5th annual Summerland Tour with Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge Starts July 8th

Music News | Jun 3rd, 2016

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The 90s alternative rock tour Summerland will feature Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge this summer. The tour kicks off on July 8th in Louisville, KY at Fourth Street Live! The tour will also stop at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on July 22nd and on July 23rd at Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ.

The 5th annual Summerland Tour is proud to announce that Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge will perform at each date of this year’s acclaimed ’90s alternative music tour. The Summerland Tour, previously heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Hottest Summer Package Tours”, kicks off on July 8th in Louisville, KY, and will include more than 25 dates throughout the US before wrapping on August 21st in San Antonio, TX. For more information, please visit: http://summerlandtour.net/.

Formed in 2012 by Art Alexakis, lead guitarist and vocalist of Everclear, the Summerland Tour has featured notable nostalgic alternative rock bands such as Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Space Hog, Gin Blossoms, Marcy Playground, Live, Fuel, American HiFi, The Toadies and Filter. Tickets for Summerland Tour 2016 are set to go on sale Friday, April 15th.

With tremendous excitement towards this year’s Summerland Tour, Alexakis explains, “This is the kind of line up I’ve dreamed of when I started the Summerland Tour. We kicked it off with Sugar Ray for the first year, so it feels great to have band join us for the 5th Anniversary. We love Lit & Sponge and cannot wait to share the stage with them. This lineup is stacked and this summer is going to be an adventure.”

Sugar Ray
Sugar Ray was groundbreaking from the get-go, including among their ranks a real live DJ – incredibly, unheard of in a rockband at that time. Kicking off with 1995’s “LEMONADE AND BROWNIES,” the Newport Beach quintet unleashed a series of albums that Mark McGrath describes as “love letters to the music we loved, with no irony just pure enthusiasm.” 1997’s “FLOORED” saw theband refine its multi-faceted sound with the assistance of GRAMMY® Award-winning producer David Kahane (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes). The album proved Sugar Ray’s popular breakthrough, earning 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, fueled in part by the #1 hit single, “Fly.”

For over two decades, Everclear’s sound has reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of Art Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, andSongsfrom an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum.

Last year, Everclear released their ninth studio album titled Black Is The New Black via The End Records/ADA. Across the album, the insistent kick of drummer Sean Winchester, athletic groove of bassist Freddy Herrera, and ridiculously skilled guitar shred of Davey French join forces behind the storm of giant guitar riffs swinging mightily from song to song. A bit of tasteful keyboards from Josh Crawley add atmospheric punch to songs that could crush a tiny dive bar or destroy the cheap seats in the world’s biggest arena with equal force.

A major player throughout the post-grunge boom of the late ’90s, Lit featured the combined talents of frontman A. Jay Popoff, his guitar-playing brother Jeremy, bassist Kevin Baldes, and drummer Allen Shellenberger. The group formed in 1990 in Orange County, California, where it initially performed metal-influenced music under the name Razzle. After changing their name, Lit began embracing a spunky brand of punk-pop that helped attract a local following in California. The group sold out local venues (including Club 369 in Fullerton) and issued two recordings: an EP, Five Smokin’ Tracks from Lit; and the full-length Tripping the Light Fantastic, which arrived during the spring of 1997 and became a college radio hit.

Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debutalbum “Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Having shared stages the world over with Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kiss, to name just a few, Sponge continues to be one of rock’s most sought after live acts.

SUMMERLAND 2016 TOUR DATES (subject to change):
July 8 – Fourth Street Live! – Louisville, KY
July 9 – Pearl River Resort – Choctaw, MS
July 10 – Lava Cantina – Baton Rouge, LA
July 13 – ROC Park – Madeira Beach, FL
July 14 – Jesters Live – Ormond Beach, FL
July 15 – Myrtle Beach Speedway Amphitheater – Myrtle Beach, SC
July 16 – Power Plant Live – Baltimore, MD
July 20 – SteelStacks – Levitt Pavilion – Bethlehem, MD
July 21 – Utica Memorial Auditorium – Utica, NY
July 22 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
July 23 – Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ
July 24 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
July 27 – Wings Event Center – Kalamazoo, MI
July 28 – Peoria Riverfront – Peoria, IL
July 29 – Halfway Jam Festival Grounds – Royalton, MN
July 30 – Crossroads, KC – Kansas City, MO
July 31 – Ballpark Village – St. Louis, MO
August 2 – Casper Events Center – Casper, WY
August 3 – Zoo Montana – Billings, MT
August 5 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
August 6 – Crooked Fence Brewing Co – Eagle, ID
August 11 – Saban Theater – Beverly Hills, CA
August 12 – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center – Las Vegas, NV
August 13 – Fort McDowell Casino – Fountain Hills, AZ
August 17 – Laredo Energy Arena – Laredo, TX
August 18 – Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX
August 19 – Billy Bob’s Texas – Ft. Worth, TX
August 20 – Riverwind Casino – Norman, OK
August 21 – Cowboy’s Dance Hall – San Antonio, TX


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