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Bees to kick off All-Star week with Chris Isaak, Blues Traveler concert

Published March 7, 2011 2:36 pm

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The Salt Lake Bees announced Monday that the club will kick off the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game festivities with a concert featuring Chris Isaak and Blues Traveler at Spring Mobile Ballpark on Saturday, July 9.

"We're excited to bring in such distinguished performers to be a part of our All-Star activities," said Bees general manager Marc Amicone. "Our goal all along has been to create an atmosphere worthy of an event of this magnitude and we feel this concert will do just that. This show will launch a five-day celebration of Major League Baseball's up-and-coming stars."

Throughout his impressive recording career — right from his stunning 1985 debut to his latest stellar effort, "Mr. Lucky" — two-time Grammy-nominated recording artist, Chris Isaak, has tunefully and artfully explored the good, the bad and the ugly of love, as well as other matters of profound human interest. He has done so with an abiding respect for popular music's past, but at the same time with clear and vital passion for the here and now. Like some of Isaak's best known past compositions, such as his international breakthrough smash "Wicked Game," "Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying," the songs on "Mr. Lucky" have a deeply felt sense of the consequences of good love gone bad, and bad love gone good.

From the beginning, Chris Isaak has earned his good luck the hard way — by consistently delivering excellent work, both onstage and in the studio on a series of accomplished albums from "Silvertone" (1985), "Chris Isaak" (1986), "Heart Shaped World" (1989), "San Francisco Day" (1993), "Forever Blue" (1995), the largely acoustic "Baja Sessions" (1996), "Speak of the Devil" (1998), "Always Got Tonight" (2002), the seasonal-themed "Christmas," the "Best of Chris Isaak" compilation (2006) and "Mr. Lucky" in 2009.

It's not every band that's still staking out new musical territory and embracing fresh challenges more than 23 years into their career, but that's the case with Blues Traveler. Having long ago graduated from the jam-band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules.

Blue's Traveler's body of work encompasses eight studio albums and four live discs, six of them certified Gold or Platinum, with combined worldwide sales of more than 10 million units. The band's best-known single, "Run-Around," was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history. Along the way, the band has played more than 2,000 live shows in front of more than three million people.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m. MST and can be purchased at the Spring Mobile Ballpark box office, all SmithsTix locations, online at smithstix.com or by calling 801-355-SEAT. Tickets are priced at $59.50, $39.50 and $25 (plus fees).

Salt Lake Bees season tickets are also on sale now, starting as low as $8 a game. Purchase today to guarantee your seats for the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game and Home Run Derby by calling (801) 325-BASE or by visiting slbees.com. —