Music by the Lake announces summer lineup

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Gazette staff
Thursday, March 13, 2014

WILLIAMS BAY—Concerts by Blood, Sweat & Tears and the Beach Boys are among the highlights of this year's Music by the Lake series at George Williams College of Aurora University, the university announced.

The annual outdoor summer concert series is offered June through August at the Ferro Pavilion on the shores of Geneva Lake.

Ticket sales open to the public May 1 and to festival donors April 15.

“I am especially excited about the 2014 season as we have adjusted the artist lineup in response to the tastes and recent suggestions of our audience members,” Christine Flasch, director of Music by the Lake, said in a statement.

“We always focus on quality entertainment, and this year we will add some new features that will make the experience even more enjoyable.”

Among the new features: food carts selling wood-fired pizzas, nachos, popcorn, desserts and drinks.

Here's the 2014 lineup:

—Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The Grammy Award-winning rock/jazz fusion band is known for such classics as “You Made Me So Very Happy” and “And When I Die.” It's now helmed by Bo Bice, the runner-up to Carrie Underwood on the fourth season of “American Idol.”

Tickets: $80-$100 reserved, $50 terrace, $25 lawn.

—The Beatles 50th anniversary celebration featuring BritBeat: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Newsweek called BritBeat one of the best Beatles tribute bands in America. For this 50th anniversary concert, the band will re-create the Fab Four's famous 1964 performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and revisit other eras of Beatles music, too.

Tickets: $65-$85 reserved, $45 terrace, $20 lawn.

—Laurie Berkner: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27. Berkner, an award-winning children's recording artist, is back after a sold-out concert last year. She recently created an animated TV show for Sprout called “Sing It, Laurie!” and has a new lullaby album coming out in April. (That's her sixth album.)

Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-10, free for those ages 3 and younger.

—Jim Witter's Piano Men: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. In a multimedia show, Witter and his band salute two of modern music's most popular singer/songwriters: Elton John and Billy Joel.

Tickets: $60-$75 reserved, $40 terrace, $20 lawn.

—The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. The Beach Boys recently celebrated 50 years of performing their quintessentially summer songs, including “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and many more. The band that visits smaller venues such as Williams Bay includes Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, but not the other members.

Tickets: $80-$100 reserved, $50 terrace, $25 lawn.

—Ladies for Liberty with the All-Star SUPERband, 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. The Ladies dig into the music of the Andrews Sisters and other patriotic hits—“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Shoo Shoo Baby”—that entertained soldiers and folks back home during World War II. They're joined by the 16-piece All-Star SUPERband.

Tickets: $25-$55 reserved.

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