Melody Tent & Music Circus add classic rock shows

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Organizers for the concert season at the Cape Cod Melody Tent and the South Shore Music Circus are have revealed the second batch performers scheduled to stop in Hyannis and Cohasset this summer. Both venues will host classic rock favorites REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Doobie Brothers and the Steve Miller Band, while blues legend Buddy Guy will also visit Cape Cod.

REO Speedwagon will bring their summer tour to the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on Friday, June 21 and the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on Saturday, June 22. The band is currently working on new material for a follow-up to 2007’s Find Your Own Way Home. “We want to have some new music available before the summer tour dates,” said lead singer Kevin Cronin in recent message posted on the group’s official Facebook page. “We love playing the hits as much as you all love to hear them, but we need to have a new song or two to add to the set list so we can express what we are feeling now!” Tickets for each of the shows are available for $45.25 and $65.25.

Chicago will make their way to Massachusetts for shows at the Melody Tent on Friday, June 28 and the Music Circus on Saturday, June 29. Last month, the band released a new DVD, “Chicago World Tour 2011”, featuring footage of their concerts from all over the world, including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Zurich, Oslo, Berlin, Toronto, Brazil, Australia, and dozens of cities in the United States. The DVD also includes behind the scenes footage and in-depth interviews. Chicago’s last offering of new material was 2008’s Stone of Sisyphus. Tickets for each of the shows are available for $69.25 and $89.25.

The Doobie Brothers’ summer outing will include stops in Cohasset on Friday, July 12 and Hyannis on Saturday, July 13. The band’s last offering of new material was 2010’s World Gone Crazy, their first in over a decade. It featured special guests appearances from Willie Nelson and Michael McDonald. Tickets for each of the shows are available for $51.75 and $71.75.

Steve Miller Band will return to the Melody Tent on Saturday, July 27 before rocking the Music Circus on Sunday, July 28. Miller continues to tour in support of his latest releases, 2011’s Let Your Hair Down and 2010’s Bingo!. The two albums, both comprised of blues and R&B covers, was recorded at the same time and served as the band’s first studio release since 1993’s Wide River. Tickets for each of the shows are available for $63.75 and $83.75.

Buddy Guy will hit Hyannis for a performance at the Melody Tent on Wednesday, August 7. The blues virtuoso will be touring in support of his new live album, Live At Legends. Released in December, the album captures his last live recordings from the original Legends blues club in Chicago. His last studio release, 2010’s Living Proof won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Tickets for the show, which will also feature special guest Quinn Sullivan, are available for $40.25 and $60.25.

Along with the new slate of concerts, organizers have also announced new performances from comedians Brian Regan (Melody Tent on Friday, July 19 and Music Circus on Saturday, July 20) and Ron White (Melody Tent on Thursday, August 15 and Music Circus on Friday, August 16).

Previously announced concerts include Chris Botti (Melody Tent on Friday, August 2 and Music Circus on Saturday, August 3), The Beach Boys (afternoon matinee at the Melody Tent and an evening show at the Music Circus on Saturday, August 17), Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Music Circus on Friday, August 23 and Melody Tent on Sunday, August 25) and The Temptations and The Four Tops (Music Circus on Saturday, July 27 and Melody Tent on Sunday, July 28).

More shows will be added to the lineup for both venues over the next couple of months.

The Cape Cod Melody Tent and the South Shore Music Circus are both operated by South Shore Playhouse Associates (SSPA), a not-for-profit organization that supports arts and education in southeastern Massachusetts. Every seat for both venues is within 50 feet of the stage.

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