Jack Johnson

Singer Jack Johnson will be part of a media tour of Merriweather Post Pavilion Thursday highlighting different eco-friendly changes coming to the venue. Johnson will perform at Merriweather Thursday evening. (June 4, 2014)

Musician Jack Johnson will accompany Howard County Executive Ken Ulman at a news conference and media tour of Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, the county announced Tuesday. 

Johnson is scheduled to perform at the venue later that evening. 

The purpose of the tour is to walk through areas slated to be improved by a five-year, $19 million renovation plan, which was announced last month, between pavilion owner the Howard Hughes Corp. and the county government.

The county will fund $9.5 million of the improvements through a grant, while Howard Hughes will foot the remaining $9.5 million.

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Renovation is expected to be complete in 2019 and will include a raised main roof, new restrooms and concessions, a new stage and new artist dressing rooms. Construction will be carried out during the off-season, beginning at the close of the concert schedule in the fall of this year.