UNDER THE SUN Tour Returns for Summer 2014

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, March 23, 2014

Under The Sun, the annual festival tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll, will return for another summer run, this time starring a spectacular line-up that includes Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth. In addition, other chart-topping stars from the era – including such iconic combos as Gin Blossoms and Sister Hazel – will join the caravan for selected dates. Under The Sun 2014 gets underway Friday, June 27th at Omaha’s Memorial Park and then continues through the summer. Additional dates will be announced shortly.

“Looking forward to once again spending the summer with my friends, performing the hits we all love,” says Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. “This is one of the strongest lineups we have put together so far. All four bands are capable of headlining Under The Sun, so get there early!”

“This is going to be the party of the summer,” affirms Uncle Kracker. “Can’t wait to hit the road with some of my old friends, looking forward to making some new ones.”

2013’s inaugural Under The Sun tour was among last year’s most popular and acclaimed events, earning ecstatic media attention with each stop along the way. Critical applause also came from all corners, with Entertainment Weekly officially declaring UTS13 to be “the coolest tour of the summer!” In addition to major features in such nationally read publications as Billboard and the Los Angeles Times, LATFUSA.com hailed the UTS show at Los Angeles’ legendary Greek Theatre as “a nostalgic night with unbelievable energy radiating from both the stage and the audience.” “If you missed this one, your loss,” noted Examiner.com, “it was amazing… a great show, very energetic and a real crowd pleaser.” Michigan’s Oakland Press applauded Under The Sun as “an upbeat evening of ’90s nostalgia… a funny four-hour package show of pop and alternative hits from the final decade of the 20th century,” while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised the “packed” Stage AE date, noting, “each of the groups has a sizable following that will continue to fill venues for years to come, no matter how far they are removed from their youth… Their childhood soundtracks haven’t missed a beat.” “What a remarkable time,” raved OmahaNightlife.com, “what a happy night, what a show.” ColumbusUnderground.com summed it up best, decreeing Under The Sun 2013 to be “one of the best shows I’ve seen on the outdoor stage… a celebration of the last great era for alternative music that delivered exactly as expected, all with the promise of another show next year that could again become one of the highlights on the summer calendar.”

The Under The Sun headliners were all also over the airwaves, making an array of high profile TV appearances. Among the most memorable moments was a week’s worth of showcase performances on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz with Carrie Keagan, live from the famed Sunset Plaza House high in the Hollywood Hills. Those live performances and interviews can be viewed now exclusively via VH1.com. Highlights include Smash Mouth performing “Walkin’ On The Sun”, while Sugar Ray can be seen performing both “Someday” and “Fly”.


Blues Traveler * Sugar Ray
Uncle Kracker * Smash Mouth
Special Guests Gin Blossoms / Sister Hazel (On Selected Dates)

27 Omaha, NE Memorial Park
28 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino & Golf Resort * †
29 Springfield, IL Outdoor Pavilion

2 Alton, IL Alton Riverfront Amphitheatre *** ‡
3 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
4 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
5 Kansas City, MO Crossroads **
6 Aurora, IL River Edge Park **
8 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
11 Clarkston, MI DYE Energy Music Theatre
12 Louisville, KY 4th Street Live
13 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – Outdoors
17 Oshkosh, WI Leach Amphitheatre
18 Prior Lake, MN Lakefront Music Fest
19 Hammond, IN Wolf Lake Memorial Park – The Pavilion **
20 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
22 Boston, MA House of Blues
23 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak ***
24 Stamford, CT Alive At Five Concert Series *
25 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
26 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal – Mark Etess Arena
27 Solomons, MD Calvert Marine Museum *** †
29 Huntington, NY The Paramount
30 Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series

1 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheatre
2 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
3 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
5 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre *
7 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 *
8 Las Vegas, NV Golden Nugget
9 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Rincon Hotel & Casino
11 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
12 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre


* w/o Uncle Kracker
** w/o Smash Mouth
*** w/o Blues Traveler
† w/Gin Blossoms
‡ w/Sister Hazel

For more information on Sugar Ray, please visit: Twitter, www.sugarray.com, and www.markmcgrath.com.

For more information on Uncle Kracker, please visit: www.unclekracker.com, Twitter, and Facebook.

For more information on Smash Mouth, please visit: www.smashmouth.com, Facebook or Twitter.

For more information on Blues Traveler, please visit: www.bluestraveler.com, Twitter, and Facebook.


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