A traveling EDM festival might have seemed like a far-fetched notion, but Live Nation's IDentity is returning this year, with a show planned at Jiffy Lube Live again.
The festival, which last year attracted big-timer Kaskade, back when when he didn't headline arenas, and Hercules and Love Affair, consists of genre stars - this year it's Wolfgang Gartner, Nero, and Paul Van Dyk, among others - taking turns at the turntables for several hours before an arena crowd. Kaskade, presumably, was busy with his own arena tour.
Live Nation did not disclose last year's attendance numbers with Billboard, which ran the press release. Nice detail: "IDENTITY's sponsors include Rockstar Energy Drink, Emazing Lights, Slurpee, TIGI Bedhead, and Lifestyle Condoms." That's class right there. The Jiffy Lube show is July 27; tickets, starting at $20, go on sale Friday.
Also at Jiffy Lube: Linkin Park. Of all the things that could survive the early aughts, Linkin Park looked like the weakest candidate.
But, they stuck around like a bad rash and are on the verge of releasing a new album, which will inevitably be billed as a comeback album after 2010's "A Thousand Suns" became their first album to fail platinum status. Their show at Jiffy is August 11, the first of their new national tour; tickets, starting at $21 for lawn seats, go on sale April 28.
Jiffy also has Rush September 9. The show is part of a new national tour, following last year's successful run, which played 1st Mariner. Expect strobe lights, pyrotechnics. Tickets go on sale May 4; cost has not been released.
Rams Head on Stage has an irresistible show in August: A TRIBUTE TO EARLY VAN HALEN. Cover band Atomic Punks has the titanic task of channeling the high kicks-and-spandex glory of early Diamond Dave. The show is August 31; tickets are $22.50.
Lucinda Williams is headlining an amphitheater show at Merriweather May 19. Drive-By Truckers and Justin Jones are also playing. Tickets, at $35 for lawn seats, are also on sale.
Last year, the Deftones were caught in a maelstrom over Sonar's possible-imminent-ultimately-forgotten closing. The band was headlining the annual Maryland Deathfest, and was almost forced to cancel when the venue closed its doors. It was a messy situation for all involved.
For their new tour, supporting System of a Down, they won't have to deal with any of that mess, as they'll play a nominally bigger venue - the Verizon Center, August 7. Ticket information has not been released.
Coming off a couple of solid Coachella shows, the Hives will play the 9:30 Club June 5. They're promoting new album "Lex Hives." Ticket information has not been released.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun