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Sting, Jewel to Perform at Ravinia this Summer

The Police frontman joins the Grammy winning singer-songwriter in an increasingly notable list of big name performers heading to this Highland Park music festival in 2013.

Ravinia Festival is slowly but surely assembling another impressive line-up for its 2013 summer season, and they're finally starting to share who's coming.

Singer/songwriter Jewel will be performing on Sunday, June 16. The Grammy winner is best known for her best-selling album Pieces of You and has sold over 27 million albums. Which is to say, grab your tickets fast. 

Sting will perform his biggest hits with a five-piece band on June 7 and 8 at Ravinia Festival. The former frontman for The Police will play his best in a stripped down performance that has been gettin rave reviews all over the world.

Tickets for both shows go on sale April 25.

Who are you hoping to see at Ravinia this summer?

Chnaridr February 05, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I guess it's that time of year where I have to make my annual rant on Ravinia.I preface this by saying I go see live music about four or five times a week and have been known to travel to see great music as well.Constantly, I leave this venue disappointed. The high ticket prices ($30+ for a lawn seat), abelow average sound system, awful sight lines and a crowd that could care more about the picnic than the music, make this venue average at best and horrific at worst. On top of that, if I am not an Opus donor, I cannot get a chance at the top shows and even if I can, the ticket prices for the pavillion are priced awfully high.My friends tell me its about the atmosphere and I just don't buy this argument. If you HAVE to drive there and don't get there 3 hours before a show you have an awful seat on the lawn and have to take a bus from somewhere to get to and from the place making it a very long evening. Add to that, the cost of a sitter, the food and beverages you are now staring down a bill that can exceed $100 easily with a huge headache of traffic, busses and so much back chatter that you may not even hear the music. Worst of all, the pop shows are so oversold that there is a huge accident just waiting to happen in the middle of that lawn. It's high time Ravinia gets a gauge on its crowd control, updates their sound system and most of all cracks down on the people(including RAVINIA itself) that reserve space for 25 people on the lawn when they only need space for 6.
joel brown February 05, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Great heads up about Sting and Jewel! As far as my preference goes, the pop shows at Ravinia have become amongst one of the most difficult public venues to watch a show and I will not participate in these events. Sit on the lawn on a Sunday evening for a CSO recital is a much more preferable way in which to enjoy this venue. Open spaces are pleantiful, it is easy to navigate through the lawn, and the crowd is relaxed with friends and families of all ages. Unfortunately, the day will come when Ravinia deals with a mess at one of their pop shows. The management stands by their claim that these shows adhere to the same capacity as all of their shows, however, there is a big difference. For a pop show, Ravinia in house catering reserves large swaths of space on the lawn for groups, thus dispersing the rest of the crowd to a limitted and dangerously crowded space. Some Ravinia ushers have even acknowledged the problem.
sibuna February 05, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Sure, Ravinia will claim their adhere to the same capacity as all of their shows, however, this merely means the human capacity and not the capacity of the tables and chairs those humans bring. Some of them look as though they hauled their dining room tables in to set up their crystal and fine china. If X amount of people are meant for a specific amount of space, that space is quickly going to seemed overfilled as everyone squishes together with their absurd tables all trying to outdo one another as elaborately as they can. It's actually comical to watch and because they are so self-absored in their pretentiousness, they don't even realize they are being laughed at and the butt of many jokes.
Chnaridr February 05, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Zuzu, They may be the butt of your jokes but they aren't mine. My concert dollar gets stretched awfully thin from week to week and month to month and elaborate or not these people more often than not could care less about the artist on the stage in front of them and there in lies the problem. If I am going to pay the price that they command for top name entertainment it's absurdly rude of the venue to act in this manner and not give me top shelf quality for said dollar. These people are better served staying home and listening to their ipods, catering their dinner at home this saving money on tickets. In return, Ravinia should strive to deliver a quality product (which it does not) for the same said dollar. For me, my money is better spent elsewhere. Perhaps we discuss this over tea at your place in downtown Ravinia?
sibuna February 05, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Bob, I am not Madame Zuzu, if that's what you were thinking. I am just Zuzu and not affiliated with Madame Zuzu in any way. And I hear ya loud and clear regarding the pretentious picnickers who are more concerned that their table setup is better than their neighbors than they are the artists who performing.

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