You know we're getting a little closer to summer when Oakland County's outdoor concert schedule is released.
Palace Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township and operates Oakland University's Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, has rolled out an initial schedule of nearly 100 shows at its three facilities, ranging from music to comedy, family acts, theatrical shows and even some wrestling. The vast majority of the shows have already been announced, and tickets for most are already on sale.
Among the summer highlights are perennial outdoor favorites such as the Dave Matthews Band (July 28 at DTE), Jimmy Buffett (Aug. 13 at DTE), Toby Keith (July 19 at DTE), Chris Isaak (July 19 at Meadow Brook) and Anita Baker (July 31 at DTE). Motley Crue's Crue Fest (Aug. 15 at DTE) and the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (Aug. 2 at DTE) return for their sophomore outings, while the day-long hip-hop show Rock the Bells (June 28 at DTE) and the oldies revue Hippiefest (July 21 at DTE) are also on the docket.
Canadian rock heavyweights Nickelback have a pair of shows Aug. 11-12 at DTE, while AC/DC, whose November show at the Palace sold out in less than 10 minutes, returns there on Aug. 16. The Palace will likely be filled with screaming tweens for the Jonas Brothers' July 26 performance, and with Simon or Paula wannabes when "American Idols Live!" returns on Aug. 26.
No Doubt's first tour in five years plays July 3 at the Palace, while Green Day's first road trip since 2005 comes to the Palace on July 14 and Creed comes back after a five-year split on Aug. 25 at DTE. Coldplay takes its show, which sold out the Palace in November, outside with a June 2 date at DTE, and the powerhouse coupling of Aerosmith and ZZ Top is currently slated to close out the venue's season on Sept. 16
Motown's 50th anniversary will be celebrated with DTE performances by: The Legends of Motown show June 21 with The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards and the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts at DTE; Smokey Robinson on July 23; and the Four Tops and Temptations on Aug. 6.
Comedy fans can laugh it up with Meadow Brook performances by David Alan Grier (July 11), Jim Gaffigan (Aug. 7) and the Laugh-A-Palooza package (July 24). Dane Cook, meanwhile, brings his "Isolated Incident -- Global Thermo Comedy Tour" to town on June 12 at the Palace, and Jeff Foxworthy hits DTE on Aug. 21.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will continue its summer sojourns to Meadow Brook with weekend residences on July 25-26 and July 31-Aug. 2. The 7,000-capacity amphitheater will also host family shows such as "Goodnight Moon" (June 25), "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" (July 22) and Johnny & the Sprites (Aug. 26), the annual Wine & Food Festival (Aug. 29-30) and "The Rocky Horror Show" (Sept. 11-12)).
PS&E is holding lawn prices to $15 and below for more than 50 of this summer's concerts. The company is also continuing Four-Pack deals for lawn seats to selected shows, with prices varying depending on the event.
Last year DTE drew more than 785,000 patrons to it 65 shows, a 12,086 average, with 20 sellouts. Meadow Brook sold out six of its 35 shows, drawing a season total of nearly 150,000 people for a 4,282 average per show.
Tickets and information about the summer season are available by calling (248) 377-0100 or by visiting www.palacenet.com.
Tickets for all shows are on sale unless otherwise noted.
An asterisk (*) indicates eligible for Lawn Four-Pack deal.
