Summer concert season at Brown County Music Center

Canadian rock artist Randy Bachman, shown concert in 2022, will perform with Bachman Turner Overdrive on June 16 at Brown County Music Center.

For many, the coming Memorial Day holiday weekend normally and unofficially signals the beginning of summer here. And that means concerts.

In recognition of that, we offer you an at-a-glance look at highlights of the schedule at the area’s largest concert venue for nationally touring acts, Brown County Music Center in Nashville. The facility has proven itself since its 2019 opening as a popular entertainment outlet especially for fans who enjoying classic acts for pop, rock, country, folk and more.

Christian Webb, executive director of the center, confirmed the facility’s stature amid leisure options in south-central Indiana.

“Our shows continue to be very well attended as we continue to bring a diverse mix of entertainment to what has become a crown jewel, must-play indoor venue in Indiana,” Webb said. “Tours want to come here and fans continue to respond by buying tickets and supporting the arts.”

Here are just a few of the shows kicking off the season:

May 24: Rick Springfield, a 1980s multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” and “An Affair of the Heart.”

June 2: John Anderson in an acoustic show amid a continuing career spanning more than 60 singles on the country music charts, including 20 Top 10 hits, and six No. 1 hits.

June 16: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with original member Randy Bachman (and son Tal). Randy Bachman headlined the 2018 Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert in Columbus by performing at least 15 well-known hits, from “These Eyes” during his days with The Guess Who to “Taking Care of Business” with BTO.

July 16: Ben Folds, amid the Paper Airplane Request Tour. What initially began years ago as a request for songs as encores will once again be a central element in Folds’ shows when he engages audiences to make their song requests via paper airplanes.

July 27: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, amid the “Dirt On My Diamonds Tour.” The band’s latest tour follows the release of their new album, “Dirt On My Diamonds, Vol. 1.”

Aug. 1: Night Ranger, a band that was among the first new, big hits on MTV. Plenty of the group’s tunes can be heard today on TV shows and in video games.

Aug. 2: Taylor Hicks. Since winning “American Idol,” Hicks has gone on to achieve certified platinum album status and make history as both the first male Idol champion featured on a Grammy-winning record (Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off”).

Aug. 24-25: Aaron Lewis. He’s recorded with George Jones, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. His latest album is “Frayed At Both Ends”.

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