Coming soon to Alpine Valley
By Mike Heine/Contributor
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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with the Juke Joint Duo (Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm) will be at Alpine Valley Saturday, July 19.
The price of a gallon of gas has nearly matched that of a cup of beer at Alpine Valley Music Theater.
But when it comes to seeing your favorite band, four bucks for a beer and a few more than four bucks in the tank are well worth it, especially if you're a fan of some Alpine Valley regulars. And fans shouldn't be disappointed this year.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band returns for the 15th time with his "The Year of Still Here" 2008 tour. The ageless beach bum and businessman performs July 17 with the Juke Joint Duo of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm opening.
Cedric Burnside, grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world, according to the Duo's Myspace Web site.
Bluesman guitarist Lightnin' Malcolm is one of the leading younger generation artists on the scene today, according to the site.
Buffett, you can be sure, will be riding on the same songs that made him a superstar for the better part of nearly four decades.
If you don't have your ticket by now, you're probably out of luck for this one. Only a few tickets remained as of this writing.
Of course, there's always the party in the parking lot, where double the number of the venue's capacity can be found enjoying "poolside" cookouts in cabana-ware.
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Dave Matthews Band with The Black Crowes will be at Alpine Valley Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10.
The Dave Matthews Band is also back for another two-day stint, bringing along the Black Crowes for an alternative weekend. Bet on sell-outs for the Aug. 9 and 10 shows, but history tells us the better chances for nabbing tickets are on the later date.
Dave Matthews Band returns to East Troy for their annual stop.
Rounding out the short season is the Projekt Revolution tour on Aug. 16, which features Atreyu, former Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, rockers Linkin Park and others. The Projekt Revolution tour replaces Ozzfest, which brought out the rock at Alpine Valley last August. This tour shouldn't be as loud as the metal-laden Ozzfest with more alternative-styled rock offerings.
But those three aforementioned shows aren't the entire concert season for Walworth County's biggest amphitheater.
Getting things rolling this year though is a new headliner for the Alpine Valley scene, singer/songwriter/surfer/ movie maker Jack Johnson.
Apple Computer's iTunes Store describes Johnson's music as "lazy blues stylings, which also (mold) folk and hip-hop for a modern rock twist."
His sixth album, Sleep Through the Static, was released in February and has topped the Billboard 200 charts.
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Projekt Revolution Tour, featuring Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, Atreyu, Hawthorne Heights, 10 Years, Armor for Sleep, Ashes Divide and The Bravery will be Saturday, Aug. 16.
Johnson produced it under his own record label and worked hard to reduce the environmental impact of its production, from recording at a solar-powered studio to having eco-friendly packaging.
His 2008 tour requires venues to meet strict guidelines for waste reduction, recycling and carbon-dioxide offsetting technologies, including trucks, buses and generators that use biodiesel. Fans are also encouraged to use public transportation and car pools, and all festival merchandise is made from sustainable materials with a focus on reusables and renewables.
Tickets for the June 21 show are still available. Johnson will joined by Mason Jennings and Money Mark for a folksy-rock show.
Alpine Valley 2008
Jack Johnson with Mason Jennings and Money Mark
Saturday, June 21
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with the Juke Joint Duo (Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm)
Saturday, July 19
Tickets: Limited seats available
Dave Matthews Band with The Black Crowes
Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10
Projekt Revolution Tour, featuring Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, Atreyu, Hawthorne Heights, 10 Years, Armor for Sleep, Ashes Divide and The Bravery
Saturday, Aug. 16