Jackson Browne, Earth, Wind & Fire, the B-52s and Train Added to Tanglewood’s Pop Lineup

the B-52s

the B-52s

(LENOX, Mass.) – Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, and family-pop idols Train will make return engagements at Tanglewood this summer, which will also mark the Tanglewood debut by new-wave icons the B-52s.

These newly announced shows add heft to those already slated for the summer Popular Artists Series, which will include Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson performing the “Pet Sounds” album; the return of the public radio variety shows “A Prairie Home Companion” with host Garrison Keillor; the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Allman Brothers/ Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes; the annual appearance of the Berkshires’ own James Taylor; and a live broadcast of NPR’s game show, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Earth, Wind & Fire just lost its founder and leader Maurice White, who formed the band in 1971, and who died in early February. Nevertheless, the remaining band members will continue to tour without their frontman as Earth, Wind & Fire, appearing at Tanglewood on Saturday, June 18, at 7pm. America’s seventh top-selling musical group of all-time and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Earth, Wind & Fire is known for hits including “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “September,” “After the Love Has Gone,” and “Let’s Groove.”

Jackson Browne (photo Wilma Lorenzo)

Jackson Browne (photo Wilma Lorenzo)

Jackson Browne has been a favorite of Tanglewood audiences since his Lenox debut in July 1973, and returns to the Koussevitzky Shed on Tuesday, June 21, at 7pm. An inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Browne makes his first Tanglewood appearance since July 4, 2013.

The B-52s were formed in Athens, Ga., in the late 1970s. Their subsequent move to New York City helped spur the transition of punk-rock into New Wave, and their string of hits, including “Planet Claire,” “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Private Idaho,“ “Love Shack,” “Roam,” and “Deadbeat Club,” were tailor-made for the early days of MTV rock videos as well as powerful fuel for late-night dance floors. Like so many other bands, the group – which has been steadily touring for the last decade with the original trio of singers: Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, and Cindy Wilson — has expanded its concert performances to include appearances with orchestras, and on Friday, September 2, at 8pm, the group will be accompanied by the Boston Pops.

Multi-platinum American pop-rock band Train — known for such chart-topping hits as “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Calling All Angels,” and “Hey, Soul Sister” — has become a perennial Tanglewood crowd-pleaser, and returns on Tuesday, August 23, at 7 pm. Opening for Train is pop sensation Andy Grammer, who enjoyed a successful 2015, earning his first top 10 hit on the Billboard chart with “Honey, I’m Good,” and who opened for the group at Tanglewood in its second appearance in August 2012.

Previously announced Popular Artists concerts include Brian Wilson (6/19), “A Prairie Home Companion” with host Garrison Keillor (6/27), the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring guitarist Warren Haynes (7/1), James Taylor (7/3&4), and a live broadcast of NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” (9/1).




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