Cool news for fans of bluegrass and comedy: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are headed back to Chautauqua Institution in summer 2013.
Chautauqua, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, had yet to post the date, but Martin includes it on his own web site. The group will also play Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall on July 1. That one goes on sale Jan. 25.
All Chautauqua tickets go on sale April 1, as the institution rolls out dates slowly and put them all on sale on the same day. Other confirmed Chautauqua shows for 2013: Michael McDonald (July 12), Beach Boys (Aug. 9); and KC & the Sunshine Band and Village People (Aug. 23).
Martin’s group has a new member — Edie Brickell, formerly of the New Bohemeians. (Remember the infectious “What I Am?”) She co-wrote songs with Martin for a new CD, “Love Has Come for You,” due out April 23. She will also join Martin in concert at Chautauqua.
“Love” also includes guest spots from Steep Canyon Rangers, members of Nickel Creek, and Esperanza Spalding.
New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will team up for a summer tour that includes a June 9 concert at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and June 11 at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. Tickets for the Cleveland show range from $29.50 to $92.50 and will go on sale Feb. 2 at www.theqarena.com and by phone at (888) 894-9424. No word yet when the Pittsburgh one will go up.
French pop-punk band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! will play Erie’s Basement Transmissions on March 30. Other acts include Handguns, State Champs, City Lights and the Masquerade. Chunk! is taking a day off from its tour with A Day to Remember to play the Erie show. See http://erieentertainment.bigcartel.com for details.
Lady Antebellum just released a new single, “Downtown,” today and will play it live on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Jan. 28. Goo Goo Dolls will release a new album, “Magnetic,” on May 7. Vampire Weekend releases its third album the same day, according to Billboard.