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What: “Under the Sun” tour featuring Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth
When: 7 p.m. July 12
Where: Three Rivers Festival’s Hanning & Bean festival plaza, Headwaters Park, 330 S. Clinton St.
Admission: $20 advance, $25 day of show; tickets go on sale Friday, call 426-5665 or go to www.threeriversfestival.org

’90s pop-rock acts join 3RF concert lineup

With four more rock bands added to the 46th annual Three Rivers Festival schedule in July, there will be plenty of concerts to bask in this summer.

The Three Rivers Festival will welcome the “Under the Sun” tour, featuring Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth on July 12 at the Hanning & Bean Festival Plaza, the board of directors announced Friday. The festival will run July 11 to 19.

The “Under the Sun” annual tour celebrates stand-out bands from the golden age of alternative pop-rock; this year’s acts known for topping the Billboard charts with hits such as Blues Traveler’s “Run Around,” Sugar Ray’s “Fly,” Uncle Kracker’s “Follow Me” and Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”

“This is a genre of music that is underserved in this area, when you look at the calendar you don’t often see these bands coming to the northeast Indiana,” Executive Director Jack Hammer says. “When you listen to the music, it’s about summer and having a good time. We wanted to serve that part of the audience who were growing up in the ’90s or just starting life in the ’90s, because it reminds them of the best times.”

The festival has already announced that American rock band Cheap Trick will kick off the festival July 11, and radio station Star 88.3 FM has announced Christian pop duo For King & Country will headline its music stage July 13. Hammer says more concerts will be announced in the next month.

The $20 pre-sale for “Under the Sun” tickets begins Friday. Hammer says the price is far more affordable than other tour stops the bands will make this summer. He says concert sponsors Hanning & Bean Enterprises, Ash Brokerage, Meijer and Vera Bradley help keep prices down with their contributions.

“At pre-sale value, you’re talking $5 an act,” Hammer says. “It’s going be a big great party under the sun.”

kcarr@jg.net

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