Heart / Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Sisters Ann (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitarist), who formed the band Heart, first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide

Heart rose to fame in the mid-1970s with music influenced by hard rock and heavy metal as well as folk music. The gals enjoyed a resurgence starting in 1985 and experienced even greater success with album oriented rock (AOR) hits and hard rock ballads into the 1990s. With ‘Jupiter’s Darling’ (2004), ‘Red Velvet Car’ (2010), and ‘Fanatic’ (2012), Heart made a return to their hard rock and acoustic folk roots.

To date, Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, including over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. The group was ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. With Top 10 albums on the Billboard Album Chart in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, Heart is among the most commercially enduring hard rock bands in history. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

One of Heart’s defining characteristics is their diversity in music styles which has been evident in their chart successes. The band has had singles on Billboard’s Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Adult Contemporary charts. Throughout their history, Heart has been labeled as Hard Rock, Folk, Easy Listening, Heavy Metal, and Adult Contemporary, many times demonstrating two or more of these styles on the same album.

Joan Jett, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982. Other hits include, “Crimson and Clover,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Do You Want to Touch Me,” “Light of Day,” “Love is All Around,” and “Bad Reputation.” She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and has been a feminist icon throughout her career.

In recent years, Jett has had her music featured in several films and TV series, including The Runaways, Baby Mama and Shrek. Still, Jett continues to tour extensively and plays a variety of gigs. “I love playing fairs. I think they’re great, because you get out and you see America. We always have wonderful, very boisterous crowds. You see families; you see lots of kids. And it’s great,” she said.

Jett has also taken an active part in signing bands to her record label. “We made Blackheart Records what we wanted it to be,” Jett said. “It’s a place where girls can feel comfortable to be—both in a work environment and on an artistic level.” Current acts with Blackheart Records include Girl in a Coma and the Dollyrots.

“Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me
Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all
They won’t let go
Ex’s and oh’s”

If you own a radio, you know that chorus of the smash song from Elle King. She may be just 30 years old, but she’s already got quite a story to tell. Born in rural Ohio, she moved to New York City at age 10 — “there was definitely a big difference going from climbing trees barefoot to taking the subway by myself,” she says. After getting kicked out of school, she headed to California, then returned to New York, and then Philadelphia for art college.

In 2012, King released her debut EP, ‘The Elle King EP,’ on RCA and Fat Possum Records. The EP track “Playing for Keeps” is the theme song for VH1’s Mob Wives Chicago series. She released her debut album, ‘Love Stuff’ on February 17, 2015. The album produced the US top 10 single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which earned her two Grammy nominations. King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train and Michael Kiwanuka.

King’s sophomore effort, ‘Shake the Spirit’ was released in 2018. Variety described Shake the Spirit as “confessional rock and roll.” Billboard said it is “a cathartic, rough-edged diary entry of a project that couldn’t be more personal”

Fun fact: Elle is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King.

Ticket info

Reserved pavilion seats are priced from $59 up to $175. General admission lawn tix are $29.50 each.

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