The highly-anticipated Summerland Tour will make its Las Vegas stop at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) on Friday, August 12 for an action-packed lineup that includes rock bands Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge (Pictured: Everclear).
Named one of the “The 10 Hottest Summer Package Tours” by Rolling Stone, the annual tour was created by Everclear’s lead singer Art Alexakis in 2012.
“This is the kind of line up I’ve dreamed of when I started the Summerland Tour. We kicked it off with Sugar Ray for the first year, so it feels great to have the band join us for the 5th Anniversary,” says Alexakis. “We love Lit & Sponge and cannot wait to share the stage with them. This lineup is stacked and this summer is going to be an adventure.”
Kicking off with 1995’s “Lemonade And Brownies,” the Newport Beach quintet Sugar Ray unleashed a series of albums that lead singer Mark McGrath describes as “love letters to the music we loved, with no irony just pure enthusiasm.” 1997’s “Floored” saw the band refine its multi-faceted sound with the assistance of GRAMMY Award-winning producer David Kahane (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes). The album proved Sugar Ray’s popular breakthrough, earning 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, fueled in part by the #1 hit single, “Fly.”
For over two decades, Everclear’s sound has reflected the rock, post-punk, and singer/songwriter influences of Art Alexakis, including acts like X, the Replacements, the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. The band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records, Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum. Last year, Everclear released their ninth studio album titled Black Is The New Black via The End Records/ADA.
A major player throughout the post-grunge boom of the late ’90s, Lit featured the combined talents of frontman A. Jay Popoff, his guitar-playing brother Jeremy, bassist Kevin Baldes, and drummer Allen Shellenberger. The group formed in 1990 in Orange County, California, where it initially performed metal-influenced music under the name Razzle. After changing their name, Lit began embracing a spunky brand of punk-pop that helped attract a local following in California. The group sold out local venues (including Club 369 in Fullerton) and issued two recordings: an EP, Five Smokin’ Tracks from Lit; and the full-length Tripping the Light Fantastic, which arrived during the spring of 1997 and became a college radio hit.
Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Having shared stages the world over with Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kiss, to name just a few, Sponge continues to be one of rock’s most sought after live acts.