Dawes will play Boarding House Park in Lowell on Aug. 6.Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.
Dawes will play Boarding House Park in Lowell on Aug. 6.

Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

It was a big deal in 2013 when the iconic Bob Dylan played the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. As in front-page news. Think Springsteen at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

But for those folks in the crowd that night, April 9, 2013, it was the opening act that stole the show. Dawes only played seven songs, but the Los Angeles-based folk-rock band had those in attendance wanting more.

Well, Dawes has been back to Massachusetts in the years that have passed, including a show this past weekend at the Orpheum in Boston, but they haven't returned to Lowell.

That will change, however, when Dawes plays Boarding House Park on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the 2017 Lowell Summer Music Series. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 16, at www.lowellsummermusic.org and are $42 in advance, $142 premium seating in the first two rows. Dawes will play two sets that night with no opening act.

Dawes is touring behind their most recent album, "We're All Gonna Die," which came out in September. It is the band's fifth studio album, the last four of which have reached the top 100 of the Billboard album chart.

Dawes joins an already announced 2017 lineup that includes Michael Franti and Spearhead on Friday, June 16; Vince Gill on Saturday, June 17; Graham Nash on Friday, July 21; and Stephen Stills and Judy Collins on Sunday, August 20. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.


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Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a pair of Sunday shows in the lineup, which is a departure from previous years, when shows would take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

I asked Peter Aucella, assistant superintendent with Lowell National Historical Park, who works with John Marciano to put together the LSMS lineup each year, about the Sunday schedule, and here's what he had to say:

"There are some acts we really want and we debated at length about doing them on a Sunday, the only date when they were available," Aucella said. "Concerts at other venues happen any day of the week, so we think these will work. We are making sure they end by about 10 p.m. or so to be sure they don't go late."

I'm sure music lovers and LSMS devotees will agree that this is a welcome change. Doing whatever it takes to build the best possible lineup is something that should be music to the ears of LSMS concert-goers.

More announcements are expected soon, so as always, stay tuned to The Sun and www.lowellsun.com for the latest news on the 2017 Lowell Summer Music Series lineup.