(LENOX, Mass.) – English folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson, feminist folk-rock hero Melissa Etheridge, and 1980s pop-rocker Pat Benatar have been added to Tanglewood’s ever-growing Popular Artist Lineup for the summer 2019 season.
Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will also appear at Tanglewood this summer, joining an already packed lineup including “Live From Here with Chris Thile” (6/15); Brian Wilson performing the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” (6/16); pop-funk ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire (6/28); Josh Groban (7/2); James Taylor and His All-Star Band (7/3 & 4); Train and Goo Goo Dolls (8/5); Gladys Knight and the Spinners (8/28); English pop group Squeeze (8/29); Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (8/31); and country music legend Reba McEntire (9/1).
Richard Thompson will make his Tanglewood debut with a solo acoustic show on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m., in Ozawa Hall. His evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit have earned Thompson a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards. In 2011, Thompson – a confounder of seminal English folk-rock group Fairport Convention — was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2017, he released his 19th solo album, “13 Rivers.”
Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge will share the Shed stage on Friday, August 30, at 7 p.m. Benatar – whose 19 Top 40 hits include “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Promises in The Dark,” and “We Live for Love” — will be performing with husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades with sales of over 25 million albums, 5 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records, 15 Grammy Award nominations and two wins, and an Oscar for “I Need to Wake Up” from the 2006 climate-change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Early in her career rise, Etheridge was introduced to Berkshire audiences in an intimate concert at the erstwhile Berkshire Performing Arts Center in Lenox.
Performing a 2:30 p.m. matinee in the Shed on Sunday, June 30 as part of their Mettavolution tour, Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela has over their 20-year-long career blended the sounds of metal, jazz, and Hispanic roots music in their own unique, unmistakable style. In demand in the U.S. and around the world, they have sold out the Hollywood Bowl (two nights) and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre as recently as summer 2018. They have also sold out multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le Zenith in Paris, and Radio City Music Hall in New York, not to mention venues in Australia, Japan, and Europe. The program at Tanglewood spotlights music from their 2019 album Mettavolution.
Tickets to the newly announced concerts go on sale on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. All tickets can be purchased through www.tanglewood.org and by calling 888-266-1200.