South this summer playing in cities close enough to Knoxville for a good

weekend road trip.

Knoxville will have a few bands passing through as the summer progresses

like Widespread Panic and Grand Funk Railroad, but it will be necessary

to venture into other parts of the country to catch the summer's biggest

tours.

One of the most popular tours coming close to Knoxville is the H.O.R.D.E.

Tour. The top acts playing in H.O.R.D.E. are Neil Young, Blues Traveler,

Big Head Todd and The Monsters, and The Squirrel Nut Zippers. They will

be playing in Charlotte, N.C., on August 15. If you decide to go to this

show, you will get the added bonus of seeing the Barenaked Ladies, a band

who will spend part of their summer with H.O.R.D.E., but the rest touring

on their own.

The Barenaked Ladies will not be as elusive to Knoxville as the H.O.R.D.E.

Tour when they come to the South. They will also play at the Starwood Amphitheater

in Nashville on August 14, and they will head for Atlanta on August 16 after

their cameo appearance with H.O.R.D.E.

Another huge tour coming through our area is the Lilith Fair. This tour

focuses on the celebration of women in music with singers like Sarah McLachlan,

Jewel, Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman and Natalie

Merchant. The Lilith Fair will be in Nashville at Starwood on August 3,

but you can also find it in Charlotte on July 23 and in Atlanta at the Lakewood

Amphitheater on July 24.

Ratdog, the Grateful Dead spin-off band, with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and

Mickey Hart, is a headliner with Rusted Root in the Furthur Festival coming

through Atlanta at Lakewood on June 25 before moving on to Charlotte on

the 26.

Phish is also coming to Lakewood in Atlanta at the end of their long

summer tour that begins in Europe. They will play in Atlanta on August 6.

If you want to follow Phish for a few shows before school starts back in

fall, it will be possible to catch them in Raleigh, N.C., after Atlanta

on August 7. Then they travel to Columbia, Md., on August 8, and then back

south to Virginia Beach on August 9.

Perhaps one of the most sought-after bands of students is Widespread

Panic. They will be coming to World's Fair Park July 25. Before they come

to Knoxville, you can find them in Raleigh on the 18th, Charlotte on the

19th and Pelham, Ala., on the 23rd and 24th. After Knoxville they will head

to Jackson, Miss., and then Florida. On August 1 they will be in Atlanta.

Most of these cities can be reached within a few hours. Charlotte and

Atlanta are a little more than 200 miles away. Raleigh is more than 350

miles, but it is only a couple hours away from North Carolina's beaches.

Columbia, Md. and Virginia Beach are going to be a long drive, but they

would make great stops on a road trip.

These are the biggest tours of the summer. Most of them are coming towards

us at the end of summer, so start making plans now. Tickets for all of these

events are either already on sale, or going on sale by the end of the month.

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