Earth, Wind and Fire, Etheridge, Owen headline 2021 season at Freeman Arts Pavilion

Tickets for performances through July 31 will go on sale April 22


SELBYVILLE — More than a year after COVID-19 forced the Freeman Arts Pavilion to pause its plan on its 13th season — the arts nonprofit announced its 2021 summer lineup on Thursday.

Headlining performances for the facility’s 14th season include Indigo Girls on June 18; The Mavericks on June 25; Jake Owen on June 26; Clint Black on July 2; Don McLean on July 3; Fitz & The Tantrums on July 10; Grace Potter on July 11; Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on July 16; Amos Lee on July 23; comedian Kathleen Madigan on July 24; REO Speedwagon on July 27; Jamey Johnson on July 29; Leslie Odom Jr., on July 30; Straight No Chaser on July 31; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Aug. 7; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Aug. 8, ABBA The Concert on Aug. 12; Black Violin on Aug. 13; Train on Aug. 14; Tower of Power on Aug. 19; Foreigner on Aug. 21; Steve Earle and Los Lobos on Aug. 26; The Commodores on Aug. 27; Melissa Etheridge on Aug. 28; Blackberry Smoke on Sept. 10; Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sept. 17 and Earth, Wind & Fire on Sept. 25.

Additional performances include Kashmir: The Live Led Zepplin Show on June 17; Austin Colby and Caroline Bowman will return with “Broadway Under the Stars: Stage and Screen Edition,” on June 24; Yacht Rock Revue on July 1; Choir! Choir! Choir!, an interactive performance sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, on July 8; EagleMania — The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute on July 22; Sonia De Los Santos on Aug. 11; Tartan Terrors on Aug. 18; The Bronx Wanderers on Sept. 4; and A1A — The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show on Sept. 11.

Crowd favorites, who will once again grace the stage, include the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the First State Ballet and Brown Box Theatre Project. The Young Audience Series, sponsored by the PNC Foundation, will take place every Saturday morning throughout the season.

In 2020, the nonprofit presented a smaller season, featuring local favorites, tribute acts and regional artists — to crowds of less than 15% capacity.

Seating for performances through July 31 will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22. The remaining performances will go on sale at a later date to be announced.

“As we work with local, regional and national touring artists, we will remain flexible as they navigate the logistics of tours, which may allow us to add artists to our rosters as those tours continue to come together,” said Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Executive Director Patti Grimes.

Along with contactless entry and cashless concessions, this season will feature pod seating, which will allow for proper physical distancing and can seat up to four people. Masks will be required upon entry, exit and moving around the venue. Patrons will also bring their own chairs to all performances.

“As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, our top priority remains the health and safety of our staff, patrons and the artists,” Ms. Grimes said.