The summer concert series announced today by Interlochen Center for the Arts also boasts appearances by Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Paul Shaffer, Amos Lee, Chris Janson and Ian Anderson.
With some bold new bookings – including inventive rock/pop band OK Go and iconic hip hop act Salt-N-Pepa – the 2017 edition of the summer Interlochen Arts Festival boasts a mix of musical genres as well as performances spotlighting Asian influences on Western art.
ZZ Top, Diana Ross, Michael McDonald, Trace Adkins and Gavin DeGraw are also among artists announced today for the northern Michigan concert series taking place at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, 14 miles southwest of Traverse City.
Organizers increased series offerings for 2017 “to reflect the growing needs of our patrons,” said Rory Baker, executive director of presentations, who noted that acts such as OK Go, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Lōc and others add to the diverse mix of performers playing Interlochen.
“We feel it is important to offer shows that engage our community, and the current season reflects our multi-generational approach,” he said. “The 2017 lineup includes nine artists that are new to the Kresge Auditorium stage.”
The arts festival – which runs from June 1 to Aug. 17 – also features the Japanese drumming group Nagata Shachu and the Shen Wei Dance Arts company as part of Interlochen’s focus on the “distinct impact” of Asian art on Western civilization.
Last year, more than 90,000 people purchased tickets for Interlochen performances, with 55 percent of patrons coming from Michigan – with the lion’s share residing in northwestern Michigan.
Compared to previous years, the 2017 series also has less of an overlap with summer concerts announced Thursday for the amphitheater at Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Ian Anderson’s “Jethro Tull,” Amos Lee and Boz Scaggs all play Interlochen the same week they’re appearing at Meijer Gardens (although Michael McDonald is also part of the Scaggs bill at Interlochen).
Tickets for the Interlochen series go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. April 28.
Get tickets and details online at tickets.interlochen.org.
THE 2017 INTERLOCHEN ARTS FESTIVAL LINEUP
June 1 – ZZ TOP, Austin Hanks
June 27 – Marc Broussard (Corson Auditorium)
June 28 – Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
June 29 – Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, Valerie Simpson
June 30 – OK Go
June 30, July 1, 7, 8 – “King Lear” (Upton-Morley Pavilion)
July 2 – World Youth Symphony Orchestra
July 3 – The Capitol Steps (Corson Auditorium)
July 6 – Michael Feinstein
July 8 – Shen Wei Dance Arts (Corson Auditorium)
July 9 – World Youth Symphony Orchestra
July 11 – Interlochen “Collage”
July 12 – Trace Adkins
July 15 – Nagata Shachu (taiko drum)
July 16 – World Youth Symphony Orchestra
July 17 – Straight No Chaser
July 19 – Diana Ross
July 22 – Amos Lee
July 23 – World Youth Symphony Orchestra
July 25 – Chris Janson, Davisson Brothers Band
July 27 – Mark Nizer, 4D Comedy & Juggling Show (Corson Auditorium)
July 28 – Danish String Quartet (Corson Auditorium)
July 30 – World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Aug. 2 – Nathan & Julie Gunn (Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall)
Aug. 6 – World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Aug. 10 – Salt-N-Pepa with Tone Lōc
Aug. 14 – Gavin DeGraw
Aug. 14, 16, 19 – Enso String Quartet (Corson Auditorium)
Aug. 17 – Ian Anderson’s ‘Jethro Tull’
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