grandfathers in the first picture.there may be only enough room for one or the other, Wheelchair or Walker..cant have Both, one must be checked at the gate.

Don'ttalksoclosetome

March 6th, 2012
8:05 pm

@Mojo322, I’m guessing to make sure that the concert isn’t ruined by incessant talking that goes on front and center while tables/coolers are in play. Tends to turn Chastain into dinner with background music while others and the performers have to put up with all the talking.

Check out Garrison Keillor’s Chastain experience via the googles, for example.

david c

March 6th, 2012
8:53 pm

mojo322 – most shows at Chastain are for the wine and cheese crowd who don’t really care who is on the stage. When an artist wants to connect with the audience, they request a no-table set-up where they fill in the tabled areas with rows of seats like a normal concert. With a no-table set-up, there is no room for coolers and bring your own. The only drawback to this (other than Chastain being a lousy venue with a decibel limit and an eleven o’clock curfew) is that they tend to run out of beer.

mojo322

March 6th, 2012
9:01 pm

Thanks I appreciate the feedback.

Bored

March 6th, 2012
9:25 pm

I can’t believe an artist as huge as Sting is playing Chastain. He could easily sell out Philips or Lakewood — and I’d much rather see him at Verizon Wireless / Encore Park!

adam

March 6th, 2012
9:38 pm

BO-RINNNNNNNNG !!!!! yawn yawn

Jcatl

March 6th, 2012
9:45 pm

Wow a bunch of has beens. What a surprise!

stilldefiant

March 6th, 2012
9:48 pm

Will be there for Earth, Wind, and Fire!

ozzfest

March 6th, 2012
9:58 pm

Brian & his Beach Boys….and…..Willie Nelson….yep, we will be there.

However…the real deal is IRON MAIDEN playing there first show in the South in over a decade at lakewood in June…AND IT IS ON A SATURDAY

…oh, and in case you have not heard the new VAN HALEN album is KILLER….Ed & Dave bring the reawakened Godzilla to town next month.

Savvy

March 6th, 2012
11:13 pm

Wouldn’t mind some Smooth Jazz or Neo Soul.

Norcross

March 6th, 2012
11:33 pm

Should check out the FREE shows in Norcross beginning Memorial Day weekend and every two weeks thereafter. Similar setup in Dunwoody and Duluth.

Sting is terrific in concert. Sarah McLachlan has some beutiful music, and can’t go wrong with EW&F rocking the place. You don’t have enough money to pay me to see Willie Nelson. Love the Beach Boys, but that was 30+ years ago. Would rather watch them on television.

Norcross

March 6th, 2012
11:35 pm

There will be more announced. Would like to see Michael Buble there. The Eagles would be awesome. Adele!

Melissa Ruggieri

March 7th, 2012
12:03 am

Hi Norcross – actually, the Eagles are already scheduled to play Verizon Wireless in Alpharetta in May.

Jitty

March 7th, 2012
12:10 am

They need to replace the individuals who obtain talent for this venue. Every year it’s the same old artists. Another year I will not be attending.

scott

March 7th, 2012
5:13 am

Get there early because they are certain to run out of handicap parking with all these old people bands playing!

Steve

March 7th, 2012
5:41 am

The age-ist comments in this thread are rather distressing. Wheelchairs and walkers…geezers…this kind of commentary has no place in the arts. True artistry knows no age – it can appear in young people and older people alike.

The line-up is what it is. I plan on seeing at least two or three of these. The reunion of the surviving Beach Boys is truly historical and worth seeing. Earth Wind and Fire with an orchestra? Great idea…and looking forward to it. Chicago with the Doobie Brothers – nice pairing of two classic seventies bands. Al Green with the Blind Boys from Alabama – all legendary and worth an evening out.

As usual, the prime legitimate complaints about Chastain are the prices – $50 for LAWN seats??? – the volume (always low due to noise restrictions), and the audience (the people who shell out for the best seats often don’t even turn their heads toward the stage once the performance begins…they treat the show as if it were simply background music for their conversation). So, while I will attend a handful of Chastain concerts this year, my real “beef” is that the concerts aren’t in a more artist-friendly venue (the Fox, anybody?) and the fact it costs more to park the car now than a ticket to the show did years ago (when parking was FREE in the lots around Chastain).

My Two Cents

March 7th, 2012
7:43 am

A bunch of unhappy folks on this blog! No one is forcing anyone to go. Bet those shows will be sellouts nonetheless.

whocares

March 7th, 2012
7:45 am

Same tire acts.

RedHead

March 7th, 2012
7:47 am

Would LOVE to see Sting and am glad there are not tables and coolers. I go for the performance and hate all the gab going on around me. Winwood will be fantastic too – all acts are great, to the folks who say it is for geezers – Great Music Never Dies*** When you grow up you will understand

glass half full

March 7th, 2012
7:54 am

Man, all you haters have never seen Willie Nelson live. For all of you who think the line up is lame and aren’t interested in ANY of them, you owe it to yourself to see Willie. Then again…stay home. More room for us people in good moods.

kim

March 7th, 2012
7:58 am

Where is Wayne Newton on this schedule???

darb

March 7th, 2012
8:03 am

Not like the days when I saw Cream with Eric Clapton, and Vanilla Fudge played first. Most of Chastains artists the last few years are the past their prime, past due everything performers, but I must admit ZZ Top were pretty good there, but hell, they are getting old too.

Jcatl

March 7th, 2012
8:33 am

It really doesn’t matter that they have crappy acts at Chastain. It’s easily the worst venue in town if you are interested in actually hearing the performance. It’s no wonder quality acts don’t want to play there.

Need Some New Faces

March 7th, 2012
8:48 am

Is it a rule that the performers at Chastain have to be older than the venue itself? Pretty soon, Tony Bennett will be the only one eligible to play Chastain.

dre

March 7th, 2012
8:52 am

HAHA, Chastain haters, gotta love ‘em. Been here for thirty years and have attended maybe 15-20 shows there, rain and shine. NEVER a bad experience no matter who the band or what the weather.