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Inside Davis Arts Council's Summer Nights With the Stars, Pt. 1
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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The Doobie Brothers (above) will be coming to the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton this summer. 
Courtesy photo
The Doobie Brothers (above) will be coming to the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton this summer. Courtesy photo
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LAYTON — Concert announcements are like dating profiles. 

The Davis Arts Council just announced the schedule for their 2015 Summer Nights with the Stars series, a list that includes The Doobie Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, David Archuleta and more. Tickets won’t be available until April 28, giving audiences the chance to decide which musical groups they’re looking forward to spending the summer with. 

The Truman Brothers – June 6

Tickets - $15 reserved/$10 general admission

One of the lesser-known groups on the schedule, this young Nashville duo both went to BYU before releasing their first CD in 2009. The brothers are the sons of “Diamond Rio” band member Dan Truman, but their actual sound varies from pop to soul to country depending on the song. 

You may have heard: Nothing, sadly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t head over to reverbnation.com/trumanbrothers to check out some of their stuff. 

 

The Doobie Brothers – June 9

Tickets - $89 orchestra/$79 reserved/$45 general admission 

Most people have at least heard the band’s name mentioned in discussions of classic rock, even if they can’t list a song title other than “Black Water.” The rest of the band’s music is in a similar vein, though some of it actually rocks slightly harder, and a quick perusal of YouTube makes it clear the band is still plenty good at making people tap their feet. 

You may have heard: Beyond “Black Water,” their most well-known tune, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard their “Listen to the Music” or “Jesus is Just Alright.”

 

To Billie & Ella with Love: Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin – June 18

Tickets - $19 orchestra/$15 reserved/$10 general admission

This is a tribute concert, which means that you have to decide how you feel about both the performer and the music. A little Internet research suggests that Darby-Duffin has an amazing set of pipes on her, and Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald are two of the biggest names in jazz. The combination has the potential to be absolutely fantastic. 

You may have heard: Fitzgerald is slightly more well-known among non-jazz fans, and if you haven’t heard her sing “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t God That Swing),” go remedy that right now. 

 

Paul Revere’s Raiders and Mitch Ryder – June 27

Tickets - $39 orchestra/$29 reserved/$19 general admission

Now that Paul Revere has passed away, the band is touring without him. That’s not the only lineup change – Darren Dowler is doing lead vocals now instead of Mark Lindsay, and Tommy Scheckel is now on drums. 

Though he wasn’t a Raider, Scheckel might be familiar from his days with the Buckinghams. Mitch Ryder, who used to perform with the Detroit Wheels, will open the concert. 

You may have heard: The group’s biggest hit by far was “Indian Reservation.” (“Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe, so proud to live, so proud to dieeee…….”)

 

Erica Hansen Sings King, Carpenter, & Ronstadt – July 11

Tickets - $19 orchestra/$15 reserved/$10 general admission

Arts Council regulars will remember Erica Hansen from last year’s “A Tribute to Patsy Cline Starring Erica Hansen,” but this year she’s heading to the 1970s. Her song choices will come from three of the most iconic female performers of the time – Carole King, Karen Carpenter, and Linda Ronstadt. The vibe for this one will definitely be easy listening, though some of the songs do have a more serious beat. 

You may have heard: Hansen in her Patsy Cline show – it’s made the round of various Utah theaters. As for the source material, the most likely candidates are Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good” or the Carpenter’s “(They Long to Be) Close to You” or “We’ve Only Just Begun.”

 

Indigo Girls – July 14

Tickets - $52 orchestra/$42 reserved/$29 general admission

For an entire generation, the Indigo Girls were synonymous with cool liberal indie folk duos. Though the duo can get pretty political when they want to, they also make regular appearances at Ed Kenley and have a very positive relationship with local audiences. 

So if you want to wave your hands in the air and remember what it was like to be in college, this is a safe space to do it. 

You may have heard: Their closest thing to a mainstream hit was 1989’s “Closer to Fine.” 

 

Mark Robinette’s Amp’D-Up Band Featuring Collin Raye – July 16

Tickets - $39 orchestra/$29 reserved/$19 general admission

 Local listeners will know that Robinette embraces a wide range of music, but former country superstar Collin Raye will probably be setting the tone here. 

His biggest hits are in the “sensitive country” vein, with emotional lyrics that fall just barely short of tipping the line over into pop. Still, there’s a chance Robinette, who can bend even instruments like tubas to the will of rock, might get him to pick up the beat just a little. 

You may have heard: Raye’s biggest hits, which charted between 1992 and 1998, are “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” and “I Can Still Feel You.” 

 A detailed breakdown of the rest of the arts council’s Summer Nights With the Stars Artists will appear in the April 9 edition of the Clipper. 

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