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Get Out! Counting Crows, Journey, DMB lead weekend concert parade

June 26, 2014

By Scott Tady, Beaver County Times, Pa.

June 26--"The last few years have simply been the best live performances of our career," Counting Crows' fringe- and dreads-sporting singer Adam Duritz said. "We're really proud of that and we want people to be able to hear it all if they want."

So if you enjoy the alt-rock band's Stage AE show on Friday, then you might want to buy a live recording of that same concert to be made available, as with all Counting Crows tour dates, at

Performing under whatever stars are visible from the city's North Shore, Counting Crows will treat fans to such '90's hits as "Mr. Jones," "Round Here" and the languid "A Long December."

Perhaps the Crows will debut a song from fall release "Somewhere Under Wonderland," the band's first with original material since 2008. It's also the band's first album since signing with Capitol Records.

"Just like The Beatles," Duritz said with three exclamation points on his band's website.

Showtime is 7 p.m., starting with Toad the Wet Sprocket which should electrify spectators with its '90's hits "Walk on the Ocean," "All I Want" and "Fall Down."

Tickets are $37.50 Thursday; $40 on Friday.

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You'd better believe the First Niagara Pavilion crowd will sing along loudly when Journey performs "Don't Stop Believin'" on Friday.

Heck, local concert-goers belt out that song when they hear it played on the P.A. system at other shows.

Journey and classic-rock tour-partners the Steve Miller Band will load up on hits in their show that starts at 6:45 p.m. with fellow Bay Area band Tower of Power.

Tickets start at $46.50 for the lawn and pavilion; though closer second-tier pavilion seats climb to $162. To get in the pit, you'll pay $207, while sections 1, 2 and 3 range from $149 to $247.50.

Puts a new spin on Miller's "Take the Money and Run."

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It was 20 years ago this August, the Dave Matthews Band made its Burgettstown debut as an afternoon act on the H.O.R.D.E. jam-band festival starring the Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler and Big Head Todd & the Monsters.

"Even then, the buzz was palpable and early in the day, the tour folks were encouraging all of the venue management team to abandon their posts and catch this band," said Lance Jones, general manager of the venue at the time when it was called Star Lake, and now music blogger at "They were phenomenal, of course."

The DMB would go on to sell 30 million records with six consecutive chart-topping studio albums, while cultivating a fan base as loyal as there is.

"The audience evolved from ball-capped college fist-pumpers to a really wide variety of fans," Jones said.

Those fans are geared up for Saturday's tour stop at First Niagara Pavilion, which Matthews and his mates will headline for the 23rd time.

No back-to-back nights this year, though the band is performing two full sets in its 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $52.85 to $89.70. Six of the nine pavilion sections are sold out, and there's still room on the lawn.

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The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down thanks to Gordon Lightfoot's epic balladry in "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

The Canadian folk-pop singer's ode to the sailors who perished when a freighter sank in Lake Superior in 1975 is one of Lightfoot's crowning achievements.

Though don't forget his sexy song "Sundown" about a hard-loving woman and a room "where you do what you don't confess," and his AM radio standards "Carefree Highway" and "If You Could Read My Mind."

Lightfoot performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theater in Greensburg. Tickets are $45, $50 and $55.

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The annual WYEP-FM Summer Music Festival has a good track record of booking talent on the rise.

Fitz & the Tantrums, Sharon Van Etten and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit all played the festival before becoming full-fledged critical darlings.

That should bode well Saturday for this year's lineup headlined by Canadian indie-rockers the Sam Roberts Band and Tennessee'sValerie June who has been described as alternative-rock, soul, folk and blues.

The free concert, in Schenley Plaza near Carnegie Museum, also features the Red Western on stage at 6 p.m. followed by Elizabeth & the Catapult at 7.

The festival starts at 2 p.m. with food and indie crafts booths, and sets from four Pittsburgh area teenage acts, Jessica Bitsura, Hat Co, FYFS and The Options.


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