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Ravinia Releases Summer Schedule

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 24, 2006 2:45PM

2006_03_raviniapicnic.jpgWe here at Chicagoist sometimes get caught up in the latest, fastest and shiniest things, but every once in a while it's good to remember that there are old standbys that deserve our attention as well. Ravinia Festival released their summer schedule and from the CSO to jazz to blues, country and rock there is most definitely something for everyone. It's always nice to head out of the city with a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy some entertainment with friends.

This year's line-up has what we have come to expect with dates featuring Tony Bennett, Cheap Trick, Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt, but adds fresh faces the Steve Miller Band, Etta James, Amy Grant, and newly inducted hall-of-famer Blondie who shares the slot with the New Cars which features Todd Rundgren (tickets already on sale for this event). Other shows sure to sell out when the rest of the season's tickets go on sale April 20th via Ravinia's website are Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Indigo Girls, Trisha Yearwood, Buddy Guy and Hootie and the Blowfish.

Ravinia has set up a blog and podcasts to keep us informed as well. Be sure to check those out for previews of what they have in store. We know it's hard to dream of summer when there's snow dusting the ground this morning, but checking out the full schedule after the jump could help.

June 3: Blondie; the New Cars (featuring Todd Rundgren)
June 10: The BoDeans
June 11: Elvis Costello and the Imposters
June 15: Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez
June 16: Wynton Marsalis Septet; Dr. John; Neville Brothers
June 17: Madeleine Peyroux
June 18: Father's Day with the Big Bands feat. the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; Sylvia McNair; the Chicago Jazz Orchestra; Eric Schneider; Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble; Ramsey Lewis
June 23-24: Bonnie Raitt; Keb' Mo'
July 2: Los Lonely Boys
July 3-4: ABBA: The Music (tribute band)
July 10: Sweet Honey in the Rock; Ladysmith Black Mambazo
July 14: Indigo Girls
July 16: Tom Jones; Etta James
July 18: Steve Miller Band
July 25: The Beach Boys
July 26: Patti LaBelle
Aug. 2: Trisha Yearwood; Billy Currington
Aug. 18: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Aug. 19: B.B. King
Aug. 22: Buddy Guy; Robert Cray Band
Aug. 23: Lalah Hathaway; Take 6
Aug. 24: Los Lobos; Jackie Greene
Aug. 26: Tiempo Libre; Jimmy Bosch; Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Aug. 27: Peter, Paul & Mary
Aug. 31: Amy Grant
Sept. 1-2: Tony Bennett
Sept. 3: Cheap Trick
Sept. 8: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Sept. 9: Hootie and the Blowfish