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Summerland Tour captures sounds of 1990s

July 17, 2014

By Joshua Tehee, The Fresno Bee



July 17--Art Alexakis started the Summerland Tour -- the '90s alt-rock concert that plays Visalia's Fox Theatre on Sunday -- as a high-value nostalgia show for those who grew up listening to his band Everclear.

"I like the idea of giving value to people," says Alexakis of the tour, in its third year.

Alexakis, who formed Everclear in 1992 and sings and plays guitar in the band, says these kind of package shows are common with groups from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Alternative rock hasn't had that kind of treatment, even though the genre still has a home on mainstream rock radio and bands like Everclear are in rotation 20 years after the fact.

It's one of the reasons Summerland was one of the 10 hottest summer package tours when it debuted in 2012, according to Rolling Stone.

The tour is anchored by Everclear and features a rotating list of contemporaries each year. Past lineups have included Gin Blossoms, Lit, Sugar Ray, Marcy Playground, Live, Filter and Sponge. This year, it features Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog.

While the tour is bound to stir up a bit of youthful nostalgia, Alexakis is careful to keep it from being just a nostalgia show. Most of these bands -- Everclear included -- never stopped making music.

In fact, Everclear released its sixth studio album, "Invisible Stars," in 2012 and just finished recording songs for a new record that should be out in fall or early next year, Alexakis says.

Recorded mostly as a three-piece, the album is probably the band's heaviest to date.

Show information

Summerland 2014, with Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog, 7 p.m. Sunday at Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., Visalia. Tickets are $25-$55 at (877) 435-9849 or foxvisalia.org

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6479, jtehee@fresnobee.com or @joshuatehee on Instagram and Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com

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