Same ol’, same ol': Ravinia annoucnes 2011 pop season

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In announcing the 2011 concert schedule for Ravinia, president Welz Kauffman this week said the North Shore festival’s non-classical lineup features “something palatable to both baby boomers and babies.” Palatable, maybe — but not very spicy.

Ravinia’s summer pop shows are certainly heavy on the boomers, including returning acts such as Robert Plant (in June with his Band of Joy, following their April 9 date at the Auditorium Theatre), the Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, Hall & Oates and the first Ravinia performance by Chicago since 1972. Making Ravinia debuts this summer will be Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd and two nights with Steely Dan.

For the “babies,” Ravinia’s offerings include Chicago singer-actress Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5 (two shows), Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, Guster and (taking the “babies” remark literally) 11-year-old classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho. Yes, of course there’s a BoDeans show.

Rufus Wainwright returns to Ravinia bearing five Shakespeare sonnets set to music, which were co-commissioned by the Ravinia Festival and the San Francisco Symphony. He’ll perform them on a program that includes Berlioz and Mendelssohn, then return for a second act of his pop material.

Jazz concerts in the pavilion this year will feature Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Pink Martini, the overdue Ravinia debut of pianist Eldar Djangirov and perennials such as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis and, of course, Tony Bennett.

Tickets are available now with a donation to Ravinia. Public ticket sales begin April 27. For more information, visit

Here’s a complete list of the non-classical pavilion concerts at Ravinia this season:

June 10 — The Judds

June 11 — The Moody Blues

June 12 — Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

June 16 — Robert Plant & His Band of Joy

June 17 — The Go-Go’s and the B-52’s

June 18 — Deep Purple with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra

June 19 — Dirty Sock Funtime Band

June 19 — Dave Brubeck & Sons

June 23 — k.d. lang

June 25 — “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor

June 26 — Hall & Oates

June 30-July 1 — Maroon 5

July 2 — Tom Chapin & Friends

July 3 — Ralph’s World

July 3 — The Music of ABBA

July 5 — Peter Frampton

July 10 — Ramsey Lewis Trio with Pink Martini

July 16 — Jennifer Hudson

July 22 — Five for Fighting with Michelle Branch

July 29 — BoDeans

Aug. 10 — Los Lobos with Los Lonely Boys

Aug. 12-13 — Steely Dan

Aug. 14 — Rufus Wainwright with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Aug. 20 — Lifehouse

Aug. 21 — Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

Aug. 25 — Gypsy Kings

Aug. 26 — Tony Bennett

Aug. 27-28 — Chicago

Sept. 1 — Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sept. 2 — Doobie Brothers

Sept. 3 — Guster

Sept. 4 — Carrie Underwood with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra

Sept. 11 — John Hiatt & the Combo

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