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Ravinia 2013 highlights: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Matchbox Twenty, David Byrne and St. Vincent

March 07, 2013|By Matt Pais | RedEye Sound Board

Wonder no more: This morning Ravinia announced its 2013 calendar, populated with return appearances by—let’s call them “established”--artists like Sting, Sheryl Crow, Gipsy Kings.
As for highlights among the first-time Ravinia acts? Here you go, in chronological order. (Public online ticket sales begin 5 a.m. April 25.)

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
8 p.m. June 25. $22-$55.
The powerful soul outfit opens for returning Ravinia performer James Hunter, who has his work cut out for him not to be upstaged.

Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Jana Kramer.
7 p.m. June 28. $33-$85.
Hey, if you like country music, you could do worse.

Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty
8 p.m. July 2-3. $38-$125.
You laugh now. Ten or fifteen years ago you would have loved this. Send that version of yourself to the show.

David Byrne and St. Vincent
7:30 p.m. July 6. $27-$65.
Ravinia elevates its level of cool by 200 percent, even just for a night.

Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, Fastball
6 p.m. July 20. $27-$65.
Come for Gin Blossoms, stay for … uh … that one Vertical Horizon song, I guess.

7 p.m. Aug. 20-21. $38-$125.
Arnel Pineda isn’t Steve Perry, but he sounds a lot like him. So whatever.

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