Lenny Kravitz, ‘American Woman’ rock onto Amphitheater stage

Hitting the stage for the first time in three years, genre-defying, multi-platinum artist Lenny Kravitz has announced dates for the U.S. leg of his “Lenny Live” world tour in support of his sixth studio album, “Lenny.” Jointly presented by MTV and VH-1, Pink and Abandoned Pools will open the show.

The concert arrives at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Albuquerque on Aug. 20.

Featuring his trademark brand of rock ‘n’ roll, Kravitz will perform high-octane versions of hit after hit from his decade-plus career, including “Fly Away,” “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “American Woman,” as well as new classics “Dig In” and “Stillness Of Heart,” his current single. Kravitz will be backed by his band of nine years, featuring Craig Ross on guitar, Cindy Blackman on drums and Jack Daley on bass.

Kravitz’s latest release, “Lenny,” continues to have success around the globe, winning his first American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) and recently setting a Grammy record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category after taking home his fourth consecutive award for his single “Dig In” (previously winning for “Again,” “American Woman” and “Fly Away”). The album was also certified platinum in the U.S. earlier this year.

Joe Satriani to appear with Kings X at Journal Pavillion on Aug. 14

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, along with Dream Theater and special guest Kings X, will be at the Journal Pavilion on Wednesday, August 14. Tickets for this show went on sale on Saturday, June 1. The show is slated to start at 7 p.m.

Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, N.Y., and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Joe Satriani learned early how to play the guitar and write his own lyrics. Giving lessons to Steve Vai was the hidden key to his career. When Vai hit the big time as the guitarist of David Lee Roth’s solo band in 1986, he offered praise for his good friend and former teacher in several major guitar publications, leading to widespread interest in Satriani’s playing. Eventually, Vai signed Satriani to his record label. Since then, Satriani has released a series of gold and platinum albums, including “Flying In A Blue Dream,” “The Extremist” and “Time Machine.”

Dream Theater was started in 1986 with five band members who were friends throughout high school: James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy and Jordan Rudes. The band produced six studio albums, including “Metropolis 2000” and “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.” The Texas trio Kings X is made up of members Doug Pinnick, Ty Tabor and Jerry Gaskill. Both Dream Theater and Kings X are guitar-oriented bands, known for their melodic harmonies, metallic riffing, and rhythmic strumming.

Tickets for Joe Satriani, Dream Theater, and Kings X at the Journal Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 14, are now on sale. Tickets are priced at $46.50, $36.50 and $28. Tickets are subject to convenience/handling fees. Tickets can be bought online through CC.com or charged by phone at 505-883-7800 or purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet. The show is rain or shine.

Bruce Hornsby appears in Santa Fe for July 14 concert, rain or shine

Pianist Bruce Hornsby will be at the Paolo Soleri on Sunday, July 14. The show is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are now on sale.

In late May, the genre-defying musician will release a new album, “Big Swing Face.” The disc features 11 tracks with some special guest collaborations and is the fifth without his backing band, The Range. Prior to that, Hornsby released a collection of live songs in 2000 with his two-disc album, “Here Come The Noisemakers.”

Along with The Range, Hornsby enjoyed a successful 1986 debut, “The Way It Is.” The album spawned four Top 20 hits and earned Hornsby a Grammy for best new artist. Songs like “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain,” “Every Little Kiss” and “The Valley Road” helped the disc go triple-platinum. Although he’s done stints with other artists from joining the Grateful Dead and the various post-Dead projects to sessions with Bonnie Raitt and others Hornsby has always taken the time to cultivate his own fan base on the road.

Tickets are priced at $35 and $25. Tickets are subject to convenience/handling fees. Tickets can be bought online through CC.com or charged by phone at 505-883-7800 or purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet. The show is rain or shine.

Rush for tickets for this rock band at Journal Pavilion on Aug. 21

Legendary power trio Rush, on tour supporting its 17th studio recording “Vapor Trails,” will perform at the Journal Pavilion on Wednesday, August 21. This tour will mark Rush’s first live performances since July 1997.

Tickets are priced at $68, $48 and $28 and are subject to convenience/handling fees. Tickets can be bought online through CC.com or charged by phone at 505-883-7800 or purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet. The show is rain or shine.

Gipsy Kings tickets go on sale on June 8 for Sept. 3 Pavilion concert

World music artists, the Gipsy Kings will be at the Journal Pavilion on 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 3. Tickets for this show go on sale at noon on Saturday, June 8. Tickets are priced at $68, $38 & $23. Tickets can be bought online through CC.com or charged by phone at 505-883-7800 or purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet. The show is rain or shine.

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