Meadowbrook mixes it up this season – 3 new shows announced


Staind, Shinedown & Chevelle set for July 10

Steve Miller Band/Doobie Brothers confirmed for August 16

Tickets for both shows on sale Saturday, May 9.


In what’s shaping into a wonderfully diverse summer of entertainment, Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion announced three new shows Tuesday.

Rounding out Bike Week, which so far includes a Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley double bill (6/14), the Henry Paul-led Outlaws opening for a Fogerty-less Creedence Clearwater Revisited (6/17) and Blake Shelton with Craig Morton (6/18) is the pairing of two 90’s rock powerhouses – Live, who wowed the Meadowbrook crowd last year, and Candlebox.  A third act will likely be added to the June 19 show.

On August 1, a Canadian singer-songwriter with a list of admirers including none other than Bob Dylan performs.  Gordon Lightfoot’s hits include “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

The third show announced Tuesday features crooner John Legend and modern soul diva India.Arie – a definite change of pace for the Gilford, NH venue.

On Wednesday, another show was listed on the Meadowbrook web site.  Steve Miller and the Doobie Brothers appear August 16, with an on sale date of Saturday, May 9.  Though exact details aren’t currently available, at least on more show,  targeting a younger demographic, will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as a performance by an as-yet-unnamed hard rock act.

Availability for the three just-announced shows begins with an Internet pre-sale (code required) on Friday, May 1 at 10 AM.  General public availability starts Saturday morning at 10 AM.  All seats are sold directly through

After 24 shows last year, the venue will do around the same number in 2009.  “But it seems like more,” said venue Marketing Director Chris Lockwood recently.  “That’s because of the variety and quality of acts.”

The Country Music Association nominated the 6,500-seat facility as one of the nation’s top venues in 2008 (they lost to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium).  The recognition was instrumental in luring premier talent.  “This is the only non-Live Nation facility to book Brad Paisley,” says Lockwood, noting that negotiations for the country music star’s show began right after the CMA nomination was announced.

Meadowbrook has a pair of initiatives to memorialize founder Bob Harding, who died last year. A “Rock On Scholarship,” given to a Lakes Region High School student with plans to pursue the arts in college, is “based solely on talent.” Bracelets emblazoned with a rocker’s “devil horns” salute are being sold at shows to raise money for the effort.

On May 23, the inaugural “Rock On Fest” features Korn, Burn Halo and 30 local bands.  The event is a departure from so-called “pay to play” events like Locobazooka, a regional music showcase that ran for 15 years in Massachusetts before moving to Miami.  “Pay to play is promoters taking advantage of bands,” says Lockwood. “The best bands can hope for is to break even.”

For “Rock On Fest,” he says, “the bands become their own street team, and make 3 bucks for every ticket they sell.  They can sell merchandise in the venue – no money changes hands with Meadowbrook.”

“We have never been the type of band who would pay to play a gig,” says Sid Narged, whose Nashua-based Kinetic Theory will perform at the festival.  Narged says that Meadowbrook’s approach – asking each group to attract 50 fans using special ticket codes and embedded web site links –  “is a great way to promote the show, help the local bands, and give back to the local fans who support the bands. It really is a class act.”

Here’s a look at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion’s 2009 Schedule:

Sat May 23     12:30 PM     Rock On! Fest 2009, with Korn, Burn Halo and 30 local bands

Sun May 31     7:00 PM     Willie Nelson

Sun Jun 14     7:30 PM     Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne

Wed Jun 17     8:00 PM     Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Outlaws

Thu Jun 18     8:00 PM     Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan

Fri Jun 19     7:30 PM     Live, Candlebox

Sat Jun 27     7:00 PM     Styx, REO Speedwagon, .38 Special

Fri Jul 3     8:00 PM     Diana Krall

Fri Jul 10  7:00 PM      Staind, Shinedown and Chevelle

Sat Jul 11    8:00 PM     The Offspring, Sum 41, Jack Turner

Thu Jul 16     8:00 PM     Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin

Sun Jul 19     7:00 PM     Tom Jones

Sat Aug 1     8:00 PM     Gordon Lightfoot

Wed Aug 5     7:00 PM     Pat Benetar, Blondie, the Donnas

Fri Aug 14     8:00 PM     Sugarland, Matt Nathanson SOLD OUT

Sat Aug 15     7:30 PM     John Legend, India.Arie

Sun Aug 16     7:00 PM     Steve Miller Band, Doobie Brothers

Fri Aug 21     7:00 PM    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Sat Aug 22     8:00 PM     An Evening With The Moody Blues

Mon Aug 24     6:00 PM     Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic

Sun Aug 30     8:00 PM     Big & Rich, Luke Bryan

Sat Sep 26     8:00 PM     Alan Jackson

2 thoughts on “Meadowbrook mixes it up this season – 3 new shows announced

  1. The Rock On Fest, was an amazing time. The fans were great from all the bands. Everyone was very supportive and the crews at the venue were great. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Rock On Fest and all the local bands.

    Sid – Kinetic Theory

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