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2010 Chastain concert Series A Lineup: Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Styx, Jeff Beck, Backstreet Boys and more

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Check out the crowd at the Earth, Wind & Fire show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre last year. Think the shows below will draw the same kind of crowd? AJC file photo

Spotted first on the Atlanta Music Scene Blog: this year’s Chastain concert Series A lineup includes hitmakers of decades past, and more announcements are on the way. The Series B lineup should be released soon, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will announcement will come later, too.

The Series A show that perplexes me: KC & the Sunshine Band performing with MC Hammer. Huh-who? How did those become a pair, I wonder?

Here’s the list:

April 24: Hall & Oates with special guest Todd Rundgren
May 1:
Gipsy Kings
May 8:
ZZ Top with special guest Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
June 3:
Backstreet Boys with special guest TBA
June 6:
Jethro Tull with special guest Ian Hunter
June 7:
Styx, Foreigner & Kansas
June 11:
Jeff Beck with special guest Imelda May
June 13:
KC & The Sunshine Band & MC Hammer
June 19:
Harry Connick Jr. & Orchestra
June 28:
An Evening with Sting, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Non Table Set-Up/No Coolers or Carry-Ins)
July 1:
REO Speedwagon & Pat Benatar
July 12:
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers

Want to go? Chastain Series and Mini-Series tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 7. Prices vary from about $50-$110. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

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63 comments Add your comment

David

March 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

Jill Scott can lay it down singing but never thought of seeing her in concert..

SheShe

March 2nd, 2010
12:23 pm

What about New Edition/BBD and Jill Scott and Erykah Badu???

Mike

March 2nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Boz Scaggs at the Fred will be a great show!

JJones

March 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

It’s a free country and no one is forcing you to go to Chastain if you don’t want to go, that’s all I’m saying. I never said I wanted to see everyone of these shows, nor would I. That’s what’s so great about being able to choose if I want to go or not. My point is this, if you don’t want to go fine, but why insist on being so negative about it? I may be in the minority on this blog, but I think I am far and away in the majoirty of those who actually attend Chastain.

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

I’m 50 years old, and yes, I’m sad to report that Chicago and the Doobies are beyond tired. But everyone has his or her own taste in music, and nobody else should try to ruin the experience for folks who do get enthusiastic about seeing the old guys and gals. (Confession: I’m sitting front and center for Gordon Lightfoot this Friday–good seats still available–and you know you really want to give Gordon some of your money.) I’d just like a higher calibre of talent in the “series.” Barring that, I’d like to see a new ZZ Top album that had the energy of Tres Hombres, I’d like to hear new Tull music that doesn’t sound like it’s constructed by focus group, and I’d like to hear Pat Benatar without having to suffer through a set by REO. Of course, I could just go see Jeff Beck and hope he cranks it up.

David

March 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

Rainbow, I’m sorry if my words came off harsh for the 40+ crowd..that was not my intention…I am 23 years old but anyone with an ear and respect for music can tell when its time for some bands who are up there to call it quits..or put the prices in line to how they actually perform not how they performed in their prime…

RainbowMittens

March 2nd, 2010
11:27 am

For all you young folks (under 40?) your agism is showing. Just because these are not the latest, hottest acts on tour doesn’t diminish the pleasure and nostalgia for us who DO appreciate the acts of the past. You’re telling me Chicago and the Doobie Brothers are tired? Please. Go watch Brittany, or Lady Gaga (whom I also like) or stay home but you don’t need to ruin it for the rest of us.

LydiasDad

March 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

True, good point. The only thing that would make it worse would be rappers. I live a mile from there, so I’d have to hear it. Yuck. Chastain is a great place, but the concerts are no longer worth the price.

Benton Arsenic

March 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

JJones is correct. We don’t have to go, and I for one do not go, unless it’s for some kind of oddball out of series show like My Morning Jacket. It’s still disconcerting that, with the discontinuation of Music Midtown and the elimination of the Free Friday concerts the radio stations used to put on downtown, the different series at Chastain are all that’s left for Atlantans to get excited about. So when you’ve got only ONE music series in town that draws the big names–and you get fed Chicago and the Doobie Brothers–well, it leaves you a little frustrated. Sure, I’ll see some good shows this summer, but I won’t get the thrill of seeing the whole “Subscription Lineup” announced and think, “I’ll see that and that and that and that.” For that feeling, you have to go to JazzFest, Bonnaroo or some other music festival. It’s not in your hometown, and the festival feeling doesn’t last all summer.

LaShawanda

March 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

How com no rappers?