15 -- Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Duff McKagan's Loaded, the Used, Burn Halo at the DTE Energy Music Theatre*
17 -- The Rat Pack is Back! at the Meadow Brook Music Festival
21 -- Billy Joel and Elton John at the Palace of Auburn Hills
22 -- Eddie Money at DTE*
29 -- John Fogerty at Meadow Brook*
30 -- John Michael Montgomery at DTE
31 -- nine inch nails, Jane's Addiction and Street Sweeper at DTE*
2 -- Coldplay, Pete Yorn and Howling Bells at DTE
5 -- Yanni at the Palace
6 -- Keith Urban and Taylor Swift at the Palace; Crosby, Stills & Nash at Meadow Brook
12 -- Dane Cook at the Palace; Creedence Clearwater Revisited at DTE
13 -- Clay Walker at DTE
20 -- The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony at DTE
21 -- TNA Wrestling at the Palace (On sale May 8); Legends of Motown: The Temptations Revue featring Dennis Edwards and the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts at DTE. (On sale Monday)
24 -- Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire at DTE
25 -- New Kids on the Block and Jabba Wockeez at DTE: "Goodnight Moon" (two shows) at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
27 -- The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Richard Swift at DTE*; Regeneration Tour with ABC, Wang Chung, Heaven 17 and Cutting Crew at Meadow Brook
June 28 -- Rock the Bells 2009 featuring Nas & Damian Marley, the Roots, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Tech N9ne, Reflection Eternal, Slum Village and more at DTE (On sale Saturday); Barrage at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
1 -- Bad Company and the Doobie Brothers at DTE*
3 -- No Doubt, Paramore and Bedouin Soundclash at the Palace
4 -- Staind, Chevelle, Shinedown and Haelstrom at DTE* (On sale TBA)
8 -- Blue Oyster Cult and Over the Rainbow at DTE (On sale Monday); Counting Crows and Augustana at Meadow Brook (On sale TBA)
9 -- REO Speedwagon, Styx and .38 Special at DTE*; 1964 at Meadow Brook
10 -- Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne at DTE*
11 -- LasterSpectacular [cq] featuring the Music of Pink Floyd at DTE (On sale Monday); David Alan Grier at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
12 -- '70s Soul Jam with the Stylistics, the Manhattans and the Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding, Sr. at DTE (On sale Monday)
14 -- Green Day at the Palace (On sale TBA)
15 -- Judas Priest and Whitesnake at DTE*
16 -- "ABBA the Music"at Meadow Brook
17 -- Lyle Lovett at Meadow Brook*
18 -- Beyonce at the Palace; 100 Years of Boadway at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
19 -- Toby Keith and Trace Adkins at DTE (On sale Saturday); Chris Isaak at Meadow Brook (On sale Friday)
20 -- Yes and Asia at DTE* (On sale Friday)
21 -- Hippiefest with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, the Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Mountain and Chuck Negron at DTE (On sale Monday)
22 -- "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" (2 shows) at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
23 -- Smokey Robinson at DTE* (On sale May 8); Gordon Lightfoot at Meadow Brook
24 -- Def Leppard, Cheap Trick and Poison at DTE*; Laugh-A-Palooza with Mike Green, David Laundau, Geechy Guy and Michael McDaniel at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
25 -- Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy and Craig Morgan at DTE*; Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) "Tchaikovsky Spectacular!" at Meadow Brook*
26 -- Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks and Honor Society at the Palace; Incubus and the Duke Spirit at DTE*; DSO "Gershwin Galore" at Meadow Brook*
27 -- Jackson Browne at Meadow Brook
28 -- Dave Matthews Band and the Old Crow Medicine Show at DTE
31 -- Anita Baker at DTE; DSO "Big Band Bash" at Meadow Brook*
1 -- Travis Tritt and Randy Houser at DTE; DSO "All Beethoven" at Meadow Brook
2 -- Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour with Marilyn Manson, Slayer and others at DTE*; DSO "Musical Magic" at Meadow Brook*
6 -- Four Tops and Temptations at DTE
7 -- Jim Gaffigan at Meadow Brook (On sale Friday)
9 -- Moody Blues at DTE
11 -- Nickelback, Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel at DTE (on sale TBA)
12 -- Nickelback, et al at DTE*
13 -- Jimmy Buffett at DTE
14 -- The Wiggles (2 shows) at the Palace
15 -- CrueFest 2 with Motley Crue, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devils at DTE
16 -- AC/DC at the Palace; Randy Travis and Keith Anderson at DTE (On sale May 8) George Thorogood & the Destoyers and Johnny Lang at Meadow Brook*
18 -- Demi Lovato and David Arhculeta at DTE
19 -- B.B. King and the Robert Cray Band at DTE
20 -- The B-52's at DTE (On sale May 8)
21 -- Jeff Foxworthy at DTE*; Heaven & Hell and Coheed & Cambria at Meadow Brook (On sale May 8)
22 -- Peter Frampton at Meadow Brook*
23 -- Kenny G at DTE* (On sale Saturday)
25 -- Creed at DTE (On sale May 30)
26 -- American Idols Live! at the Palace (On sale May 9); Johnny & the Sprites (2 shows) at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
28 -- Dennis DeYoung at DTE (ON sale Monday)
29 -- Get Back! The Cast of Beatlemania at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
29-30 -- Wine & Food Festival at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
4 -- O.A.R. and Brett Dennen at Meadow Brook
5 -- Tesla at DTE* (On sale TBA); Highland Heartbeat at Meadow Brook* (sale date Monday)
11-12 -- The Rocky Horror Show at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
16 -- Aerosmith and ZZ Top at the Palace (On sale Saturday)
19 -- MMA Cage Fight Festival at Meadow Brook (On sale Monday)
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