The summer concert series at has consistently featured a diverse lineup and 2011 is certainly no different.
On June 11, the stands at the in Wantagh will start filling up when Chris Isaak takes the stage, launching a schedule filled with acts to satisfy just about any musical appetite.
"This years Jones Beach lineup showcases the varied nature of programming at Long Islands finest outdoor concert venue,” said Jim Steen, vice president of marketing for Live Nation, the promoter for the concerts at the Wantagh amphitheater.
The 2011 Jones Beach concert schedule gets underway June 11 when Chris Isaak, the crooner behind the worldwide hit “Wicked Game” opens up the festivities as the supporting act for pop icons Darryl Hall and John Oates. The duo of Hall and Oates are touring in support of their career retrospective box set, “Do What You Want, Be What You Are.”
July 9 marks arguably the most anticipated concert of the summer, as New York’s own Coheed and Cambria opens for Soundgarden. One of grunge’s founding fathers, Soundgarden, reunites for their first tour in well over a decade in support of a yet to be released album.
Meanwhile, another staple of 90’s rock radio, Weezer, teams with alternative favorites the Flaming Lips on July 29.
Steen emphasized that, “The Nikon at Jones Beach theater offers concert goers something for everyone this summer."
Looking for arena rock? Check out Def Leppard and Heart on July 12, Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger on August 17, or Whitesnake, Tesla, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach and Firehouse on August 24.
Those who prefer progressive rock and jam bands have options, too, with progressive superstars Yes and Styxx on July 11, two jam band shows in a row featuring Furthur (a vehicle for former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh) on July 17, the combination of 311 and Sublime on July 22 and the return of Jimmy Buffet and his “Parrotheads” to Long Island on August 19.
If it’s classic rock, soul, or blues you’re looking for, Reverend Al Green and Aretha Franklin take the stage on July 28, and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers team up on August 18. There will also be the first annual RibRock festival on August 27 that will feature The J. Geils Band and BB King as well as a full day of barbeque treats, local bands and craft vendors.
Fans of more modern pop may be more likely to check out the Goo Goo Dolls with Michelle Branch on July 24, Maroon 5, Train, and Gavin DeGraw on August 12, or Ke$sha on August 20. The New York Pops will also play the music of Long Island’s Billy Joel on August 13.
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