A few days ago, we previewed the Free Shirt Friday designs for 2013. Now, we’ll take a look at the four bands slated to perform after Pirates games this season.
Postgame concerts have become increasingly popular over the years at PNC Park, although it is difficult for them to attract top performers. There are clearly some ticket holders who attend the ballgame strictly for the musical performance (“The Concert Crowd”). These people aren’t too hard to locate, as they rarely wear Bucco gear, barely watch the game, and love to start the wave. There are some fans, however, who enjoy the product on the field both during and after the game. With that, here’s the lineup for this summer’s concerts…
Kool & the Gang
The first concert of the season features Kool & the Gang on June 1st. From Pirates.com:
Legendary R&B artists Kool & the Gang will perform after the Pirates battle the Cincinnati Reds as part of the annual Heritage Celebration weekend. The band that needs no introduction has sold over 70 million albums and produced 11 Top 10 hits including “Celebration,” “Joanna,” “Cherish,” “Ladies Night,”, “Too Hot” and “Get Down on it.”
Last year’s band for the Heritage Celebration was Boyz II Men. Note that the start time for this game is 7:15, as opposed to the typical 7:05 first pitch. Here’s Celebration:
The next concert, Blues Traveler, is just two weeks later on June 15th. From Pirates.com:
Blues Traveler will perform after the Pirates take on the LA Dodgers. The popular band has sold more than 13 million combined units worldwide and in June, 2012 released their new album, “Suzie Cracks the Whip.” In the band’s more than 25 years on the music scene, their hits include “Hook,” “But Anyway” and “Run-Around,” which climbed as high as number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
Third Eye Blind
Bucco fans will have to wait a little longer for the next act, as Third Eye Blind comes to PNC on the last day of August. From Pirates.com:
The rock band Third Eye Blind will perform live after the Pirates battle the St. Louis Cardinals. The highly acclaimed band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and is best known for the hit songs “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How’s it Going to Be.”
Here’s Semi-Charmed Life:
The fourth and final postgame concert comes after the last Saturday home game of the year, as Neon Trees will perform. From Pirates.com:
The rock band Neon Trees will perform live after the Pirates battle the Cincinnati Reds. The popular band broke onto the national music scene in 2008 and has achieved Platinum status for their hits “Animal” and “Everybody Talks.”
Here’s Everybody Talks:
Last year’s concert lineup featured Boyz II Men, Daughtry, Styx, and Lifehouse. The bands this year aren’t too bad. Just as the Pirates.com description said, Kool & the Gang doesn’t really need an introduction. We don’t know much about Blues Traveler or Neon Trees, but Run-Around and Everybody Talks are recognizable. Third Eye Blind definitely has a few notable, popular songs.
It should also be noted that the Third Eye Blind and Neon Trees concerts will also feature the Skyblast fireworks shows.
All four postgame concerts are on Saturday nights, and should be well attended. Guarantee a seat and buy tickets HERE.