This coming week the House of Blues is host to a variety of rock groups that ought to provide a loud, cool alternative to the unbearable summer heat. The lineup includes One Republic, BB King, Bad Rabbits, Epic Saturdays, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather. The all-male band from Colorado Springs, One Republic, was one of the first bands to go viral with the help of MySpace. While releasing hits for others, front man Ryan Tedder made his name in the music industry by writing hits for Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis, before gaining with his own band’s debut, Dreaming Out Loud (2008).
“Apologize” and “Stop and Stare” made it to the radio before the album was even finalized. The band remained true to their rock roots despite their hip-hop record label and continued to do so with Waking Up (2009). One Republic usually receives musical comparisons to The Fray and Coldplay. In June, One Republic appeared on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in promotion of their upcoming headlining world tour, which comes to Boston tonight.
Next the King of Blues, BB King, age 84, is set to appear at the House of Blues tomorrow night. One of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, King began recording in 1949 and his first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” was on the R&B chart for 17 weeks. The legendary King’s increasingly sophisticated and eclectic approach found him pushing the blues in new direction and bringing blues music to the mainstream. He has been an inspiration to Eric Clapton, Steve Ray, Mike Bloomfield and many more. King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album nine times since 1984. (more)
The House of Blues in Boston is scheduled to welcome in a number of musical acts through the upcoming summer and fall months. Indie rock band The National will take the stage for two nights starting Wednesday, June 2nd before Michael Franti and the Psychedelic Furs fill the weekend slots. The 2,500 capacity venue will then play host to Jordin Sparks the following week on June 13th. Sparks, the season 6 American Idol winner, is currently in the midst of her nation-wide tour in support of her second studio album Battlefield. It was just recently announced for her to join the Broadway show “In the Heights,” replacing Janet Dacal as Nina Rosario (the lead female role).
The month of July will showcase One Republic on Wednesday, July 7th. Members Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown and Eddie Fisher are touring in support of their latest project Waking Up. Their lead single “All the Right Moves” ranked in the top 10 in Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland soon after its release. July is also set to feature artists that include BB King, 50 Cent, Crowded House, and Modest Mouse.
The House of Blues will be sure to conclude their 2010 campaign on a high note. Willie Nelson, Tears for Fears, Billy Idol, Slash, The Script and John Mclaughlin are all scheduled for concert-dates this fall. Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite artists when they hit the newly renovated Boston House of Blues. Check the complete list of 2010 event dates right here at Ace!
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