Chicago, Monday, April 23, 2012. With tickets to Ravinia Festival 2012 going on sale this Thursday, April 26 to the general public, it's time to get your calendar in order for this summer's must see shows. Pavilion seats to some shows are already sold out (or nearly sold out) to donors of $250 or more who got first crack at tickets. For the rest of us, lawn seats are available for all shows with pavilion seats available for most.
Santana. Monday, July 9, 7:30p.m. Pavilion sold out, Lawn only, $38.
Santana makes his Ravinia Festival debut on Monday, July 9. Over his four-decade career, the iconic guitarist has had blockbuster hits including “Evil Ways,”“Maria Maria,” and “Smooth,” Carlos Santana has earned 10 Grammy and three Latin Grammy awards, sold 90 million records and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Train. Saturday, August 11, 7p.m. and Sunday, August 12, 7p.m. Reserved $65; Lawn $33. Train performs a double header making their Ravinia Festival debut on Saturday, August 11 and returning for a second show the following night. Mat Kearney who has garnered a spot on the Billboard Top 40 chart, will open for Train both nights.
Seal. Sunday, July 22 7:30p.m. Reserved $80, Lawn $33. Seal brings his “Soul 2 Tour” to Ravinia Festival along with special guest Macy Gray.
Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat. Reserved $55, Lawn $22. Friday, June 29, 7p.m. Gavin DeGraw has enjoyed chart-topping success since his platinum-selling debut album, Chariot, in 2003. DeGraw’s hits include “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” “In Love With a Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” He makes his Ravinia debut on June 29 with singer/guitarist Colbie Caillat, whose single “Bubbly” spent 14 weeks at number one on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and was certified platinum, signaling sales of more than 2.6 million downloads. Andy Grammer will open for the double bill of Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw.
Earth, Wind & Fire.
Reserved, $75; Lawn, $33. Saturday June 9 7:30. Chicago-formed R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire returns to Ravinia with orchestra on June 9, as part of its “Guiding Lights Tour.” Founder Maurice White, who began his career as the drummer for the Ramsey Lewis Trio in the 1960s, co-wrote the band’s biggest hits, including “Shining Star”and “September.” “Soul Men”.
Sarah McLachlan. Saturday, June 30, 7:30p.m. Reserved, $75, Lawn, $38. Grammy-winner Sarah McLachlan, best known for her hits “Angel,” “Building a Mystery” and “I Will Remember You”makes her Ravinia Festival debut on June 30. June 30 also features the Ravinia Ultimate Picnic Contest sponsored by Terlato Wines, a fun and creative way for Ravinia fans to generate their version of the ultimate picnic.
Natalie Merchant. Tuesday, July 10. 8p.m. Reserved, $50, Lawn, $22. Over the span of her 30-year career, singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant has earned platinum sales with her band 10,000 Maniacs, forged a successful solo career and embarked on a new artistic path creating songs from literary inspiration that are composed for orchestra. Merchant makes her Ravinia debut on July 10 with orchestra to perform new and old hits.
Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. Thursday, June 28, 8p.m. Reserved, $60; Lawn, $32. Glen Campbell performs on a double bill with singer and pianist Ronnie Milsap as he says hello and goodbye at his Ravinia Festival debut concert that is part of The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. Campbell has released over 70 albums, sold 45 million records, been nominated for an Academy Award and hosted the television show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Most recently he was featured at the Grammy awards where he appeared in his own tribute performance and received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
BoDeans. Friday, July 20, Reserved $55; Lawn, $27. As American as apple pie the always popular BoDeans come to Ravinia Festival for a one night stand on Friday, July 2o.
Esperanza Spalding. Monday, June 25, Reserved, $55; Lawn, $27. Esperanza Spalding, winner of the Best Jazz Vocal Album, is known for her multigenre unique style and was recently featured as a performer at the Academy Awards. Spalding makes her Ravinia Festival debut. Her 2011 Grammy win for Best New Artist was unprecedented as the first time a jazz musician won the award.
Other hot tickets include: Al Green, Duran Duran, Jake Shimabukuro, Roger Hodgson, James Taylor; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Sergio Mendes; Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers; Diana Krall; Blues Brothers, Tony Bennett, Boz Scaggs; Dr. John; Ronnie Milsap and more. Newly added names include debuts by Andy Grammer on June 29; Macy Gray on July 22; Demi Lovato on Aug. 4, Mat Kearney on Aug. 11 and 12; Anita Baker on Aug. 25; and Steve Earle on Aug. 26. Returning favorites include Huey Lewis and The News and Joe Cocker on Aug. 10; Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on Aug. 24; John Hiatt & Combo on Aug. 26; and Daryl Hall & John Oates on Sept. 1.
Four concerts pay tribute to music legends: Nnenna Freelon sings the songs of Lena Horne, Stephanie Blythe honors Kate Smith, Ann Hampton Callaway and John Pizzarelli pay tribute to Harold Arlen, Arlo Guthrie and Mary Chapin Carpenter celebrate Woody Guthrie’s centennial.
Family opportunities include kids 15 and younger admitted free to the lawn for classical concerts; high school and college students with student I.D. admitted free to the lawn for classical concerts; second annual teen attendance contest and free pre-concert tent party.
A large video screen will be set up on the lawn during selected concerts throughout the season including Esperanza Spalding (June 25); Zukerman ChamberPlayers (June 26);
Ramsey Lewis/Sergio Mendes (June 27); Glen Campbell/Ronnie Milsap (June 28); Colbie Cailliat/Gavin DeGraw with special guest Andy Grammer (June 29); Sarah McLachlan with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra (June 30); Jake Shimabukuro with A Far Cry (July 1); and the July 31 performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by John Axelrod, during which a suite of seven videos by Emmy-nominated astronomer Jose Francisco Salgado, will be shown.
Public ticket online sales begin on April 26. Phone sales begin on May 20 at 847-266-5100. A $7 service fee is added to all ticket orders. NOTE: Lawn prices for some performances increase by $5 on day of show.
Ravinia Festival is located at Lake Cook and Green Bay roads in Highland Park. Parking is available with shuttle service from the Highland Park and Ravinia Metra parking lots. Metra North line also makes stops at Ravinia Park before and after all concerts.