Country star Eric Church headed to Honda Center
Eric Church's popularity continues to soar on the strength of hits from his third album, last summer's Chief — so much so that the country star has announced his biggest-ever series of shows across the Southwest.
The O.C. stop on his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, in fact, finds him headlining what might be the largest venue on the stretch: Honda Center, where Church performs Nov. 8, $37.50-$47.50. A few days earlier, on Nov. 4, the North Carolinian also will appear at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, $39.50-$49.50.
Justin Moore and Kip Moore will open both shows, as they also will when Church plays Nov. 3 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nov. 6 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield and Nov. 9 at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m.
The next all-star event from Reventon Super Estrella 107.1, Aug. 10 at Staples Center, boasts some of the best names in modern Latin music, with Café Tacuba topping a bill that includes Julieta Venegas, Hombres G, Beto Cuevas and Kinky. Tickets, $49.25- $186.30, also go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, the Gigantes tour — which teams up three of the finest Latin pop vocalists of the era: Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis — has added another nearby performance, Aug. 25 at Citizens Business Bank Arena, $59.50-$375, also on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Reminder: that outing first plays Honda Center on Aug. 24, $60.50-$376.
And while we're still in the realm of Mexican music, let's point out that one of the country's best singer-songwriters, Lila Downs, will return to O.C. to play Sept. 21 at City National Grove of Anaheim, $27.50-$49.50. Also due there: guitar whiz Steve Vai, with Beverly McClellan (runner-up from the first season of The Voice), Oct. 11, $32.50-$45.
But back to Staples: Comedian Russell Peters will perform at the home of the new Stanley Cup champions on Dec. 7, as part of his Notorious World Tour 2012. Tickets, $49.50-$69.50, are on sale Friday at 10 a.m. (Here's another funny one that's a little further away: Daniel Tosh, Aug. 18 at Santa Barbara Bowl, $39-$59, on sale Friday at 4 p.m.)
Now back to Nokia: L.A. boy band Mindless Behavior headline there Aug. 17, with Jacob Latimore and Lil Twist opening, $45, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
Kimbra, the New Zealand singer who has made a splash stateside with her part in Gotye's smash single "Somebody That I Used to Know," will perform on her own Oct. 3 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, behind her debut album, Vows, recently given a stateside release. Tickets, $25, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Dr. Dog is coming back, with Cotton Jones in tow, this time to play Oct. 5 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, $30, preceded by an Oct. 4 encore at the Observatory in Santa Ana, where the Pennsylvania group had 'em stage-diving like mad not too long ago, $22.50. Tickets for the Ford go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., a day earlier at the same time for the Observatory.
More at that spot, formerly the Galaxy Theater: She Wants Revenge, Sept. 14, $20 … and a rare O.C. visit from Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, who will play the venue's Constellation Room on Sept. 21, $15. Both of those are on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.
Reggae tribute masters Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have expertly reworked Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Radiohead's OK Computer and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, have revealed their next honoree: Michael Jackson's Thriller, due Aug. 28. The troupe will presumably perform that work when it appears Sept. 20 at L.A.'s El Rey Theatre, $20, on sale Saturday. Passafire opens.
Also coming to the venue: Thee Oh Sees, Sept. 9, $17 … first-rate Grateful Dead homage Dark Star Orchestra, Oct. 6, $30 … acclaimed Canadian artist Grimes (nee Claire Boucher, maker of Visions), Oct. 9, $18 … and Dan Deacon, Oct. 20, $17..