Returning for the first time in two years, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band come to Boarding House Park on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the 25th season of the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Lovett, who also played Lowell in 2010, is a four-time Grammy Award winner who effectively blends country, folk, pop, gospel, blues and big-band swing into his music. Between his unique hairstyle, distinct sound and impeccable fashion sense, Lovett cuts an imposing figure onstage.
Expect to hear some of his biggest hits, including "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)," "I've Been to Memphis" and "Give Back My Heart."
His band includes guitars, a cellist, fiddler, pianist and a gospel-trained backup group, but Lovett's done more in his career than just sing and play guitar. Lovett's also appeared in numerous films, including Robert Altman's The Player and Pret-a-Porter, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Opposite of Sex.
His Grammy Awards came in 1989 for Best Male Vocalist, 1994 for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for "Funny How Time Slips Away" with Al Green and Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal for "Blues For Dixie" with Asleep at the Wheel, and 1996 when The Road to Ensenada won for Best Country Album.
Tickets are $52 in advance, $60 day of show and can be purchased now at lowellsummermusic.org.
Also returning to Lowell will be Chris Botti when he plays the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
Botti has been the largest-selling American instrumental artist since his 2004 CD When I Fall in Love. His ongoing association with PBS has led to four chart-topping jazz albums, multiple gold and platinum albums, and Grammy Awards, including for his latest album Impressions, which won for Best Pop Instrumental Album at this year's Grammy Awards.
In his impressive career, Botti has sold more than three million albums. He's come a long way from being part of Sting's backing band and his show in Lowell a few years ago at the Auditorium was a fun evening for couples and anyone who enjoys adult music played in a classy, professional manner.
Chris Botti comes to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $77, $62, $52 and $37 and can be purchased at lowellauditorium.com.