Sting, Tina Turner, Steve Miller, Sade, and Kenny G highlight the 1993 Greek Theatre concert schedule, announced yesterday by the Nederlander Concert organization.
The Nederlander-booked Pacific Amphitheatre plans to release the bulk of its schedule later. An April 16 show by Reba McEntire will kick off that venue’s season.
The Greek announced the first blues festival at the venue, which will be held in September, date to be determined, featuring B.B. King, Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy and the Alligator Records All-Stars, with Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks and Junior Wells.
Harry Belafonte will be the second inductee to its Wall of Fame, following last year’s honoring of Carlos Santana. Belafonte is the Greek’s record holder in number of performances and guests at the theater, performing 146 times before 615,268 attendees.
General manager Susan Rosenbluth and Nederlander VP and head of concert booking Alex Hodges both expected the Greek to turn around from a slightly off 1992.
“In 1991, the Pacific Amphitheatre had its best year ever when a lot of other (venues) were complaining,” said Hodges. “In 1992, we had our worst year ever, when a lot of others had good years and turned the corner. I’m not sure to what extent it’s turned around, but this year I believe will be strong.”
Greek acts for May include Steven Curtis Chapman with Bryan Duncan (1); Sting with dada (8, 9, 11); Vikki Carr (14); Stylistics/Dramatics/Chi-Lites (15); the Allman Brothers Band (25); and the Reggae Sunsplash World Tour ’93 with Freddie McGregor, Inner Circle, Shinehead, Mystic Revealers, Tiger, Skool (29, 30).
In June, the Greek offers 10,000 Maniacs (2); Harry Belafonte (5); Los Lobos (12); Gordon Lightfoot (18); Yanni (19); Gipsy Kings (24, 25); K-Earth Latin Rock ‘n Soul (27); and Roger Whittaker (28).
July finds Jose Carreras (1); the “Jazz Explosion Superband” featuring Larry Carlton, Najee, Stanley Clarke and Billy Cobham (3); Chicago (9); David Benoit ( 16); Kiri Te Kanawa (17); Steve Miller Band (29); and the O’Jays and Stephanie Mills (31).
Leading off August is Sade (1, 2), followed by Paul Taylor Dance Co., Dance Theatre of Harlem and Lar Lubovitch Dance Co. (4); George Strait (5, 6); Air Supply (7); Michael Franks (14); Andrew (Dice) Clay (26); the MTV Alternative Nation, teaming the Spin Doctors and Soul Asylum (28); and the Everly Brothers ( 29).
Smokey Robinson leads off September (10, 11) followed by Jethro Tull and Procol Harum (16); Ray Charles (18); Tina Turner (20); Engelbert Humperdinck (26 ); and Kenny G (Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 2).
Also in October are Clint Black and Wynonna (3, 4); Dan Fogelberg (8); and the K-Earth Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll (9). Adam Ant is also slated for an undetermined date at the venue.
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