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Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett plus Big & Rich play Ironstone

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Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett  plus Big & Rich play Ironstone

Melissa Etheridge performs at Ironstone Vineyards on Aug. 2.

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POSTED May 17, 2013 8:55 p.m.

MURPHYS – Ironstone Vineyards, the premiere outdoor entertainment venue of the California Gold Country, has announced the line-up for their 2013 Summer Concert Series.

Hosting live performances since 1999 the annual Summer Concert Series features a diverse line-up of national bands.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased through Etix.com.

The 2013 Summer Series includes:

• JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Saturday, July 20

Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records and was the first female artist to own and operate an independent record company. Jett’s music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Faith Hill sings “I Hate Myself for Loving You” as the theme for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.

• MELISSA ETHERIDGE LIVE - Friday, Aug. 2

Melissa Etheridge has been a core Island Records artist since the release of her critically-acclaimed eponymous RIAA double-platinum debut album. For several years, Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water” (from her debut), “No Souvenirs” (from Brave And Crazy) and “Ain’t It Heavy” (from Never Enough), for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her second Best Female Rock Grammy.  The album went six times platinum and spent more than two and a half years on the album chart.  Her highest charting album, Your Little Secret (#6 on the Billboard Top 200), included the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.”

• BIG & RICH PARTY LIKE COWBOYZ TOUR featuring Cowboy Troy with special guest Whiskey Dawn, Saturday, Aug. 10

They are America’s Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.

With the release of Hillbilly Jedi, they reassert their position as modern music’s best party soundtrack with songs like “Party Like Cowboyz,” “Rock the Boat” and “Get Your Game On.” As might be expected, though, given the wide sweep of their talent, they do a great deal more. Their music has always displayed great range, with well-crafted songs about love, loss, patriotism and social issues all interspersed among those party anthems, and that is especially true here. Hillbilly Jedi covers a great deal of stylistic ground, from “Last Words,” which John describes as “Roy Orbison meets Queen,” and “Lay It All On Me,” a meditation on happiness and love set amid a hauntingly beautiful track complete with choir, to “’Cause I Play Guitar,” a bluesy bauble celebrating the fruits of the rocking life.

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