Josh Groban, the multimillion-selling pop-classical artist, will make his Ravinia debut Aug. 10 with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.
Also making their first appearances at the venue will be David Byrne and St. Vincent, playing songs from their 2012 collaborative album “Love This Giant” (July 6); Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls (July 2-3); a quintuple bill of '90s hit-makers Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball (July 20); Heart, with Led Zeppelin stand-in drummer Jason Bonham as opener (July 29); Melissa Etheridge, topping a Lilith Fair-style lineup with Paula Cole and Joan Osborne (June 29); and country hit-makers Alabama (Aug. 30).
Other debuts will be made by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who bring a hard soul edge (June 25), and veteran Texas songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, who opens for Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys (June 27). Brian Wilson also makes his first Ravinia stop with help from Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and David Marks (July 26).
The roster of returning Ravinia favorites includes Sting (June 7-8), Sheryl Crow (July 19), Buddy Guy with George Thorogood (Aug. 17), Anita Baker (July 13), Willie Nelson (July 14) and Steely Dan (Aug. 1-2).
Bluegrass and classical music have a date on Aug. 18, when cello master Yo-Yo Ma joins string-band virtuosos Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile for the live debut of their “Goat Rodeo Sessions” music.