First shows set for Newport’s Sunset Music Series

, Staff

Organizers for the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series in Newport, Rhode Island have revealed the initial lineup for this summer’s slate of concerts. Indigo Girls, Robert Cray Band, Doobie Brothers and Guster will all rock the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport. Tickets for each of the shows are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website.

Indigo Girls will hit Newport on Saturday, June 25. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers released a live album, Staring Down the Brilliant Dream, last year. The album is comprised of the most memorable moments of their 2006-2009 shows. Tickets for the show are available for $35 and $55.

Blues fans will want to catch the Robert Cray Band with special guest Shemekia Copeland on Friday, July 22. Cray continues to tour in support of 2009’s This Time. Last year, he released a live CD/DVD, Cookin’ in Mobile. Copeland’s last studio release was 2009’s Never Going Back. Tickets for the show are available for $35 and $55.

The Doobie Brothers will make their way to Rhode Island for a show in Newport on Friday, July 29. The classic rockers are touring in support of their new album, World Gone Crazy. Released last fall, its the band’s thirteenth studio effort and first since 2000’s Sibling Rivalry. Tickets for the show are available for $55 and $75.

Guster will rock the Newport harbor on Thursday, August 4. The Boston-bred band continues to tour in support of their latest album, Easy Wonderful, which was released last fall.  The new album is the band’s sixth studio effort and first in four years. It features hit singles “Do You Love Me” and “Bad Bad World”. Tickets for the show are available for $25 and $35.

More shows are expected to be added to the 2011 the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series in Newport over the next few months.

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