Marley, k.d. lang to play Sunset Music Series

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Organizers for the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series in Newport, Rhode Island have revealed the first pair of concerts that will take place at the waterfront venue this summer. Ziggy Marley and k.d. lang will each perform at 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.

Touring in support of his latest release, Wild & Free, Marley will perform in Newport on Friday, June 29. Released in June, Marley’s fourth studio album follows his 2009 children’s album Family Time and is his first release of adult material since 2006′ Love Is My Religion. It was co-produced with Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, California. Guest appearances on Wild & Free include actor Woody Harrelson on the title track, which was used for California’s Proposition 19 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana, Heavy D on “It” and Marley’s eldest son, Daniel, on “Changes”. Tickets for the Newport show are now on sale through the venue’s website for $42 and $62.

k.d. lang and her band, The Siss Boom Bang, will perform in Newport on Friday, August 17. The Canadian singer-songwriter continues to tour in support of 2011’s Sing It Loud. Released last April, lang’s thirteenth studio effort and first since 2008’s Watershed, was co-produced and co-written by former Guster multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia at his studio in Nashville. Both were recently nominated for a Juno Award in the “Producer of the Year” category for Sing It Loud. Tickets for the Newport show are now on sale through the venue’s website for $46 and $66.

In addition to the announced concerts, the venue will offer a variety of music festivals this summer. The Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival will return onĀ  Saturday, August 11, while the new Blues & BBQ Festival will take place on Saturday, August 18 and the Celtic Rock Festival on Saturday, August 25. Lineups for each of the acts have not yet been finalized.

More shows will be added to the 2012 the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series in Newport over the next few months.

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